Dear President Barack Obama,
I want to talk to you about rights. Why should a woman lose the right to her own body? Why should a person be unable to marry the one they love? Why should kids fall behind just because they stress easily? Of course, they shouldn’t. You of all people should be the example of tolerance and equality.
My first issue that we must discuss is abortion. I feel so strongly about this, I believe women should have complete and full rights to do whatever they wish to their body. I am so very sick of people being nosy and being involved in situations and other people’s private lives. If you’re against abortion, don’t get one. Don’t ever force people to conform to your views, let people do as they wish. Not to mention, this is a fact, if you make abortion illegal, then more people will die due to women having to resort to “back alley” abortions, or a child could grow up in an abusive home (whether they got put in an adoption agency or not), and end up possibly even killing their parents or others.
The majority of people who are against abortion are also religious, which is unfair to the nonreligious populous. If a woman that’s not fiscally, emotionally, or physically ready to birth a child, why should she? Even if she goes to the extent of putting the child up for adoption, we’re pushing the very limits of adoption agencies and forcing these women to go through the nine months of pregnancy. Just imagine the emotional and physical toll it must take on your body, imagine how many days of work or college courses or even high school days these women would have to miss in order to keep the baby healthy. Imagine the heartache that she would go through, watching her body swell with the life of a child that was her mistake. Whatever happened to personal rights in the free USA?
I also feel very strongly about gay marriage rights. This is yet another incident where my “nosy” argument holds true. You don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one. Everyone deserves equal rights, and intolerance in America is unacceptable. The idea that a woman and a man holding hands is any different from a man and a man holding hands is preposterous. Not to mention if we allowed homosexuals to marry that would mean they’d have more security and stability while living their life, and if they choose to, they can also adopt a child with minimal worry. In case you weren’t aware, our adoption agencies are very full, and allowing gays to marry would ensure loving, happy families for many of these children. Even if you don’t personally like homosexuality, at least think about the hundreds of thousands of kids in adoption agencies who would give anything to have a comfortable, loving home. Last year’s figures state that one in every twenty children is adopted by a gay couple. Which, in case you didn’t know, is a lot of children. Approximately 200,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year, which means that about 10,000 kids are adopted in the U.S. every year by homosexual couples. But my point still stands, that I think the most important part in allowing gays their freedom is important. Let them raise children, let them marry, let them get the rights as everyone else does. Why do our rights have to be segregated? I thought we had a free country!
Yet another big issue for me is No Child Left Behind. I will be one of the many to admit that the idea itself was good, but I have a few problems with it. The concept in itself is flawed. It can force low-performing students out of school by taking away the challenge of learning and substituting a “teach to the test” mentality. Many kids are smart, but not hard workers, and this is what sets the difference. They could drop out just because they aren’t challenged. I myself am also very aware of many children who are incredibly intelligent, just speaking to them you can tell they’re well educated, but they stress easily and are horrible test takers. They can fail and even get held back just because they’re bad test takers! There’s also the fact that high achieving/gifted kids just don’t get as much funding as other kids in quite a few areas. While it’s great that the kids who need help are getting funding, there’s also the fact that working with less funding for the high achieving kids can be frustrating, because they go through material like nothing, learning all the in-depth angles of many things. The No Child Left Behind law should give more funding to disadvantaged schools, and we should focus more on making sure all schools have enough books rather than spending money on wasted initiatives.
I still do not understand why, that to this day, a nation built on equality and freedom is having so much trouble giving its people their rights. Give kids a challenge, give them the ability to succeed. Give our citizens their true freedom.