“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be out to death; blood shall be upon them.” This is the common passage thrown about by some within the Christian community to justify their stance against homosexuality and gay marriage in America.
My column is simply an effort to improve three things in this world; truth, justice and equality. If a police officer can openly lie to a citizen, that is not truth. If a police officer has special protections that are unavailable to a civilian, that is not equality. If a police officer can fire 16 rounds into an unarmed man without consequence, that is not justice.
Everyone has experienced nights where our drive to do some homework succumbs to the wonders of the Internet. We are all fallible and can fall victim to the most adorable of cat videos and BuzzFeed.
America loves war. We may complain about the costs, why we are putting soldiers in harm’s way and even the reasons why we are going, but in the end, our country’s policies enjoy showering the disenfranchised with democracy bombs. Nothing screams freedom like blowing up a country.
America is facing an education crisis. As a country, our ranking in the world as an educational powerhouse is slowly slipping away. Finland and South Korea are current beacons of educational might. Those two countries produce some of the best students in the world, yet America, one of the most prosperous and wealthiest nations, struggles with the concept of quality public education.
The 24-hour news cycle circus is a great example of American idiocy. A cat on jet-skis juggling flaming chainsaws is not, and never will be, news.
“If you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said in 2009 and 2010 as he advocated for the passage of health care reform. That line is now being played over and over in the news media in light of evidence that Obama’s assurances may have been less than truthful.
There is an epidemic spreading across America today. It has lead to senseless killings and fear mongering in ways that would keep George Orwell up at night cowering beneath his bed sheets.
A professor once taught me “Diversity does not equal equality.” I commend him for this, framing the idea of diversity in a way I have never encountered. There is a difference between the two and they rarely, if ever, live in harmony.
The message North Andover School District is sending students is a dangerous one. Schools are supposed to provide a learning experience where rights and wrongs are solidified into lifelong values designed to prepare students to function in the real world. Sadly, zero tolerance polices are black-and-white blemishes on the foundation of public education. The real world isn’t so clear-cut, and to make a decision to aid a friend in need and to be punished for it is sickening.
There is an infusion of Judeo-Christian fundamentalism in American politics today. This is thanks to the extremist wing of the Republican Party and the Tea Party that believes America has lost its Godly way.
We’ve been bamboozled! Swindled! Hoodwinked! Hornswoggled!
What we’ve lost is a governing body that works for the people. Instead, we got a cut-rate “West Side Story” on our hands.
There is a battle raging in the American discourse – a generous term at that. America prides itself on the freedoms it protects for its citizens, yet what happens when two freedoms are vehemently at odds with one another?
There is a dark underbelly to American culture that rarely, if ever, receives fair coverage in the media today. It is passed off as slut shaming, victim blaming, no big deal or pretty much anything other than what it really is: rape.
We live in a country that prides itself on freedom – freedom of speech, religion and the press.
Americans take pride in what we have in this country today. Yes, it can easily be argued that those freedoms are eroding thanks to our government’s fear mongering, but for the most part, we do live in a very special place.
The Great Recession has been particularly hard for Michigan and its workers. When General Motors and Chrysler fumbled financially, they fell into bankruptcy. By not compensating consumers weary of growing gas prices with practical alternatives, Michigan’s economic core was poised to crumble.
America, as a country, is exhausted by war. And not just the boots-on-the-ground type — a phrase I loathe and will explain why later – but everything about it: the rhetoric, the fear mongering, the clear ignorance to the will of the American people.
We’ve all done questionably illegal things in our lives (allegedly), whether partaking in recreational drug use in college, sipping on alcohol in our parents’ basements well before reaching the legal drinking age, or other dubious acts we feel best left tucked away.
With the Detroit Big Three in shambles and the global market on the verge of collapse because of the recession that started in 2009, the importance of automakers in America was in question.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been touted as an Apple iPad 2 competitor, if not killer, but the Fire is in a different camp of products. Where the iPad 2 is focused on accomplishing a multitude of functions seamlessly, the Fire’s purpose is one thing and one thing only: accessing and buying multi-media content. Amazon has an expansive library of e-books, mp3s and albums, and the ability to stream thousands of TV shows and movies for those who have Amazon’s Prime membership.
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