REAL JOBS OR JUST A JOB: WHAT WAS REALLY CREATED

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“What did the government really do?”


them and their creations

Every president that comes into the White House we hear the same speech about job creation. But what I really want to know is, what types of jobs for how many hours and at what pay. We hear job creation and automatically jump for joy. But just listen to how fast that disregard the question when you ask. They really are not people who create anything in America. Anytime you depend on the government to create a job it is usually in the context of providing you with the absolute basic need for what they can afford. So the thing they give you is less than adequate most of the time. So I am always a skeptic when they create something.

its the sector not them

The businesses themselves create the jobs in America, but they always have to await the government’s decisions. Because if the government makes a decision not in the best interest of the business the business can not create anything. So now the people become stuck in this tug-a-war game between the system and the business. what will be the government decision so that the organization can sit down and decide what will come of the company. And if you are an employee or someone looking for a job you could be scared each and every time a new leader takes office in the White House. Because your life is now effected, not really from the company, but their business hinges on the government decision making.

once they step back

When the government steps back then the business is able to operate a little better. Because then the globe is able to engage. But the problem with that is that there are certain places the government does not want business to operate. Only if the operation is in the best interest as what they describe as in the country’s interest. But what does that really mean because isn’t it that if the country is working the country is working? Or would it be better for the government should regulate to the point where now its own people are getting hurt. Because this is what is happening. So I guess good is good if it’s good for me is not always good.


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TO STAND OR NOT TO STAND: THE NFL DILEMMA OR PLAYERS PROTESTING

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“The right to do it.”


taking a knee

Over the past couple of years there has been the controversy over the former Quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem to protest against police brutality. And since then there has been protest similar throughout sports across the country and even outside the United States. So, my question is, is the protest relevant in the NFL anymore? Because since the beginning of the season, a few protest have taken place. But not much has been spoken about the matter. Maybe the protest has ran its course and they are over. Because when it happened initially, you would think it was never going to end. It was a situation that put the NFL in a very precarious position.

freedom vs feeling

In America we have the right to do a lot, but that does not mean we will all like when something is done. And that is where the idea of being able to and not wanting someone to do so clashes. Colin has the right to do so, and did so in alignment with the first amendment. But with the freedom comes the emotions of people who feel otherwise. And that is a tough position to be in because  Flag of the USAyou can’t keep someone from expressing their freedom so long as they don’t break any laws. But you cannot also expect people to like what you are doing. Yet Colin is out of a job, so what is that about? Which brings me to the next position.

right to hire or fire

Having the right to do something and an employer pushing back can put the employer in a bind. But when you have proven to force the employer to lose revenue, then it’s a different story. So once the people refused to watch causing the NFL to lose money, that’s when the right to do so stops. On the other hand, the problems that the NFL ran into was a counter-protest where they will still lose money. So it becomes a choice of lose a little or lose a lot. And they stood a chance to lose more by keeping Colin. Now the argument is, he was fighting for something he felt was a just cause, followed the law, and didn’t insight violence. True, but the people have a choice not to include themselves.


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AT HOME INCORPORATED: RUNNING A BUSINESS FROM HOME

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“From the comforts of home.”


from my home office

For some time now, the idea of building a business in your home is a reality that very few in the past seen as imaginative. But more and more people are doing it. And statistics show that in the future at least half of American households will be self-employed to some degree. Rather it be full time self-employment or part time outside of their day job. And the reason for the phenomenon is that so much of work in today’s society is low pay or low hours. And the money to support a family is just not enough anymore. But are there other reason for the shift?

freedom

The power to pay yourself and work your own hours at your own pace is alluring. Not having someone over your shoulder telling you what you can do and when you can do it. Now, you have to be prepared to work long hours. But if you do manage to come out on the other side, then it’s all worth it. You’re also flexible to go off and pursue interests that you normally wouldn’t or couldn’t working 40 hours a week. And then waiting until the weekend to go out places.

it has its drawbacks

Prior I said that you are working long hours, and you are, long, long hours. And crazy thing is, there is not guarantee you’ll earn anything. So you better have it in your head this is something you really want to do. Because you are putting a lot of time an energy into something that is beyond the scope of success initially. You don’t have a boss, but it all falls on you: succeed or fail. But if you start to hire people there is another host of problem that you have to worry about. Because now, others depend on you to get the job done. So before you think about all the money you’re going to be making, understand the responsibilities that come with working for yourself.


