This I Believe

Andrew - Porland, Oregon
Entered on January 26, 2007

I believe in homeland security.

All my life I’ve been interested in learning as much as I can whenever possible, but at the same time I’ve grown up with ADHD and that makes life a little bit harder but it’s not hard to work around it. In class I have a hard time sitting there and taking notes and taking a test on it and remembering everything that’s going to be on the test, and book stuff like that, but when it comes to common sense stuff, and how things work, I love learning about it, and it’s not that I want to, it’s just that I can’t help it. I can’t read a Shakespeare book and understand or remember anything about it, but I can watch a political video and I’ll soak it up like a sponge.

I love the idea of homeland security, I don’t know as much as I want to know about it, in fact I don’t know much about our homeland security system, but I do know that the war in Iraq is suppose to be about homeland security and I’m not really sure if it actually is. I know that it is a big deal now after 9/11, I haven’t personally been on a plane since then so I’m not sure how hard it actually is to get onto a plane but I hear that it isn’t easy and it takes hours instead of minutes now days, and I like to hear that, it makes me feel safer. Also, growing up around boats and living on the river I know that there are Coast Guard boats that cruise up and down the river 3 times a day to make sure nothing fishy is going on (no pun intended). That makes me feel safer as well.

I’ve been around for 18 years now and nothing horrible has happened to me personally and I believe that is because I have responsible parents, and I feel safe in their care, they have never done anything to me to scare me and they have always been there for me when I’ve had my down times, which is the way parents should be. So what I’m trying to say is that on a smaller scale I think my parents are my homeland security system and I really like that feeling of safety and conformability being under their protection.

As for the country, well, as far as I can remember 9/11 has been the most tragic event that has violated our homeland security on a major level, so now I’m scared. I should be, right? I’m not sure anymore, I thought Bush’s job was to keep his people safe, but as far as I’ve seen on videos and in research I’ve done personally, he knew it was going to happen which means that he should have stopped it but why didn’t he? No one knows, or ever will, maybe he was on vacation too much like Michael Moore says, but I have a hard time believing that too. I’m not one to stand up for Bush, as well as many other people in this country these days, but would our government really just let him be on leave whenever he wants too? Maybe, maybe not, who knows? Who cares? This event shouldn’t have happened if he was really notified. So I should be scared, and that’s the bottom line, my president that is suppose to be protecting me and my friends and family is on vacation and being informed of homeland security violating issues and nothing is happening to protect us.

Right now there are many of our countries troops in war across seas, and we’re told it’s for our safety and the war is about homeland security, but is it? Is it really about oil, I think that it is, but I’m not sure what to think anymore. There are too many controversial issues to know what to believe anymore, and all I can say now is, what is happening to our world?… our president takes office due to money and relatives in the political world, and now I’m scared to see what could happen to us as a country.