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.
"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 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/social-media-...)"
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.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The greatest aspirations of humankind have always been to save the world, and also save ourselves. As fallible human beings, it’s too easy getting into a mindset in which we think making a difference is impossible – but it’s not. It’s too easy to get discouraged about things going on in the world and to complain that things are going downhill.
The truth is, People are going green and saving Mother Earth through many daily preservation practices. However, there are still many people that think it is costly and time consuming, or more of a “tree-hugger” activity. This problem is that we have a tendency to try and take on either too much or too little.
However, there are little things that you can do on a daily basis to make yourself feel better while also making the world a better place.
Here are 11 Ways You Can Start Saving Mother Earth Right Now:
Say Hello to a stranger.
Being so busy and stretched for time, we are all wrapped up in our own little worlds. Once in a while, you are on the receiving end of a friendly person’s warm greeting, and it feels magnificent. Reciprocate that feeling and give someone a warm “Hello!” or “Good morning!” You could just be making someone’s day!
Most of us have stuff laying around the house we no longer use. Look in your closets, on your desk, or in your drawers. Do you have any old clothing or stuff that doesn’t fit? Take it to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. Most places are happy to take your discarded items, and there is probably someone in need that can find good use for it.
Recycling in today’s world is becoming a pretty easy thing to do. In the US, it’s not hard to locate a trash service that offers glass, plastic, and/or aluminum recycling deposit station. However, there are a large number of people who still continue to discard glass and aluminum items into the normal garbage can.
In reality, it only takes a few seconds to rinse cans and bottles before dropping them into the recycle bin and allowing that precious material to be re-used in an eco-friendly way.
Newspapers, notebooks, mail and most other paper products are another series of items that place a serious burden our landfills. The majority of people, although they may not realize it, toss out hundreds of
trees per year along with the daily trash. Search for community groups in your area and you might find a group of earth-friendly folks may even run paper drives. To participate, gather your old newspapers, stack them, and contact the to pick them up at your location. There are also quite a few other uses for your paper products rather than tossing it out with “yesterday’s news”.
Did you know that you can clean your windows with old newspapers?
If you’re tired of seeing small white pieces of dust and streaks on your windows after using paper towels, try old newspapers instead – you’ll be more than happy to see the results of your re-use!
Visit Someone Who Needs Company.
Someone at a nursing home, retirement center, or a relative close by would love to see and hear from you. Visit an orphanage or a facility for the disabled, if you’d like. Unfortunately, there are people who feel alone or abandoned by others who could use the company of a friendly person such as you!
Find a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and spend some time there. There are wonderful sites like www.voluntermatch.org and www.serve.gov that will match you with great causes such as feeding the homeless, caring for pets, reading to children, helping disabled veterans, rebuilding our neighborhoods, and much more.
Pick up trash lying around.
“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” – Wangari Maathai
This is our earth, our environment, and our responsibility. When you are strolling somewhere, and you see a piece of trash lying on the ground, what do you do? Do you take a few seconds to pick it up and dispose of it properly or just walk by? If you walk by, please pick it up.
We’ve been given this beautiful planet, and we alone are responsible for keeping it beautiful.
Grow a garden.
Not only will this give you something fun to do, you will be doing your part for our environment. Think of walking outside and seeing a beautiful array of flowers or plants, knowing that you are responsible for their beauty as it can be. Pretty cool.
Leave the auto out of your mobile
One more thing that could help you to start going green is walking a bit more. Have you ever taken a drive right up the street just to pick up bread? Try walking or jogging next time, you’ll be surprised at the places you wouldn’t normally see driving; as well as the people you may meet! Most importantly, you’ll be saving the Earth by saving oil rather than burning it.
To save even more on gas, cut your lawn mowing in half. If you do it weekly, do it bi-weekly and so on. A luxe looking lawn is great to have but skipping an additional week before you mow again shouldn’t have an effect on the health or appearance of it. You can even use a manual push mower; your local hardware store probably still carries this type of lawnmower – you can even find them online here.
Set a Positive Example.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – President Barack Obama
There’s something to be said about a person who sets the example for others. Whether it’s at work, home, school or out and about, there are people who are consistently well mannered and set a positive example in their attitude, speech, work ethic, and in other areas as well. This is not to say that you need to be perfect… but conducting yourself with dignity and class is something that can have a very powerful impact on others.
Commit to self-improvement.
This is easier said than done, but it’s possible. Nobody changes overnight, and you shouldn’t expect to either, but great thing is that by doing any of the above nine steps, you are already committing yourself to the noble goal of self-improvement. The real challenge lies in doing the little things on a consistent basis and by taking advantage of all opportunities to change the world – one little step at a time.
Say “I Love You” More Often
These three small words create one VERY big statement. When you say I love you to someone, or in the mirror to yourself each morning (highly recommended practice), you are sharing the greatest power in the world. Love stops wars and starts lives, and according to some, love is all you need!
What small things can you add to the list that could help save the Earth? We’d love to discuss in the comments!