Violence on the streets is on the rise
Violence on the streets is on the rise

Our immorality the real fuel of drunken violence

IT'S not just them, it's us ... we've helped create this violent youth culture.

Over years, we've taken the soft options, listened to the wrong voices and turned our kids into drunken, screaming maniacs.

As frequent violent acts by drunken slobs run out of control, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman wants to stop the violence and is considering a greater police presence in trouble spots or legislation to force pubs and clubs to close earlier.

In New South Wales all options are also said be on the table.

Let me be upfront.  I'd like to see the pubs and clubs closed at midnight and if the people who make a fortune out of liquoring up our kids and sending them out to fight go broke I don't particularly care.

Already the academics are coming out with their theories and arguments which are all about looking after the individual while the many get their heads bashed in.

The fact is the argument is about morality - or perhaps we should use the word "standards" because that's more politically acceptable.

Society refused to accept immorality for a long time but eventually crumbled to the loud cries of academics and the irresistible force of big-dollar "entertainment".

But giving up morality hasn't helped our society one little bit. That's what we've done though, on alcohol, on violence, on obscenity, on respect for authority, on sex ... you name it.

Of course Hollywood has played a key role in this slide to oblivion.

We've been bombarded for years by movies and TV shows expounding the virtues of "free-thinking" - often via people addicted to drugs and poor lifestyle choices - to the point where it has become the norm.

They've presented us increasingly violent and obscene images, under the guise of "truth", and we've let our kids see them.

Images are powerful things. How many words do they say a picture is worth? Times that by the millions of images kids see from the time they are born to the time they're let loose on our violent streets.

I recall the days when TV presenter Graham Kennedy was banned from live TV for delivering a "crow call" that sounded suspiciously like a four-letter word. It was a better day and our acceptance of that kind of behaviour in our lounge rooms, and now in the presence of our kids, has made us much poorer.

Now we not only have films and television sending out their putrid images and thoughts but we're faced with offensive messages on billboards, t-shirts, in conversation, in shops - well, everywhere we look, really.

Of course the media  has been aided by a raft of academics who have decided to change the way we handle everything from what we eat to how we discipline our kids because they "think" their ways are better.

They stand solidly by their theory, pointing to often heavily weighted "data", until the next academic comes along with a new theory and their own cleverly arranged "facts" to back them up.

Attention academics: Your new ways have failed us.

It's time to open our eyes. Things are not better. They are astoundingly worse.

Maybe it's time for common sense.

Get rid of the violent images. Ban the garbage that tells our kids they don't have to respect anyone or anything.

Ignore the obscene lobby groups that tell us everything is okay as long they're making money.

And for Pete's sake, look to the community good over the "rights" of violent and ignorant individuals.

But we won't do any of that.

Instead we'll bang on about "freedom" and "rights" and people fighting in wars so no-one could tell us what to do. Actually they didn't - they fought to tell someone you can't do whatever you want. We should do the same.

* John Parker is APN Australian Regional Media online news editor

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