The America I Know And Love!

“Time Won’t Let Me” (one of my all-time favorite songs growing up in the 60’s by the Outsiders) Listen Here

Well, I thought I was going to take some time off from posting to recover from celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, but with 73 days left to arguably the most important Presidential election since the birth of the U.S.A., I just couldn’t do it! “Time Won’t Let Me”!

In my last post entitled “Houston, We Have A Problem”, I focused on COVID-19 and some of the issues and questions still facing us regarding drugs and vaccines and their pros and cons. If you missed it, please check it out.

However, when I read the articles below, I just had to share them with all who may have missed them.

It is SOOOO refreshing to know that there are still young adults here in the U.S.A. (I’m including high school students as well like the ones below) who are willing to stand up and be heard in the face of, sadly, too many misguided young adults who just want to riot, loot, burn, and try to destroy the greatest nation the world has ever known. These violent individuals (the peaceful protestors have all gone home) are falling for a great deal of misinformation and lies about white supremacy, racial, and social injustices.

I’m not saying these issues don’t exist, they do, but there is a right way (God-honoring) and a wrong way (hate-filled) to address them. And, if we are honest with each other, a lot of progress has been made here in the U.S.A. since the days of slavery and Jim Crow laws.

Below is an interesting point of view from a young millennial against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s views! It is a well written and thoughtful article by a 26-year old college student named Alyssa Ahlgren, who is in graduate school working on her MBA.

My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!

I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis (Florida) trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my news feed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of presidential 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. 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. 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.

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, we elect some politicians who are 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, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or we didn’t see the rise and fall of socialism and communism.

We don’t know what it’s like 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.”

Photographer and Superintendent address controversial photo of Ohio football players


The discussion over black lives and blue lives now involves high schoolers wearing blue and red in one central Ohio community. A promotional photo of the Marysville High School football team is leading to controversy after team members held the “thin blue line” flag representing law enforcement in the picture. (Courtesy: Robin’s View Studios)

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The discussion over black lives and blue lives now involves high schoolers wearing blue and red in one central Ohio community. A promotional photo of the Marysville High School football team is leading to controversy after team members held the “thin blue line” flag representing law enforcement in the picture.

Viewers of WSYX/WTTE and others on social media complained about the photo, concerned it was a political statement against the Black Lives Matter movement.

The photo is not the official team photo, but a promotional picture, paid for by a booster group, the Monarch Quarterback Club. Emails to the club were not returned today. In addition to the “thin blue line” flag, team members are holding flags representing other first responders, along with the American and Ohio flags.

The controversy got the attention of the school board at last night’s meeting.

“I think it’s easy to rush to judgement, especially with how polarizing some events are in our society,” said Diane Allen, superintendent of Marysville schools at last night’s meeting.

She called this a teachable moment and said it’s difficult to judge what the intent of the players is.

“Intent can’t always be measured or evaluated in a picture, it’s also important to recognize that a symbol or a flag can mean one thing to you and one thing to the person standing beside you,” she said.

The photographer who took the photo is upset as well. Robin Thompson posted on Facebook, asking, “When did we stop seeing things through a lens of love and just see things through a lens of hate and division?… When did we decide to accuse instead of embrace?”

Thompson said the photo is not meant to be a political statement and that some of the team members have loved ones who serve as first responders.

“It was never meant to promote one group over another. It was meant to say ‘Thank you,’ she wrote. “I am sorry if you could not see the intent. But I assure you, the intent is love.”

Since when has it become controversial or political to fly an American flag, or a flag supporting law enforcement? The answer: Since a group of intolerant malcontents who hate America decided they have all the answers and if we disagree with them, we must be the problem, our views must be silenced, and we must be punished and even eliminated.

Those high school football players make me a proud Ohioan, and more importantly, they as well as the graduate student working on her MBA make me a proud American!

I think the late Charlie Daniels said it best:

Charlie Daniels Quote (2)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

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