TRUTH: Lest You Build Upon the Only Foundation of Liberty, You Build In Vein

The Oil for Your Lamp

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’”

I am finding it more and more difficult to blog. The news is such that there is too much for any one person to keep up with, let alone understand how it fits together and what it all means. Yet, if you look, there are no end of self-proclaimed ‘experts’ willing to tell you what it means. Well, I am not one of them.  I used to think I was, but no longer.  I simply cannot keep up with it all anymore.  But one thing I do know that i know:…

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We Deserve Better Media

As AJ Thinks

I genuinely feel for the missing passengers of the missing Malaysian flight. But every day when I turned to CNN for several weeks, it was endless, mind numbing coverage of the search with constant sorry excuses for “breaking news”. It’s all about the huge ratings boost from disaster coverage, I get it. But this drive cultivates a disgusting media culture that fetishes and obsesses over disaster stories that don’t provide debate and have little implication for anyone other than the immediate families of the victims. This tabloid style news appeals to a low intellect base of consumers and encourages ignorance for other events infinitely more relevant and important than 3 weeks of plane search coverage.

Program hosts can have an ideological leaning and maintain professionalism and integrity. The media needs to serve as the 4th element to the checks and balances built into government; corruption exists across both public…

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Constitutional Rights

Well here’s my first attempt at defining my political views and I’ll start with my opinions on the building blocks of the American political realm. Essentially, after reading over the full list of the Amendments of the Constitution of the United States tonight, I have found an embarrassing displeasure in analyzing what our country has deemed politically critical in recent years. For example, let’s just take the two most recent amendments, 26 & 27.

 

Working from the present into the past let’s look specifically at Amendment 27 first:

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

Are you serious? I mean I’m not one to point fingers at the “money-holding” power and say that they’re behind the problems within the United States, but come on… This is a blatant display of how imperative it is to our political figures to maintain their well standing and societal position. News Flash: I’m a 21 year old who doesn’t even hear about everything that goes on within our borders these days, and I am still 99.999999% sure that there are better issues to be addressing regarding our constitutional rights in today’s society.

Secondly, Amendment 26:

“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

As much promise as I see in this particular addition to our rights, I see unfortunately more downfall. While we live in the exponentially growing knowledge base that is the internet and the communications of today’s society far surpass anything that was around in 1776, I have quite a hard time believing that our youth are maturing faster. As an 18 year old in the 10’s (starting a trend here), I can tell you that 90% of my peers had absolutely no intention of growing up and maturing to the point that they would be able to seriously cast an honest vote for President. In fact many of my friends are still extremely incapable of analyzing their future on that type of level. When I talk to many of them though they all feel the same way: there are serious problems that have been engrained within American society. Their justification for not voting is essentially, “why vote for A or B when they’re both wrong?”

What’s extremely infuriating about all of this is that as I was reading the Bill of Rights today, I realized that the importance of these rights was never fully stressed to me as a child. I’m not sure who to blame this on, whether it’s the education system, the media, or simply my own lack of interest as a kid, but it still upsets me. Honestly, I believe that the ideals that our founding fathers created the Constitution to uphold were the absolute most important factors in the success of the United States of America as a whole. When people begin to lose sight of the rights that they own as individuals and focus on over accumulating more that what they deserve, that exact idea of attainment infringes on the rights of the people though. This constant pendulum swing of the world is one of the more weird and deeper concepts I always go back to but I do find many instances to reference it.

Anyways, overall I’m upset with how our constitutional rights are being treated. The point of it is so that everyone knows what’s going on, and everyone is in agreement with the strategies implemented. As soon as there are curtains and secrets and loopholes everything is bound to get fucked up. Over half of the amendments within the current constitution can be either avoided completely or rerouted to some other area of law. Our specificity regarding human rights laws has become too specific and is infringing on the laws themselves.

Sincerely,

The Answer

Future Blogging

Hello all who are reading,

 

I just wanted to kind of let y’all know what I plan to do here in the next couple of weeks and more importantly write it down some goals for myself to strive for. I want to write about a broad spectrum of topics and get down my general opinions on a lot of political issues. Gay marriage, abortion, foreign policy, constitutional rights, etc. This is mainly my own attempt to define who I am and what I want to represent as a political figure. I’m also still trying to determine if I am a democrat or republican… I don’t care much for either of the two parties from what I’ve learned so far but I still understand that being independent is essentially political suicide. Any input along the way would be greatly appreciated and I’m looking forward to being involved and active in WordPress’s political community!