Restoring the Heart of America

This past week, throughout our long history, has seen a great deal of bloodshed, frustration, confusion, fear, anger, and turmoil. Law Enforcement vs. the People and visa versa. So many lives have been take on both sides. There is no question both sides need to answer for these grivences, and our justice system needs many reforms

One of the major disconnects we face is the lower socioeconomic status of many minorities. This creates a negative stereotype that suddenly connects the color of one’s skin to their pocketbook, their zip code—to their worth. 

We can change this. Jack Kemp gave us the solution many years ago. Economic Development Zones for our most disadvantaged communities. In lifting every American’s quality of work, education, and life can we take America forward and truly realize the dreams of our forefathers. 

Turning our poorest cities into our brightest can solve a plethora of issues we face: minority unemployment, home ownership among minorities, quality of schools—quality of life will rise. Dignity for every American.

This police brutality must end and so must the anti-police sentiments. We must not give heed to the voices that wish to divide us. We must work to raise the quality of life for every American. In doing so, I think we’ll see the out-of-wedlock births fall and the incarceration rate fall among minority communities. But that can only happen when we lift them up instead of tearing them down. Giving them a hand, not giving them the finger.

And maybe one day, #BlackLivesMatter won’t just refer to the young men and women taken from us by police brutality and gang violence but the black lives that never make it out of the mother alive. What about those lives? In an edition of The Atlantic: “An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” It doesn’t have to be that way. As a nation we can provide the moral foundation and support to change the tide, give every life meaning, and every woman respect and dignity. 

Back to this belief in growing the middle class through economic freedom, Conservatism, has the potential to cure these ills. Conservatism can save the American family. Fiscal prudence and financial literacy will take us out of debt, personal and national.  Giving millions of Americans a chance at achieving the American Dream.

Because no American should have to doubt the validity of their hopes, dreams, or asperations because of the color of their skin or the uniform they wear. We can overcome the odds and stack the deck in the favor of justice and personal freedom. There are millions of stories, stories that shine upon the triumphs of human spirit. 

This crisis we face is one of the heart. Are we, the American people, capable of delivering on the promise we made to one another on July 4th, 1776? That everyone has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Of ensuring that a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not parish from this earth.” We can deliver on that promise and secure the blessings of liberty, but it must be for all. Not just some. 

What do you think? Am I off base? Share your perspective with me in the comments below! 

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The Case for America

We are told that our country is too strong. We are told that our freedoms are indispensable and subjective to the whims of the loud minority. We tell ourselves that this is the way it is. That’s it. Theres no way to turn back the clocks and undo the wrongs. The mistakes.

We forget we are a Representative Democracy. We forget that if we are educated and proactive in the well being of our nation, that we can bring about meaningful change.

I’m one of the few teenagers who gave their volunteer time to state and local political campaigns. 256 volunteer hours confirmed and logged, probably leaving out a few minutes here and there.

Why did I spend my summer going door to door, talking to voters, hearing what the people had to say, getting out the vote, and getting them the tools they needed to participate in our democracy?

Although it wasn’t as exciting as it seems on paper, I gave my time and efforts to this cause of representative democracy because I was raised with a deep sense of pride in my country and engrained with a deeper sense of civic duty from my father and his father, both having served respectively in the Air Force and Navy.

So, I’ve got a stake in the game. In politics. It hits me at home because my father has stage four synovial sarcoma that developed in his foot and then metastasized into his lung. Furthermore, he goes to the VA and Moffit to receive medical treatments.

Floridan Governor Rick Scott is a champion of Cancer Research and honors our Veterans who served our nation and deserve utmost thanks and gratitude from those of us who have not served our countrymen in such a capacity.

When we vote, it must not be based on this week’s fad, but based upon our goals for the next ten years. We don’t save money in order to spend it away tomorrow. We save today for our needs next week; next month; next year.

It is with such diligence and stewardship that our countrymen should vote and participate. For it is often said, “Those who chose not to vote, choose not to have a voice.” No words could be more true.

