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Our country isn't perfect, but it is the best

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 12:18am

I was looking through news on the internet and couldn’t believe my eyes.

They actually had a picture of a nine-month old baby being fingerprinted in Pakistan. He was being charged with terrorism because his family was accused of throwing stones at a Pakistanian soldier. The poor child was even made to appear in court. His family has now put him in hiding. I don’t blame them.

The picture also showed the child’s father and grandfather holding him during the entire ordeal. If the baby’s family was accused of stoning anybody, why weren’t they being fingerprinted too?

I know the United States has its problems with the judicial system but, hopefully, we never see a baby being treated that way. There are many things that aren’t fair but, if we as a democratic society, protested enough maybe some of these things could be changed.

For instance, in my opinion, law enforcement has their hands tied with so many rules it makes it extremely difficult to bring a case to court. Sure there are dirty cops out there, but I believe the good greatly outweigh the bad. Not to mention the fact that they aren’t paid nearly enough to put their lives at risk every time they put on a uniform.

Teachers. The greatest profession we have. These men and women are the ones most likely to mold our children into the future leaders of tomorrow. They, too, aren’t paid nearly enough. The government has the power to change this. Why haven’t they? Pay these citizens what they’re worth so they can feel better about what they’re doing.

Our country is the greatest in the world. Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to live here?

A place where you can speak your mind without fear of being executed. A place where young people have the opportunity to do anything they want with their lives. A place where we have the best medical care possible, especially in the CSRA. A place where you can feel safe in your homes. Granted, there are neighborhoods that aren’t that safe, but I know law enforcement is doing their best to change that. Once again, their hands are tied in most cases.

Most people complain about the government. Everyone has their own opinion. Everyone also has the opportunity to do something about it. Write to your congressman or senator. Let them know we disagree with the way they’re doing their job.

Most importantly, get out and vote every time there’s an election. You don’t vote, you shouldn’t get a say in how America is run. Say your candidate doesn’t win. Be prepared next time. Volunteer for the candidate of your choice, and let your opinion be known that way.

I’m tired of seeing so many people frowning all the time. We should be happy. Of course, we all have bad times. I will allow you to frown then, but don’t make a habit of it. Change your attitude for the better.

We need more smiles. We need more hugs. We need more action.

And, most of all, we need more love.

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