Socialism: Kids Love It

Many of you may be familiar with a new movement sweeping our nation, and, if you are less than thirty-two, they claim to be speaking for you.  Just like Paul Revere warned the earliest Americans that the British were indeed coming, I am warning you today that change is coming, and at the expense of everything we stand for.

This new movement known as Generation WE is a movement that blatantly spreads full-scale communist ideals via a largely youthful and diverse mouthpiece.  They claim to be momentously (and in my opinion dangerously) non-partisan and are looking for “real change” (I guess they didn’t get it in ’08).

The group categorizes themselves as being strongly progressive several times throughout it’s duration.  What astounds me most is the fact that that eight to ten year olds have allegedly come to embrace such worldly progressivism all by themselves.  I thought that most children were more interested in cartoons and candy than in learning of progressive ideas and politics.  I guess times have changed.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vknHKTy1MLY]

This claim of non-partisanship is completely bogus and those who support it are clearly evidenced on the Generation We website, where you can find a list of endorsements for the movement.

Muhammad Yunus, a man who was heralded for starting the Grameen Bank.  This bank practices baseless injections of credit to those who do not have the means of re-paying in order to bolster the economy in Bangladesh.  Sound familiar?  It should, this is the same logic from which the housing crisis was created.

Van Jones, who was the former Green Jobs Czar until his affiliation in the 9/11 Truth movement caused him to resign, has been openly pushing socialist agendas in the United States for a very long time.  In his latest venture, Rebuild the Dream, he has instituted a new contract for America.  In this contract things like a tax on all stock trades, Medicare for all and a new tax bracket on those making over one million dollars a year are advocated.

The list continues with Harry Reid, Adriana Huffington, and many others. This video is the Communist Manifesto revisited.

As we continue our dissection of this video, we also find that there are several other faulty Obama policies.  The first being an argument that the United States has the highest child poverty level in the developed world.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, children living in homes that make less than $22,050 dollars per year are considered “in poverty.”  However, they go on to say it is “estimated” that it costs double that to provide for all basic needs which, in turn, raises the rate to 42% of all children.

While child poverty is a problem, I highly doubt that it affects nearly half of our population.  As I recall, we have several programs in our welfare system that are designed to eliminate child poverty.  Children are eligible for state run medical care and various food and monetary programs like WIC and welfare.  So with all of these programs available, how, may I ask, is the poverty rate still forty-two percent?

The environment was not spared from this diatribe either.  The video claims that, in my lifetime, fifty percent of my generation will be diagnosed with cancer and one third with diabetes.  Really?  Fifty percent of my generation will have cancer?  Are they seriously implying that eight-three percent of the human population will be struck with debilitating disease in the next seventy-five years?  At no time in history of the developed world, not even in the days of the bubonic plague, has disease ever flourished like that.  Nonetheless, they’ve found a bunch of innocent kids to spout off these irresponsibly incorrect numbers to take emotional hostages.

One issue that I found almost comical was their call for an end to all military action.  Where does this idea that, if we just stop fighting, world peace will flourish come from?   In the same breath they talk about a just and sustainable world.  Vegetius, a Roman military author, once said, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”  How do you have justice and peace without war first?

The video also paints “baby boomers” in a very negative light.  Most, if not all, of the major job-producing industries in America are run and have been made possible through “baby boomer” money and labor.  Within this same video, there is talk of squandered inherence and high national debt; at the end of the film they talk about wanting billions to find new fuel sources.  Are we mad that we are ten trillion dollars in debt or do we want to further spend on capitalist ventures?  I’m confused.

The complete lack of authenticity in regards to this message tells me that the leadership group behind this video is about one thing: pushing a socialist agenda amongst the youth of America by infecting a small portion and watching it spread.  This is truly the most dangerous form of peer pressure.  Needless to say, I have a profound disrespect for the people behind this message, and I can only pray that this indoctrination doesn’t take hold among our youth.

Towards the end of the video, one of the speakers makes the remark that we as “Generation We will have the power to control the landscape of America.”  I sure as hell hope they don’t.

Mark Mayberry // University of Tennessee at Chattanooga // @markmayberry85

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  1. Writer of this article should at least use the correct figures for our national debt, which is over 15 trillion dollars, not ten. Judging from this slight of the facts, what else does he misrepresent? He “highly doubts” the child poverty rate. Has he spent any time in the mountains near his home? How much has he traveled to inner city slums in this country? The possible good reason for his views on the article’s subject is tarnished by his lack of credibility toward plain facts. He doesn’t like the use of emotions on the younger generation to get their support then turns around and uses profanity in his last statement. What was that for if not to elicit an emotional response? College Conservative is surely in need of good authors. Every article I’ve read lately also shows a lack of editing, bad grammar, etc. Is good writing no longer respected? I could continue my criticism of this article, but I’ll leave it at that for now. The author slights his subject by such poor writing.

