We have been conducting a grand experiment at home. Actually, the test is about over.
Turns out, we had something in our home which was sucking the life out of our kids. The worst thing about it was its ability to stay out of view and gradually infect our kids without anyone really seeing it happening to the degree it was, least of all them. Well, that and the fact that it also had this addictive quality which made them crave it, despite its sapping their energy and leaving them with less than when they started. Less what? Less energy, less life, less enthusiasm, less creativity. (No, I'm not talking about sugar, but that would have been a great guess.)
Perfect. Bush nominated Lester Crawford to head the FDA. He's got a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a PhD in pharmacology. So basically he's going to make sure the pharmacorporations keep having their way with our children until we're all a nation of mindless animals.
Imagine you are this man's parent. Would you be proud and glad that you helped him find a way to channel his energies, or would you wish you had put him on a chemical straight-jacket like Ritalin when he was fidgeting in school?
Of course it was the Zoloft! The first article I read on this issue asked whether it was the Zoloft and Paxil this kid was on, or that he was "already violent" because he had stabbed a bull with a dart when he was a child.
Stabbed a bull with a dart?
Well on that basis, what boy is not a candidate for shotgunning his family? I just did an informal survey of some others in the office and even the girls had some heinous crime against the animal world to confess. One of them (the girl) admitted to feeding seagulls alka-seltzer because they can't burp and so they...well, you do the math.
It was the drugs folks. Every one of these wanton acts of violence has that in common, from Columbine to this shotgunning case. They were either on drugs or seeing a psychiatrist.
This soapbox is really for talking about things we've done with our kids that have worked and helped us as parents and them as kids. But I just can't sit by without a comment on this Zoloft issue.