Highlighting the North Korean Crisis

Highlighting the North Korean Crisis

Don’t be a bystandard

This year the tensions between North Korea and the United States has reached an ultimate high, leaving both nations on the brink of a Nuclear War. This war is not fought over a nations stability, rather argued through the strength and military power of its 'respected' leaders. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un cover up their motives by stating that they want sovereignty over their nation, as well considered a valued player in global politics. When in reality Kim Jong Un wants to torture his people without being sanctioned, while Trump focuses on how to make this problem disappear.

Americans are one of the lucky few people that can live disconnected from war if they choose. They can look forward to the holidays in December, can have a holiday about chocolates and flowers in February, and get completely obliterated in March. Security, stability and fun runs this lifestyle that too many people worldwide will never enjoy. Although there are many atrocities that are happening worldwide, the attack on humanity is strongly experience in North Korea.

It’s important to remember that North Korea is the result of the worldwide Red Scare that forced nations to decide between communism and democracy. When the peninsula split, with China supporting communist North Korea and America South Korea, instability, famine, and havoc roamed the land. In 1953 the peninsula agreed on a seize fire, as well as a divide between governments at the 38th parallel. The average American was able to move on from this, to the point that the North Korean crisis is now treated lightly and overlooked.

Tensions between North Korea and America became more evident when James Franco and Seth Rogen’s film The Interview was not allowed to shown in theatres . This movie highlighted the oppressive state and blamed Kim Jong Un for his short falls as a leader. Pointing out false consciousness of the peoples existence, the lack of food, while living in fear of nuclear warfare. All these can be justified by the rules of sovereignty- however, isnt it our duty as the beacon of democracy make a change?

President Trump has threatened nuclear war over a tweet to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. First off, only Congress can declare war, and instegating should be inbrindgement on check and balances. However, its not, bc its a tweet, not a declaration or offical statement. These threats cause other natins to retaliate with action rather than words. North Korea now has a gun that can reach all of the United States.... Yet life just carries on like nothings happening. it might be from our disconnect to war, but it doesnt change the fact that this is stil whats going on

The people of North Korea live in a false consciousness where they believe they are still in active war with the United States. For them, America is the reason why malnutrition is the norm in thier country, with only their Supreme Leader’s generosity to feed them. This causes a generation of children to idolize and remain loyal to the state. This loyalty causes disconnect between families, where a child could report their own mother to authorities for speaking ill about the world they live in.

Once an individual is under custody in North Korea they run the risk of being sent to a labor camp. These labor camps mimic concentration camps where brutality, starvation and degradation is common. Here individuality dies and you become and enemy of the state- where your life is meaningless. These camps can even force a whole family into it for a misdemeanor crime. Here individuals battle for food, and forced to watch executions, and are beaten without reason. Lets NEVER forget Otto Warmbier who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for taking down a propaganda poster when visiting North Korea in 2016. He was return to the United States mid June 2017 in a comma and trauma signs. Warmbier died because he broke a simple rule in a dictatorship. His story was told, and mourned, but there are 120,000 men, women and children who live this nightmare.

Its our duty as Americans to reach out and make a change. We cannot risk political curtosy and over look the horror at the expense of the Korean people.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

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I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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The American Morality Question No One Wants To Discuss

Trump represents a deeper morality issue in America.

The 2016 presidential election changed America. Whether you supported Trump or Hilary, the ramifications of 2016 are becoming more and more apparent. November 8, 2016, my fiance and I had our eyes glued to the TV as we watched Trump win. We had started the night expecting to celebrate the first woman president but instead watched our fears come true.

As disappointed as I was, I still wanted Trump to succeed. No American wants their country to fail. The Trump presidency has been a roller coaster that I did not want to board, yet here we are. We have a president embroiled in multiple legal investigations ranging from Russia's interference in American democracy to sexual harassment claims. Our country is more divided than it has been in many years. The question becomes, where do we go from here?

Some may argue that the first step is Trump's impeachment. While that is a possibility, in the long run, I will leave that to Mueller and Congress when the time comes. America's issue is not an issue of our president, but what he represents. Trump represents a plethora of moral issues that have risen to the surface once again in America.

Trump ran a platform on fearmongering of immigrants. The same immigrants that helped build our country. Now ICE is rounding up immigrants across America to deport them if they do not have the proper paperwork.

Trump has a long history of racist actions and comments. The racism that was shoved under the surface is now rising once again. From Charlottesville's protests to police brutality, even to instances such as a Starbuck's manager calling the police on two customers due to their race.

America would have called for Obama's impeachment if his morals were on the same level as Trump's. Trump rebels against what a white Christian American majority preaches. He has had multiple wives (divorces), multiple affair scandals, etc. Yet Americans keep making excuses for him. It is time to stop. Stop making excuses for Trump and justifying your own vote that got us here. Start addressing the issues that are coming to the surface.

I see conservatives saying it isn't a "gun" issue, it is a heart issue that is causing gun violence across our country. If you can believe that, why won't you believe the same goes for our president? That the same goes for the racism and sexism plaguing America. When we have to teach African American boys what to do to survive, something is wrong with our country. Something big.

America's heart needs to be fixed and it has been a long time coming. Years and years of injustices have occurred without a reckoning. Without a moment of truth for those who have ignored the many issues in America. I can only hope that our moment of truth is coming now.

Examine your morals and discover where they derive. Are they from religion? Are they from society? Are they from hate? Are they from love? Who do you want to be? Someone who is fueled by hate or someone fueled by love?

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