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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

America, land of the free...

Today I heard GW say on the news that we should all be doing our part to conserve oil. I looked up, and as they were playing the clip, they were showing him stepping off of Air Force One, his private jet. What a hypocrite!

I know, the president has to have some way to travel. But he's still being a hypocrite.

I'm tired of this government being so hypocritical. It's a crime to murder, yet our own government can do it. We're supposed to stand for equal rights, yet even to this day we are stripping rights from our own citizens.

I'm reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair right now. I'm not far into it, but it's about Lithuanian immigrants moving to Chicago during the height of the meat packing industry in the late 1800s. It's amazing to think of what this country meant to so many immigrants over the years. But it's also depressing that this country has so many great qualities and opportunities, yet we are so filthy and corrupt. We have the means to be great, fair, and inspiring, yet we allow our rich and powerful to use the government for their own personal gain.

It's awful to think that with all of our money, we can't even take care of the poor. We can't make sure that everyone has health care and medicine, or that they all go to decent schools. As Michael Moore said, 'Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.'

We should consider learning how to help ourselves before running all over the world to 'help' them.

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