In the age of partisan media, if you can say there wasn’t partisan before now – In the culture of partisan media that has endured as long as the republic itself, we are told that our only choice is simple. Left or Right.

Friends, I would suggest too, like then actor Ronald Reagan in 1964, we we have a different choice. Up or down. Liberty or death. Economic freedom or slavery to the welfare state. It’s that simple.

We can find the remedies to our social problems without the hand of big government and we can do it even more effectively. We need to be our own brother’s keeper, like the members of my family, my church, and my community have been to my father and our family. 

Our country is waiting—no, thirsting for a revival but we must act on this now. We must open up our hearts and look to our fellow countrymen instead of big government.

I believe in America and I believe in the resilience of her people. When we set our minds to great causes there’s simply no stopping us because there is no cause greater than our cause: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

One teen’s take on our economy

This was not written by me*. It was originally a Facebook post and the author agreed to let me post it.
*note links were added to enhance reader experience

“Status Quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in”
By Hannah Kavelak

So… information was released stating the economy contracted by 1%, but apparently it’s “no big deal.” Ridiculous.

If our economy is so weak that bad weather can make it spiral down, then there’s a big problem. However, severe winter is not all to blame.
I found it notable to add that with the implementation of the healthcare law, ObamaCare, the economy shrank. Of course it would. When people’s insurance bills become higher and more expensive than they were before to pay for those who don’t have to pay, less money is going to be spent on consumer goods.

This is (as monthly reports have come in stating consumer spending is down) catastrophic to the economy, since 2/3 of the economy is supported by consumer spending.

The continuation and further redistribution of wealth also prohibits growth. A lack of an incentive to work lingers, because people can choose to live off of welfare rather than work.

I’ve probably said this before**, but it’s worth saying again:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Daniel J. Mitchell**

So how to fix it?

Of course, the big thing is to cut spending drastically. However, that can’t be done overnight; a quick reduction of trillions of dollars swiftly would be so shocking to the fragile economy, there would probably be another recession. Like with someone addicted to some drug or medication, it has to be reduced gradually, less they experience withdraw or shock.
Repeal the Healthcare law. It benefits the minority by hurting the majority. Also, the continuing centralization of government control over many things in our lives is incredibly dangerous.

All it takes is a corrupt leader (not exactly a tyrant, or dictator, but someone corrupted) to make one move, and in the blink of an eye, affect all 320 million of us negatively. Rights can be reduced, bills can be hiked, freedoms can be taken away with the manipulative words of one person.
Reduction in taxes for all (A dream!). If government spending ever gets under control, reducing taxes for every class would be beneficial. If citizens have more money in their pockets instead of giving it to government, it can be spent on consumer goods and boost consumer spending, thus bringing up the economy greatly. (As stated before, those 2/3!)

Bring back jobs here. Re-shore. Make it more attractive to businessmen to keep their companies here rather than in poorer countries overseas.
Energy independence. Why not have the Keystone Pipeline? Fracking is booming currently; keep it up. Using our own resources means we won’t have to buy it from other countries.

Complete overhaul of the welfare system. An outstanding number of people living off of food stamps and taxpayer money is never good for any country. It creates dependency and reduces revenue. Make it more difficult to get on welfare.

A Memorial Day Reflection

For almost 238 years, America has enjoyed liberty and freedom but not without a price.
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The problem with those numbers are that they can’t express the tears of broken families. Sons without fathers. Daughters without mothers. Grandfathers who can never tell their stories and Grandmothers who can’t show her grand kids the uniform she served in. Numbers can only paint you a very small picture of the horrors of war, of what is necessary to preserve the union. But it can’t show you the bonds made, the laughs shared, of the boot camp days or the days on leave in a foreign country for the weekend. The military men and women who came before us knew that it takes the best and brightest to protect the ideals, values and virtues this nation was founded upon.

