Who Speaks For These Children?
Every single day, children the world over go missing or die needlessly from neglect or violence or both. Who speaks for them?
It isn’t our politicians. Not one of the current candidates for president in the GOP or the President have uttered a peep about protecting children even though 4 children die from abuse every day in the United States.
It’s no different in other countries, including my own, where politicians and their strategists remain focused on playing the game rather than making the safety and well-being of our children a national priority. Even the current government’s labeling of its Internet regulation as the Anti-child Pornography Bill was nothing more than cynical and sanctimonious opportunism.
In the meantime, more than 60,000 children are missing in Canada and more than 800,000 in the United States.
It isn’t the media who will cover the stories as they appear but will devote little time to pressuring government to actively do anything. Not one media interview, commentary or question during a political debate deals with the issue of child abuse.
It isn’t the greater society on social media, everyone is too busy buying stuff on ebay or promoting their latest book on Kindle. They see the news story, make a quick comment and go back to arguing about whatever it is they’re arguing about.
Who speaks for these children?
How long do we ignore the fact that children go to bed hungry every night in some of the richest countries in the world? We fret abut bullying, form committees and pat ourselves on the back but who speaks for the abused and murdered child?
We’re too busy. We have no time other than in the abstract to deal with children and their security. We pay lip service to it but when was the last time you saw a protest march to protect our children? We’ve had them to get free university tuition. There was such a march in Montreal, Canada today where university students protested what they consider to be the high cost of tuition.
There is more talk and outrage on social media about birth control and abortion, debate over unborn children, than there is about protecting living children. Have we really become that jaded a society? Do we really care that little?
What kind of a society frets more about online regulation on the Internet than it does about the welfare of its children?
What kind of a society indeed!
A step-mother and a grandmother stand accused of killing a little girl because she lied about eating candy. It is a terrible tragedy and for a moment many will stop and cluck their tongues and express their outrage or sadness before going back to whatever it was they were doing or were upset about online.
No group will come forward to mobilize the society to force government to act. No political party or individual politician will step up and make the welfare of children a priority plank in their election campaign. University students won’t march to protect children and even Occupy, who recently stood in solidarity with prisoners in San Quentin, won’t occupy anything or protest to protect children like Savannah Hardin.
More people will share the latest Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber video today than will give thought to children, our children, at risk. It makes you wonder who speaks for these children doesn’t it? It certainly doesn’t appear to be too many of us.
© 2012 Maggie’s Bear
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