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FREEDOM TO SCREEN: HOW WE SELF POLICE ON SCREEN WHEN WE DON’T HAVE TO DO SO

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“We show what we want.” “We just choose not to do so.”


what can we see

When observing television and the internet, you are allowed to showcase what you want to the world. Just as long as it is not promoting anything illegal. That’s means you can show what you want on the television, but a lot of people do so. And there reason being is because they don’t want to lose advertisers.

That’s right, news outlets and television shows censor themselves because they want to be able to collect on all those ad dollars. And when you are showcasing something they (ad companies) disagree with, they can pull their sponsorship. Because they may not want their brand to be affiliated with what you’re promoting.

where’s the freedom

We have all this freedom to do as we please, but there has to be boundaries. That means if you want to make the dollars, then watch what you say and do. But let’s assume for a second that you don’t abide by the rules. Then what you can do is go online. Yet you still have to be careful about what you decide to showcase to the world.

Why, well there are rules on the internet as well. Like for instance, you can’t upload anything on YouTube because they have deals with advertisers as well. So you have to watch what you say and do. That means creating your own website, and then you’re able to say and do as you please so long as it stays in the realm of law.

restrictions from full freedom

I always wondered, why does one go for full freedom. And I don’t mean breaking the law, I mean, where can I view something entertaining without worrying about advertisers? Because since so many rely on ads to make money, is there a place to view anything and it is what it is? Can I speak freely, publicly about a particular topic, and face losing a gig?

And the reality is that there are outlets, it’s just that they are not as popular to follow. And the ones that do, switch up and monitor themselves. And like I said prior, the money made from treading a level course is much better than taking the risk.


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IT WORKS, IT REALLY DOES WORK: WHY OUR SUPREME LAW ACTUALLY WORKS

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“Imperfect, but keeps our system moving forward.”


In a nation where so much is surrounding politics and social activism, we need to make sense of everything by going back to our roots. And those roots of a nation lie in our Constitution of the United States as well as our Declaration of Independence. Now, don’t get me wrong, these documents were written during a time period where people had no rights, so to write documents surrounding human rights while human rights violations exist under your watchful eye is very hypocritical. But the Constitution’s opening to the document states that, “In order to form a more perfect union.” A more perfect union is a very important opening because humans are not perfect creatures. We are flawed: we have vices, we have our like and dislikes, we have our fears. So making a “more perfect union” does make sense. Because it implies a union that is more productive than the previous decisions made.

Decisions that as the Constitution states, promotes tranquility, general welfare, common defense, and the blessings of liberty with a lead into our amendment our rights. But you cannot have the Constitution, without our Declaration of Independence. A declaration which states, “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” (U.S. Constitution, 1789) So even in all the flaws of our leaders, the brick laying for our civilization is aimed at making sure that America works by way of preserving these documents.

But what happens now when those documents are put to the test as we see in today’s society where our Amendment Rights are challenged by one another and we feel as if freedom is being lost. We live in a society today where people don’t like what you say and want what you say to be restricted. Yet the answer to unpopular speech is not to suppress that speech, but to have more dialogue surrounding what it is that is creating the bind within you. You don’t like what I protest, fine, express your grievance, but forcing those from protesting because you don’t like the action goes against the very document we promised to uphold. So what happens when we live in a society where we start to role back on these rights? What happens beside losing your national identity, you lose time. Time spent building a nation that is now being in jeopardy of failing at the very hands of the people it promised to protect.

And yes, we all have reasons why we don’t like social situations, or political figures and their decision making. But as much as I am not a fan of certain people in America, one of which is our current President elect Donald J. Trump, impeachment might be problematic and threatening to our nation’s future. Because the Declaration states, that it is up to the people to change course from what we have in power at the moment for the future security of this nation; meaning to vote. In the past we uprose, but uprising in modern times is to vote the person out. So in 2020, if you are unhappy with the political binds to which we are under now, you express that vote at the polls. We do not, unless we prove criminal wrongdoing has taken place, remove a leader from power by way only sentiment alone. Because a civilization cannot be maintained by way of sentiment, but a basic rational non-emotional structure to which we all live.

Because in the end, as we go back to the beginning of the passage, we have to understand that the Constitution is only a way to make the union more perfect, not perfect. Meaning as an African American man, there was one point in time where I was 75% human and 25% property as a slave. Today we (Black people) work in every facet of industry in society. There are still issues we face, and based on population will always have people who we as Black people will have to deal with racially. But the ratifying of the Constitution which gives way for me to express myself freely and a Declaration for me to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is in essence a “more perfect union”. For it is better than the previous, never will be perfect, but any goal of any civilization is the following: status quo, equilibrium, standard, and not ever and will ever be perfection.


