I popped in here after many moons of not checking to see that Professor Krippled is up to his old musings again, which makes me a happy panda. Into the abyss of fatherhood go we. What sweet, surreal, sleep deprived fun this business is. I think Samuel L. Jackson read it best when he said “shut the fuck up and go to sleep.” But there is probably no greater joy on this earth than a simple smile from your child. Gets me every single time. I just melt. It’s phenomenal.
Anywho, what brought me to this corner of the interwebs today was to bemoan the saddest article I’ve seen a long while. I came acrosss this article, reporting that parents in New York have had their children removed from their homes for the simple pseudocrime of possession of marijuana. Not intent to distribute amount, mind you, but obviously quantities consistent with personal us.
What abject hypocrisy this is. And what a wretched abuse of public money to affect what can only be deleterious consequences on all parties involved.
Congratulations, State of New York. Without a shred of probable cause, you’ve disrupted families no doubt already under the pressures of economic hardship. You’ve found criminality where no malicious act against another existed. In the name of protecting children, you’ve uprooted them and thrown them into unfamiliar environments when no evidence of neglect existed. For shame.
I was immediately reminded of the recent shenanigans with the Department of Education in Hawaii, where some numbnuts decided that the appropriate reaction to the unfortunate incidents concerning teachers involved with drug dealing rings was to just drug test everybody, probable cause be damned. You could be teacher of the year somewhere, beloved by kids and parents alike, singlehandedly saving whatever otherwise lousy school you were at, but if you smoked a joint two weeks ago on a Friday night, it was curtains for your hippie ass. Meanwhile a tweaker could be on crystal meth until the day before the test and come up clean. Makes sense to me.
I guess the moral of the story is; in this age of getting our panties knotted up over spending and revenues, I’m pretty sure that the best use of taxpayer money is not making felons out of and snatching babies away from otherwise law-abiding, economically productive citizens whose only offense was choosing a safer intoxicant at the end of the day than alcohol. Is there evidence of abuse or neglect? Fine. Is there evidence of diminished work productivity or obvious stigmata of intoxication while working? Fine. Absent those things? If you’re going to accuse someone of neglecting their kids, or assert that they should no longer be teaching children, you’ve better have a goddamn airtight case as to why that serves the public interest. This is most epic failure in that regard.