Please Don't Feed the Paranoia
by Aaron Worley
Let's all pretend for a moment that common sense still has merit in the United States. Start with stepping back from all of the problems the greatest nation in the world is dealing with and remember things we learned as children. Suddenly, many of the actions by those in power appear to be silly.
Now, I know that Senator D'Amato swears Hillary Clinton had her hand in the cookie jar concerning Whitewater, and I believe he's right. Not because I have done an intense amount of research, but for the simple fact she is a lawyer. Dad told me as a child that lawyers were the scum of the earth, so it's not a hard stretch to think that Hillary would do something like ignore laws to make some cash. There is, however, a gnawing thing that keeps making me think this trial is all a waste of time. Even if she is convicted, Hillary happens to have a pretty influential friend called the President. It may be just a little power, but I seem to remember a little thing about him being able to pardon anyone he wants. Even though he may not like her, Bill would probably keep her out of doing any time. Even with this potential end scenario, Congress feels that it's OK to spend time and money looking into something that a guilty person probably did, but most certainly get away with.
There's also something about uniforms keeping crime, violence, and guns out of school-and Long Beach, California, is the proof. Remembering back to junior high, I recall a fight taking place just about every day. Some were about clothes, but there was more. If Clinton really wants to stop violence in the schools, all that needs to be done is give everyone uniforms, keep guys from dating girls, make sure that everyone is painted the same color, and give everyone a drug that prevents puberty from having any effects on their hormones. That should take care of any problems that school systems might have. Oh yeah, it wouldn't hurt for everybody to go to the same school. Don't want that inter-school rivalry.
It also has come to my attention that the model state of Utah didn't like gay clubs in high school, so they got rid of every non-academic club. There's nothing like suppressing the feelings certain parts of society have. I think back to early college when I went home (to my parents town) to visit some old high school friends. I discovered that a couple of my friends were gay, and this shook me. How could they be gay? There was no club for them to be swayed by, and they still had the nerve to say they were gay in high school. If we get rid of all the clubs, we can get rid of all of those menaces to school society like math geeks, gay people, choirs, SADD kids, debate teams, football players, or overly-spirited individuals. Besides, I was always bad about actually attending all the meetings.
Then it hit me-people are feeding the paranoia. The paranoia is that little beast that makes people feel uneasy about leaving their tiny habitat. Every time people fear a fact of life, the paranoia gets a meal. It is not a question of whether people should allow them to exist, but more of accepting and not dreading things like walking down the street past the bum that always asks for money. Instead, many choose to fear and sometimes attempt to repress things they do not like or understand. Every time that happens a worm creature, not unlike those in the Dune series, called the paranoia starts munching on the fear, anxiety, desparation, ignorance, and overall weakness of those who are uncomfortable. People are forgetting the common sense that life taught them. A few of those are the undeniable facts that kids get shot, people take drugs, lawyers are scum, gay people exist, abortions happen, foriegn products are OK to buy, and life goes on with or without you. So the next time someone asks you, "What do you think about all of are jobs getting sucked into Mexico?," "Shouldn't we stop affirmative action?," or "What are we going to do about the crime in our suburb?," just say "Please, please, don't feed the paranoia because that sucker is getting bigger every day."
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