Sunday, November 13, 2016

I Never Thought I Would Live In This America

   Oh hi, I never wanted to bring my opinions on Religion and Politics to my blog. I hate the idea of creating any sort of confrontation on something that I'm working hard to build. But in light of what happened this past week, it's what I feel inspired to write about. I didn't write this to change your mind, so feel free to be completely honest in the comments.

Chicago teens beat man while screaming "don't vote for Trump." 
I never thought I would live in this Country and see the things that I have seen. I never knew America was filled with such hate and violence. It feels like we have taken 50 years of progress and threw it in the trash can, and believe me, it is not because Donald Trump was elected President. If you think that who lives in the White House makes this Country great, well, I'm sorry to tell you this but you are wrong. He may have a big part of it but it's the people that make it great. It's the hard work of the American people that make this country great. It sickens me to know that people feel that it is their right to walk down the street and break windows of hundreds of vehicles, set business' on fire, and pull an elderly man out of his vehicle, rob him, and beat him. You know what is even scarier? People are defending it by saying oh it's "their right to protest." Since when did a protest involve all of that? What is the point? Because you didn't get your way? Maybe I was raised differently but I think that is called "throwing a fit." Except America's "fit" is extremely dangerous and violent.

I never thought I would live in this Country and be afraid to say that I am a Christian. Everyone has a right to believe and practice whatever religion they'd like to, thanks to Freedom of Religion, but as a Christian I feel like I have to keep my religion hush hush because I might offend someone. I've seen comments from people on social media comparing Christians to ISIS because everyone thinks that us expressing our love for our faith is us shoving our religion down their throats. I accept whatever you believe in, we can be friends, but don't force your opinions on my religion on me and expect me to sit and listen and not say anything. I definitely think our Government needs God more than ever because in case you have forgotten, this Country was built around the word of God. I am a Christian and I am proud of that. Out of all the countries in the world, I never thought I would live in the U.S. and have to think twice before I said that.

Police Officers who were murdered during a protest in Dallas, Texas.
I never thought I would live in this Country and fear for the life of our police force. I understand that their job has always been dangerous as their job is to deal with the most awful humans that walk among us. But numbers don't lie and the number of police officer's that were murdered this year is up by 44% than last year. 44%!!! I can't tell you why that is. All I can say is this Country is more dangerous than ever and sadly it is coming from people who live in it. I don't understand why you would want to kill those who protect and serve you? I am not ignorant, I know they have bad apples in law enforcement but that doesn't mean it's okay to kill any of them. I don't know about you but I like having the option to call someone with a gun to come save me if a crook breaks into my house. I would hate to live in this world for one day without our police force. So thank you to all the men and women who protect and serve.

I never thought I would live in this Country and have to fight for my constitutional rights. I believe everyone should own a gun. I promise you, just because you own a gun does not mean that one day you'll just wake up and decide to shoot up a movie theater. And if you do decide to do that, your gun is not the problem, your mental illness is the problem. Like I said in the last paragraph, I like the fact that I can call a person with a gun to save me in a horrible situation but I also like the fact that I don't have to wait for him to show up if my life was in danger.

I never thought I would live in this Country and see people divide this Country more than ever. What happened to Love thy neighbor? Oh right, I shouldn't bring up the bible. Or maybe that is the issue? We are all dividing into two sides because we refuse to listen to what the other person has to say. We post our opinions on Facebook for the world to see but delete any comments from those who don't agree with us. You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to shut mine out. If we continue to divide and not unite, we don't have to worry about anyone coming in and destroying our country, we are on the path to do that ourselves. Or is it going to take another 9/11 to unite us again?

I never thought I would live in this America...