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A unique way to handle a heckler in a congressional hearing…
The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history.Alyssa Ahlgren
An excellent view of America by a 26 yr. old young lady from a Facebook post. Well written thoughts.
“I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism.
I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.
We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times.
Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.
Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”
Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.
Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP.
The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).
Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity?
We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why?
The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.
With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.
My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?”
I’m no longer using Facebook actively. Updates I make will be here on my website and public. I’m disappointed with Facebook. The platform is deciding for me what I see, and many of my friend’s posts are buried or never seen. Instead, I get advertisements, the agenda Facebook wants to push at me, and other worthless crap. So I decided I am keeping my friends list to immediate family. A couple of days ago, I removed over 60 people from my friends list, not because I don’t like them – because they either do not post, or Facebook never shows me their post, or shows it to me 7 times a day. I would completely deactivate, but I still use Facebook for some offers and I have four years of pictures and content in it.
Nothing is wrong in general – there have been some political scuffs, etc. most of which I usually avoid. Facebook is completely useless and I would rather hear about my friend’s news in person rather than searching for it (as I said, many posts do not appear – or the same post appears for DAYS ON END even without comments).
Facebook and Google are private entities and your First Amendment rights don’t apply if you violate their terms of service.
There’s also the matter of Facebook controlling narratives. The “news” you see on Facebook is controlled by a formula that, unless you subscribe (aka “like”) certain media entities, you don’t see their content. You see what Facebook wants you to see, most of which are politically left-leaning – I’ll stop there.
Google isn’t innocent either. Two recent stories in the news show evidence of Google trying to “prevent another Trump situation” in 2020. Project Veritas has video of Google’s CEO saying they’ve been working on this for quite some time. Again, trying to control the narrative by tweaking the algorithm to push down conservative and political right content in results, essentially pushing their agenda. The bottom line is this – Facebook and Google are private entities and your First Amendment rights don’t apply if you violate their terms of service. Same with YouTube, which Google owns.
Another point is Facebook owns the data you post – see the terms of service, so they can do a lot with what I upload. Not only that, they can data harvest what I search for, watch, read, click on – even beyond the platform. Facebook plants cookies on the user’s computer that interact with other places you search and visit on the web – that is how they know you’ve been looking at paper clips on Amazon and can push office supply ads at you while you’re wading through time sucking content like “what type of colonial settler would you be?”.
Then there is the matter of Facebook Messenger. The way this program works, messages you send can easily become evidence in court, screenshots, forwards, all kinds of misunderstandings can ensue. True, this can happen with text messaging, however, there’s not always confirmation that the recipient read the message you sent (or you read theirs), and it takes more effort to share content than on Messenger. Of course the lesson is don’t write it unless you want it read in church, but there’s something I just don’t trust that much about Messenger.
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I never thought I would live in a time where some would find this flag to be offensive and abhorrent. This flag held the field to stop slavery. It flew when we stopped Nazis from taking over the world. It hung damp in the jungles of Vietnam and froze in the mountains of Korea when it stopped communism from destroying more countries. This flag that was placed on top of the ruins of the two towers and the pentagon after the 9/11 attacks. This flag stood stoic after being the only flag planted on our moon. I have seen it lay over the coffins of friends. I have seen it folded and handed to the widows of my former brothers. This flag stands for freedom and liberty. Damn, I love this flag. #4thofjuly #Independenceday #Americanflag
Here’s the festivities cut down from 3 hours to **10 minutes** – all the good parts!
DR. CHELSEA ESMEIER
Highlights from XU 2019 Commencement
1. National Anthem
2. Chelsea receiving her doctorate
3. Alma Mater
4. Fr. Michael Graham Remarks/Student Commitment
5. Confetti Cannons