About a dozen or so years ago after the Soviet Union Collapsed the world started to debate how long it has been since one country had held so much sway over the world at any given time. Was it the British empire 100 years ago, the spanish empire 500 years ago.. No the answer is not since the Roman empire 2000 years ago has any one country had the ability to manipulate and control the world as the United States does now. This is all fine and dandy with me, those who read history know it repeats itself to a great extent and it was only a matter of time until some country because the sole power of the world, I have absolutely no issues actually living and thriving in that country, in fact it pleases me a great deal I want to make clear I am not concerned about Brazil, Iran, Spain, or really anywhere else.. I’m concerned about America. (I guess this goes back to the old theory of worry about yourself before you worry about what others are doing).
My issues arise from how our country is being run and I assure you I’m not referring to Mr. Bush’s Presidency in my opinion this president actually does what is best for the United States long term interest and the fact that he tramples the rest of the world while doing it doesn’t really bother me (fuck them I’m worried about America).
What does bother me about America right now? It bothers me that our law makers can get together for an emergency session about Terri Schiavo (a very questionable exercise in power) but they cannot solve medicare, social security, education, or the homeless situations in our major cities. Those are just a couple of the MAJOR issues that congress should be address, the list of issues that are actually easy to fix (illegal immigration, pollution, ect) is a mile long yet those are also ignored. I want to talk about Education.. We are the richest country in the world it’s not even close yet our educational system while it has improved over the last 20 years and the “No Child Left Behind Act is a good idea” the improvement has been uneven at best while other countries are still moving ahead of us. We need major action, we need to dump our riches into solving our educational woes. High School drop out rates are higher then they were in 1983, 32% dropout before graduation, another 32% finish high school but aren’t ready for college or work, that’s 64% that are not being educated enough. This leads to other far reaching society and moral issues, including the abuse of welfare, abortion, drug use, homelessness, ect. How important is high school drop out rates.. Well when you have 64% not making the cut your affecting society in a very bad way. I believe we should federalize our high school system it is too important an issue to leave to local communities that somehow manage to fuck it up despite the BILLIONS of dollars that we pour into it. When you are Rome you must act like it so I have no issue with America going off to some far off land and issuing a beat down when it is appropriate (and lets face it, the world needs reminded not to fuck with us every 3 or 4 years) but I do have major issues with us allowing our educational system to continue to decline. Should we panic no, we have the money, resources and the will power to solve any problem, America is a country of winners and go getters but we do need to identify a clear problem when it is slapping us in the face and come up with a clear solution to solve this problem. I won’t pretend that I’m smart enough to solve this problem but I am intelligent enough to see that there is one, and an major one at that. A good start would be to stop calling emergency session over 1 person in Flordia and start looking at how and why the rest of the world is educating their children better then we educate ours.