I have a bone to pick, not just with a few of you, but with all of you… So, here are a few items (most from the Social Issues side) of my “a lot of stuff is wrong with Our Land” list (in no particular order). Enjoy;
(1.) People who have strong opinions about things they don’t understand. If you want to debate it, have the discipline to become educated.
(2.) People that think the First Amendment means they can say whatever they want.
(3.) Teachers and coaches who don’t intervene when students and/or athletes are bullied. Or anyone who stands by idly neglecting to help someone in need.
(4.) People who use the Bible to support or justify acts of hate.
(5.) The two huge misconceptions American society has adopted;
(a) if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Example; ‘If you disagree with homosexuality you automatically hate all homosexuals’. This is a ridiculous and misconceived concept.
(b) to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.
Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. (Rick Warren)
(6.) Abuse; emotional, physical, etc… Abuse in general. Additionally, the way people dismiss emotional abuse as if it isn’t abuse at all. Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can hurt forever.
(7.) Standard Based Education and the Teacher Tenure System; both prevent students from receiving the education they truly deserve… but those topics are both blogs of their own… Moving on.
(8.) People who bring race, gender, ethnicity, etc… into situations where they don’t belong;
(a) last year, during the presidential election, I gave all my students a political option quiz. 87% of African American students stated that they would vote for Obama because of his skin color. Out of that 87% only 12% knew he was a Democrat. [This is an educational and parenting issue-- and is in no way the fault of the students.]
(b) if a white person admits that they didn’t vote for Obama they are considered (by some) ‘a racist’. And if a woman votes for Hillary she is considered (by some) ‘a feminist’. Sadly though, in some cases, these accusations are true.
(9.) The amount of money that teachers, family doctors, nurses, and other service providers make in comparison to professional athletes, famous musicians, and actors.
(10.) After I finished my list I decided to google the phrase “Things Wrong With America”; an article titled “12 Things Wrong with America” was the first link to appear… I’ve copied and pasted the first few sentences of the article for your viewing pleasure; “There are a lot of girls in the 5 range. These are girls who would be 7′s if they lost weight and purchased a beauty kit.”
WHAT!? Needless to say, I was appalled that this was the #1 search result on Google. I thought my search would lead me to an article about Taxes, Homelessness, the Economy, Rehabilitation Programs, Gay Marriage even…. But no. So I guess that gives me two more bones to pick; (11.) American’s inadequate idea of what is wrong with our Country, and (12.) American’s erroneous view of beauty.
In conclusion, WAKE UP America! If you’re gonna quote the Bible, read the Bible. If you want to “say whatever you want”, read the First Amendment. If you want your kids to truly learn, give them the tools to succeed in life. If you want Americans to vote based on candidate ability and not pointless matters you must educate them while they are young– and hopefully they will pass that education on to their children. The future has to start today.
So, why did I want to pick this bone with “all” Americans, and not just the guilty ones?
Because everyone; big or small, black or white, American or Foreign, gay or straight, rich or poor, has the power to change the world. Start with one person, start with yourself.
If you’re still reading, thank you. I appreciate it. Spread the word.