We are instilled certain morals; the concern with the principles of right and wrong. So…it is the question of gun ownership; do we adhere to the second amendment, as we watch a 14-year-old victim of gang violence get taken away in an ambulance? It is the question of capital punishment; does someone deserve to die because they killed someone else? It is the question of war; does killing justify more killing? It is the question of equal rights; does someone deserve the right to marriage, even if he or she is a homosexual? And it is the question of life; do women have the right to abortion? Simply, on a larger scale, it is called politics; who gets what, when, and how!
The gun is the modern day sword, an easy way to defeat your enemy. But the excessive misuse of them has caused crime to explode, as well as the unnecessary deaths of innocent individuals. To adhere to the second amendment is admirable, but it means to go back to the now unrealistic purpose of the gun; a way to protect one’s home. It was meant to preserve and guarantee, not to grant, the right to bear arms. The easy access of guns has caused a reliance on violence to solve issues…such as school shootings. Guns should be as hard to access and purchase as a car or a home!
And because of this reliance on violence, like noted, it leads to the death of many innocent people. Capital crimes are those that are punishable by death. So, it is fairly simple; if you take the life of another human being, (or harm innocent children in a violent way,) then your life should be taken as well!
This reliance on violence, and revenge, has also lead to an easy luring for war, especially our current one. Although understandable, the nation as a whole was enraged, and revenge was at the top of the list. But the reason why we are there is not the reason that was pushed to advance in the first place. In this case, war was used for a superficial motive, and that is wrong. War is understandable, if the motive for it is not fueled by false hope and hidden agendas!
As much as politics is about the consequences of taking away a life, it is about preserving it as well. From cosmetic surgery to stem cell research, a great deal of legislation has been passed to protect the importance of life, none more controversial than abortion. Nevertheless, the act itself is simply a scapegoat, to ultimately not take responsibility for your actions! Many have chosen to terminate a pregnancy because the act itself was…a mistake. Abortion should only be legal if the mother or fetus’ life is in danger, or in cases of incest or rape! In all other cases, it should be the parent’s moral responsibility to care for the child’s needs until full adulthood. Abortion is not a way to ignore parental obligation or demean the sanctity of parenthood because of selfish pleasure and irresponsibility!
Ultimately, as humans, and Americans, we are guaranteed certain unalienable human rights, from education to expression, from assembly to privacy, from nationality to democracy, from liberty to life. But a right that should not be taken away, or even up for discussion, is that of love and marriage. Being gay in America is not a social demotion! Yet, it is a harsh reality; social minority groups have to strive to create an image that is not like the negative one that their stereotype, and society, has made for them. The gay community, and homosexuality, is a long way to where it should be! But under the fourteenth amendment of this nation, an amendment that all states must adhere to, “we” are guaranteed the same rights as “you!”
Politics is simply your principles of right and wrong. So…it is the question of gun ownership; guns should be as hard to access and purchase as a car or a home! It is the question of capital punishment; if you take the life of another human being, then your life should be taken as well! It is the question on war; it is understandable if the motive for it is not fueled by false hope and hidden agendas! It is the question of life; abortion should only be legal if the mother or fetus’ life is in danger, or in cases of incest or rape. And it is the question of equal rights; being gay in America is not a social demotion! Ultimately, it is about passion and “political courage:” to be able to stand strong with what you believe in, no matter how much resistance you may receive. And with that, comes respect!
Always remember to be the change you wish to see in the world…