The best of 2016: I'm mad as hell

I feel like Peter Finch. I want to run to the window, throw it open and shout “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”.

This sentiment flooded in as I read about two Apex gang members brutally assaulting a couple in their 70s during a home invasion and escaping punishment. Six months probation with no convictions recorded. Really?


I am sick and tired of seeing our court system consistently letting us (the public) down. These thugs broke into this elderly couple’s house and brutally attacked them. How is that not punishable by law? I don’t want to hear the ‘do-gooders’ bleat on about traumatic childhoods, disengaged young men, youth unemployment or no proper male role models. That is not an excuse for terrifying people in their own homes. How dare you!

Australia has given you a home. You do not fear for your lives in this nation. You have housing, food and social security. How dare you! This group appears to be made up of Sudanese boys and other African backgrounds, all countries war torn and full of evil and corruption but instead of being grateful to Australia for shelter, they attack our elderly and vulnerable in their own homes.

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The weakness shown by our court system does not reflect the expectations of the general public. The focus on the individual is overriding the concerns and safety of the masses.

We cannot live in a world where the individual rules. We live in a democracy which is designed to represent the majority. This is not happening.

A recent story of a Year 1 student refusing to wear the prescribed school uniform and causing the establishment to bow to her wishes is another example of our system being constantly eroded by individual wishes and not the benefit of the entire community. The school has a uniform policy. Parents know this when they enrol. If you don’t want to abide by those rules, chose another school. This now means the school has no right to enforce a uniform policy – it will be always open to challenge. For what? So one kid can wear long pants!

The young man accused of killing a Melbourne mother in a monkey bike crash has been granted bail despite previously breaching curfew conditions eight times. Yet he is given another chance. Once again, how many chances do these kids get?

Our police have been rendered virtually powerless by weak, enabling governments and we are now becoming targets of brutality in our own homes.

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Bring back the power and respect to the police, teachers and those in authority and stop allowing the  court system to use the ‘revolving door’ policy. At the moment it is a joke. No respect no limits, no consequences.

It’s time for Mr and Mrs Joe Average to stand up and shout “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you agree with Sue?

This piece was originally published on Starts at 60 as ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore‘. It was one of our most popular contributions by the Starts at 60 community in 2016. 

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