Alvin Richardson; Young People, Thy Future Leaders of America…

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( I believe the title of this blog post is the most accurate statement facing recent generations today. We are criticized for being brash, loud, lazy, unruly, lazy, and everything else under the sun, but we are actually in the best position to make take this country and put it back on track. Now on to my reasoning.

 After much debate in congress in the past few years concerning the slide of our economy, one of the most prevalent statements always had some variation of “Our children will be paying for this”. At first I thought of this as just an exercise in pathos, which is the pandering to people’s emotions often seen in speeches, but then as recent negatives have happened to America including the market, I began to realize something. At 23 years old, I am one of the children that will be paying for the mistakes of generations of leadership of the past.  Washington and sometimes state leadership has left us with a mess that, if we don’t clean up will be big enough to seriously cripple the country.

 Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a rant against older people, it’s a rant about the older people who have served as our leadership. The generations of leadership before us have continuously pushed issues aside including: energy, illegal immigration, social security, healthcare, and education. They do this because they are trained politicians from a relatively young age and they seem to only be concerned with things and promises that will guarantee them many years in office. It’s grown to be kind of a tradition for them to be more concerned about doing well for themselves instead of doing good for their people.

 In order to straighten this all out, the younger generations are going to have to take a real stand. No catchy phrases, gimmicks or protests, just a real stand. We need get out into the world and become producers when it’s time and gain experience in private enterprise so we gain a real feel for what’s going on and so we know what real world problems will face us in the future. Then I submit that we should demand that offer a real solution to those problems. We’re also going to have to strive to make sure that we’re doing well as far as business is concerned.

Ultimately we will become the leadership and we can’t forget why we’re there like so many have done in the past. We will be there to make it possible for us to start paying off the nation’s debt. We will be there to make sure that our education system is the best in the world. We will be there to make sure those who aren’t supposed to be in this country aren’t. We’re going to need to make sure that we are the best country in the world to do business in. We have to make sure that we have a great, sensible healthcare system that still values personal freedoms. We’re going to have to reform social security so that we won’t end up with a system that is due to go bankrupt. Most of all, we’re going to work hard to make sure that our children don’t have to make the same tough decisions that we will have to make and that they will be the generation that enjoys the most freedoms that America has ever seen.

 In conclusion, I ask all of those young people to prepare yourselves for hard work in the future. As our political leadership ages and drift away we will be left with their mistakes and there are plenty of them. When our job is done we should also make an effort to not overstay our welcome and pass the baton to someone else. Let’s show them that our generation will be above career politicians.

Staff Writer; Alvin Richardson

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