  2. @ Keith, The reason I used the 1o trillion figure is because of the fact that it was the figure used in the video. Also I do highly doubt the rate provided and I explained why as well as provided a link to the figures so everyone could see why as well. Maybe if you bothered to watched the video or check out the provided data you would have been able to keep up.
    _Mark

  3. So by your logic if one uses incorrect figures it’s ok to continue this practice simply because it was done initially? Please. And, if by keeping up with you, you mean understanding your ideas, I do. What I don’t understand is the way you present yourself. This feeble attempt to condescend ignors my other points, which I suppose is all I can expect from you.
    BTW, thanks for your quick response. Try proofreading your comments, unless bad English is your trademark.
    Funny that I find so much fault with you when the subject of your essay is one we both agree on. Maybe I’m having a bad day. Sorry.

  4. Keith I used the figures on purpose because I was debating the video. Why would I use alternate figures than those that are in the video I am debating? As for the child poverty thing, I went to the website and found the data. I didn’t just pull it out the air, take a look at it for yourself. I am not condescending but it is somewhat clear from your first post that you didn’t look at the links provided. Yea I saw the typo by the way. My mistake.

  5. After watching the video, it is hard to fault children wanting a better future for themselves, and disliking what we’ve done so far in the way of environmental distress, resource usage, and numerous other fields that humans have a way of ruining. On the other hand, if you just hang on their use of the word progressive and let that label color your attitude after watching the video, I can see why you might disagree. It is still just a label, and as such they rarely define anything properly, only serve to call up negative emotions people have regarding these things.
    After studying the Census Bureau’s site on child poverty, I don’t think it is a subject to be glossed over. For those affected, life is very different than what most of the rest of us have experienced. The Federal programs you cite to “eliminate” these problems may have helped some but don’t completely fix the problems poverty includes. They never will, contrary to what liberals advocate. The link you provided said 42% includes “low income” families, which does not mean poverty level. It’s just above that. So the actual poverty level is still about 1 in 5. In a so-called free enterprise system such as ours, I would expect this rate to be very much lower. It’s hard to call it free enterprise when you have so many millions of pages of business regulations being enforced.
    Liberal and Conservative being the extremes, life seems to function somewhere in between, and never is so simply cut and dried to fit into a box. It’s been said that as long as only two people exist, they can find ways to get along but when the third person comes, hypocrisy begins.
    This new generation WILL control the world, whether we like it or not, as soon as the old one dies out. I believe we are living now in the generation of the fig tree, and will see Bible prophecy fulfilled before the end of this generation, as Jesus explained in the parable of the fig tree. The European crisis may take months to fully show itself, and when it does, could provide the “deadly wound” to the world financial system that the coming of antichrist will cure.

  6. Keith- Let me first say thank you for reading my article so thoroughly and really taking the time to look at it. I think some things we won’t see eye to eye on but somethings I have found that we do. I do think that private business is strangled by needless regulation and this filters down and becomes poverty issues because of the joblessness it causes. Also this generation will control the world as it is inevitable and that is why I am fighting for the generation. Because we would be remiss to think that the left isn’t fighting for the minds of young people and with things like Generation We I see that they are gaining ground.

  7. I think Keith is a “concern troll” from Media Matters or some other Øbamunist cadre.

    Great article and video, should be spread far and wide.

  8. Great article! I’m not sure who said it but this reminds me of the phrase “If your not a liberal at age 20 you have not heart, but if your not a conservative by age 30 you have no brain.” The producers of this video and others of similar mindsets do not see the hypocrisy that they live every day.

    Like the OWS crowd that fights against the “1%” all the while supporting the 1% by buying and using the products and services provided by the 1%.

    I hope my generation realizes that you can not increase wealth by dividing it. That for every dollar given to you by the government it must be stolen from someone else. You can not help the poor by destroying the rich.

  9. Scott- What a great point! You cannot create wealth by dividing it and it is true all government handout are stolen from someone else. These are all great examples of the truth that must be told. Thanks for reading.

    Mark

  10. Wow, what is with the labels with you? How dare you accuse me of something like that (whatever it is). In one breath you praise me and in the next this? You must not be used to seeing someone who has geniune opinions of their own. I was writing poetry and essays probably before you were born. If you had checked out my pages you would know.
    Oh sorry, I just noticed the last comment was not from Mark. My mistake. The above is mostly addressed to you then, jpeditor. Except for the part about praise.
    Funny, I’ve been called lots of things in my time, but never a troll.
    One thing I have learned in 13 years of owning a discussion list is that when someone agrees with me, it rarely stirs me to write. It’s the disagreements that force one to reexamine his beliefs and determine new and better ways to discuss them.

