As I’ve been watching numerous news reports this week, I have reflected a lot on President Trump’s executive order on extreme vetting. Now (before the Internet Trolls come to attack), this is not a political post, nor is it one where I will be defending one side versus the other. Truth of the matter is that what I have been reflecting on has been happening throughout many years and during that time the political scene has changed back and forth. So, for me, it is not about a certain president nor a certain political party. It is about one country and its entire people – America. I’m simply sharing some random thoughts that I have been having throughout this week.
I try to be understanding of different views and, even though I have strong views myself (and that might be stating it in gentle terms), I try to find the positives in other people’s points of view (after all, that is the focus of Ahmeli…to share our different views and learn from one another). That being said, I understand the desire to keep America safe (what country doesn’t want to be safe!?!). I get that Americans don’t want to experience terrorist attacks (who does!?!). I get that systems designed to allowed entry into the U.S. has flaws (what human created system doesn’t!?!). However, I am still left with other questions floating through my mind.
One of the big ones is: Okay, so we are trying to keep our country safe and search for ways to improve the entry processes. I get that and I understand why people want that. However, aside from 9/11, how do the number of murders by terrorists in the U.S. compare to the number of other murders throughout the country? I didn’t research the exact numbers, and I am not going to because there is tons of false information all over the place, but I would bet money that more people are murdered by American-born individuals than foreign-born. Now, this concept kind of sounds twisted to me because I am not weighing the deaths of innocent people’s lives. They are ALL important and they are the loved ones of people who miss them every second of every day. (So let’s focus on my actual point instead of reading into it incorrectly.)
My point is that I get wanting to stop terrorist attacks, but what about all of the murders that we are committing among ourselves? What are we, as a society (because we should not just place it as a burden on people “in charge”… we all have an obligation to improve our country), doing to stop those? What changes are we making in how we raise our children to better ensure that they value human lives and do not think they have a right to kill someone? Who is stepping up and making honest changes in our society to decrease the number of murders? When will we care more about honoring human life than the term “snitch”? Why do we focus on only certain labels of types of murder; are not all murders bad? Why are we not seeking to change the root of why Americans are killing one another every single day? Why are we not talking about the rise in deaths where people are killing themselves through overdosing on drugs? Can you really evoke change if you do not address what is honestly happening in our own homes and in our own streets?
I just don’t get it. Yes, you can only fix one thing at a time. I get that. And the truth of the matter is nothing will ever be perfect here on Earth. Yet still I wish we would look at the root of problems and look in the mirror ourselves. Do we not see what we are doing to ourselves? To our neighbors? To our friends? To our society? I am sure the internet has played a role in how often we hear about violent crimes nowadays, but the statistics also reveal that we are having more violent crimes committed as the years pass. So it just leaves me wondering, when will we start focusing on how we can improve our families, our neighborhoods, our cities and our country? Will the positive change start with you???
Ahmeli… that we begin to show unity through positive actions instead of negativity or just talking.
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