I have a feeling I'm going to have fun blogging today. Why? Because I'm going to discuss politics and religion. I urge you to read this, even if you disagree with my views. It's important that, although we as youth cannot vote, our voices are heard! Because, guess what? All the problems that exist in our country today? We'll be inheriting them in a few years when we become adults. I'm already a bit worried about where America is headed. I almost wish y'all could actually hear me saying this all because I apparently get this certain tone of voice when I'm discussing politics and religion, and my friends think it's kind of interesting, lol.
So let's start with the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. Guess what? We were lied to about it all pretty much. The Obama administration knew within 24 hours that the attack, which killed our ambassador and three other Americans, was a terrorist attack. Yet, they've been standing by the reason that it was due to a a trailer for an anti-Muslim film on YouTube. And guess what else? One of the attackers was pinpointed, and nothing has been done to apprehend him. Oh, but there's more! There are now allegations that this knowledge was all covered-up because of the upcoming elections. Seems the current administration wants President Obama to seem innocent and perfect when his position as commander-in-chief is clearly in trouble. I'm still not done, unfortunately. I wish it ended there. It doesn't. The morning after the attack in Libya, Obama did not attend any of the intelligence meetings. Instead, he was on a plane to Las Vegas for fundraising with J.Z. and Beyonce. He's also called all the trouble in the Middle East "bumps in the road". Um, people were killed. I guess any death is a bump in the road, then? Including abortion? (Okay, I'll stay off abortion, because I could go on for hours about that topic and that's not what I was planning to talk about today.)
Hmm, what else? Oh, yes. So last week President Obama turned down a meeting with the Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu. He said there was a scheduling conflict. Okay, so I get that. I mean, there's so many other important things to deal with right now! The bad economy, the Middle East turned practically upside down, gasoline prices rising....oh, wait, what's that? Those very important issues aren't what prevented our president from meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu? He was appearing on The View instead?! Good gravy. Apparently the upcoming election is more important than the fragile relationship with the U.S.'s most important ally. By appearing on The View, the Obamas are trying to regain the women vote that they're losing from the last election. But still! Israel is teetering on "the precipice of annihilation each and every day". [Quote from http://politichicks.tv/column/rome-is-burning-obama-fiddles-at-the-view/] I've never really been a big fan of presidential candidates or the current president appearing on talk shows. My feeling is they're just trying to win support. I'd rather see debates during election season and let former presidents and VPs visit talk shows. Our leader is supposed to be the commander-in-chief, not an entertainer. President Obama even skipped a luncheon with world leaders. It was the first time in twenty years that a U.S. president has skipped such an event. That's pretty shameful.
Finally, Donald Trump was asked to speak at a Christian college on Monday. He told the students that Jesus would want them to "get even" (in other words, exact revenge on their enemies). His rep was later quoted as saying "that the Bible is filled with stories of God getting even with his enemies, Jesus got even with the Pharisees and Christians believe that Jesus even got even with Satan by rising from the dead." Hahahahaha-NO. God and Jesus never got even. God dealt out punishments to those who disobeyed his commands. Jesus didn't "get even" with Satan when he rose from the dead. He triumphed over death. There is a big difference. God has never needed to exact revenge on Satan. And Christ didn't preach revenge; he preached the exact opposite. Consider Matthew 5:38-39: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.' Now contemplate Romans 12:17: "Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all." And Romans 12:20-21: "To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
So that's my political and religious post for the day. I hope it really gives you all a lot to think about. And if you want to be involved, write to your representatives in Congress and your senators! Let your voice be heard! If enough of us send them letters, those in Washington just realize the youth need to be represented and given a better future.