“But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait.” — John Lennon

I usually don’t do this at night, but I just got done with the obligatory training videos we have to do every year at the beginning of the school year. Thankfully, I was able to finish those before school so I can focus on stuff that really matters when I get there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that sexual harassment, bullying, and blood born pathogens aren’t important, it’s just that they don’t change from year to year.

We had a relatively new one this year. Human trafficking. This one lasted an hour where most of them were around 30 minutes. So, this is where we feel compelled to make the obligatory statements as if they are the cover charge at the local club. Human trafficking exists and it is awful. Okay, we’ve said it and hopefully we can move on.

This seems to be the way with movement conservatives. We are forced to take things that are serious, but relatively rare as huge problems or we are considered to be uncaring. The irony is palpable. Essentially, it breaks down because those that are so “concerned” about human trafficking usually don’t understand the root causes. Either that or they aren’t concerned with addressing the root causes.

Naturally, a lot of this comes from Q’Anon, so we have to consider the source, but it is the exact same as the abortion issue. It’s a vicious cycle with these folks. They call you cold and uncaring unless you profess an overabundance of concern. Yet, when you start to suggest real common sense solutions to help with the problem it usually gets no legitimate response.

If you want to draw a ridiculous parallel let’s consider this. Bestiality is against the law in all 50 states. I would imagine it is against the law in just about every country. I can’t think of a single person that could provide any justification for having sex with animals. So, do we really need to go on and on about horrible sex with animals really is?

Listen, if you don’t come out and say that bestiality is the scourge of human existence then you must be for bestiality. We need a task force and an educational program for the kids. They need to be told about the dangers of bestiality. Imagine all of the diseases that could be caused by having sex with goats, cats, dogs, and other farm animals. Think of the psychological damage it causes for those poor animals. You must be a horrible human being unless you take this bestiality problem seriously.

Hopefully you get the point. I had a discussion with someone about this last year. I asked him point blank how many people he knew that had been trafficked. He said none. Then I asked him if he knew anyone that knew someone that had been trafficked. He then went on to talk about how he had been abused as a child. Of course, that’s not the point. Yet, it effectively shut down the discussion.

Human trafficking can be a genuine thing and be overblown at the same time. We can acknowledge its existence and acknowledge that it is awful for those involved, but also agree that the amount of focus that some people are placing on it is excessive. We can agree that the Democrats are not trafficking children. We can agree that Tom Hanks isn’t trafficking children. We can agree Hillary Clinton isn’t trafficking children in the basement of a pizzeria in a building that doesn’t have a basement.

Children aren’t being abducted in the HEB parking lot. They usually don’t find themselves abducted from school either. Obviously, that’s not an absolute. Just like I can’t say that no one had sex with a goat tonight. In order to get a handle on a problem we have to agree on its scope. People have sex with chickens. It is disgusting and wrong, but it is also rare. At least we all hope it is.

Author: sbarzilla

I have written three books about baseball including The Hall of Fame Index. I also write for You can follow me on twitter @sbarzilla.

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