America is changing. We can see it changing from the way people act from the way our children act. We can see it changing by the music and other media people buy. The change in America is apparent, it’s so blatant that if you don’t see it, you either live in a small town in middle America where there’s one general store and one radio station and not much has changed since the 1950’s or you’re willfully ignorant to the fact America is changing. Sadly though, America is not changing for the best. It took a wrong turn some where down the road and now we are lost in two towns called Fudged Up and Don’t Give a Damn. And a lot of Americans seem to hate being in these towns but for some reason they keep voting to stay here.
The change in America really started when the majority of young Americans started going to college. It started then because there was a message to get a majority of young Americans to go to college and after awhile the message to get young Americans to go to college changed. The message started out as “Go to college to better yourselves. Better yourselves for you, your children, and your grandchildren. Better yourselves because your parents didn’t have a chance to.” Then out of nowhere the message changed and it changed for the worse. The message has become, “Go to college because you’ll make more money than a person who didn’t.”
That message is the fundamental problem with America. I believe almost all other problems stem from that talking point. I understand at face value that sounds idiotic but allow me to delve into my beliefs. The idea of going to college because you’ll make more money is like minimizing the true value of a college education. It’s kind of like saying “The true value of a college education is the money you get once you leave college.” Or just to simplify the whole thing going to college to make more money eventually is kind of like saying “Do whatever you have to, even the most unbearable things just to make.”
Now, that belief may seem a little conspiratorial but when you factor in that a large amount of business people are practicing profit over people, it seems the teaching of doing anything for money is deep rooted and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Let me be clear though, it is not the love of money that’s crippling the American society. It’s the love of money so much that one is willing to do almost anything to get it. And the simplest way to combat that mentality is to change the message we give our young adults preparing to attend college.
Recently there has been a lot of news over people saying and doing stupid things. Most of them related to GOProuds endorsement of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The statement deemed most offensive related to GOProuds endorsement of Mitt Romney were made by founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Mr. Savage tweeted “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/goproud-endors…. Pathetic.” I can see why people would get offended by this statement. It’s absolutely reasonable. He used a word that was derogatory to a group of people he belongs to. However many people were quick to blame the entire left for Mr. Savages remarks. Or they entirely dismissed Mr. Savages work in the gay community because he had a lapse of judgement.
Dan Savage is in many peoples eyes a good person who has done good for a group of people. He slipped up once and was disrespectful to another group of people. Here’s the thing though he hasn’t apologized for his and I don’t think he will. He made a statement and he stood by it. Too often nowadays people are having to back track what they say or apologize for what they’ve done because a small group of people are offended. Last year country singer Blake Shelton tweeted he would kick any mans ass if they came on to him after he remade a song previously sung by a woman. People accused him of being homophobic and advocating gay bashing. Maybe if people weren’t so quick to judge they’d possibly think maybe just doesn’t want his ass grabbed. I know I’m probably thinking about this too simply but that’s who I am I love simplicity.
There’s no doubt the statements Blake Shelton or Dan Savage said were idiotic. But when did we start drawing false equivalency for idiotic statements. When did someone become homophobic for not wanting another man touching his ass. When I played football I didn’t let my teammates slap me on my ass and I was vocal about not wanting them to touch me there but am I homophobic or would I just rather not be touched on my ass. Dan Savage was completely out of line by using the word faggot. And even more out of line by using house in front of it as if the people from GOProud were slaves. However, if you knew about Mitt Romney’s support of conversion therapy and you were gay and found out other homosexuals supported him wouldn’t be a little mad. You would and just because you’re a public that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be afforded the opportunities to say dumb things. Let people be idiotic. It’s not like they are just going to stop being idiotic because they were told to apologize so many times.
I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.
In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.
Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.
America’s economy has gaping wound in the middle of it’s chest and we have two parties arguing about how to deal with it. We have the republicans who have often said the numbers aren’t real and they are a lot worse than the president and his administration is letting on or a few republicans will say the economy doesn’t need a band aid but, they don’t offer any viable economic plans. On the other hand you have democrats who are little too band aid happy. The democrats provide a lot of short term economic plans but they haven’t provided any long term ideas. So the question a lot of people are asking themselves and their politicians is, “Do we just let the economy bleed out or do we dress the wound and apply pressure until we have a permanent cure?”
