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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MEMORANDUM: WHY WE SHOULD APPRECIATE OUR TROOPS

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“Stand with them, not just for them.”


Tomorrow is Memorial Day, which is the celebration for our men and women who wear the uniform of our armed forces. The men and women who perform a thankless job for protecting this country. Those who are called to war, not because we tell them to do so, but because they feel it is their core belief. And like I said before, a thankless job. Whenever a professional sports team win a championship, there is a celebration in the streets. Yet when our armed forces return home, it’s usually a family member to greet them. We rarely celebrate their coming home, why? Why do we just take it for granted?

When these men and women return home we look at them like, “Oh, that’s what you’re supposed to do for me.” “You’re supposed to want to die for me living in the comforts of my living room.” All the while, they are being shot at in some foreign country they’ve never been to; on terrain they’ve never seen Image result for troops homebefore. But nonetheless, they do their duty and come home. We give them half off on a Memorial Day brunch and say we did our part. But what about a little more. Why not take this time instead to push for programs that will aid in their matriculation back into society? They most likely have spent time, for the ones who fought, shooting and killing. Now they’re supposed to come back home and live a normal life.

How do we expect them to live normal if we don’t assist? Their duty has been to fight, but what is ours? If someone is willing to say, “I am fighting because it’s my duty.” Why not help them out with something? I’m not saying it necessarily has to be of monetary value. I’m talking more of Image result for homeless troopspsychological treatment. Because if their minds are right, then they can earn their own livings and live a normal life. If any candidates are qualified for free health care it should be armed forces who fought in foreign wars. And that help should be mental. Or better yet, someone who lost a limb and is now disabled. They walk the streets, and people stare, not knowing what they sacrificed.

And the other reason why they deserve it is because we spend so much money on foreign aid to other nations. Yet we let the men and women who give their lives fighting for us nothing.  If a hurricane wipes out a village in some foreign land we hold telethons and major events. But none of the like when troops come home from war. So, in the end, we should take care of our own before assisting others. In America unless there is a draft, you have the freedom to join willingly. That shouldn’t mean, you join, it’s your problem. Why do we treat it like it’s a punishment instead of something to commend. It not only should, but must change. Otherwise we lose a piece of our identity as a nation.


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GALVANIZE: WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE US SERIOUS

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“What must happen?”

Looking at how divisive America is right now in regards to the political landscape is mind-boggling. In this country you’re either a Democrat or Republican. You have to pick a side when deciding who you’re voting for in an election. But, this topic is not about voting Democrat of Republican, it’s about the lack of promises met. Promises that each party states every election. Yet when they attain power they never keep their promises. For whatever the reason nothing is accomplished. With that said, there is no wonder Donald Trump could have been easily elected president of the United States. People are angry and desperate for leadership.

My questions is, how long will we continue to endure the lying from the government before we attack back. Or, elect a person who is a dictator as long as he/she keeps their word. The country right now is desperate, a lot of bad decisions tend to be made under duress. Will we see an overthrowing of our government or will people adjust? My best guess is that people will be forced to adjust to the change in times. It’s something that we’ve all had to do over time. The same will be for my generation as time goes on as well.

For example, look at men who used to mule pull for farming. Do you realize how many of them lost out to the combine? Or the people who worked for companies that made telephone books. Now, who even owns a telephone book. I bet you most people don’t even remember what they look like. But where is the sympathy for them; there is none. Yet it’s easier said to keep moving then it really is to keep moving. So, my next question is what should the people do now? What is our next step in dealing with the system?

Well, there are a few ways to deal with the changes in our society. The obvious decision is to adjust and keep it pushing. Struggle during these days and work at some sort of craft. Try building your experience and expertise in whatever it is that you’re interested in. Now the other choice is to fight back. That could mean protesting and boycotting until you get what it is you want. This could further hurt the U.S. economy, but it might work. It worked during the Civil Rights Movement when the African American population wanted voting rights. But whatever, it can’t be a violent interaction because then you really won’t get your point across.

In the end, people will need to come together for a greater cause. That cause has to be planned and well executed. It must not come through means of violence because then your plan is lost. On the other hand, nothing drastic has to take place if our system is willing to sit down and have a coming of the minds. Agree with each other no matter what political affiliation as well as meet the grievances of the people.