Chuck Slate and his wife Marilyn have been taking in foster children for some years. As a result of the actions of a 'rogue' local Social Services Agency, Chuck felt the need to author his second book entitled Never Underestimate the Arrogance or Stupidity of Government or In The Best Interests of WHOM? The first seventeen chapters describe Chuck's feelings concerning the moral decline of America. Chuck provides quotes and excerpts from many other people in the country concerning how our society has gotten to the sorry state that it presently enjoys. The final few chapters describe what effect these policies and actions have had on foster and adoptive children and their care givers. The arrogance comes of the lack of ethics and common sense in all facets of government and society. The court system, including the Supreme Court has lost its way.
Chuck, in his straightforward and sometimes raucous manner, identifies the problems in society created by the various levels of government and the citizens themselves. The number of foster children and children up for adoption has been created by the many failed policies of the federal government, including fairly recent Supreme Court decisions. Permissive parenting and a lack of a sense of family coupled with weak parents has also provided a strong negative aspect to society as a whole. Chuck's opinions are frequently backed up with ideas to resolve some of the problems. As Chuck indicates, changes (as a general rule) cannot come about through the efforts of one person. His call for the public to take action has been a theme of Chuck's since he wrote a weekly column for one of his local newspapers years ago. His theory that anything is OK in the public's eye as long as the economy is good is a trumped up false sense of security foisted upon the public by the federal government with the able assistance of the media. The sense of fear which permeates all levels of government and society has caused much of the problem and is primarily the result of the direction and policies of the federal government.
The public enters the polling place without having done its homework as to what direction the candidate they vote for may take for the country. What the candidates say and what they will do are two completely different concepts (unfortunately). Integrity is therefore essential in an elected official. The basic problem, of course, is to try and find a candidate who does not make us feel like we are voting for the lesser of two evils; most difficult in today's political environment.
If you read the book and do not become incensed by what you read then Chuck has proven his point -- as long as the economy is good, the public could care less about anything else which is going on which may directly affect their lives.