It doesn’t take a PhD in Political Science to understand that various political underpinnings evolved from the history of Nazi Germany in World War II. The most easily recognizable of political theories is totalitarianism. The others can range from bio politics to necropolitics and even state of exception which in short is the states sovereignty to say who lives and who dies. The killing fields and the war machines took billions of dollars to build while on the backs of those victims who would learn the realities of their labor. Gas chambers, starvation, torture, and mass murders occurred before the eyes of the world stage.
Over sixty years later and the killing fields and war machines now do not require major funding. In fact some of the worst forms of these death machines can be manufactured with little to no funding at all. Corruption of political leaders often acts as the currency to not just kill the bodies of its victims but to murder the minds, and through the layers of traumas it inflicts murders the soul, the identity, and even the voice of its victims. From pumping high levels of cocaine into the streets of South Central Los Angeles as a result of the “Dark Alliance” to racism and hate crimes by its officers as in the instance of Rodney King, from mandatory sentencing of drug offenders to the privatization and industrialization of America’s prison system. For the state to create lethal viruses for only a select few, would be considered a crime against humanity and justice would cry from the graves. Yet, only two out of ten children that reach the age of majority in America’s foster care system will “make it.” The other eight will become homeless, go to prison, or die. This is just one of the many killing fields in America and the war machine is funded and grows the most with no funding at all. Money is as foreign to this system as is love is to its victims.
The average age of a foster child is 10 years old. 40,000 children that enter the foster care system are infants, and approximately 20,000 children will leave the foster care system each year because they age out according to an ABC News report in 2006. In August of 2005 Laura Knaperek, a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families in Arizona states that, “[T]he same system that is authorized to stop abuse seems to be one of the worst abuser.” She further stated that, “Nearly 10,000 children have been taken from their homes, with about 6,500 in foster homes and another 1,500 in a group-home setting. Amazingly, 280 are suspected runaways, children taken from bad homes and put into situations that caused them to flee (fixcas.com).” Lastly, Representative Knaperek reports that 13 children under state care died and that almost half of those that died were under one year old.
In the same year the 13 children died in Arizona while under state care, 50 children in California died while in state care, just one year prior 60 children died in the state of California’s foster care system. Representative Laura Knaperek also stated that, “Children in foster homes are three times more likely to be physically abused. The rate is 10 times higher in group homes. Children in group homes are 28 percent more likely than children in the general populace to experience sexual abuse.”
In 2012, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona, reported that “Arizona has seen a 29% decrease in child deaths since 2005. During 2011, 837 children younger than 18 years of age died in Arizona; 214 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol; 199 children died as a result of prematurity; 71 children died as a result of maltreatment; 70 children died while in transit; 64 babies died in unsafe sleep environments; 42 children were victims of homicide; 39 children took their own lives; 32 children died by drowning; 23 children died by firearms; and 20 children died from infectious diseases (azcourts.gov)”.
Once they reach 18 and age out of the system, only two out of ten will make it. The others will end up homeless, in prison or dead (Rosie O’Donell). Liars figure but figures don’t lie, the facts speak for themselves. This is just one of the many killing fields in America and the war machine is funded and grows the most with no funding at all. Money is as foreign to this system as is love is to its victims.