The American Dream Is More Like An American Nightmare

The American Dream Is More Like An American Nightmare

Mass shootings, homeless Veterans, and child suicides: what's our problem?

Growing up being taught history, we as Americans learn how America is a melting pot of cultures. I remember a teacher referencing our country as "A city on a hill." Hearing of the American Dream where anyone can start over, and create a life for themselves is something I wish I saw.

So many people migrated to The United States of America in hopes for this dream-a dream I am sure many have obtained in history, but an idea I think many who chase this dream needs to realize America is not so great.

So America is not so great, we have Veterans homeless and unemployed, mass shootings, corrupt government personnel, and suicides. Many people think to resolve some of these issues is to ban assault rifles and bump stocks. However, to make decisions to do so would include our representatives to actually vote the way the people want them to.

Many people representing us are even trying to push Nazi motives, and reforms that would restrict our 2nd Amendment as American Citizens. Delegate Nick Freitas speaks at to the House of Delegates of how to have an open-honest debate to resolve such issues, the representatives should be speaking of facts and reason, not personal motives.

See whole speech of Del. Freitas pointing out the American Representative flaws here:

Others in the focus of the American people include Ben Shapiro. He also has commented on the dysfunction of the American people to converse about guns:

Children safety is a common denominator with both of these comments. Both deriving from the recent mass shootings. Something that is interesting is how we handle the education system here in America. We have underfunded school systems, an education secretary that has no experience to qualify her for such a position, and our next generation not being extended aid for depression that results in suicide and mass shootings.

Senator Elizabeth Warren questions Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education appointed by President Donald Trump, about her credentials for such a position.

This hearing shows the incompetency of the representatives appointed to help our country. I understand in the 1700s every male that organized the Declaration of Independence was young and ill-experienced.

However, many of our previous Presidents were military veterans. Our country today is in massive debt and could be facing a civil war. We as Americans have failed our fellow Americans that currently or will have student loan debt, want their children to go to a public education system or a school that is funded well enough to supply textbooks and materials for the children to learn.

To lead to a better future for America, we have to start right now and focus on educating the new generations. Right now, it looks more like a scandal.

Here is the video for the hearing for Betsy DeVos' position as Education Secretary.

Something else related to education is why is there an increase of school mass shootings and threats? I believe this is another problem with the education system not doing their jobs. For example,

We allow 18-year-olds to join the military, even 17-year-olds with a parental signature. Joining the military means they handle guns, risk their lives to defend our countries, and handle stressful situations. If we raised the age to buy a gun in the idea an 18-year-old cannot handle a gun responsibly, then how are we trusting them to defend our countries?

During MEPs, Military Entrance Processing, the people trying to enlist go through intensive questions and reviews to determine eligibility physically and mentally. So would one not think maybe the issue is a mental examination issue to help prevent disgruntled teens from obtaining weapons?

The Parkland Shooting was by a disgruntled teenager that had previously experienced loss and being expelled from school. Delegate Freitas' stated in his speech how teen shootings are from children from bad backgrounds.

I wonder if the idea of mental state has a play in the act on the Parkland shooting. After further research, I found that he had a mental evaluation previously that was not flagged by the school to allow the government to know he should not be eligible for a gun.

NBC news:

"Crisis workers from a South Florida mental health facility were called in 2016 to hold alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz for a psychiatric evaluation after he sent out a Snapchat video in which he cut his arms and said he wanted to buy a gun, according to a mental health report.
But after speaking with Cruz, Henderson Behavioral Health health professionals chose not to hospitalize him, according to a November 2016 Florida Department of Children and Families investigative report...(To read full report"

In addition, there has been an influx of media reporting on consistent school shootings and threats:

With all this said, is the issue truly needing gun regulations reflecting a Nazi agenda, or are we allowing the government to not take care of the future of America, our current and future generations.

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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.


Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two β€” I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu β€” it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself β€” I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice β€” no one else.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama β€” the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white β€” the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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