Did you ever have one of those days where you just want to throw up your hands and say, “I give up.” Nothing works!  Well, no sooner do you have one of those days that you will likely find yourself rolling up your sleeves only to try again.  Maybe that’s because if we cease to try to fix what’s wrong, then chances are it’s going to be one big mess.  Whatever it is that you’re trying to do, maybe the mere fact that you’re trying is half the battle.  Does that make any sense at all?

I’m having one of those days when nothing I do seems to matter and everything I do seems to lead to nowhere fast.  Nothing is making sense and everything seems to be unfinished.  Take my doctorate degree, for example, it’s more than likely I’ll never go back to get my dissertation.  There are days when I feel like a total quitter about that but it’s just become a chore that involves a hefty penny that I simply do not have.  Yuck!  I’ve gone and gotten all practical about furthering my education and now I’m looking at the actual expense involved and weighing the pros and cons.  What happened to me?  I used to do things without thinking and just follow the road less traveled without any regard for the premium involved.

Have I become cynical?  Maybe.  I like believing in the American dream but lately I’ve seen so many things that seem to have my head spinning.  Money seems to be paid on prisons more so than education.  Rich people seem to get richer and have a ‘Let them eat cake” sort of mentality and for some reason the great divide between us and them seems to be growing.  Crazy thing that got me to this place this morning was prompted by Alabama getting into the playoff picture.  With one loss and other teams still undefeated how did Alabama get into the playoff picture?  I guess maybe Nick Saban is one of those folks with friends in high places.

Oh and in answer to the question, “What’s wrong with our criminal justice system?” Lots of things but it’s not as though there is some ‘quick fix’ that will cure all.  While our president looks to revamp the system and have consideration to employ former felons just know there is someone waiting behind the bend who will tell us how hiring former felons is bad policy.  Take for example the situation in Boston where gang violence was reduced after former gang members were hired to combat crime.  These former gang members went out and worked with kids and helped rid the streets of violence.  Then one day, along came someone who said why is the city hiring former gang members.  The vicious cycle that seems never ending is most likely never ending!  That’s why we have to keep rolling up our sleeves because hopefully at the very least we achieve balance and keep somewhat ahead of the game.