When it comes to politics, I will admit I am like an Ostrich. I like to bury my head and hope that whatever is being debated does not directly impact my family and for the most part, I am fortunate, most things don’t directly impact my family.
This morning I turned on my computer and browsed the internet, as I often do. I like to look at the latest fashions and dream about the 4 inch heels that I used to run around in prior to having a child. Every once in awhile, I even have a moment of weakness and purchase a pair. A girl can never have too many new pairs of shoes in her closet.
This morning I found myself navigating from my usual fashion, children’s education and beauty products. In the headlines, I saw that our President is for gay marriage. Is it okay to say gay? I have always used the term same-sex relationships. I found myself asking the question, what is the big deal? What makes our country great is the fact that we can have an opinion without the fear of being tarred, feathered, and sent to the death chamber. After reading some of the article this morning, I did find myself asking the question: Are we really that tolerant of others?
Let me tell you some things that I am intolerant of:
- People who don’t work when they can clearly earn a living.
- People who are academically challenged and blame it on “the man,” that he or she does not have a good job or an education.
- People who steal, lie, cheat and bum off the system for a living.
- People who abuse.
- People who bully and degrade those who are incapable.
- People who are just too darn lazy to take care of their responsibility.
- Deadbeat parents.
- Racial intolerance.
- Children going to bed hungry.
- Child abuse.
Just to name a few of the things that I cannot tolerate. I think that all of the above items are important topics that our country should be discussing. We live in one of the greatest countries in the world. I have lived all over the world and I will tell you that at the end of the day, there is no place like America. So I don’t understand why we seemingly do not want to keep it great?
So, why aren’t we discussing the things that make us weak? Why aren’t we discussing why there are children that get one or two meals a day when they are at school or there is no food in their homes? Some children in America don’t have homes. Some children walk out of a school building at the end of the day and they don’t know where they are going to sleep and on a Friday don’t know if they will eat all weekend. Why aren’t we angry about those issues? Why aren’t politicians standing on the roof of buildings shouting…
WE NEED TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER!!!!!!!
wait for it
Why aren’t we discussing why we are dropping academically compared to the rest of the world?
Why aren’t we discussing why we are giving tax breaks to big corporations and they are still taking their jobs to other countries?
Why aren’t we discussing how we can fund the world’s problems but we have families sleeping in cars? Why can’t they have some of the money that we are shipping abroad?
Why aren’t we discussing the fact that we bailed out the mortgage companies, yet there are no provisions to help families stay in their homes?
Why are we willing to go into debt to take care of the problems of other countries yet we are cutting benefits to the poor in our country?
When did we become a country where we did not take care of our own?
WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?
Let’s think about this
Does denying same-sex couples the right to marry change the fact that they want to be in a relationship or already in one? NO
Does coming up with a system, where a child who would otherwise not get a meal in the evening, would have food outside of the school, have an impact on that child? Yes
Signs of Hatred in My Eyes
In our society, we spend so much time looking at the other person and disliking or hating them because they are different. We lose sight of what is important. We are losing a lot of battles in our country right now and none of them will be solved by denying same-sex couples the right to live their lives as they have already been living but now with a legal document.
My frustration is not that they are debating the topic but the fact that they put more energy into looking at the relationships of private citizens and not on what can strengthen our society.
Children, Jobs, decreasing homeliness, decreasing our debt, decreasing abuse, ending childhood hunger.
When was the last time those topics made headlines?