24 February 2006

Commentary: Good Government, Bad Government, Bush Government

In response to congressional concerns over the sale of British owned American seaports to Dubai, a member of the United Arab Emirates, Bush said, "People don't need to worry about security. The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinized and approved by my government..."

Whoa whoa, hold on there. So Mr. President you've preached since September 11, 2001 (that's FIVE years by the way) that the people of the United States need to be on constant alert for our safety. You even (somehow) convinced Americans that we needed to set out on a War on Terror (whatever the hell that means) and it was just in the end of January 2006 that the Department of Homeland Security finally lowered the National Threat Level from Orange (indicating a high risk of terrorists attacks) to Yellow (indicating significant risk of terrorists attacks).

After creating all this paranoia within the American people, you now stand before us and essentially say, "What? Why are Americans worried about a little port deal?" How could you have not anticipated the response this issue would bring? And do you know what the real kicker of your statement is? I'll give you a hint - it's two words. No clue? "My government..." You know for me to say, "My government is working for me," is one thing because I'm a citizen of the United States and well, the American government is supposed to be working for Americans. However, for you, the President of the United States of America, to say, "my government" gives the phrase a whole new connotation. Your government?! You know I thought that all this time the government in charge was the American government but if it's been your government running the country all along, it seems that all the problems that have occurred over the last five years suddenly make a lot more sense. So now, Mr. President, one more question for you: What have you done with the government of the United States of America?

11 February 2006

Commentary: The Fact of Evolution

Hmm. The last thing I want to sound like is a narrow minded person who doesn't respect other people's right to have beliefs different than mine. Obviously people should be allowed to believe what they want to but many of their beliefs are not appropriate in a public education environment. Period. If you want to send you kids to a private school where they'll be taught Creationism and enter higher education a step behind everyone else that's fine by me. I've met a good number of students here at USC who have bewildered looks on their faces as they sit through history classes because they're being taught so many things that are completely foreign to them. Anyway, teaching Creationism to kids in private schools is a right that people have but like I said, the right to teach Creationism in public schools does not exist and should not exist. Science is taught in public schools and I hate to burst anyone's bubble but Creationism is not science. It cannot be proven and its fall back line is always, "The Bible says so." And those who believe that everything in The Bible should be taken literally can believe so but they really can't bring religion into school. Evolutionary biology is a field in science, it is legitimate. Within it's realms, the Fact of Evolution continues to be proven and researched.