Today on Memorial Day, we’ve failed those men and women.
•Our finances are far out of hand.
•Veterans are dying waiting for medical care.
•Students are being denied a proper primary education.
•Their government is spying on its citizens.

We have let them down.
Such a young nation with such potential. Our best days can be still in the horizons if we make a conscious effort as a nation to perfect this union together. We owe everything to those who gave everything.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. -Ronald Reagan

With the same optimism as Reagan we can go forward an tackle our problems head on. United We Stand. Divided We Fall. We need to turn to leaders before us to solve the problems we face today. To the men and women who believed that America was a City on the Shinning Hill.

A Lost Dream?

On August 28th, it is the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr’s “I have a Dream” Speech. This is such a momentous occasion. I’d say its almost as famous and as well known as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

What’s the Dream?

Lets refresh ourselves with the enlightening words of Dr. King.

“I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

He dreamed that there would be an equal playing field for all people of color.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

Not that we’d have a “War on Poverty” that would amount in Billions in Government Aid but give African Americans the opportunities to be prosperous. What we should seek is an equality in opportunity, NOT in result. It’s simply not how liberty works.

Define these “Opprotunites”

Education.

Remember George Wallace?

“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!”
~George Wallace

During this time schools where segregated by race. And we know the “Black or Colored” Schools were not equal next to their racial counterparts.

The comparative quality of education among rich and poor districts is still often the subject of dispute. While middle class African-American children have made good progress; poor minorities have struggled. With school systems based on property taxes, there are wide disparities in funding between wealthy suburbs or districts, and often poor, inner-city areas or small towns. “De facto segregation” has been difficult to overcome as residential neighborhoods have remained more segregated than workplaces or public facilities.

Now in this age of technology, every American, white or black, can obtain great amounts of knowledge. There is a world of knowledge in the palm of your hands. Never more in our country’s history has there been such an equal playing field of knowledge to build on and get ahead.

So what’s the hold up.

Our politically correct society, we have held back the wheels of progress by not looking any further than our brothers’ skin color… Depending which side of the political spectrum you’re on.

The Content of Character?

Who’s got more character?

Jay-Z?

“Uh, yo don’t get mad at me
I don’t love ’em I f**k ’em
I don’t chase ’em I duck ’em
I replace ’em with another one
You had to see she keep calling me BIG
And my name is Jay-Z
She be all on my d**k
Gradually I’m taking over your b***h
Coming over your s**t”
– Song “Is that yo b***h?

Or Congressman Tim Scott?

“I just dove into the Scriptures and started memorizing different scriptures and started becoming as much as possible a part of the scripture. I wanted it to be grafted into my heart.”

President Obama “weighs in”

“Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks,”
says Obama
Rolling Stones 2008

“Nuff Said”

We have a long way to go for Dr. King’s Dream to become a reality.
But it’s gotta start in our hearts. We’ve got to forgive the past and look forward to a bright future full of opportunities and prosperity, but were holding ourselves back when we discuss race relations in America like Birmingham happened yesterday. It starts today. Let it begin with you and me.

Comment your thoughts below and you can always email me at thebiquefactor@gmail.com

How the Economy Works

For a course on “Advancing Free Societies” I’ve been assigned to write an article on Trade.

Have you ever lined upright dominos, one in front of the other? And if you have you know if you knock n down the rest will be knocked down one by one.

Well that’s basically trade. Hundreds of things effect our markets. In this video it shows you how diners can affect the production of pencils.

Lets build off that. The wood that makes the pencil.

Comes from a tree.
A lumber company must cut down said tree.
Now they have to buy materials do to cut it down
Now dozens of others markets get involved (construction, automobile, buzz-saw, ect)

Here’s we’re the diner comes in.

Workers had to dine during breaks so local businesses are now affected.
The invest into local economies.

Now that lumber must be:
Transported
Processed
Shipped

So now, you have HUNDREDS of markets involved in the making of a simple pencil.

Our free market is incredible, beautiful, complex, and intricate.
Something not to be taken for granted.