Friday, March 8, 2013

The Presidential Position Through My Eyes

When one engages anyone on the topic of politics, one will always get a variety of different thoughts, reactions, and opinions based upon another person’s life experience, personality, and what they are fed from other people both on television or everyday life.  Most of their opinions are quite selfish considering one is simply one of 300 million people that our government, in particular, our president must consider when he constructs a plan to move our country from the present time into the future.  My whole life I’ve pondered what it would be like to be the President of the United States, but I grew up a very shy and timid child due to my general personality as well as a few childhood events that made me that way, but I was always taught by my parents that with hard work, a good education, and upholding good morals throughout everything you do in life will bring great success to me in whatever I shall do in my life.  As the president of the United States, If I did anything for the people of the United States, It would be to try to the best of my abilities to instill these principles back into our society, for those were the principles that made this country the greatest country on Earth.  Over the last generation, these ideas have put on the backburner, but they have not been lost forever.  We as human beings are inherently born with the pre-disposition to know right from wrong.  If you put a baby in front of a TV and you show someone hurting another person, then the baby will show signs of emotion that dictate that the action is wrong because the baby shows signs of emotion that dictate that.  The same applies when a baby is shown something good such as a person helping another person, the baby will show positive emotion.  These concept show that all people, or all human beings, are born knowing right from wrong, but it is simply their experiences through life that condition their behavior as they move through their life.  As president of the United States, I will return the principles of this great nation to what they once were: a nation that raises people to work hard, have a good education, and provide all with the opportunity to succeed in life.  This task will not be easy, for there are people in this world or even in this nation that do not wish for this to happen, but I have learned this in my 23 years on this great Earth: when someone tells you to give up or that you are not good enough, you tell them that you will prove them wrong.  Simply put, if you put your mind to any task and see it through until the end, you can accomplish any goal that you want to. 

                Education of our youth is the most important concept in the entire world.  Starting from the parents, pre-school, elementary school, junior high, high school, and even college, children must be pushed to their limits and motivated to achieve success to the best of their abilities regardless of their intelligence.  I continually say this to people that I meet, everyone is put on this earth for a purpose, everyone has a role to play in society and regardless of what that role is you will always be successful if you work hard.  Hard work is not something that is talked about.  Hard work is putting words into action to show the world, your friends, your family, your “haters” that you will succeed regardless of what anyone in your life says.  With a free, public education that provides students of all walks of life the opportunity from a young age to be able to learn as much as they can handle.  At the same time, we need to provide our youth with as many different opportunities as possible which include extra-curricular activities; so that our youth can experiment with different hobbies until they find something that they enjoy doing.  When our youth find something that they are good at, it surely will take their mind off the negativity that surrounds each and every one of us.  I understand that everything costs money, but to build a foundation for our countries future you must start in the present to ensure that our youth have a bright and successful future.  Success starts at home.  The parents of this great nation need to start taking more initiative with their children’s educational success.  As parents, one must push your children to their limits for if you just do enough to get by, we will just be a society of people who just do enough to get by rather a society of over-achievers.  No matter the social status of people in this country, we as human beings are born with the greatest tool in this world, and that is the human brain, so fill it with as much information as it can handle.

                A healthy diet can lead to a healthy, life.  One must see the body as a machine and food as the oil that makes the machine work.  If you do not give the machine the proper energy source to maintain at a high-efficiency, it will eventually never work properly.  In my opinion, this applies to people and their diet.  We must change this lifestyle in America where we are all addicted to food that only hurts our body.  Starting in schools, we must get rid of all the food choices that can hurt our youth.  I will never tell anyone what they should or should not eat outside of school, but if you do not start somewhere, than change and progress will never occur.  We need to get rid of all processed food in our public school systems, and implement a menu that caters to the fundamental necessities that build a strong mind.  With a strong mind, each student will have the tools necessary to build a strong body.  For instance, schools need to provide students with 100% real meat with no additives, for when I was in school, I would eat chicken patties that would have bones in them or random colors that absolutely frightened me.  In my opinion, this is unacceptable.  We also need to encourage our youth at a young age to drink water.  Our bodies are made of mostly water, so we really should only drink water, but schools should provide other healthy beverages because this is a free country where we are free to do as we please, but there is nothing wrong with a little encouragement from parents, guardians, and role models in society.  In the end, be the change in yourself that you wish to instill in society.

                College is becoming way too expensive.  Our countries debt is concentrated on college loans. Universities have no incentive to make tuition cheaper simply because our student loans are paid for by the government, then we pay back the government for the rest of our lives.  In this day and age, it is almost impossible to get a better paying job without a college education unless of course one is looking to go into a trade.  We as a country need to devise a plan to help lower the cost of college, so that our citizens and our nation do not live their entire life consumed by debt because we wish to better ourselves with higher education.  Nationalizing college education is an extreme measure, but it will certainly lower the cost of college because it will turn college into a right rather than a privilege for everyone.  Society evolves overtime, and so should educational opportunity.  Fifty years ago, an individual did not need a college education to get a good job, but in reality, today’s world requires almost everyone to have a college education.  Education should not be seen as a business, but a right for every single person on this Earth.  Some people wish to keep society un-educated for an un-educated person is more likely to be complacent which will allow others to control their thoughts and opinions.  I wish to live in a society that encourages free-thinking because we need more thinkers.  Thinking is the most important thing for your brain, for if we do not think we will never evolve as a society. 

                A countries national defense is a very important part of keeping the people of our country safe from any threat.  My issue with our countries national defense is this: people think simply because we create new weapons technology that we must use them to justify their creation.  This is not necessary for simply knowing we have them will bring comfort to our citizens.  Killing people just to show our might is simply barbaric, and shows a primitive mindset.  We do not need to go around the world beating our chest by blowing up everything and everyone that talk against us for everyone has a right to an opinion.  Look at North Korea for example.  The leader of that nation looks like a fool for wanting to blow people up just to show the world he can, not because anyone ever did everything to the nation.  He’d rather build nuclear bombs than feed his people.  I would never want to do that to the people of the United States.  We are taught as children that violence only leads to more violence, so why do adults in this country believe war will stop war from happening.  We as people are born with the ability to think logically, and we are born with the ability to communicate to solve our issues, so why do we feel the need to use death, fear, and destruction to make change in the world.  Once again, be the change you wish to see in society.  By the way our national defense budget is more than most continents which is really upsetting to think about.  We do not need war to help build a larger economy.

                I understand politics can be a ruthless game in the eyes of the citizens of the United States, but without the people the politicians would never be in office.  This country has stopped listening to the cries of its people, but has focused solely on the all-mighty dollar sign.  Money is what makes the world go round, but it is not what defines each and every one of us as a person.  What defines you as a person is your character.  Each one of us should look in the mirror and ask ourselves, are we truly living up to our fullest potential?  When my mother got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2011, it was the hardest moment of my entire life.  My best friend, my mother, and my rock was now sick with a disease that could potentially take her life.  At the moment, I told myself to look in the mirror and to ask myself, “What are you going to do if she dies?  She’s not going to be here forever Sean, so what are you going to do to make sure that you’re ready to survive on your own? I took that experience, that dark hour in my life, and said to myself, “You must take this opportunity to take your life to the next level, and to show the world your true potential.”  I am living proof that if you set your mind to anything, no matter how crazy or farfetched it could be in the eyes of others, anything is possible.  Thank you for your time.


Sean Kennedy


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