I know I complain a lot about Sweden and Stockholm and the Swedish people but there are days when I am ashamed to be American. That is because there are Americans who choose to force their ‘rights’ onto others because of their religious believes or morality. I am fine if you want to express yourself religiously, but at the cost of my rights and common sense, it is unacceptable and illegal.
Many of these ‘issues’ in the US are not issues in other developed societies (gay rights and abortion for example), yet we make an entire political campaign on a wedge issue that does not to improve the economy or state of the union.
The hottest topic ever to cross modern societies: do women have the right to abort fetuses? And where does a embryo become a fetus with feelings?
I am pro common sense and I am pro rationality but I will not stand for people who pledge abstinence, are against abortion, and then use welfare stamps to feed their many babies because they lacked common sense to do family planning.
We should institute a new bill. If one believes contraception and abortion is immoral, then they and their family are not eligible for welfare stamps, Medicaid, or any poverty assisting program benefits. They are too poor to take care of a child but too ignorant to use a condom? I am not using taxpayer money to take care of more ignorant children they create.
Just like the people who want welfare recipients to take drug tests to get benefits, welfare recipients should take “Common Sense” tests to prove they have enough brains to not screw up the next generation of babies they create.
It is shameful to know a that country like the United States can stand at the same level as Uganda. They want to pass a bill that will not only criminalize homosexuality but can carry the death penalty for engaging in homosexual acts. Who’s helping them? Conservatives in the United States.
When people still feel it acceptable to strip others of their human rights because they share a different point of view is a slippery slope to playing God and marginalizing people. In extreme cases that leads to genocide.
Most epic idiotic battle ever. The Senate votes 51-48 to table a bill that would allow “employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for contraceptives and other items they object to on religious or moral grounds.”
Hypothetical stupidity: If you are an employer, you could deny health coverage for X-rays because you know, taking an x-ray is stealing someone’s soul. And that violates you religious beliefs. Therefore all your employees covered under company insurance will not be allowed to get x-rays.
Quoting Rush Limbaugh, the conservative pundit who has a drug problem amongst a myraid of other personal issues.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
Yes, he really said that. He also said that these women should post their sex videos since taxpayers are paying for them to have sex. Posting the online videos includes married people too; because married people should not have safe sex either.
It should be noted that many women take the Pill not because they are sexual active, but because it helps regulate menstral flow, decrease acne, and can lessen heavy bleeding. They too would be denied coverage if the bill passed.
According to conservatives, no one should be having sex, ever; before marriage and in Limbaugh’s case, after marriage.
Guns in Bars
The second amendment has done a number on people’s beliefs to carry guns wherever, whenever, however. Even if you are not drinking, you should not carry a gun in a bar. It’s dumb and unsafe.
Would you feel safe knowing the guy next to you was packing heat and drinking a supposed Coke-cola? Because you could always end up like the Tennessee senator arrested for DUI and carrying a gun in his car. And he was the one who introduced this bill.
And in light of the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, self defense gun laws need to investigated at a deeper level.
Universal Health Care
Call it whatever you want Bill O’Reilly and other conservative pundits. The fact is 49 million people are uninsured. When one of those people get sick and go to hospital, guess who pays the bill? Taxpayers. Hospital care is costly and can be 10-50 times more expensive than if a person was treated at a doctor’s office and received care.
I do not want to pay from my tax money for people to fall extremely sick and burden our dysfunctional health system. We pay the highest amount per capita (double the amount of Switzerland that is in second place) and yet still do not have the healthiest people. The system is totally fucked up.
Let’s fix it, get people coverage (not free coverage), and make American healthier to work and live.
Hasn’t anyone realized that a healthy American is a hard working American? And a hard working American leads to a economically stable society?
The Tax Code
The IRS and the myriad of forms to fill out in tax season is bat shit crazy insane. I am never sure what the hell I am supposed to be filling out. Add to that, that Mitt Romney’s tax pressure is barely 14% and mine is close to 30% pisses me off.
Ideally we would trash the current system, put a new one in that based on income (and by income I mean ANY way the dollars enter your bank account – stocks, equity, trusts, W2) and make life simpler and fairer for all.
Unfortunately, the tax code is the most complex set of rules and laws, that it will take years to fix.
Until then, please don’t arrest me because I forgot to disclose my ICA card in my Treasury filings.
Awesome, so you really believe that Mr. T-Rex roamed around with our forefathers. Just please, keep your tyrannosaur off of crack.
English as the National Language
We live in the United States. Our Constitution and all our bills are written in English. I know people speak Spanish but none of our legislation is written in Spanish. Pass a bill that English is the official language of the United States but that Spanish (or any other language) can be used as a working language.
This is the same mess happening in Sweden since the government forgot to make any language the official one of the country. Opps.
In addition, students have the right to learn second or third languages as long as their main language is English in school. Students should be required to learn second languages from grade school to high school. We need the next generation to speak English fluently and prove they are capable of competing with global workers who also speak second and third languages.
Yes Rick Santorum, President Obama does want people to have higher education, even for just one year. And calling him a ‘snob’ makes you a fucking moron.
Every American, legal or not, should obtain some form of higher education. Be it a vocational degree or a PhD, everyone should be able to be a better, more educated American.
The idea that we will “bring our jobs back onshore” only works if people are capable of doing those jobs. If Americans are not educated enough or lack basic skills, why would anyone want to hire them?
Get people educated to compete against the world, that will bring our jobs back home.
There are more issues, but these are the main ones that make me want to be a better American and stand up for those who have had their rights trampled upon.
Here are some organizations to read more about:
National Organization of Women – http://www.now.org/
Planned Parenthood – http://www.plannedparenthood.org/
The American Jewish World Service – http://ajws.org/who_we_are/
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – http://www.aclu.org/
The White House – www.whitehouse.gov
Fact Check – http://factcheck.org
I love you America, but don’t break my heart and take part in archaic ideology. Let’s make the country a better place to live and work.
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