Politicians are making the economy a partisan thing but when has other peoples money, job, or livelihood been a partisan thing. We have people saying “No no no, we can’t worry about the poor people and we can’t raise taxes on the job Creators.” We tried that for about ten or eleven years now and look where it’s got us. We’ve shot our economy in the foot and we’re slowly pointing the gun higher and higher up our economic body. If we continue down this road we’re going to be shooting our economy in the head and America as a nation will be left for dead and our grandchildren and great grandchildren will spend their entire lifetimes trying to revive the American Economy.
We as private citizens need to write our representatives and tell them we want our government working for us and only us. We don’t care about corporate interests or money. We don’t care what you think are job creators because we took high school economics and understand that in a capitalistic society we the people are job creators. Their stories that wealthy people who send jobs overseas are job creators here in America is tired and old. We voted our representatives into office to do two things. 1) Represent us and our wishes,and 2) Protect our rights. Recently they have been protecting our rights but they haven’t been representing us or our wishes. Let’s tell our representatives like it is. We get them into that job and we can get them out of it. If we just remind them of that I’m pretty sure they’ll represent us more often.
Arizona’s congress is back at it again and this time their stupidity has been raised to a whole new level entirely. Their level of stupidity was raised when somebody drafted a bill claiming that an unborn child gestational period begins on the first day of the last day of a menstrual cycle. So with that language it says a pregnancy begins when a woman’s ovulation cycle begins. Their level of stupidity sky rocketed to unseen level when they passed this deranged bill. Arizona’s congress should really rethink this bill and whether or not they should have passed it.
I am not going to delve into whether or not this another attack on women nor am I going to say this another installment of the War On Women. I will call this a dumb ass bill that should not have ever been drafted. This reaches beyond stupidity and any kind of scientific reason but ,you know what, It’s law and now women do have to be more careful and pay closer attention to certain things.
There’s also another part of this bill that is a bit controversial and is getting over looked a bit as well. In the bill it defines what an unborn child is. In Section 3 Part 13, the bill defines an unborn child as “the offspring of human beings from conception until birth”. With this definition in the bill the Arizona legislators got a little Personhood into the bill. I may be wrong on this part of the bill but I have looked all across the internet and could not find whether or not an unborn child is always defined as “the offspring of human beings from conception until birth” but I’m figuring that’s not how it’s defined in the scientific world. Anyways there’s nothing wrong with the Arizona legislators putting this in the bill but you really have to think why are these people creating these bills. Are they creating them to try to protect the citizens of Arizona or are they passing them to force their beliefs on others?
Recently a lot of people have been saying global warming is nothing more than poppycock. They claim that Carbon Dioxide is good for the Earth or they’ll say “It’s foolish to believe man can destroy anything that God created,therefore to believe in global warming is to doubt God.” Those two arguments can be refuted in a matter of seconds with science and a little common sense. Whenever people claim these two things I become baffled that some one would claim some thing so ludicrous a reasonable fifth grader would even disagree.
Science is complicated and a little hard to rap your head around when dealing with some subjects like chemistry or physics. However, the concept of science is simple. Science relies heavily upon reasonable theories. Those theories begin as hypotheses and scientists run tests collect data and numbers and then base their theories upon the data and numbers collected while running tests. When theories are proven they become fact and when not enough data is or can be collected but there is a large consensus in the science community, non-scientific people generally accept what the scientists say about certain things. With things that conflict with religion there will be a few people that will not accept the general theory but, for some reason people are refusing to believe in climate change even though it’s obvious.
There’s a new law in New York that is absolutely ridiculous and should not have ever been thought of. It’s a law that polices political correctness. The law forces test makers in New York to leave out words like Birthday or Dinosaur so not to offend any one group of individuals. The law restricts words that people use every day and there’s really no way to avoid the use of them especially when the New York prohibit the use of fifty commonly used words. The list is comprehensive and ranges from words like birthday to abuse. Why would a word like abuse be on a standardized test. I can only imagine that question, “There are five children. Two of them are abused but four of them have bruises. How many children have bruises?”
