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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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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