President Bush Has Kept Us Safe

There was a great article by Thane Rosenbaum in the Wall
Street Journal today. The article is entitled The President Has Kept Us Safe. In the article he goes on to
discuss how he believes that our President has kept us safe from terrorists in
the nearly 7 years since 9/11. Here is my commentary on the article:

I, as Mr. Rosenbaum, also did not vote for Bush in 2004 (I
wasn’t of age in 2000), but regardless of whom I voted for, President Bush was
reelected and I accepted that choice. I’ve never talked badly about him at all;
I realize that he has an extremely difficult job, much more difficult than I
can even imagine I am sure.

That doesn’t mean that I support absolutely everything that
the President and his administration have done, as the article mentions the
Patriot Act as an example: I certainly don’t agree with our government
infringing on the rights and the privacies of our nations citizens, in fact I
am very much against it; but I can at the very least understand why such
measures were taken. They were undoubtedly put into place to protect the American
people, not to hurt them. I also do not believe that they are wire-tapping my
telephone or reading my messages.

I was also in New York on 9/11, and it’s absolutely correct that the people had a completely
different mindset at that time. I can clearly remember the most liberal people
that I knew, people who now support Barack Obama, suggesting that our country
simply attack other nations without any evidence at all against them, nations
in the middle east, simply because they may have had something to do with the
9/11 terrorist attacks.

Those very same people quite suddenly changed their tune as
the years passed; now they’re against the war in Iraq and think that it was a
terrible idea from the very beginning. They’re vehemently supporting Barack
Obama and the Democrats, and they trash our President every chance that they
get.

Now you could make the argument that the people that I speak
with are simply ignorant, but if you actually read some of the comments made by
Barack Obama followers right here on the internet, you can see that the people
that I speak with are not much different from any other Barack Obama follower.

The article is absolutely correct in saying that the winds
of change take to the American people as a hurricane takes to a wind chime.
They forget that not even 7 short years ago they were the very thing that they
are now so against. They are the ultimate hypocrisy.

Why Are Atheists So Pompous?: The Problem With Atheism

The Problem with Atheists

 

The problem with modern atheism is that its followers do not
seem to have a firm grasp on the fact that religion is a part of our modern
culture. We have people making outrageous claims and making attempts at
refuting religious beliefs, and denying the fact that many religious values and
concepts are ingrained in our culture as a people.

Many atheists are so against having a belief in God that
they would infringe on the rights of others who do choose to believe in God.
Many atheists will persecute any and all people who freely choose to follow a
religion and have a belief in God. They will bring up petty, minor, nearly irrelevant
issues such as whether or not the word God is used in our Pledge of Allegiance;
or that In God We Trust is printed on our money and used as a motto; simply to
continue their efforts to persecute and look down upon those that choose to
believe in God and follow a religion.

Certainly some people are going to disagree with our
feelings on religion and beliefs in God, and they should of course be free to
do that without being persecuted for it. Just as you or I, or Richard Dawkins
should be free to at the very least state our feelings, our thoughts, and our opinions
on the subject. I just feel that a great many atheists are very invasive with
their beliefs, and that stems from the more popular atheists in the world.
People see Richard Dawkins being extremely arrogant with his opinion everywhere
that he goes, increasing his popularity with these extreme atheists, and indeed
they are building his ego up as they continue to follow in his footsteps, which
is just going to make the issue worse. It’s a vicious circle.

Of course there is an issue if and when religious beliefs somehow
change our policies and laws, in our free country, in these modern times. I do
not agree with that at all, and believe it to be a much greater issue than the
word God being in the Pledge of Allegiance, using the example above; or the
fact that many of our and much of the worlds holidays take place on dates that
are particularly important to various religions throughout history, or are for
various figures of Christianity and other religions. Religion is an undeniable
part of our history and culture as Americans and of humans as a whole, and it
should be respected as such.

Improper use of Guns is a Cultural Issue

From Various Thoughts and Opinions

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Think of this: How many people in America owned guns in the early days
of the colonies, up to the revolution and through the 19th century? I
don’t know if there are actual statistics available, but even without
any statistics I would be more than comfortable in saying that a large
portion of the population owned and used guns regularly without issue.
Those were different times, a completely different culture from what we
have today. The same basic idea can be applied to various countries in
Europe: You have countries with rampant gun use, ownership, and general
knowledge, such as Switzerland, and then you have countries with heavy
handed gun laws, such as the UK. The reason that you end up with
different statistics of gun usage between those two countries and the
US is due to culture. The people are very different.

Another
issue that was just brought up a few posts above this one is that a
large majority of gun related crimes are happening in poor, uneducated
areas. Areas with a completely different culture, way of life, and way
of thinking, than other areas just a handful of miles away in many
cases, which are not having the same issues with gun related crime.
That isn’t something that is going to be fixed by pouring money into
the problem areas either, it’s an issue of general education of young
people in our country. And not just public education, but parental
education and guidance as well, perhaps even more importantly.

School shootings on the other hand, are another issue entirely:
They
are caused by emotional issues on the part of those committing such
crimes. First of all, anyone that would even have the thought of doing
such a thing is not well mentally. They should be given proper mental
treatment before it comes to bringing a gun to their school and ending
the lives of many innocent students and teachers. There’s a huge issue
with the treatment of those with mental health issues in the US, it’s
not just the crazy homeless guy that needs proper treatment, at one
point that guy was in school and very likely had the same exact issues,
but they went untreated and that is how he ended up. People need proper
mental treatment, in my opinion it is a far bigger issue than the
physical health of the public, which is generally all that is mentioned
by the politicians and everyone else.