I agree with the others writing about the various large and daunting problems America is facing. The debt our country is amounting, as well as the growing debt of our college students, is extremely alarming—and these problems only deal with our finances. I see our problems to be more at home, dealing with the stability, equality, and safety we all deserve.
The situation at the border seems to be getting worse as a wave of more than 50,000 refugee children are flooding into the country. Children, who are fleeing trafficking and violence in their home countries, are coming to the land of prosperity and opportunity and are being turned away.
The necessity to reform our immigration laws and citizenship process is crucial, as the current process involves endless amounts of paperwork upon paperwork. Obama has requested aid, but with a Republican majority in the House, it is obvious this will be one of the big problems our government must tackle this year.
The other problem facing America is one that affects nearly half of our population, and it is the issue of gender equality. It is true women have made great bounds in this country compared to a century ago. They now hold far more positions of control and are in worthwhile jobs.
However, last year, Wendy Davis had to filibuster a law which would close most abortion clinics in Texas, ending the right of women to make their own decisions about their bodies. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision allowing Hobby Lobby, to prevent their female employees from getting health care coverage for certain contraceptives. Women have risen in the ranks, yes. But are they anywhere near equal? No.
Though improving, women still do not have enough say in the government about issues of great concern to them, and this is a problem we must address and begin to change.
George Washington said in his Farewell Address that political parties “are likely in the course of time [will cause men to] subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Though Washington may have been a bit dramatic, the message rings clear and true. This year, the House is set to make history and become the “least productive” Congress ever. Republicans have been constantly looking for any way to undermine the President with the newest thing being a cry from Sarah Palin to impeach the President, while Democrats refuse to listen and continue to create bills lacking bipartisan support.
While this is happening in Washington D.C., Republican and Democratic citizens are more divided than ever. And discussion of issues in the media has become less about the issues and more about the strong differing views between political parties.
Many large news networks report their news with a bias towards one political party, making it hard for the average citizen to grasp both sides of any issue and become aware of the facts. The ignorance being created is one of the biggest problems facing the United States today, for it creates the disunity of the American people.
Though I don’t believe we should get rid of these groups, I do think we, as a nation, should take a good look at them, so we can put solutions before preset ideologies and people before parties.