This I Believe

Josh - 13104, New York
Entered on December 18, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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This I believe…

To sum up my thought’s…America is basically screwed. America has a lot of problems and even more are on the way. One problem in the near future that is definite to show up is the loss of gas and oil. America is dependant on oil; it’s a necessity in American society. To start, American transportation, in general, is dependant on gas. There are other methods or ideas out there and some have even been produced, like ethanol products that some car’s can run on. It’s a start, but as of right now, less then 10% of Americans actually grow food and own farms. So in order for us to have the necessary supply of food and then even more in order to replace the tons and tons of gallons of gas consumed every day, there would have to be a lot more farming action going on. People have also been working on hydrogen power, but the problem is it takes more energy to produce the power then the power will provide.

The U.S. has also had a streak of angering other countries and even many allies. The United states of America, up until about the1960’s, was seen as a great place and most people didn’t have too much of a problem with the U.S. seeing as they had come to the rescue to Europe in WWII and become a definite super power. Then we entered Vietnam and that was a bad choice. We shouldn’t have been there and our only reasons were stopping the spread of communism, which failed, and to help out France, also a failure. And even in the last few years’, we’ve still got this reputation. We entered Iraq in 2002 and were still there. We lost our support of the French and many other countries thought that we should not be there. Several countries plan on completely leaving Iraq, such as Britain and Italy, within in the next year. The U.S. and Europe just can’t seem to agree on things. This also is costing the U.S. millions and millions of dollars which is just adding to our already staggering dept.

Also, American students and just American people in general are getting extremely lazy, in both physical and mental ways. American education standards have gone down in the last decade. Students are lazy and just don’t do a lot of work. Also, so many Americans are extremely obese, and I’m not saying that people who can’t control it whether it be hereditary or some other uncontrollable reason are to blame, but for those people who just eat all day and lay around, watching T.V., or sitting at the computer, doing no physical work or exercise, it’s really kind of ridiculous.

Another thing is China, though it lye dormant for the last couple hundred year’s with not a lot of power and being run by several foreign country’s, is now on the rise. They have been growing more and more powerful over the last decade, and are one of the leading country’s in producing manufactured goods. In the next few decades, I’d say that they will definitely become one of the worlds super powers and may even become a threat to the U.S.

So America, at its current rate looks to be going down hill, with increasing dept, angering allies, and energy sources running low. Also, with other country’s on the rise, the U.S. may begin to lose some of its power and influence in the world. If we don’t start soon to change our ways, this could be the end of America!