The Truth Will Keep You Free: Spread It Everywhere

Although I didn’t write it, it’s too good not to share with you.

If you are fearful that the new generation of voters don’t get it, read this article written by Alyssa Ahlgren. I think her analysis of why they think the way they do is exactly correct.

“I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.

With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?” Amen and Amen

Alyssa Ahlgren

14 comments

  1. AMEN! I feel the same way. What happened to gratitude, to being thankful, to working for the things we want, to teaching others how to fish so they too can understand the freedoms of doing things themselves. To building together and being united.
    I saw this happening years ago when the public schools in my area were trying to get involved in my children’s upbringings. What ever happened to Reading, writing and arithmetic ? My kids were pulled out at the age of 6 because of things I started seeing in the government run schools and now it is much worse.

    Kids are not taught normal subjects in school instead they are taught to turn away from their families and follow another way of living…communism. These are our babies. And right in front of us they are being taught to hate what made our country. It was a smart move, and it seems to be working.
    Just give some money to bribe here and there and slowly things start turning for the next generations coming up to learn a new type of history, a new type of system for our country and they become the perfect citizens to control.

    All it took was for Hate to be added to the curriculum. It may be disguised in good intentions but there are still people out there who can see it for what it is, what is unfolding right in front of our eyes. And all it took was that little green tool…money. So many people can be bought it turns out.

    We have a lot to teach our young and the first is that Kindness, love and light are the real winners. Love your family, love your neighbor, love yourself, love life, love freedom…Love is and always will be the answer to everything. To live and stay in places of hate, envy, resentments, greed, sloth, entitlement, ungratefulness, vanity, and jealousy…well, we all know where those come from and they always fail in the end.

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    • Annnnd…I didn’t think I could love you anymore than I did already! Yes! Yes! A thousand times YES to everything you just said! And, I’m so proud of you for snatching back your children! Every one that we can keep out of that system is a preservation and hope for the future. My daughter wants so badly to get to a place to pull them out and school them at home while they are still so young and praying she can by this next year. Its so difficult to have to combat at home what they’re being taught in school. The shut downs have been a blessing on that front, giving parents better insight and control over what’s being fed to their children.
      Love is the only answer.

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      • I hope your daughter is able to as well, it is a battle. Now that my two adult kids are in a university we still talk to them daily because it doesn’t stop with elementary school. When they finally become 18 and head to the big universities that is when the real indoctrination begins. Our son and daughter were going to a Jr, college at first for financial reasons and they were able to get the grades to get excepted through a scholarship at a Christian university. The Jr. college kept pushing them to go to a different university when they found out they were headed to the Christian university. They also tried to keep them in the JR. College longer by telling them they didn’t have enough credits to transfer. Finally we went to counselors at the Christian university and they told my children’s this was not true and my daughter said she wasted a year of unnecessary credits that the JR. college kept saying she needed in order to transfer and be in debt for one of our big universities here in our state. Also, at the Jr. college one of her instructors pushed an agenda my daughter did not agree with but she got through the class by remaining quiet and not complaining, this was a required class. They had to do speeches. One of her subjects the teacher told her to do it on was on abortion, for it…and also self suicide was another speech subject as well. The instructor also stated that topics could not cover religion, but another student was allowed to do her speech on what it means to be a Santanist…this actually happened. Anyway, I am starting to see that the real battle with saving our children starts when they turn 18. Best to stay out of student debt and look into trade schools, which maybe my kids should do. They are still young but they are vulnerable because they are on the Autism spectrum. I fear for the generations coming up now, they don’t have the freedoms like they did when I was a kid. Everyone could be who they were and no one really hated anyone like they do now for the differences in us.

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      • That is so true!!!!! Or at least it began there and once it proved to have been successful, has now begun to trickle down into the high school, Jr high and elementary levels. It’s very much like the “state” schools and re-education camps in communist countries.
        Indoctrination of the youth to raise up a pliable generation.

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      • It is so scary. I am shocked that more people don’t see this too. I pray all that time that my children don’t fall for these lies when they are exposed so much to them. All I can do now is make sure to talk to them more. Keeping connected will keep us all united.

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      • I think perhaps your prayers have been answered. Just the ability for you to have realized what you were witnessing, the ability to pull them out and teach them, giving them a firm foundation especially during their formative years, was a rescue!

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  2. Heard a wonderful message Sunday at my son’s church. The gist of it was, one’s sense of gratitude is not based on one’s situation, it is in reverse proportion to one’s sense of entitlement. (>ouch!<) God help us.

    P.S. "Grateful people can find a blessing in any situation; ungrateful people can find a burden in any situation."

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  3. I absolutely agree that we have a huge entitlement problem in this country, stemming from a lack of appreciation of the blessings we take so very much for granted. But I guess what I hear the millennials asking for is more justice in the way the fruits of capitalism are shared, not necessarily the abolition of capitalism itself.

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    • What I’m hearing is the want the gov to control, healthcare, take and redistribute the wealth and possessions from those who’ve worked for it to those who have not and they want free…everything. And that is the danger that has befallen many countries that once prospered that socialism has now destroyed. The price is relinquishing their personal freedoms to the formation of an aristocratic class whose rule is financed by the poverty of it’s citizens.
      Bernie Sanders once said that for us to have to stand in food lines would be a good thing… Though I don’t see him selling any of his 3 mansions to distribute to the poor, nor Nancy Pelosi giving up her $26,000.00 ice cream freezer she recently showed off.
      I’m a firm believer that leaders should lead by example, so I’d like to see those selling this idea to put their money where their mouths are before trying to sell it to me.
      The answer to poverty is not more government force but rather a return to community thinking where we take personal responsibility in caring for the needs of the community. Those pushing for the gov to deal with it is merely people wanting someone else to deal with it instead of rolling up their own sleeves and doing the work themselves. Ya’ll fix this instead of what can I do to fix this.

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    • Helping the poor is not the job of the government, it’s the job of the Church. One reason there are so many needy people in the richest nation in the world is that Americans calling themselves Christian have dropped the ball. Someone much more knowledgeable than I am did the math once, and figured if everyone who CLAIMS (There’s the snag) to follow Christ did just the minimum and tithed, we could do away with every government hand-out program – and think how Jesus would be glorified! As it is, we cling to our possessions as if our lives depend on them instead of God, wait for the government to fix it, complain about taxes, and wonder why there is still so much poverty. – “What’s wrong with this picture?”

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      • Amen to that!
        The GOV needs to get out of it, not more in it….the gov taxes the people to the point that they struggle to get by themselves (reducing their ability to give) for assistance programs but spend the taxes on giving themselves banquets with $1000 plates of food etc instead of the help promised. So many churches spending to create a virtual Disney land in their Sunday school areas instead of food pantries and assistance programs and teaching the kids to be christ like. Even those who aren’t Christian but claim to care aren’t taking personal responsibility to do anything themselves to help another, merely complaining and demanding someone else do something.
        Our grocery stores throw out so much food that we could feed the entire world. Why aren’t we fixing that and diverting that food from the dumpster to the dinner tables of the hungry?
        We, individually cannot take on the weight of the world but every one of us live in a community and if we all add our hands to the task, we can all take care of each other.

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