The premise is somewhat reasonable. The law makers in New York want to protect children from being hurt or possibly being accidentally made to relive something horrible that happened in the past. This goes over the line of necessary protection though. If they don’t want to offend any one then have the test makers make sure they create the tests with questions that wont be perceived as offensive rather than cutting out the use of certain words that possibly, but most likely won’t, offend some people. This law is a perfect example of A) political correctness going way too far and B) government over stepping their boundaries even if they have the best intentions in mind.
There’s another problem with this law. If they tell test makers not to use words like slaves or poverty on tests how can you teach kids about things like Pre- Civil War America or America during the Great Depression. This law is contradictory and will leave kids in catastrophic idiocy, which will lead to higher rates of poverty. Wait I’m not sure if I can use that word some one might be offended. These are words that can not and must not be avoided. To keep kids from seeing these words is only going to make it tougher for them when they grow up and deal with this stuff on a regular basis.
It’s absolutely ignorant to believe that if we don’t talk about something then it doesn’t exist. Ignorance isn’t a good thing and it never has been so why do Americans continue to hide things from children or from regular Americans. We as a nation don’t need to be coddled or held close. We need to have veil removed from our eyes and examine and take everything for what it is rather than for what we want it to be. We all need to grow up and be more mature and stop being so willfully ignorant because the longer we accept the ignorance the longer we will be in the dark being controlled like puppets by some creepy puppeteer.
And I know I kind of sounded like a conspiracy theorist in this post and I don’t really like sounding that way.
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Children dealing with serious issues
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
Death and disease
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
Gambling involving money
Homes with swimming pools
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
Television and video games (excessive use)
Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
Vermin (rats and roaches)
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.
People continue to call George Zimmerman a racist evil person. Whether or not Zimmerman is racist is not at question nor is the question of whether or not he is an evil person. And those things shouldn’t be at question but for some reason people are alluding to this concept and forgetting the more important thing in this case, which is the death of and finding justice for Trayvon Martin.We as a nation aren’t allowing justice to take it’s course. We have already decided that either Trayvon Martin was innocent or George Zimmerman was defending himself. We even have people posting fake photos of Martin and claiming things that are irrelevant to the case. However people who believe Zimmerman was absolutely wrong have called for his death and are releasing things that shouldn’t be released to the public. So, both sides of this case are doing things to sway public opinion.
People are making statements saying that George Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested yet and it’s a travesty of justice. What those people don’t know is that the Sanford Police department couldn’t and still can’t arrest Zimmerman because of the Stand Your Ground Law, which is Zimmerman’s main defense. This kind of case is unique because has received national attention and is polarizing but, at the same time it’s not unique because many people have claimed self defense in Florida and hadn’t been arrested. So the public outcry is necessary and it has gotten some things done but, the public outcry for the Sanford Police Department to arrest Zimmerman would force the police to break the law. And don’t get me wrong I want to see Zimmerman arrested and have a law enforcement agency run the tests that the Sanford Police Department ran on Trayvon Martin. Not because I have jumped to the conclusion that Zimmerman is guilty but because that’s what the public wants, that’s what should have happened some time ago, and to see if by any Zimmerman was abusing any drugs on that February night.
The other problem Americans are having with this case is that they are trying to sway public opinion to favor a side for example Michelle Malkin posted a fake photo and people some how got Zimmerman’s whole history. People are talking about why Martin was at his fathers which was because he was suspended from school for having a bag that might have had marijuana in it and that information has nothing to do with this case but, it paints Martin ;to some, as a bad person. If you know anything about teenagers then you’d know that kids make mistakes and this doesn’t portray Martin as a bad kid. Information that was released about Zimmerman has been used against to prove that he had a nose for violence and while lawyers may be able to use the information the public should not have any information about either person in this case. Media should only portray the people in this case as it pertains to this case. So nothing should be leaked about previous infractions of either male and there should be no one defending either person. We as the public are not a judge nor a jury nor an executioner so we should not receive any information that would sway our judgement to any one’s favor.
