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The War On...
There’s a war going on right now, in fact there is more than one, there are plenty. There are battles out there and everyone feels prosecuted. Gay people feel discriminated against by heterosexuals; conservative families feel they’re under attack by gay America. America is a war zone and no one’s safe; it seems everyone has a cause.
There are protests, sit-ins, revolts, demonstrations, movements, lawsuits, amendments and all other sorts of legislation bound to set one group against another. These days, everyone is offended, and everyone is on a mission to stop someone or something. There's only one way to settle our disputes, a good old war.
The War on Women – Woman are under attack. We constantly hear about the war being waged on woman today, in the workforce, on the home front, and in transit. Then there's the whole Roe v. Wade thing....that will start some wars. Just what do we have against our women and what would we do without them? In a world without women, men would be content to live out their days ordering pizza and watching football.
The War on Men – Not to be outdone, men claim that a war is being waged on them as well. Men are not as organized as women so I'm not sure they know exactly what the war is about.
The War on Poverty – We’ve been fighting this one since 1964, that’s 48 years in the trenches, battling the poor. Well not on the poor, but the fact that they are poor. We throw money at the problem, but we still have the problem.
The War on Drugs – This war began in the eighties and despite our governments best efforts the drugs are winning. To legalize or not to legalize? The government just says no.
The War on Terror – Terror is bad, so a war on terror, albeit vague, is good.
The War on Christmas – Every year we hear about the war on Christmas. One or more larger company will come under fire after using language such as Holiday tree, or Happy Holidays. Usually the larger chains will find some sort of compromise, leaving everyone sufficiently offended.
The War on Free Speech - I think some people are a bit confused on this one. People are free to say what they would like, but this doesn't free them of the consequenses of their actions. They may still be fired by an employer or scorned by the public. Sure you have the right to say it, but others have the right to react. Conversly, it does protect speech that may be unpopular. I disagree with everything the KKK stands for, but they still have the constitutional right to say it.
The War on Obesity – The first lady is leading the war on obesity, taking aim at sedentary lifestyles and public school lunch menus. We can win this war, one tofu cookie at a time.
The War on Family Values – Not to be outdone by those pesky gay people, the nuclear family feels their values are under attack and will not tolerate what gays and lesbians do in their own home..
The War on Education - There's little doubt that teachers are underpaid and underappreciated, but war? That's a liitle harsh. According to 2009 OECD figures, the Us spends $149,000 for the K-12 educations of public school students. I'm a product of public schools, but I don't think that money is the issue.
The War on God – A school puts the Ten Commandments up, a lawsuit ensues, and the commandments are taken down. Repeat in a new state.
The War on Atheists – A school puts the Ten Commandments up, a lawsuit ensues, and the commandments are taken down. Repeat in a new state.
The War on Guns – This 2nd ammendment battle rages on. Waiting periods and assault rifles are always the sources of debate. Being the RINO that I am, I personally don't see the need for anyone to own an AK-47.
The War on Big Oil – When gas prices rise, there are usually many factors for the increase. But we all know it’s easier to blame the oil companies. Politicians can use the oil companies as they grandstand and talk about obscene profits. Time to fight for the little guy, and then fly first class back to Washington.
With so many beliefs and interest in our country, it's no surpise we have all of these wars going on. It seems that when one war ends another is beginning. We all have our differences and I'm sure we will never agree on everything, maybe we can just agree to disagree. Unlikely, besides, that may upset the war machine, and then we'd have a war on...war?