Great in theory, horrible in execution…
In which country do people boast of their equality, yet gay people can’t marry? In which country do people prize freedom of speech, yet people fear their very media and outspoken citizens? In which country do people think they have a fair court system, yet criminals get away with some of the most heinous crimes? All of these questions can be answered with a simple word: America. Some may say that the last question can be directed at many countries, but this paper obviously is about its country of origin, and the author obviously knows that that question points many fingers, and therefore is pointing out that she doesn’t care because she doesn’t live in those countries and does not have an opinion on those countries. Now that that’s over, all attention will be diverted to the insanity, hypocrisy, and corruptedness of America.
Let this first paragraph discuss the Columbine Incident and how media was blamed. One of the first artists to be blamed was Brian Warner, though he is most known by his stage name, Marilyn Manson. According to certain reports, the teenagers who caused the Columbine Incident listened to Marilyn Manson. This accusation makes the question, “Did Marilyn Manson give those KIDS guns and say ‘Go kill your enemies, it’ll make you feel better’?” pop up in some minds. Does anyone remember that the president was BOMBING another country that day? Did anyone blame the president? No, because the most logical answer is that it’s a rock star and his rebellious music’s fault, isn’t it? This paragraph is going to end with a quote from Jhonen Vaquez’s Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, “Any pile of stunted growth unaware that entertainment is just that and nothing more deserves to doom themselves to some dank cell, somewhere, for having been so stupid!! Movies, books, T.V., Music-they’re all just entertainment, not guidebooks for damning yourself!” Of course, right after the person interviewing Johnny asked an awkward question, Johnny proceeded to kill him and scare the feces out of his next-door neighbor’s kid.
Now, here’s a little dose of hypocrisy. All men are created equal. This is something every American has heard. If this is true, why do people make such a big deal about gay marriage? Who cares if two men want to get married? Homophobes should actually be happy, considering that most married people end up very unhappy, get divorced, and lose a lot of money, time, and whatever else you lose in a divorce. Also, here’s a different dose of hypocrisy. One of the American rights is freedom of religion. Since this is true, why do Atheists, Wiccans, Satanists, Buddhists, and whatever other people who don’t worship god have to live under an American pledge that directly states, “One nation under GOD”? Why does American currency say “In GOD we trust”? What’s wrong with this picture? Isn’t this a way of trying to force religion on others? Does this make America any different from when the Spaniards forced the Native Americans to Catholicism? Some may say, “But the Spaniards raped, murdered, and enslaved the natives to do this.” So these people are saying it’s fine as long as America doesn’t rape, murder, or enslave to get it’s way?
Now, time for the final paragraph. People are wriggly little worms in America’s court system. Certain people seem to get special rights in the American court system. For instance, in cases such as custody battles, spouse abuse, and even simple ones, like trying to sue someone, if it’s a woman versus a man, it usually is the woman who wins. This is a form of sexism. A further example is a man, who we will call Jorge Martinez, was brought into a court case against his ex-girlfriend. She lied in court and stated many false accusations, and even broke a no-contact order that she placed on herself, yet he ended up going to jail for a few weeks and was on an ankle bracelet for a few months because of things he didn’t do. Also, an even further example is of a woman who we shall call Jane Smith who endangers her two daughters, one of them was two and the other was thirteen, yet she wasn’t even put in court except for when she was battling her step mother over custody of the two year old. If she were a man, she would have been put up for trial, and, better yet, in jail.
Also, there is still a lot of racism in this “beautiful” country of ours. Going back to the Jorge Martinez story let it be stated that he is Mexican and his ex is Caucasian. There is a strong distrust in him and apparently, his race means something in the court. Why should the color of a man’s skin mean any more than the color of the sky? For a final example of our law’s corruption, let us discuss a man’s house who was burnt down and the only thing he could consider family was destroyed all because he grew a plant. Anyone can guess what that plant was, but was it really worth the loss of his only family, even if they were what a lot of what people would call pets? Then to pour salt and lemon juice and any other substance that would burn into the wound, the news said that HE locked his dogs in his home and lit the house on fire. For those who want to know what really happened, watch the documentary Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa, directed by Jeremy and Randy Stulberg.
America: Land of the Free, and Home of the Insane. Here, no one is equal, media is to blame, and people can get away with abusing a mentally disabled court system. Here, bravery is only found in marijuana growers, men who fight for their rights in a biased court system, and those who scream in a microphone. America has a large crack in it, and its people have to figure out which side they’re going to be on, or they will fall into a hole bigger than the Grand Canyon.