Okay, now that this is cleared up, I should say that I'm unsure just how good this is. I mean, hey, it's great that he was awarded this, but the man hasn't even been in office for a year. Part of me sees this as a political plot to try to push peace talks even further with other countries, but part of me applauds what he has achieved in his dialogues with foreign ministers.
Let me set the record straight: I like Obama. I think he and his wife are excellent examples of American citizens and represent what the President should be. He's not some silver spoon-fed political legacy. He's a man that came into politics because he wanted change. He has worked to achieve what he's wanted and, so far, is trying his best.
But the President can only do so much. Congress has control of the entire political system. I know that there is supposed to be a system of checks and balances, but Congress has gotten so big and turned into such a monster that there is no way for those balances to actually balance. I don't believe in Congress anymore. I believe it is broken and needs to be torn down in order to be rebuilt. In fact, I believe the entire government needs to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. If you're found being corrupt, you're not "investigated" and then given a slap on the wrist. You're probed and everything is brought out into the open and then you're booted out on your ass - no pension, no rewards for holding office. You broke the laws of the government and the trust of the people; you deserve NOTHING from the people. But that's a rant for another time, yes? Back to this Peace Prize business...
I do not think that Barak Obama should have been awarded the Peace Prize so quickly. It might have been better if the committee had waited until next year due to the simple fact that he would have been in office longer and there would be less resistance. Then again, who were the other candidates they were considering? Has anyone else done anything good for the world and peace efforts lately? If Obama, a man who is having to fight two wars and send more troops into the middle east in order to stabilize what little momentum they're trying to keep going there, is the best of the Peace Prize candidates, does this mean that we're reaching the end of humanity's rope? I mean, honestly, there has to be someone who isn't mired in as much problems as the President who could have received it this year?
It's all a bit strange to me. Again, I applaud the Nobel Committee in their choice and hope the President uses this as momentum for his peace talks. I hope that he keeps his will unwavering and pushes forward with the change that he so promised us.
I've seen what he's working toward most recently - working with the Human Rights Campaign in order to enact equal rights for all the GLBT community - and that I'm extremely pleased with that.
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I believe that there is no reason to discriminate against anyone for their physical or emotional traits. Just because someone is GLBT does not mean that they're evil or unholy. I suppose its the fact that my brother is gay that has pushed me toward this thought, but I've always found it somewhat wrong before. Like most of the nation, I pushed those thoughts aside and didn't speak my mind because it "wasn't my problem." I'm sorry, folks, but all these problems that the GLBT community have ARE our problems.
Hate is hate no matter how you try to dress it up.
I do not hate anyone from the middle east as it isn't their fault that we are having issues with each other. Both regions, ours and theirs, have policies that each disagrees with, but there is no reason to hate. I do not hate people who do not share my religious beliefs. Yes, I may be tired of hearing about religion all the damn time, but I won't hate you for it. Your belief is your belief. It is not wrong, but it is not my belief. I will not hate you for that. I do not hate the GLBT community for being who they are. Yes, some of the nicest looking guys are taken up by the GLBT community, but I don't hate them for it. I envy them, that's the difference. :)
The Bible is not an outline for who to hate. The Bible is an outline for how to live a life of goodness and how to treat others in order to prepare yourself for a life after death. The overall tone of the Bible, and most other holy books for that matter, is not "Hate everyone who does not believe what you believe." The idea behind these religious texts is to do right and be good. Everyone quotes text from their religious books in order to justify death, but they fail to quote the one solitary line that everyone agrees is an important commandment from their own god: Do not kill.
Why do people murder others for no good reason? Anger is not a good reason. Revenge or "honor killings" are not good reasons. Even war is not a good reason for murder. Everyone wants to do away with the death penalty, but the only way to do that is to do away with murder. End one and the other ends as well. I know it's hard, but that's how things are.
I'm tired of the political struggles of the country. I'm tired of the economic struggles of the world. I'm tired of people hating other people for no good reason. I'm tired of discrimination. I'm tired of having to be careful what I say around certain groups of people for fear of offending them. I'm tired of my brother having to hide his sexual orientation from his own family for fear that they, specifically my mother and father, will disown him and never want to see him again. I'm tired of the flu. I'm tired of H1N1. I'm tired of politics. I'm tired of healthcare reform. I'm tired of the marriage issues.
In general, I'm just damn tired.