I remember these words too well…that was/is me
I was talking to a friend today and we’re discussing movies. Most of us love them specially when it’s new and action. We as a country can raise 200 million in one weekend for a movie, a movie but we can’t come together to raise money to fix our neighborhood? I agree with my friend when he said that if we can make a celebrity so much money we should be able to demand that they invest back some of it and help our country. If we look up where famous people invest their money it is usually outside the U.S. We need help right here right now. 200 million would fix our education problem.
Of course all these wealthy citizens are concerned with one thing and one thing only their “legacy”. Unfortunately they want to help the outside world because it affords a higher praise. Help our inner cities. Let’s clean up our streets and we will make sure your legacy lives on.
On a day like today we give thanks, pay respect and honor all those who fought and lost their lives and all those who continue to fight for our freedom. “our freedom” a term that has been somewhat distorted for so long now. Our freedom of speech only exists on paper now and most of us are afraid to speak for what we believe. We are afraid of offending someone with our opinions and maybe even dying for it as well. America prides itself is stating that we are powerful and that we have rights. Well let’s for one moment examine who we are as a whole. Our economy is frail, our education is mediocre at best and unemployment and homelessness rises to astronomical level.
Let’s discuss rights. We are the only country that gives more rights to the criminals than to everyday hardworking citizens. Prisoners have more to look forward to on the inside than we have out in the real world. I think our government must look up the term “rehabilitate”. When we punish our kids and give them “time out” we do not sit them in front of the TV and give them all the junk food they enjoy. Instead we take away their right to enjoy those and hope they realize that should they misbehave again they will lose it again. That is how you teach someone. Prisoners in America have a gym, theater, TV, library, healthcare, social time, 3 square meals, electric and water paid for. How are they learning any lessons? How do they get to have more rights than those of us struggling check to check and obeying the law? I know people who work all day everyday and can’t afford a gym membership nor can they go to the movies with their kids even monthly because they can’t afford it. We obey the law we do the right thing and yet we have to pay for the luxuries of those who don’t.
We claim to be a powerful country based on what? bullying other countries? In order to be strong as a nation we have to fix our own house before we attempt to interfere and fix someone else’s. If an airplane is going down and you have your friends and family around you, you are asked to fit your oxygen mask before you can help others. Our economy needs help. Our education needs help. How can we adopt children of other nations before looking in our backyard and help ours first. What are we doing as a human race?
This should not be a black and white world. We are a human race. Dr. Ben Carson is the only man I have heard that cares about what the original America was. The America our forefathers fought for. They would turn in their graves if they saw what we have done. We cannot be a society who thinks that criminal riots are the answer to peace!!!! Why do all the business owners and their families have to pay for other people’s mistakes? Riots only hurt the innocent and if it is honor that riots intend then we have to look up the word “honor” as well. Do you want to honor the ones who have sacrificed their lives then arm yourself with pen and paper and acquire knowledge. That’s how we make a change. Fighting with our minds with intelligence. To paraphrase Dr. Ben Carson, he said that we can all be elected into office and make a change. We can all have the opportunity to be heard. It is by fault of our own that we continue to re-elect those who are already there and expect change.
We have a magnificent obligation to arm our kids with knowledge and human warmth. We cannot let our country continue to divide itself and chaos move in. Lets honor our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, moms and dads fighting for a free and better America by helping them in the fight. We have the tools we just need the will.