“THE HANDOUT GENERATION”

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Today’s Quote

 “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

-Samuel Adams

 

 

Time Check

April 15,  1784 – The first balloon was flown in Ireland. 

April 15, 1865 – Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth. 

April 15, 1912 – The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived 

 

 

 

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Iss. 34

April 15, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

Our country has a serious addiction to handouts. And unlike other addictions, this one cannot be broken. 

When I was in 5th grade I ran for class President. With the help of my friends and parents, I managed an excellent campaign. Eventually, at the end of the campaign, each candidate was expected to deliver a 5 minute speech telling the school why  they should vote for you. I spent hours writing and I somehow drafted up something that I felt pretty good about. 

My speech was hard hitting and serious, telling the students exactly what I planned to do. I told them about my skills, my experience, and why I thought I would be successful in bettering the school. 

Out of the six candidates, I ended up coming in second place in a heavily competitive race. The boy who beat me had a speech that differed entirely from mine. His definition of the word “Presidential” apparently included a karate outfit, extensive lying, and a karate instructor holding boards that he turned around and chopped with a HI-YAH at the end of each sentence.

But that wasn’t all, he promised to work on creating a “bring your Gameboy to school day” and to “put soda in the drinking fountains”. If you don’t think every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader didn’t vote for this guy you are kidding yourself. School had suddenly become Disneyland! They received him with rounds of applause and cheers of joy. If they had palm fronds they probably would have thrown them at his feet and sang HOSANNA! 

Although I ended up getting the majority of the votes in the 4th and 5th grades, these promises were too good to be true. To the younger grades, I was pinned as the bad guy. How could I neglect them, my constituents, by ignoring their RIGHT to have Soda in the drinking fountain?! 

 

The once known self-reliant culture of the American people is long gone, and it has been replaced with a need for free stuff. This mentality has spread throughout the public and is now the prevailing view among young people. For the first time, the masses are swayed by benefits instead of principles. And because of it, the business of offering false promises is thriving more than ever. Candidates embellish their claims and set goals that are unreachable all in order to get votes. 

Much like the kids at my elementary school, It is no surprise that Americans have become addicted to this new lifestyle. Eventually, there will be no turning back. Our citizens now see government healthcare, an education system, and welfare as natural rights. And unless you promise all of this and put soda in the drinking fountains you’re not going to have a chance in winning a single election. 

But we have ourselves to blame, for believing these false promises and being tempted by the government. Now we are reliant on the state, just like they want. Now it is nearly impossible to discern what is real. Unless of course, you stay informed.

Keep it Real America,

 

Christian

 

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