Hey Mr. Neeze, Didn't you get your party's memo? The government doesn't create jobs. Do you want your cake or do you want to eat it?
Which of your own party's lies will you start rejecting first?
We could run Park Overall, if for no other reason, to articulate the platform and rally the party. If we don't have the money to compete, we should at least run someone who is smart, witty, quick, articulate and has a strong moral foundation. She would also win the debates. Even if Haslam was re-elected, the campaign would haunt him in his second term and temper his governance.
Plus, she might win.
In the immortal words of Dr. Drake,
"I can't wait not to see that show."
And goats need jobs. Unemployed gangs of goats dressed in their goat gang colors and roaming the countryside install fear in our children and damage our puppy's self esteem. Employ the goats!
You and I would stand in agreement and, in fact, the survey in question is a first step in doing just that. The questions ranged from no-brainers about general prejudice, to rather complex scenarios about how best to handle institutionalized prejudice within individual troops and councils.
The real challenge is instigating change while remembering the primary mission of Scouts is the development of youth, not changing social structure for adults. I can think of many more effective ways of doing this than implying in an editorial that there is some sort of nefarious mission to cater to homophobic pedophiles driving scouting. This editorial was irresponsible, poorly researched, and uncalled for.
What is called for is a real dialogue as to the best method of policy change, and whether it is in the benefit of the Scouts themselves to have such policy change incrementally or to go for a more radical change in one fell swoop. What is best for the leaders is an entirely secondary issue. Keep in mind, structure and leadership training are important aspects of Scouting. This won't be done in a vacuum and we will teach by our actions both as individuals and as a group on this issue.
And you are correct Karl, about membership and budgets being down, but dumping the blame on the scouts policy toward homosexual leaders, is a vast oversimplification of the challenges facing Scouting. Scouting does need to change to grow. The policy on homosexuals does need to change. But to assume and purport that merely changing that one policy will somehow fix all the challenges facing scouting is simply not true.
How much time have you actually spent volunteering with BSA? Your tone makes it sound like you are some kind of expert, but your grasp of scout policy and lack of real world experience makes me think you just want to bash Scouts.
This is actually a non-issue, as I'm sure you know, since any troop following Scout policy adheres to strict two-deep leadership.
In addition, the Boys Scouts is not some sleazy sex club where adults can come and advance their sexual agenda. It is an inappropriate battleground for advancing the cause of homosexual equality. It is also an inappropriate battleground for advancing the cause of heterosexual superiority. It's an inappropriate avenue to advance any sexual agenda. Those of us that volunteer take this responsibility very seriously.
In addition, it's no secret that there is a severe shortage of volunteers to work with youth. Why would anyone truly concerned with the welfare of children grandstand for a bunch of sexually obsessed adults? At issue is what kind of leader any specific person would be, not a private orientation that may or may not be public. Anyone wanting their sexual orientation to be a focus of their service doesn't belong in scouting period. That includes homosexuals, cougars, pedophiles, nymphomaniacs, sex addicts, or any number of straight or varied sexual inclinations one can come up with. That's why we have two deep leadership and that's why we take it seriously.
We have a hard enough time keeping people trained for knots, fishing, basic camping skills, citizenship, etc. This is just more aggravation from people too lazy to volunteer or help the organization come to a real world solution, who just want to bitch.
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