Declining World Values
Just listen to some of the oddities of our world leadership counsel.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently called Cuban dictator Fidel Castro a “legendary revolutionary and orator”. President Obama wants to ensure that the American workforce has enough college graduates to fill its job openings by 2025. According to the Lumina Foundation, however, only 40 percent of working-aged adults have a college degree. President Obama constantly touts the statistics of job growth each year of his Presidency but there are people in this country that are protesting in the streets for a fifteen dollar an hour wage. Money affects everything including college attainment.
A man now known as the President-elect once called his daughter “a piece of ass” and emphasized in his speech that some Mexicans were rapists. The United States’ President-Elect also attempts to disavow the very White supremacists he inspired by not being keenly sensitive to his body language and not studying how the media will write false stories and cut false tape just to gain viewership. The media is shocked that Mr. Trump was elected and are completely ignoring the fact that despite Mr. Trump’s outbursts the news channel executives had a choice of whether to show footage of Trump or talk about other stories.
After this recent Presidential election Americans find themselves questioning the values of our national leadership and our own American citizenry. We did not have great choices to choose from for this election cycle. Mr. Trump’s scandals have played out in the media. Mrs. Clinton’s actual opinions of certain subjects were well displayed in the hacked emails. We know that one leader, especially one that accepts terrible personal biases, cannot change the world by themselves. What can we do to help these leaders?
The answer is that we have to make a difference in our own communities on a one-by-one basis. Here are some topics that were spoken of during the election that deserve some attention in hopes of changing our values as Americans and thus affecting policy agendas throughout the world.
College Student Poverty. Bernie Sanders had a large college student following. Hillary Clinton was unable to share in the momentum among the college student population that Bernie had. Bernie did not just speak about college affordability as a bullet point in a long list of other points. He gave specific ideas such as rolling back student loan interest rates over a period of time and by imposing taxation on Wall Street companies in order to pay for the tuition bills of students from working and middle class families.
Bernie directly addressed student needs at a time when the average median income is declining. The only success stories of students in dire straits we tend to hear about through the media are about a student that was helped financially after being forced to drop out or to prevent the student from dropping out and are typically related to homeless students.
The University of Cape Town, the number one ranked college in Africa, started a Student In Distress fund after faculty discovered that students were sleeping in the classrooms. Individual schools should take the realms with their own programs to ensure students are able to graduate on-time without many financial hurdles.
Veterans. We all know about the Veterans Affairs scandals last year. The long wait lists. Veterans dying without medical treatment. Hidden paperwork. Homeless veterans. Illegal persons gaining government benefits and jobs over veterans. I know that Donald Trump is passionate about helping veterans. Join in on the activism in support of the United States taking care of our citizens that deserve the help first. Take time to honor the Veteran in your family by taking care of them if you have the means to.
Political Correctness. I live in Los Angeles County. Federal control of public schools and cities have left our cities out of control. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2015 declared that a D average was acceptable for graduation purposes. They did not mention that the kids who receive these grades will not gain entrance into any college.
Moreover, the willingness for sanctuary cities to defend the rights of violent illegal criminal aliens leaves me speechless.
State problems for what they are. By not addressing problems directly you take part in crippling our citizenry.
There’s so much more behavior crippling our country. Use your individual voice. Don’t be silent.