A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


May 25, 2013

We're Poles Apart

     I'm sorry.... I feel like I am beating a dead horse, but the extent to which the Talking Heads are disconnected from reality is mind-blowing.  I hate to keep picking on Megan Kelly of Fox News, but I have a hard time even identifying with any of the other networks, so I guess she's the lucky one who gets dissected.
     But I could not believe her ridiculous commentary shortly after the Oklahoma tornado tragedy.  And her line of thinking just seems to point towards the fact that anyone in the media lives inside an elite bubble, and is totally incapable of understanding us "average" folks.
     I just had to shake my head when I heard her begin a dialogue about why everyone in Oklahoma did not have a tornado shelter.  She also questioned the School Superintendent as to why the schools in the area did not have underground shelters that would have protected the children.  Her implication seemed to be that 1) why would anyone who knowingly lived in this tornado-prone state not be required to have a storm shelter, and 2) in the case of schools, why hasn't the government provided them, or forced the states to provide them.
     I guess when you an Elitist and money is no object, you can sit from your elevated position and question someone else's perceived negligence.  Once she was informed that depending on the construction and material of the shelters, the cost could run from $2500-$4000, she looked a little sheepish and had to admit they were " a little pricey".  She quickly abandoned that line of questioning.
     As for the issue of the schools providing an underground shelter, there may be some credibility to her inquiry.  When I think of the wasted money spent by school districts because they have to "use it or lose it" when it comes to federal funds, it certainly seems plausible to consider making such a shelter a priority, especially when keeping the weather in mind.
     But I guess I am left with the overwhelming impression that Megan just wants a perfect world and can't quite accept the fact that everything can't be fixed.  Money combined with power and an inflated sense of your worth will do that to you.   I suppose it becomes easy to see every situation as a problem that should be solved, and they just can't quite figure out why it hasn't been taken care of.
     Well, Megan, let me enlighten you.  Most people are struggling these days.  Their bank accounts aren't quite as flush as yours, and with the rising costs of utilities, food, health insurance, and taxes, we are barely making ends meet.  So we do the best we can.  Would everyone in Moore, Oklahoma have preferred to have a storm shelter to escape to?  You bet!  Do you think those teachers would have liked another option besides hunkering down in the hallway or bathroom of the school?  Absolutely!  And I wonder if it even crossed her mind that in these parts of America, neighbors help neighbors.  Maybe everyone cannot afford a storm shelter, so can she conceive that families would have welcomed those less fortunate into their own shelters?  Or does she condone the Progressive position that everyone "deserves" a storm shelter.
     But everyone in Oklahoma lives in the "real world", and that is a world where tornados come out of nowhere, without warning, and with un-forcastable ferocity.  And they've been occurring for hundreds of years, and with consequences just as devastating.  The difference is, that our society is becoming polarized by the "haves" and the "have nots", and our understanding of each other is becoming more disparate.
     Those of us who live in "Tornado Alley" or in the path of Hurricanes know full well that each day is a blessing and that our lives can be changed in a matter of minutes.  We know that there is no amount of money or prestige that can assure one extra moment on this earth.  Like I said, we do the best we can with what we have, and most of us never expect that our lives will be perfect.   I guess that's the biggest difference between you, Megan, and the people of Moore, Oklahoma.  They are simply grateful for what little they've been able to salvage from this tragedy, instead of asking, "Why didn't I get more?"

James 4:6     "But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

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