3 Things Millennials Can Learn From The Greatest Generation

3 Things Millennials Can Learn From The Greatest Generation

For anyone who was told that they are a special snowflake...

is goes out to anyone who received a participation trophy for existing in little league baseball. This article is for all of my fellow millennials who were told “it’s not about if you win or lose, it’s about the way you play the game.”

For those of us who were brainwashed into thinking that everyone is a winner, you need to know the truth, and some of you have already experienced this in the real world. The cold hard fact is that you are not any of those things that all of your well-to-do teachers, authority figures and instructors said. Reality will chew you up and spit you out with that mindset and it doesn’t give a damn what anyone said would happen. As long as you have that mindset, that is. Let me explain…

Our generation is the butt of many jokes; some justified, others not so much. We have done and will do some amazing things in our lives, but we have some fundamental flaws in our upbringing that will keep us from our full capabilities.

Let me be clear, this is not entirely our fault. In fact, our parents and their generation were the ones who taught and raised us. For the grievances they have with the generation of their children, they should look no further than themselves as the cause.

That being said, we still buy into the detrimental propaganda prescribed to American youth across the nation. We’re old enough now to determine right from wrong and what are values and ethos that create successful people. My friends, it’s time to drop the ‘special snowflake’ routine and adopt the attitudes of the “Greatest Generation" principles of rugged individualism and hard work. The idea that nobody really cares about you, the demographic and social groups you fit under, or your background outside of family and close friends. Here’s what we can learn from the generation of our grandparents.

1. Patriotism and Devotion to Country

World War II: The country called, and its people answered. The cause was noble and millions of men enlisted in the armed forces to fight in Europe and the Pacific theaters of war. The understood entirely the risks and sacrifices that would be made, but they made them freely because they understood that they are but a small piece of what builds a nation and a legacy. They recognized that their feelings and personal endeavors were secondary to the needs of the many. On the contrast, millennials would never consider serving in the armed forces during a time of need against ISIS or other terrorist organizations that threaten American security.

2. You are what you earn

You prove your worth through hard work and the results you get from it. You don’t get ahead in life for trying hard and not winning. Life doesn’t give our “you tried your best” ribbons. Some of our grandparents went to university, but didn’t feel any pressure to. They weren’t afraid of trade work and manual labor the way that many of us are. They had to get good at something, because if they didn’t, they’d be out in the streets, the way too many were during the Great Depression. They knew how to live uncomfortably and reap the benefits from it later.

3. You are not entitled to anything in this world

Nobody owes you a thing. You don’t deserve to be treated this way or that, you don’t deserve free stuff from the government, you are not entitled to anything but the general respect of your fellow man, and the love of your God and family. “Muh feelings…”

While the Greatest Generation was not perfect by any means, it seems like they were miles ahead of us in many aspects. It’s not too late for us. We can correct each other day to day. Don’t play the victim, don’t demand anything from anyone, be a decent man or woman to everyone you meet. Build the very best future you can for yourself and your future family. Don’t be a dick.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.

What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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2019 Just Means That The 2020 Election Is Coming

I don't want things to be that way, people running for President make it that way.


The 2020 election has begun with Senator Elizabeth Warren announcing that she has formed an exploratory committee to run for president.

Other likely candidates include Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke, Michael Bloomberg, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. And those are only the people eating at the adult's table, there are other Democrats that will probably throw their hats in the ring just for some publicity.

The last time a primary began to decide the opponent for an unpopular incumbent Republican president that had lost the popular vote in his first campaign was just 15 years ago, in 2004 when John Kerry became the nominee to challenge President George W. Bush.

Kerry may have lost the election, but he did have an easy primary. Kerry beat out his early challengers and went on to easily win almost all of the primary caucuses and elections.

I do not think that 2020 will be so easy and that is due in part to 2016. The 2016 primary may have eclipsed 2008 in terms of being one of the most consequential primaries in US history.

2016 showed the ideological split within the Democratic Party, with many New Democrats, socially liberal economically conservative centrists, holding most of the power within, while there's a strong grassroots force urging the party leftwards. Critics will claim Hillary Clinton lost because she was not left-wing enough. And Bernie Sanders's surprising success shows that anybody who wants to be the nominee has to appeal to the Sanders demographic.

This article is not really here to endorse any candidate, you can read my other articles to figure out who I'm voting for, it is however here to point out just how difficult it will be to win the nomination.

A candidate has to, according to the so-called experts: be left-leaning but also be a centrist, and be able to get minorities out to vote but also appeal to some Trump voters that they think they can win over by calling out the President's divisive tactics.

Trickle-down economics and massive deregulation always throws the economy into a recession, but the question now is when will that happen? If it happens during the 2020 election it's safe to say it's over for Trump, but if a Democrat has to challenge a Republican while the economy is doing great, it will be all the more difficult. The election will turn into a debate over so-called "social" issues (assuming Trump does not take us to war).

Issues that seem to be on most Americans' minds are healthcare and immigration. The healthcare debate will turn into a debate amongst Democrats over whether or not single-payer is possible and will likely be one of the most divisive issues of the primary. Immigration will be easy, every Democrat will go the safe route and boldly proclaim that putting children in cages and letting them die is not good. This will lead to Trump accusing them of being Antifa thugs.

The road to the White House is not meant to be easy. You need to fight hard to win the hearts of Americans, unless you are a Republican then you just need to win over rich Americans and let the electoral college do the rest of the work.

But seriously, we need to start the process of finding someone that will undo the years of horror unleashed by the Trump administration and also put the country in a new direction. Someone that will help the old and the young, and all workers. It's time for a leader that works for the American laborer, not the American entrepreneur, and above all, it is time for a new president.

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