I live in the Philippines, but I am still a citizen of the United States of America, and as such, I care about my country of citizenship, even though what happens there does not affect me in the same way it did as if it would if I lived there.
Of course, the biggest sign of the system not working as it should is the economic collapse that the United States has seen in recent years. Yes, other countries have had economic problems too, but the truth is that the USA has been hit much harder than any other country among the world’s leading countries.
But, the illness that lives in the United States goes much deeper than the economy. Just everyday civil life seems to be a lot less civil. The political infighting is rampant. The two, or more, sides in US politics seem to be unable to agree enough to get anything at all done.
Over the past few years, there have been so many signs or indications that the United States is ill, and needs to reevaluate where it is heading. Just today I saw an article online that shocked me, although I suppose I have seen this type of thing before as well. The headline read:
The article went on to tell about an incident that happened in El Reno, Oklahoma. The story told about a grandson who called 911 to come and check on his sick grandmother who was bedridden and on oxygen. What happened when “help” arrived was almost beyond belief.
That call for help was answered by nearly a dozen armed tax-feeders employed by the El Reno Police Department.
Understandably alarmed — and probably more than a little disgusted — by the presence of uninvited armed strangers in her home, Lona ordered them to leave. This directive, issued by a fragile female octogenarian confined to a hospital-style bed and tethered to an oxygen tank, was interpreted as “aggressive” behavior by Officer Thomas Duran, who ordered one of his associates : “Taser her!”
“Don’t taze my granny!” exclaimed Tinsley. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Tinsley’s “obstructive” behavior prompted the police to threaten him with their tasers. He was then was assaulted, removed from the room, thrown to the floor, handcuffed, and detained in a police car. At this point, the heroes in blue turned their attention to Lona.
The tactical situation was daunting; at this point, the police had only a 10-1 advantage over a subject who — according to Duran’s official report — had taken an “aggressive posture” in her hospital bed. The sacred imperative of “officer safety” dictated that the subject be thoroughly softened up in order to minimize resistance.
Accordingly, one of the officers approached Lona and “stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation,” narrates the complaint, based on Lona’s account. One of the officers then shot her with a taser, but the connection wasn’t solid. A second fired his taser, “striking her to the left of the midline of her upper chest, and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain,” and unconsciousness. Lona was then handcuffed with sufficient ruthlessness to tear the soft flesh of her forearms, causing her to bleed.
Uh, what? Police had to cut off oxygen and then shock an 86 year old lady with a taser? What is going on in the USA? Ten police officers and one 86 year old bedridden lady?
Do you remember the days of yesteryear when if you saw an 86 year old lady on the sidewalk you would help her across the street? Even if you didn’t help her like that, you would at least show some deference to her, and some respect. It would be unthinkable to treat a bedridden lady in a way that would harm her like this.
In the end, this old lady was left bloody and wounded, then placed in a psychiatric ward of a hospital for six days.
Maybe there is more to this story than what is being told, but on the face of it, this is shameful.
It just makes me wonder, what is happening to my country?