Monday, December 22, 2008

From the Archives: Anti-Americanism

Found this piece the other day. It was a rant I wrote when I was 20, right after the September 11th attacks, it looks like. I think it was cute and, for the most part, right on point. Was definitely more spirited back then, although I hope that has changed and matured a bit. It's neat to see how writing styles change over time. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

"One thing I've learned from my college experience is that ALOT and I mean alot of Anti-American people are enrolled in these schools ( I have attended 2 colleges so far). And no, not all of them are exchange students!! To my surprise I must say. Look, I won't be the first nor the last to say this, but America isn't perfect. We have our fair share of corrupt politicians, like the Clintons and Gore, just to name a few. Our laws aren't always fair. There are people here who wish to rob you of every penny you have.

But you wanna know something??

I'm still damn proud to live here, and to have been born here. Why? Because no matter how bad our government is or unfair the laws are...I bet you that we have it better than 99.99999% of the rest of the people in the World. Think about it and you'll see I'm right. Our women definitely have more freedom than the other women in the world combined. Think about that for a second. We are allowed to vote (not all of us should...but that's a different story), which is a privilege not too many women get...a guess would be at least 60% don't get that privilege. Also speaking about voting, we have one of the most advance voting systems. Think our voting is bad? Look around, the rest of the world has it worse. We are allowed to wear basically anything we want. When was the last time you worried about showing your wrists or ankles? Some women have to worry about that everyday or else they will be beaten or worse. To be honest, that has never crossed my mind when I was getting dressed in my 20 years of existence. Never. And why? Cuz I'm an American. And I'm proud of it.

However, my point isn't why we should be proud, that was just a little aside. My point in this rant is the vast number of Anti-American people living here. Um, you know...If I hated a place, I would make darn sure I would never live there or would leave in a hurry if I did live there. Seems logical to me, but I guess I must be weird or something. So why are you guys who hate the United States still here? We're not forcing ya to stay, there's the door, leave if you aren't happy. Don't let the door hit you on your way out and please leave quickly. We have too many people here already.
Anyways, I saw in the news there's some writer from Brown University who said "I was cheering when the Pentagon got hit because I know about the brutality of the military. The American flag is nothing but a symbol of hate and should be used for toilet paper for all I care".

Guess where he lived--Afghanistan?? Iraq?? No--Providence, RI.
That's right, Providence RI---
U.S. of A. What's your problem, guy? Military too brutal for ya? LOL Our military is probably the most civil out of the other militaries in the world. Our flag a symbol of hate?? Not a bright one, are ya? Tell me, whenever there's a skirmish in the world, who steps in to help? Whenever there's starving people in the world, who steps in to help? Those don't seem like acts of hate to me. And if you cheer for the death and pain of your fellow Americans or the death and pain of ANYONE, I pity you, Sir. And your actions ARE hateful. How can anyone, religion, color, nationality aside cheer on destruction, death and pain of a fellow human being? You aren't even worthy enough to be a human, let alone an American. I hope to hell you've gotten out of the US by now. And you want to know the only reason why if you are still here, that you have not been kicked out or killed for what you said? Because you are an American, and you have the freedom to run your mouth as much as you wish, without consequences. You have no idea how lucky you are to be an American. And if you actually thought with your brain for once instead of your butt, you might wake up and realize that one day."

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bodies and Bailouts

At school, we planned to take the students on a field trip to see the Bodies Exhibit, but the trip had to be canceled due to one of the teachers telling a student that they murdered people in China on purpose to be used for profit in the exhibition. Later on, another teacher didn't think it was "right" for us to take the students because it was a horrible exhibit to display human bodies in such a manner, and he knew that the rumors were true because he lived in China.

What is it with liberals screaming about freedom of speech and freedom to do whatever they want, yet limiting what other people want to do, just because they don't think it's "right".

If you don't agree with it or don't want to do see it, then you don't have to go. Don't limit what other people want to do because you don't agree with it. I don't look at porn on the internet, but I don't believe in banning it from people who do look at it. If we ban that, then it opens the door to ban other things - other things that I might like. So don't even open that Pandora's box.

By the way, I was curious and I looked up this "controversy" on the Bodies Exhibit. The murdering people on purpose was mentioned in a footnote. The main concern was that they didn't know exactly where these bodies came from and didn't have consent to display them from either the owner or the owner's family.

Excuse me, but can anyone tell me if we got permission from King Tut or his family to display his body (for profit, nonetheless) ? How about the charred bodies I saw at Pompeii - did anyone ask them? Brains on display in museums - did anyone ask their owners? And I could go on and on... Pick another argument, guys.

Had a friend suggest of a place we should take the students where they CAN see bodies on display AND with the owners' consent - a strip bar. (tongue-in-cheek, of course, but makes a valid point).

Tell me, where are non-medical people going to get the chance to see anything like that anywhere else? It's an amazing learning experience that you cannot get anywhere else.

Next time a liberal screams about freedom of speech or whatever, they need to be doing it for the benefit of everyone, not just themselves.

Nothing gets me more upset than mentioning bailouts in the news. They should have never started with this bailout mess. Talk about opening a Pandora's box. You know, I have never been overly critical of the job that President Bush has been doing, and in fact, I applaud most of his efforts, but this recent bailout BS has me shaking my head at him.

The point of owning a business, the point of Capitalism is to create a product that people will buy. If you do not, then you WILL fail. Plain and simple. It's the harsh truth of the matter. That is the risk you take by going into business. And you shouldn't expect ANYONE to bail you out for YOUR choices.

What I want to know - who is going to bail me out? I have a store on Amazon that hasn't sold anything in months. Who is going to bail me out? Doesn't matter that I only have a handful of things for sale and that the majority of them are video tapes, which no one is buying anymore. Not my fault - I want someone to bail me out!

Make a product that people are interested in buying. If you can't do that, then you have no business being in business in the first place.

Apparently, the Bodies Exhibition has done just that. I haven't heard anything about a "Body Bailout Bill". In fact, I've heard the exhibition is quite popular. I know I will be supporting it.