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The College Effect.

Have you ever sat there and wondered why most college kids tend to vote Democrat and to think that socialist/communist ideals are good ways to govern a society?

If you haven’t, you should.  The fact that college campuses have become a breeding ground for thought processes that have been PROVEN through experience not to work sheds a very dark light on the future of the United States.  If we start to think of socialist tendencies as the norm, then we will have no problem voting for them in the future without considering the long-term impact that those policies might have.

Being in college for almost a full semester now and talking with kids around campus I realize more and more that the majority of them don’t care about politics or the political process AT ALL.  I have discussed this issue in some of my other posts, and I have voiced my concern over the lack of overall participation and fervor in my generation over basic political involvement.  It seems like the majority of the kids that I go to school with didn’t pay attention in history class all through high school.  Whenever something that resembles communism pops up in a country, that country fails.  The eventually fall into a state of either total government rule or anarchy, and everything goes down the drain from there.

So why do they vote for a president that perpetuates the thought process that wealth should be redistributed throughout the nation so that everyone has a “fair shot”?  The answer is quite simple really.

It all starts with the fact that in college, everyone lives together.  Communal living has been shown to work on a small scale.  We all live in dorms (except for the elder members on campus who live in nicer apartments, so this really isn’t a perfect picture of communal living but bear with me) and eat in the same dining halls, and we all have to depend on each other to not burn the place to the ground every weekend.  If something big happens on campus, then we could all potentially suffer the consequences, whatever they may be.  In Dominic Hall, (the freshman boys dorm) if any damage is done to something on your floor, then the entire floor has to pay for it if nobody owns up.  This usually ends up being a small amount of money, and I haven’t personally had to pay out of pocket for any of the damage that’s been done so far, but the threat always lingers.  One person can throw everything in the dorm out of sorts if they decide to, once again, pull the fire alarm at 3 in the morning.

The point here is that communal living and the idea of a commune exists on college campuses, and it works for the most part.  Kids get it in their head that this is a good way to live and that everyone should just have the same stuff so nobody is any better off than the next person.  They don’t know how to think yet and they don’t know what truly works in the society outside the campus, so they see what they see and they get their ideas about life from that.

I have always lived in areas where the people who live there and go to school with me are very well of for the most part.  I now attend a university that is quite pricey, and most of the people who attend this school with me grew up in affluent communities and went to private schools for at least part of their educational career.  There definitely are some exceptions, but I feel like they are few and far in between.  That being said, this is what goes through my mind whenever I see someone post on social networks or say something in class about entitlements and how they are necessary and aren’t doing enough to support those who need them, etc.: YOUR PARENTS MUST BE SO DISAPPOINTED IN YOU.

Hear me out.  I don’t want to sound elitist, because I’m not.  I don’t know if I have stated this before, but I believe in an ideal society where the federal government has basically no say in social programs and how they are run, and these programs that have now been moved down to the state level are largely private and run on the private donations of those who have worked to earn more than they could ever hope to spend, and want to give a little of what God gave to them back to the community at large.  If people would reach into their pockets a little more often and give to organizations that have proven to be responsible in actually helping the poor to not only have food and clothes and a roof over their head, but also helping to get back to work and find a job, then I think that the unemployment rate and the amount of people in poverty in the United States would be drastically lower than it is today.

This ideal society isn’t as idealistic as it sounds either.  If those people who are in the “1%” would start to give money to charities and private entities out of the goodness of their hearts, or even just for the tax write-off alone, then we wouldn’t have this huge poverty problem that we see today, and if that money was being given to the right causes and organizations, then we wouldn’t live in the entitlement state that we do today either.

So, back to my original point.  The fact that I say that their parents must not be too happy with them is because they probably aren’t.  Obama is the candidate who will hike up taxes for their parents (and eventually themselves) and will end up taking more and more from those who have worked for their money and giving it to those who haven’t worked for it in some cases.  I know for a fact that this does not sit well with my parents, and it doesn’t sit well with me.  Because of the outcome of this last election, I am going to have to fight and scrap to find a job at a fast food joint just so I don’t have to end up moving back into my parent’s house when I graduate.  I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to go to grad school anymore because I’ll have to find a job that pays well enough to sustain myself first, and by the time that I am able to really start to put aside money to save up and pay for a graduate degree education, it will be too late and (God willing) I’ll have a family to support.

All I’m saying is this: just because it works on a small scale doesn’t mean that it works in the real world.  If you’re a college student and you’re reading this, please consider what I have to say and don’t disregard it.  We have made ANOTHER mistake by re-electing Barack Obama into the White House, and all that is in the foreseeable future for the United States is more downturn and decay in terms of the economy, while people still sit there and whine and moan about abortion and gay rights.  Yes, those things are important, but they aren’t important now.  We have a fiscal cliff that we are literally driving toward at 150 mph, and our brake lines have been cut.  The economy is something that needs to be fixed before we can start to address those other issues.  Because of this huge mistake that we have made, we now have to try and figure out a way to maybe undo some of the things that have been done to perpetuate the economic decay that we have experienced during the last two administrations.

It can start in the midterm elections.  We take back the Senate and keep control of the House.  Elect members to Congress who will focus on keeping fiscal responsibility in Washington and will make sure that government spending and the role of government in our everyday lives will be scaled back to what it should be, and money will start to be returned to the people instead of being taken by the government (because they think they know how to spend it better than we do).

Make the smart decision and don’t make another mistake.  We can’t afford another one.  If we screw up again, then there’s nothing we can do at that point besides wait to be like Europe.



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