The State of the Union

Hello dear readers,

Welcome back, it has been quite a while. I’m sure you’re looking at the title with weary skepticism and apprehension. So, here is my warning: I have something that has been weighing on me, and it needs to be said. I understand I may lose followers or readers, and that’s okay. I don’t make any money on this site- I am sharing my observations and inferences.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” -Emma Lazarus

Over the last few months, we have witnessed many global events- a pandemic, militarized police, unprecedented economic instability, and attempted government censorship. We have seen scenes like these unfold, just not in such a short amount of time. I’m speaking from an older Gen Z- I can remember 9/11, but just barely. In many of my previous posts, I have mentioned some of my struggles with depression, throughout my childhood and in current times. I’ve mentioned that I didn’t expect to live past certain stages of life- each stage of life was a surprise (and not always welcome). Recently, I have realized that it was a common feeling among my generation. We did not expect to survive into adulthood, and some of us… didn’t want to. So, now we’re adults. Trying to navigate a world in which we did not expect to take part.

Not to mention how little we were prepared for it. We weren’t taught life skills, and when we questioned why things were they said, “It’s just the way it is.” “That’s how the world works.” When we came up with possible solutions they answered, “that’s not how it works.” They dismissed us and our ideas until we were of voting age, and started expanding our education. Even the Gen Z’ers who are still minors have expanded their knowledge. We have the internet and can detect credible sources (thanks to English class). So, we began learning how the system was designed, the reasoning behind the decisions they made for it to be that way – then it was manipulated through the years. Gen Z has recognized that we don’t like the flow of the system. It’s broken and needs some upgrading because we’re falling behind the rest of the world. It is also failing millions of people. The generation before us, the millennials, started trying to fix it, but they were blocked by older generations (baby boomers and Gen X) who believe in “the good ole’ days.” They were ridiculed and belittled. Boomers would say, “you just need to work harder.” “It’s your fault.” “I don’t want to pay for someone else’s way.” “I didn’t get help; Why should they?” Do any of those statements sound familiar? Together, Millenials and Gen Z’ers have the numbers to create real change. Still, they are trying to block anything we try to do. They scream, “SOCIALISTS” “COMMUNISTS” (and my personal favorite) “TERRORIST LIBTARD DEMOCRAPS.” They’re regurgitating the rhetoric they have been fed for years. They were instilled with fear, hate, and segregation. No, it’s not okay. It most certainly is no excuse, but they fear collective ideas as a result. They know we can win this time, and that we have changed in our plans. We need to get back on the world’s stage. We need to get back up to 1st world status. We need to continue to improve our education, healthcare, and government systems. These areas are vital in creating a sustainable future.

These efforts are being undermined by those in power (on both sides). We are calling for equality, transparency, and accountability. We, now, have access to the world’s information, and we need to protect the freedom to access it. With it, we can think for ourselves in an informed manner. We need to safeguard the Constitution, as it has never been under more strain than it is now. No, I’m not talking about masks or fact-checking social media posts. I’m talking about the immigrants at the border whose rights are withheld. I’ve heard people say that the Constitution only applies to citizens. That’s wrong, but even if that was correct, we have international laws to abide by; Laws, which we helped to create. We are accountable to those countries with corresponding treaties. However, the most fundamental point is the fact that they are HUMANS!!!!! People of color are having their 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th amendment rights ignored! They are being murdered by police before an investigation of the crime can begin. Being accused of a crime does not warrant arrest. Having an attitude does not warrant arrest, and it especially does not excuse excessive force. Police officers have to follow the law, too. These are the BASIC rights when dealing with the police. The police are supposed to “protect & serve” the entire community. They need to treat their neighbors as human beings, not criminals.

By helping our neighbors, we can ensure they, and their children, have equal opportunity. Our struggle should not be our children’s struggles. My generation grew up with depression and anxiety, from a system of parenting and teaching styles, the next generation should have better -they deserve better. The system is flawed and we have to change it for the better. It is already changing before our eyes. It will either become a Fascist Corporate state or; We can keep our Democratic Republic and extend freedoms to those people who are held back from the privilege of experiencing the full American dream.

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