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FREEDOM: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU

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“Options!”


The above photo is of the Statue of Liberty that was given to us as a present from France. And since that point and time it has stood as one of our monuments in America that is a representation of freedom. So my question to you is, what does freedom mean to you? Would you say you’re living the life that you thought you would always be living? Or have the life yet to come into existence for you? Maybe you fall under the third option, the American dream has never and will never live in your heart. For me, the idea of the American dream is the ability to choose to go to work everyday. Meaning, I can make a conscious decision to not do anything today and tomorrow, that is freedom for me. Another aspect of the American dream is financial.

And for me, the financial American dream for me is living an Upper Middle Class life. The perfect income for me would fall in the range of $250,000 – $500,000 for me to live comfortably. Meaning everything that I have always wanted falls under this yearly income bracket. So for me, a middle class life is survival, and a dream falls in the prior range. And with that said, a lot of people never meet their expectations and live out their entire lives unhappy with their personal and financial position. Other aspects of the dream such as marital and parental could also be a dream for you as well. For me at least, marital and parenting goals are not the least bit of a priority in life. So all in all, single, upper middle class, and the ability to choose to wake up everyday and not having to is the dream.

Now, when observing the landscape of America, we all have something we consider the dream life. And for most people, you hear what they want, and middle class is just fine. For others they need to have a private plane, yacht, with a mansion, and amenities. And that is the just of the American dream, it is open to whoever is interpreting what the dream is to them. No one person can define what that dream is, even we like to at times. But when you look at the landscape of America today, it seems like that dream is dying out. A dream that so many lived is now taking a new form that many are starting to see as eluding them. Can the idea of that American dream ever return again? Because in the end, if the idea of the dream is lost, the identity that has made America special will die as well. And thus the country going into a state of degradation.


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red, white, and BLUES: HOW WE ARE SLOWLY STRIPPING EACH OTHER OF FREEDOM

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“Break free from yourself.”


It has become redundant at this point, but another issue has spiraled out of control regarding President Donald Trump. This time it took place between him and players of the National Football League. This past weekend, he made comments in Huntsville, Alabama before a crowdd of his supporters regarding their protesting on the football field during the National Anthem. And the response was, as you guessed it, swift and wide spread. Because the very next day you saw over 200 players and team owners locking arms and dropping to one knee in solidarity with each other. So the response from those on the opposite side of the the protest say, “Well, we’ll show you by not patronizing football.” And the only issue with that form of protest is the flip side which is to come after you once again. Now as I sit here typing, I can’t help but to be shocked by rights we are taking away from each other. And might ask how are we doing so.

Well, I remember not even a year ago when political commentary Anne Coulter wanted to speak at Berkeley University in California. The uproar over her coming to the campus led to vandalism and rioting. The upheaval caused the event to be discontinued. Then as Colin Kaepernick took his knee to protest police brutality in America, he was ostracized in the same manner as Anne for his freedom of Image result for ann coulter berkeleyprotest. And to me the losers in all this are the American people. Not for going against the two individuals, but the fact that we are willing to attack each other’s rights because we disagree. You may not like what someone says or does, but I was under the impression that as long as no one is being physically harmed what’s the problem. Because we attack everything that is offensive to us, then everyone will be out of jobs. Since what offends us is so broad and ambiguous in our society. What is offensive to you might not be offensive to me and vice versa.

And where does it lead to next. If the people push back against the NFL, and NFL forces players to stop, then what. Now it leaves people on the conservative side open. Because it won’t stop there, it will be this constant ping pong game. And like I said prior, the only people getting hurt are the countless people that represent organizations Image result for freedomsthat don’t make big money who could lose their jobs because of the constant fighting. But that is something that does not seem to sink into the minds of so many people. We hurt those, who for the most part just want to work and make it home to their families. I’m not saying that we should stop giving our opinions, I’m simply saying, everything is not meant to be fighting. What ever happened to the right to be offended. If you don’t like something, disconnect.

And in the end, that is the main problem. People hate to have something they feel passionately about go on deaf ears. But is it real passion, or just a reason to be mad. You never know because no one is honest with how they truly feel. But why are people losing everything they work for because I disagree. I pride myself on being more liberal than conservative. But I am not compelled to boycott someone just because I don’t like what they speak about or protest. We have become our own enemies. With a $700 billion defense budget to protect us against so much, it is internal where the main problems lie today.


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