  11. On the face “You cannot create wealth by dividing it” sounds logical. But didn’t Jesus create enough food for 5000 (not including women and children) by dividing it? Dividing the wealth of knowledge certainly creates more, doesn’t it? By spreading it to others, we are all wealthier in return. When one gives of his wealth, he surely gets more back in return. God expects us to give (and I am not talking about government here), and in return He provides us with more wealth for helping others. But if we remain tight-fisted and hold on to everything we get, we can’t gather more. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
    Maybe these points have no place in a discussion such as this. Maybe they do. Most of our problems are caused by us not living the right kind of life as we should.
    Regarding labels and slogans:

    Because you grasp labels and slogans,
    You are hindered by those labels and slogans,
    Both those used in ordinary life and those
    Considered sacred.
    Thus they obstruct your perception of objective truth,
    And you cannot understand clearly.

    – Linji (d. 867)

  12. Keith- Wealth of knowledge and finical wealth are two different things and yes knowledge can be divided but much like money it must first be earned. Jesus did divide up a small amount and make it many but this was a miracle and I don’t really subscribe to the whole Jesus was a Socialist thing.I beg to differ that by me giving away money that I earn to those who refuse to earn it that somehow it is going to come back to me. This is the season of giving and I have many charities in which i support financially and by way of volunteering. The difference is when the government forces me to give money it ceases to be charity and becomes taxation and government sponsored “Robin Hoodism”. The fundamental problem with the liberal and socialist point of view is that they do not differentiate between charity and obligation. I give to charity because I am a Christian and I feel led to do so. I am obligated to to pay my taxes because I want to stay out of jail.

    -Mark

  13. Kieth if you are taught something that is not a division of knowledge. Your statement is illogical. If you are taught something the teacher does not have less of that knowledge. You think that the miracles of Jesus can be replicated by government? You MUST realize that Jesus asks me to help those that can not help themselves and to live the “right kind of life” but he never demands it. It is immoral to steal my money, no matter how noble your cause.

  14. I highly doubt that ten year olds even care (or know) about national, economic or social problems. It’s video games, friends and other ten year old stuff. Progressives love to play the child card (and the race card). Pick some young, innocent looking children and you’ve got a great progressive leftist video (crying is an added option).

  15. @ Political Informer- I agree. It is almost like they think somehow it purifies the message to use a child as the spokesman.

  16. Scott: For the sake of argument I will answer your comment, and because I don’t have anything better to do. And, lively intellectual discussion is more of a better way to spend my time than other pursuits.
    In a sense, teaching is dividing what you have learned with those who are being taught. No, this division does not diminish the teacher’s knowledge; it would increase it if he allows questions and answers from his class. Dividing doesn’t necessarily mean diminishing, it just means organizing into smaller lots, but does not diminish the total you started with. And, Scott, I even specified I was not talking about government in the first part of my comment. The only miracles government performs is when it makes our tax money disappear and when it makes money appear by printing it. More of magic tricks than miracles. Miracle by definition means, to me, an effect caused by God, which seems supernatural in its doing. Many so-called Bible scholars who are really atheists claim that the 10 miracles performed in Egypt, for instance, can all be explained by natural causes. Whether or not this is true is beside the point that God did these things in a timely manner exactly when they were needed and that is the miracle.
    You could say Jesus “demanded” that the moneylenders leave the temple when He threw them out. He strongly urges us to learn the parable of the fig tree, to be ready for the deceivers prevalent in the end times. The famine in the end times is not for food but for the true teaching of the word of God.
    Thank you for your comments.
    Mark: Somehow from my comment which made no mention of where to give the money away, you assumed I meant to those who refuse to earn it. I was speaking in general terms and never meant that. Unless I am very specific about something, I try to write in such a way as can be fitting in all circumstances. I realize I will always be misunderstood by some, probably by those who are a lot like me. It can be hard to read what others write sometimes without putting your own meanings in, I guess this is just natural to aid in understanding something. That is why it is very important to remain outside of emotional comments as much as is possible to try to keep the discussion going, and not resort to name calling and labeling, which can alienate those involved. Now just because I said this does not mean I think you are guilty of doing it. I am just speaking in those general terms again. Thank you for your comments.

  17. Keith- I assumed you meant that segment of society because unfortunately that is where the majority of the money ends up. I have no qualms about helping the poor if it is indeed help that they are looking for and not handouts. I have enjoyed this discussion greatly as well and want to thank everyone for their participation. I agree that the name calling and the like have no place in intelligent political debate and that is why I welcome all people to join in. I believe that multiple ideas can serve to make for better conversation even if I do not agree.

