President Obama says America is a “great country that has gotten a little soft,” that we don’t “have that same competitive edge” we used to and “we need to get back on track.”
For once, he’s right. We have gone soft. Really, really, really soft, in fact.
My sister, a substitute teacher, had three of her students refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance this morning, and none of them recited it. That’s a sign we’re going soft: when we train our children to disrespect their country for fear of causing offense.
You know what’s another sign we’ve gone soft? The fact that we would seriously consider crippling our military by significantly cutting spending there instead of on the entitlement programs, crony capitalist deals (Can anybody say Solyndra?) and ridiculous amounts of international aid we give to countries that hate us.
A strong country wouldn’t do that.
A strong country also wouldn’t legalize, justify and/or ignore the slaughter of its most helpless citizens, all in the name of “women’s rights.” Contentious topic, you think? Watch this and then tell me abortion is ok… I dare you… If you’re not too weak, that is.
We’re also a country gone soft when our youth can have a conversation like this one:
RM: “There’s a rumor going around that men are tougher than women! Oh please! Can you carry a 8pound baby in your stomach for 9 months and survive hours of labor? Can you cook, clean, and talk on the phone all at the same time…”
CC: Fuck no we aint dumb, we get the bitch to do that lmao jk hahahahhahahhahhahah”
RM: “aha not funny”
CC: “Don’t care”
A strong country treats its women with a lot more respect than that. For that matter, it also treats its men with a lot more respect, since misogynistic tendencies do just as much damage to men as to women in the end.
In effect, a strong country doesn’t act like we’ve been acting for the past several decades (at least), where we allow our government officials to take and take and take and give back as little as possible only to keep us quiet.
A strong country would stand up and say enough is enough.
America, it’s time to get a backbone before this “soft” country of ours becomes a country that isn’t much to speak of at all.