Letter to the Editor

I hate America. I hate that half of our country voted for a man twice who repeatedly made racist comments and slander online. I hate that I had to drive home and see residents of my town say that Biden lost and Trump is the second coming of Christ. I hate that it's the “land of the free'' but every single child is expected to live their life as a cog in the machine. Go to elementary school, go to middle school, go to high school, go to college, get a job, grow old, retire, die. My whole life is played out to be like everyone else. I pick sides, support those sides, and never learn about the other side.

Ignorance is bliss, but is it really? Where do we get if we never grow? I am going to college this year, and I feel that nothing has changed. My hobbies, my desires, my aspirations: they don't exist. America is designed to take the life out of you.

I read a few “letters to the editor,” and all of them were about problems. Not a single person talked about how they felt that a political policy, act or law was a good thing. It can all be reduced down to “American government is bad” because nothing good gets said. What is there to say about our country? About how there are people who believe that COVID-19 is a hoax, or that because Trump said to “drink bleach to cure the virus” we should do it? All my generation was left with was debt and hardly any opportunities to fix the country.

I am only 17, but I already have to think about how I am going to be happy in life, how my friends are going to eat every day, or how I am going to pay for college. Our whole country is an issue.

It does not ever help to know even more about America. Each day I see worse things: Nancy Pelosi investing in Tesla before Biden’s electric vehicle plan is announced, learning that our ex-president has had a multitude of allegations and might face prosecution, constant racism and large corporations who do absolutely nothing to support BLM except putting up an edited logo with a fist on it, or the ability for something like QAnon to be shared and people believe it. There are no solutions either, because the only way to solve it is to rid the people in charge, and our country is designed so that does not happen. 

You can say America is the best country, but I hate it.

 

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(4) comments

Shotgun

You write well, if you actually did the writing. Many young people your age are basically functionally illiterate. If you hate his country that much, you should leave and take the people you seem to admire with you. the BLM )burners, looters and murderers), the NAACP (the most racist organization in this country) and the teachers who have been brainwashing you for years. They don't care about you, they only care about their paychecks. I have one request. When you leave, don't come back. I guarantee that you will miss this country many times more than it will miss you.

notbuyingit

It seems you have a choice to make, Josh. Stay - and try to change things to the way you think they should be, or leave for someplace more acceptable to your attitude. In the meantime, consider the following:

“Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…” ~ Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947

Donna Sinclair

That is a kind comment, Carolyn Crain. I feel the same way about this. It makes me sad to see all of the division affect you this way. America has so many bright spots and you are one of them. One thing you can do is to learn about how the government works. There are a lot of really wonderful people from both parties, many of them in non-partisan positions like city council or your ports or your school boards. Those people make our communities run and they are committed public servants. Please get to know some of them and get involved. You are the future and the fact that you care so deeply is what give me hope.

Carolyn Crain

I am so sorry that all the political rhetoric, covid lockdowns and life issues are confronting you so harshly. While I cannot solve them for you and I suspect you cannot either quickly anyway I do recommend that you seek some respite from the stress you are feeling. Hatred alone, hatred of anything or anyone can suck the life out of you. I will pray for you tonight and hope that you mind, your soul and your future feel brighter quickly. Take care of yourself please.

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