The founding fathers actually warned us against creating political parties. They saw the trap, told us about it, and we fell into it anyway.
Which one is that? Would you rather I beat you with a rake or a shovel? The correct answer is neither.
When both options are bad... pick option 3. Don't be a part of the problem.
If they are both corrupt liars, then send a message: Don't vote for either. There are more than two people on the ballot. You can write a name in. The only way Clinton or Trump gets elected is if people vote FOR them.
Don't fall into the trap. Vote for someone else. Anyone else.
I think this falls under... "If you don't want the whole world including your mom and your pastor to see it, don't take pics and put it on the internet".
Sometimes you really do need to think things through before you act cause sometimes "oops" just doesn't cut it.
So who decides when it crosses the line to "something stupid" and "they should have known"? You?
You clearly should have been watching your kid! You should have locked the door! You should have gotten child proof door handle things so the entire family can burn in the event of a fire! What if he had been kidnapped or hit by a car?
We can blame the parents all day long. We can go and remove the child from the home and declare the parents unfit. Or... we can accept that we weren't there. We don't know what the parents knew. We don't know what the parents thought. Maybe thought it only exploded in strange circumstances. You don't know. Just because YOU know better doesn't mean anyone told them.
In all honesty, we recall things so often in the country for stupid reasons that people tend to ignore them. My kid's high chair was recalled because apparently people weren't putting it together right. I looked at the high chair and decided the risk wasn't worth sending it back. Should I loose my kids if it falls apart? OR do I have the right to do my own risk management and use my own judgement?
She apparently tried. In her documentary it talks about how she tried to get people to stop distributing the photo. From her point of view as a young woman that was a pretty terrible picture to have going around. But the media simply ignored her because it was 'important'. It wasn't until she was much older that she was able to recognize and accept the historic significance of the photo.
It's also part of my job to help my children recognize when relationships are healthy or unhealthy. Like I said, an employer that cares about something as trivial as your baby photos is not someone you want to work for. Why on earth would you judge an adult based on a photo of them as an infant or small child? Are you seriously going to not hire someone based on a photo from 20 years ago?
If my child told me her friends would only be her friends if she cut her hair short and wore brown shirts, I would tell her to get better friends and I hope you would too. Or would you run out and buy her an entirely new wardrobe so she could 'fit in'? Do you buy your daughter a real American Girl Doll because all her friends have one and they won't be her friend if she doesn't have one? That actually happened to my niece. Or do you tell her that real friends don't care about that?
If your employer doesn't hire you because of a naked spaghetti covered baby photo from 20 years ago, you probably need a better employer. Those kinds of photos are not things that reasonable people should be embarrassed about.
Weren't we all talking about that poor girl who got napalmed having her photo plastered all over the net the other day? And the world pretty much told her to suck it too. We didn't even need the internet to spread her picture around.
I tell my kids tough shit, suck it all the time. It's called being a parent and caving into random whims about stupid stuff. I mean... what kind of parent says no to a kid who wants ice cream for dinner! They want it so they must have it!
Seriously... everyone has baby photos. We take photos of babies and post them on the internet. Before the internet we put them in books and then drug the books out whenever our kids brought home a significant other. Get over it. You were once a baby naked and covered in mud/spaghetti sauce and your parents took a picture. It probably even got taken in to work and is hanging up in a cube/office. That time you crapped your pants? Mom and Dad remember and will bring it up. Again. And Again. You'll probably do the same thing to your kids. Suck it up. Life is tough and not everyone likes you. It's my job to make sure you have the tools to make it, not be your friend.
I suppose it is possible that these 'embarrassing' childhood photos are not the typical spaghetti covered baby photos. But if that is the case, the parents probably belong in jail for other reasons.
Actually... I think I understand you perfectly. You want to charge parents with negligence when anything bad happens to their children that YOU are quite certain you would have never let happen because it makes you feel superior to judge people. YOU would never turn around in the grocery store to find your kid was not following you like he was supposed to. YOUR kid would never wake up in the middle of the night, open the front door and walk outside. YOUR kid would never set the house on fire making toast.
You are probably also the type of person that would sue Walmart because their parking lot was dark at 2AM and you tripped because they should have had better lighting.
How about instead we accept that sometimes shit happens? Sometimes we trip. Sometimes the toy/phone/laptop we are using randomly bursts into flames. We don't need to send someone to jail or take away their children every time something bad happens. We don't need to assign blame for every little thing. Accept that shit happens and life is dangerous. Life is full of risks that we take everyday.
Instead there are children suffering from REAL abuse and neglect that we are ignoring because we are too busy trying to decide if letting your kid hold a phone constitutes neglect. This kid has loving parents that can give him things like a state of the art brand spanking new phone. There are kids whose parents leave them alone while they go off and get high or drunk. There are kids who do not have food. Worry about those kids, not this one.
18 U.S.C. 798. Note how that law has no mention of malicious intent.
But isn't that what they said about Hillary? She didn't intend to break the law so it doesn't count?
If the toy you are snuggling with bursts into flames, how much do you really care if there was an official recall or not? You are now on fire.
There are actually lots of ways to set yourself on fire, many of them surprising. Flour is highly explosive and grainery fires are pretty nasty. Should we ban flour or charge bakers with negligence for baking while their children are in the house? What about people that deep fry turkeys? Or laptops that overheat and set beds on fire? You must be negligent if you let your kids use a laptop in their room!
Fisher-Price Glow Seahorses also catch fire. And were not recalled. My kid actually has one in her crib. According to the baby books and baby stuff manufacturers everything will kill your kid. When we bought our crib the vendor had just come out with a new model with special "green" stains and finishes that would reduce the risk of SIDS. We habitually recall things where 1 in a million uses under some strange circumstances resulted in some guy hurting himself. Instead of writing it off as 'some guy did something dumb' or 'shit happens' we have to 'do something'. Remember Ford disabling airbags because their was a minute chance that the air bag might explode? Which was more likely, the airbag saving your life or exploding?
Logic and reasoning never make into our risk management conversations. We say "OH MY GOD! A PHONE EXPLODED A CHILD WAS BURNED! HOW HORRIBLE! DO SOMETHING! SUE SAMSUNG! ARREST THE PARENTS!". Meanwhile how many children actually DIED in car crashes yesterday?
On another note, random things spontaneously combusting is actually extremely common. Four of my monitors at work have caught fire (IT informed me that they were not on actually on fire, just smoking).
Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.