There’s another thing that many people are discussing and it has actually caused quite a raucous. That thing I am talking about is profiling more specifically racial profiling. It is evident that race had some influence in the case of Martin and Zimmerman. Geraldo Rivera said the hoodie Martin was wearing is just as guilty for his as Zimmerman. Geraldo said that Black and Latino youths should stay away from hooded sweatshirts because they may be perceived as a threat. That is the definition of profiling and it really has to stop. And if it doesn’t more children may be killed for belonging to a minority community.
With the unjustifiable death, or murder really, of Trayvon Martin countless Americans have been introduced to the Castle Doctrine which in some states is known as the Stand Your Ground Law or Make My Day Law. To say these laws are vague and don’t really define anything would be an extreme understatement. See the law dates all the way back to 1628 when an English jurist Sir Edward Coke. Since its inception the Castle Law has been renamed and has many restrictions added and taken away from it until the law has become the laws we have now in the United States.
The law originally granted people to protect themselves and their homes from intrusion even if it meant the possibility “justifiable” homicide. That was the original Castle Doctrine, the later drafter Make My Day law extended out to ones car or means of transportation. The name of the law is a reference to the line uttered by the character Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, in the movie Sudden Impact. The later drafted Stand Your Ground Law or No Duty To Retreat Law not only extends to outside your home or car but also any where you have a right to be. So, let’s say I am in Delaware just walking down the street and I see an assailant walking towards me. If I feel endangered I have not only the right to defend myself but also if need be the right to commit “justifiable” homicide.
Some groups like the NRA and other gun-rights groups will argue the Stand Your Ground Law only defends people defending their homes. Other groups like the Brady Campaign and additional gun control groups claim that the law will eventually lead to innocent people being hurt and killed. There are a few examples of the Stand Your Ground Law being taken to the extreme. One example is in 2007 a cops son ruthlessly attacked one man while the victims back was to the assailant then the assailant stormed off and attacked a homeless who was just standing there, the homeless man was literally just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cops son claimed the Stand Your Ground as his reason to attack the two men. The most recent and probably more atrocious case was the death of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman shot and killed the young teenager without really any reason. George Zimmerman was told by the 911 operators not to follow Martin but did anyways. When the police arrived on the scene they found that Trayvon Martin was visiting his father and only had skittles, an Arizona Iced Tea, and cell phone on his person.
In both cases there were three victims one white male and two black males. Also, in both cases there was no arrest made at the scene of the crime. So, why did these two assailants get to go home while one victim was severely injured, another victim hospitalized, and the final victims life taken. Well it’s because in both cases the assailants claimed the Stand Your Ground Law as their defense and the police took it as there was no need to arrest the two attackers. It’s mind boggling that they were able to claim this law as their defense though, because in both cases there was some kind of evidence that proved both assailants were unprovoked. In the case of Jonathan Collison, the cops son, there was video tape of him viciously attacking both victims unprovoked. In the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was recorded saying he saw Trayvon Martin and began following him. Provided with that information how does a police officer not make an arrest. There’s another interesting fact, in both cases the managing police officer at the crime scene was the same man.
A lot of people have been claiming an air racism in the cases. I am definitely the last person to jump to that conclusion however, in this case it is unavoidable. Whether it’s police ignoring to arrest the assailants or the assailants attacking black men for no reason, especially in the case of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman had no reason to believe Trayvon Martin was a criminal and he had no reason to be carrying a gun when patrolling for neighborhood watch. I mean it’s the neighborhood watch, your job is described in the title you watch the neighborhood nothing more nothing less. Zimmerman’s acts of vigilantism were caked in racism. Going after a young man simply because he’s black there was no other reason Zimmerman had to follow Martin. The racism was actually heard in a 911 call.
I am one year older than Trayvon Martin, I have dealt with racism on numerous accounts. I have been called a nigger during lacrosse games. I have had women and men clench their belongings when I have entered an elevator. I have been stopped by police walking home after football practice. And I have grown accustom to all those things but, after hearing the story of Trayvon Martin the racial profiling really needs to stop. I mean Trayvon Martin was seventeen and rather small, one-hundred-forty pounds, and he was perceived as a threat to a man a decade older than him and at least one hundred pounds heavier. So there are definite racist sentiments. I know racism will always exist but we need to try harder to stop it but we need to stop being so politically correct about things to.