Recently I have been thinking about what has transpired in this year's legislative session, and my gut feeling is that neither the legislators nor the general public cares about the lack of fairness nor about testing nor about how unfairly Glenda Ritz has been treated.
As long as the latest/greatest bills are not touching their lives personally, the general public assumes that all of the brouhaha is about a prickly little librarian who is causing trouble because she can't get her way; the rest is about whining, privileged teachers. Of course, nothing is unfair unless it is personal and unless it touches our own lives.
Since our General Assembly seems to be without any discernible checks or balances, perhaps the only thing that they will listen to is when the business community says enough is enough.
Governor Pence, in his quixotic bid for the presidency, has been bragging about how good Indiana is for business; however, I would ask is Indiana really good for business?
Would a Fortune 500 company really want to bring its headquarters or factories to a place where the public schools are being systematically starved into failure?
Would a Fortune 500 company really want to come to a place where the infrastructure is crumbling and where the parks and cultural attractions are being underfunded or eliminated?
Would a Fortune 500 company really want to bring its business to a place that celebrates intolerance?
If the General Assembly continues its power crazed rush back to the dark ages, why in the world would any business come to this state?
Common sense tells me that if I were going to bring a business to a city or a state, I would be concerned about the quality of life for my family and for my employees. Our cities and towns and villages belong to all of us, and yet many of our legislators seem hell bent on the systematic destruction of our community treasures and resources under the guise of fiscal responsibility.
How in the world have we become a place where veiled cruelty and lack of compassion are rewarded and where genuine disagreement is dismissed as dysfunction which needs to be punished? When did kindness and concern become replaced by mean spiritedness, condescension, and moronic talking points?
Whether this can simply be dismissed as politics as usual, it makes me sad and angry that so many of us feel helpless in stopping this assault on the values we hold so dear.