    -Mark

  18. Good article, hit the nail on the head. One of the things that disturbs me especially is when they are talking about the baby boomers, and how the political agenda has been set by their parents. It sounds to me that they are being told to defy their parents and that is troubling. I believe that it is starting in the education systems across the country. When you have radical/terrorist Bill Ayers and communist Van Jones teaching in Universities you can bet that this will happen. They are being taught that the government should give them everything and that is simply not what the American Dream is all about. It is about getting your a** of the couch, working hard, and making a name for yourself.

  19. Nolan- Great points! That is why I wanted to get this article out and inform people about this group. Soon they will be a force to be reckoned with unless we can stop them now while it is still small. They are radical in nature and are seeking to defy all authority and ideals that America holds dear. Thanks for reading.

    Mark

  20. darthkeller says:

    It seems as though a major hangup of these morons is that there is poverty in America. I found a great video by Bill Whittle which describes what poverty in America looks like:

    The rest of the world should be so lucky…

  21. Why do you take issue with the disease predictions?
    Also, why do you start that paragraph with a reference to the environment?

  22. I consider myself neither conservative, nor liberal. I try to consider issues individually.

    Most of the articles on this site seem to be written by conservatives FOR conservatives. In other words, they seem to be written for the authors to pat the backs of like-minded readers.

    I wish there was more of WHY liberalism, or whatever you want to call it, is bad. The message seems to be “Be afraid/upset/mad/warned – the opponent is out there”
    Why? Please explain to undecideds why we should feel this way.

  23. The video says it all, doesn’t it? But this is old news. Democrats have been pursuing a socialist agenda for a very long time, an economic system run by filthy rich elites like Pelosi, Reid and Obama:

    Democrat President Woodrow Wilson said:
    -“No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.” Sounds awfully like today’s multiculturalists, no?
    -“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” Where does the Constitution burden us with such a liability… to serve ‘the world”?
    -“How is the schoolmaster, the nation, to know which boy needs the whipping? … Power and strict accountability for its use are the essential constituents of good government… It is, therefore, manifestly a radical defect in our federal system that it parcels out power and confuses responsibility as it does. The main purpose of the Convention of 1787 seems to have been to accomplish this grievous mistake. The “literary theory” of checks and balances is simply a consistent account of what our Constitution makers tried to do; and those checks and balances have proved mischievous just to the extent which they have succeeded in establishing themselves.” (Wilson Congressional Government, 1885, pp 186-187). He, like Obama has nothing but contempt for the Constitutional structure of our Republic. And note the typical democrat arrogance? He, like Obama, is the “schoolmaster” who knows “which boy needs whipping”? Today Obama wants to whip the Republican-controlled House – and the RINO’s are willingly bending over.

    1/11/44 FDR’s address to Congress:
    “We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
    Among these are”:
    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
    The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
    The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
    The right of every family to a decent home;
    The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
    The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
    The right to a good education.

    -2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism versus 17% among Republicans.
    -6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.

    But, since the introduction of Internet, talk radio and Fox News, it’s getting more difficult for democrats to hide their socialist agenda from us. We can SEE Pelosi, Reid, Michael Moore and Hollywood spew their hatred for those who disagree with them. We can SEE Occupy Wall Street and union thugs trash our public places. We can SEE how the National Teachers Association gives 95% of its political contributions to socialists — I mean democrats. We can SEE the repeated failures of socialist nations: Greece, Spain, Ireland, etc. And finally, we can SEE that the socialists are trying to shut us up:

    -11/18/10 huffingtonpost.com: Senator Jay Rockefeller said: “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out. Off. End. Good-bye” (knowing that Fox is at the top cable news channel and MSNBC is at the bottom).
    -3/22/11, The Blaze: “They [the Tea Partyers) don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution, but we’ll give it to them anyway.” Democrat Senator Lautenberg.
    -1/7/11 CBS News: President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans.

    But isn’t that what all socialist elites eventually do? Eliminate all opposing opinions? Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro? Scratch a modern liberal and underneath that touchy-feely, multiculturalist exterior you will find a hard, close-minded fascist, socialist or communist.

    (I wonder which liberal will be the first to claim, “Hey! Hitler wasn’t a socialist!”)

  24. Jim,

    Stop posting comments which rival the articles in length. We all know how to use Wikipedia and copy & paste.

  25. Har Don: Stop posting criticisms like that which have nothing to do with the subject matter. We all know how to read or skip according to our preferences.

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