The country deserves better than being led, by the nose as it were, by the likes of Hillary Clinton.
I don't know if the defendant at the center of the child rape allegations was guilty or not. But I am reasonably sure that Hillary Clinton's savaging of the alleged child victim in defense of the accused was based on a turning of the political winds. Had this case happened two or three years earlier, Clinton would have probably savaged the defendant, because, well, that would have been the politically correct thing to do at that time. Later, after a series of allegations that were proven to be false, even manipulated by zealous social workers, people started to become understandably wary of such accusations.
Neither stance is correct. Both the accused and the accuser deserve their day in court. If the accuser is lying, then there's that. But if that is not the case, the accuser deserves sympathy, and even more than that, respect-especially if it's a child.
Whatever the case, the situation should be decided on the facts and the evidence, not the prevailing political or social mood at the time.
The really sad thing? Clinton didn't act that much differently than how most other politicians would have acted-though most of them would have hopefully displayed just a little more tact.
As cute as these kittens are, bear in mind that they are probably scared to death at the person taking the picture. Just look at them closely. Having said that, this is one of my all-time favorite pics.
Granted, there have been instances of such things as "green tobacco sickness" and injuries in the course of working tobacco (the latter of which is true about just about any work involving teens, children, or adults) and there are also legitimate concerns about the use of undocumented immigrant labor, many of whom in some cases are (allegedly) children.
But let's be plain. The main goal here is probably to dismantle the current tobacco industry, which by the time twenty or thirty years have passed will probably no longer exist as we know it today. What remains will probably be managed and controlled by giant agribusiness, which might well be the fate of all American and most international farming.
If so, it would not be the first time this has happened regarding tobacco in Kentucky. It might however result in the same kind of chaos as The Black Patch Wars.
Of course, this ended only in part due to the violence, but also due to the fact that the ATC was found to be a monopoly, and thus illegal according to the Sherman Antitrust Act. The only way now to establish a monopoly, legally, would be to first dismantle the family farm system by making it wholly unprofitable and unpractical.
A major step in accomplishing this objective might well be to forbid children of farmers from participation, and thereby from learning their families traditional craft which in some cases has been passed down through generations.