Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hush

I am reading a new book. This book has really moved me. It is a heartbreaking story. One that makes you really feel what this girl is going through.

A quick overview of the story is this: This girls father witnessed the murder of a black boy by his 2 fellow white police officers. The story is about what this man and ultimately, his family go through when he decides to testify. The pain of being ostracized by his friends in the police force, the pain his wife and kids go through after they are torn away from their home and friends to live in a strange place with new names.

The depression the dad goes through at feeling like he needed to do what was right but feeling like it was so wrong.

His wife tries to find solace in joining the Jehovah Witnesses, and his daughters who are 13 and 15 and who struggle in making new friends, in a new school, and trying to remember the "new" facts about their lives.

I LOVE it so far.

New topic.

My husband and I had a discussion that actually turned in to an argument about the comments made by Obama's minister. I was reading about it and what his comments were and I am sure people will hate me for saying so, but I don't think that minister was that far off in some of his statements. I won't go in to detail but I too think our government is corrupt, I do think we get mad when people do bad things to us but it has never stopped the United States from doing the same things to others, no matter how justified we feel, other countries feel just as justified. That doesn't make it right but sometimes I think the US is a little snotty in it's attitude toward other countries. I have lived in another country and have an idea about their attitudes. Do I think we need to do something about terrorists? Yes. Do I think we should help those countries we are in now establish their governments? Yes. Do I support the dishonest things that are going on with this war at the same time? No. I wish I knew who was really telling the truth. Everyone lies it seems like. I hate it. Who do we believe??? Are they only trying to move themselves ahead or is there ANYONE who honestly is making good decisions because they believe it is RIGHT. I honestly don't know.

That is all I will say about that. I don't want to get in to a big debate, that is just my opinion and how I feel about it.

So anyway, the book is great. Give it a read.

4 comments:

Yolanda said...

My dear friend...Since you were the ONLY one to comment on my Obama video, I feel I can share with you the sentiment, "I know..."

S'mee said...

I avoid talking politics at all cost because it seems to bring out the dogfight in us all.

Then I wrote a huge diatribe (in the literal sense) which I *had* to delete, about what I have witnessed in my short life to our government.

Suffice it to say, I am not easily sold any more.

melissa c said...

me neither

melissa c said...

In fact, the reason I wrote about it at all was because it surprised me that my husband felt so differently.

We usually agree on politics.