Barbara Simpson, "The Babe in the Bunker," as she's known to her KSFO 560 radio talk-show audience in San Francisco, has a 20-year radio, TV and newspaper career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.More ↓Less ↑
What did the man who is president say last week?
Barack Obama unleashed on the American people his list of 23 so-called “executive actions” that are supposed to make us a safer nation.
In his dreams.
And he did it using little children as props to milk the sympathies of the public. What made it worse is that the children were the survivors of the massacre at Sandy Elementary Hook School in Connecticut.
Does anyone really believe all those little children, on their own accord, wrote letters to the president asking him to make children safe?
I know the American public has been dumbed down, but really.
The more disgusting part of the charade is that the parents and the schools were party to this, and politician that he is, Obama used it. No doubt, it made him feel good.
But feeling good has nothing to do with the reality of safety.
His list does nothing to prevent such shooting incidents.
He does not address the influence of violence permeating the world of so-called “entertainment.”
He does not address violent video games that make such mayhem easy and fun for younger and younger children and teens.
He does not address the role of mental health issues that afflict so many, or the prevalence of drugs that affect behavior and which, all to frequently, have deadly side effects.
But what Obama does quite well is lay the groundwork for turning us into a nation of snitches – whether referring to parents role in reporting activities of their children, requiring law enforcement to report suspicious people to the state and the feds, or gathering medical and mental health professionals into the group required to “report” people to authorities.
Schoolteachers, counselors and others already inquire into private information about students and their families.
Physicians already ask patients – from little children to adults – about smoking, pills, sex, states of mind and guns.
Now, not only will they do that under penalty of law, but they must report it to the feds for a national database which will live with each of us forever – assuming the information is correct, assuming it’s kept confidential, assuming – assuming. Hah!
So now that Obamacare requires all our medical records be online and available to all who claim “a need” to see them, it means everything else about our lives is fair game for that database.
People used to respect the idea of privacy. No more – except for those concerned about identity theft. And too many people dismiss even that.
Today, thanks to Hollywood and the excesses of the entertainment world, we’re treated to intimate details of the lives of people whose only claim to fame is the result of a well-paid publicist.
Men and women expose their bodies as though no one has ever seen nudity.
Now naked pregnant women expose their “baby bumps” along with the guy who knocked them up.
We have wardrobe malfunctions and paparazzi glimpses into the nether world of starlets clambering out of limos
But now there’s another PR ploy.
Kim Kardashian, who with her sister has made a career of exposing the intimate details of their lives and bodies, now says – “I have to go into private mode.”
Oh – it’s that motherhood thing. She’s pregnant by her current “relationship friend,” even though her divorce isn’t final.
We’re exposed to her sordid life, and it’s just a matter of time before she drops the “private mode” and it’s back to the reality show.
There’s a lot of talk about what we need to teach our children – about our real history, the greatness of this country and the people who made it so over the decades, keeping us safe and free from tyranny.
But I would suggest there’s something more important than patriotism that we need to teach them.
It’s something earlier generations knew and passed on to their children. But it’s something we’ve lost and that people today ignore.
Does anyone today know what that means or why it might even be important?
My old-fashioned American Heritage Dictionary says it’s “the quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others” and “the state of being free from unsanctioned intrusion.”
If there are any words there you don’t understand, check your own dictionary for clarification.
As for “private”: “of or confined to the individual, personal” – “not for public use or disclosure” – “not appropriate for use or display in public.”
We must teach our children about privacy – that information about the inner details of each family are private. You don’t talk about them with friends or strangers or write in journals that others read or publish on the Internet, on Facebook or in Tweets
In other words, keep your mouth shut.
So what do you do if you’re asked a question about something private?
Say “it’s not your business.”
On the other hand, they and you can, and I believe should, quite frankly, lie.
How much does Daddy earn? “Don’t know.”
Anyone smoke? “No.”
Is it wrong to tell children to lie under certain circumstances?
Not in my book. Not when any other response will put the entire family at risk for years.
I’ll teach my kids to lie when the question is not the business of the person asking, regardless of their position, especially if it’s under government orders.
In a courtroom, a lawyer protects you.
They’re not forcing lawyers to break the confidentiality seal.
From a policeman? Get a lawyer first.
Your priest? So far, that’s still private.
Pilate said: “What is truth?”
As for me and intrusive questions – “I know nothing!”