America—What I Like and What I Detest
Nothing can be perfect. However, we all have pictures of perfection and what we would like our nation to be like. Of course, there are things we generally like about the country in which we live, too.
The first thing I like about living in the United States is freedom of religion. That’s partly why some of the original colonists came here—freedom to worship God the way they pleased and not how the king of England demanded. I enjoy being able to choose which Christian church to attend. I enjoy being able to freely speak my mind about what I believe and being able to take my Bible wherever I go (of course, it’s on my iPad, and I generally bring that with me wherever I go, so by proxy, my Bible comes with). I can pray at a restaurant before I eat, and I can’t get in trouble for it. I mean, sure there’s religious freedom in several other countries, but I don’t think they’re as loose as we are, and there are many nations where Christians are persecuted harshly.
Second, I like the education opportunities here in America. I can choose from a multitude of colleges or I can even choose a trade school. As for lower education, I can be homeschooled! There are fewer restrictions in the United States for homeschoolers. Other countries are much stricter when it comes to their homeschooling citizens. I wouldn’t trade anything for being homeschooled because I wouldn’t thrive in a public school. I would wither like a flower during a drought.
The final thing I love about the United States is, for the most part, the Lord has blessed our country. We have become a world power—albeit, that status is slipping—and we’ve only been a nation for 229 years (although that’s long, compared to a lot of the newer countries). One of my personal beliefs is that God has blessed America because we have blessed His people, the Jews. As long as we bless them, He’ll bless us. (That includes the theory of why Germany suffered so much during the World Wars). So why is the U.S. failing now? Well, we’re separating ourselves from Israel; thus, I don’t think God feels we’re blessing them. But that’s another topic. Ultimately, God has blessed the United States of America.
So then what do I dislike about America? Well, it’s kind of hard to choose just three things because there is so much wrong with our nation at the moment.
I’ll start with the government. Our government hardly seems Constitutional anymore. Many created laws do not abide by the words on which our country was founded and formed. Many politicians do not look at problems constitutionally. There was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president this year, Ron Paul, who is very constitutional. He opposes a federal ban on gay marriage. Why? He believes it is a state issue—and it is. Ron Paul does not support gay marriage, but he thinks it is something each individual state should take care of. A lot of laws created by the federal government are ones that should be left to the states. If some of the Founding Fathers could see what was going on in America today, they would probably be sorely disappointed.
The second issue I have with America is that our country has a media that gives off a very atheist air. And while a large population of Americans are atheist or at least not true Christians, there are more Christians than the media would like to acknowledge. Anyways, the media also uses this air to approve homosexuality, sex before marriage, teen pregnancy, swearing, alcohol and drug use, immorality, immodest clothing, etc. It’s like America has turned from its beginning with strong morals, all because of what the media makes to appear cool and what’s right, according to them!
Two words sum up the final thing that I think should change in the U.S.: the economy. Anyone old enough to really understand those words generally groans when they’re brought up. Things are tough right now for pretty much every middle-class family. Taxes are high, interest rates are low, college tuition is up, etc. Things look bleak. It’s interesting to realize that everything that should be lower is higher, and everything that should be higher is lower. For example, the national debt on President Obama’s inauguration day three and a half years ago was 10.626 trillion dollars. It’s gone up three trillion dollars, and experts predict it will soar another three trillion dollars. That is just outrageous. Something needs to be done about that, and it ain’t happenin’ with Obama. It’s no wonder so many Americans are short-tempered. The vast majority are stressed out about money issues.
So there you have it: three things I like about the United States and three things that need to change.