I am an American. I stand by my country, because I grew up here, had great memories here, met great people, and understand that I am more fortunate
than most others across the world. My life, as well as many others who are on this site (if you got access to the internet, I am assuming you do not
live in a third world country) are envied by many. That does not give me the right to feel that I am above anyone else, because I don't. I value
Human life just as much as anyone else. I want to be an Air Traffic Controller, where I am responsible for more lives in a single shift at work than
a surgeon is his entire life. I want that responsibility. Bring it on. I want to help people get to their families, their vacations, their jobs,
funerals, weddings, college graduations, etc etc etc. I am not very well read when it comes to politics, or the war. I just know that if anyone in
this country is asked, "why are we at war?" no one can give a definitive answer. (By the way, the government, who is calling out for more
controllers, has cut funding to the FAA, lowering the paychecks of the very people who tell pilots when and where to fly thousands of operations a
day, good one, government)
Last night I watched the Daily Show, and Helen Thomas, a renown reporter who has covered presidential campaigns for the past 9 presidencies, was asked
who her favorite president was. She answered rather quickly, "JFK." When asked why, she gave a laundry list of the things JFK did that sounded
almost like impossible feats. For example:
John Kennedy joined, and thus enabled, the march toward civil rights and justice for black Americans. He launched this nation's exploration of
space. Kennedy gave birth to the public's engagement in the arts and humanities....Kennedy also created the Peace Corps.
President Kennedy quickly corrected an economy that had been off course. He increased federal spending where it was needed, cut taxes in an equitable
manner while keeping the deficit in check. Any president would be satisfied to have just one of those accomplishments during a White House term.
What has our president done? What will he be remembered as two decades from now? Sad to say, but are we in a time period of a "low" for American
History? Our economy is ok, people are working, but why do so many in the world hate us so much? I honestly can't remember one good thing president
bush has done; maybe its because there are so many bad turns during his reign. I mean, how in the HELL did he get re-elected? I bet we are slapping
our heads over and over. Again, why are we hated by the rest of the world?
Because of the stupid, ridiculous, embarrassing, unbelievable actions taken by the minute percentage of the people representing this country. Most
people are too busy in their own little worlds, like waking up, dropping their kids off at school, going to work, leaving work to pick up the kids,
take them to soccer practice, eat dinner, watch law and order, and then go to sleep to repeat four more times until the weekend, where they relax for
two days. Most Americans (almost all) don’t have a clue as to what is going on around the world.
It is our own fault, we put these people into office. We elect the president, who then forms his cabinet. But to hate all of us collectively, is a
pile of horsey poo. There are a lot of good, loving people in this country, who would not wish harm to anyone.
Now with that being said, back to the war, why didn't President Bush, after coming up dry in Iraq with WMD's, why did he not front his campaign
against terrorism with this statement: "I want to save these people from themselves. We live in a country where suicide bombings is not an issue,
where testing biological weapons on civilians doesn't even go across our minds, where women have the same rights as men. These people are fighting a
war with themselves, and one side is defenseless. My actions are not for financial gain, but instead are efforts to save human lives from reckless
What is wrong with that? some people will say, "why does the US have the right to do anything? Why are we trying to be the Big Brother?" Because
we have the means, the money, and the drive to do so. But we are going about it the wrong way. The message has been lost. Now, people are starving
themselves outside the White House, and our president has one of the worst approval ratings I can remember. All this conspiracy talk about 9/11,
possible government involvement, I mean, can we please get real? What is wrong with us? Why can't we do something?
I just want people to love and respect each other. Is that so hard to ask?