Friday, January 27, 2012

What makes you think we will listen to you in the future if you don't listen to us now?

Open Letter to Politicians, Voters, and Main Stream Media Outlets:

What makes you think we will listen to you in the future if you won't listen to us now?

           I hope you understand the gravity of what I am about to explain to you.  This letter is just one part of a demographic but I'm saying it because I believe we deserve a voice.  I also understand that this isn't pointed towards everyone but if any of this offends you or makes you angry then this letter is probably for you.  Just remember: Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it.

          Quit saying that the older crowd is trying to protect, serve, and inform the youth of today.  We are tired of hearing your lies and we won't take it anymore! We like equality. We like truth. We like trust.  These are the most important qualities this generation is coming to adore.  You can say you have these qualities but you have none of them! 

            Equality and tolerance is probably one of the most important things in our life because we want to be equal to each other.  We have learned that it is the older and "more experienced" crowd that teaches bigotry.  You are born with equality and tolerance! We thank you for teaching us to read, write, and simple things to obtain more knowledge but beyond that... Quit it!  What we now like is to be taught where to find information so that we may come to our own conclusions.  Be tolerant to others and be tolerant to us and you might remember a time in your life when you felt the same.  I am purposely leaving this very vague because we believe in ALL equality.  Equality and tolerance of race, ideas, age, speaking time in debates...

         Truth is the key to our hearts.  It isn't jobs, gay marriage, religion, or any other moot talking point that people like to jam down our throats.  "The path to Hell is paved with good intentions." Your intentions on trying to teach us what is good in moral is showing ignorance in the messages of our Creators, Founders, and ancestors.  Things change over time and you must learn to accept these changes as we get older and society gets more tolerant. If you can't do this, then get out of the way.  We grew up with the Internet talking to people from around the world for several decades now.  We play online games, communicate, and learn from each other instantly being thousands of miles away.  We do not want to kill, mandate, or fight with other countries unless its in a digital video game. We are more curious to their cultures than you think and we ask questions about what is going on in other countries from them and not your disgusting pundits.

        Trust cannot happen without truth and you have lost our trust because you will not give us the truth.  Fox, CNN, MSNBC, or any other MSM channel are all used to describe a position and not give us the news.  We do not care about your opinions.  If you want to see where you are headed, just ask Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly about their ratings compared to a year ago.   The second place you can look where you are headed is the Revolution News Network.  If you haven't heard about it yet then you can look it up and take some notes.  They have had one broadcast and had over 200,000 viewers. 

        This takes me to my last point: we will get what we want.  Whether its this election or the next, we will not change our message and will not change our beliefs.  You all have been jaded in this society and in one or two generations we will have taken over and changed it ourselves. If you're doing it for us then why don't you ask what we want?  Give us some insight, but do not try to get us to conform to your outdated and immoral ideas.  We have woken up and we will not sleep until this world has changed so that our future generations will not have to put up with bigotry, war, and "necessary pre-emptive" murder of fellow humans.  Yes, there are evil people in this world but maybe they aren't necessarily evil but misunderstood and just need someone to listen to them just like I am telling you that we WILL be listened to either on collective terms or be forced that they are on our terms.

Jesse Penick is a 31 year old Supply Chain Major student at the University of Houston-Downtown and a member of the Youth for Paul Organization.  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saddle Up Texas!

Saddle Up!
by: Jesse Penick

Politicians are quite amazing to see in person. They have an answer for everything, their talking points are purposely dictated to who they are talking to, and as long as they are vague then they get the response they need to get the "collective" to agree.

Today was my first experience talking one on one with a person running for a national office. I was the youngest person listening to this speech (31) and it was interesting to watch the other people in the crowd. All were the stereotypical 60 plus, "pro-military", southern, and more importantly, Texan voter. I felt that some of them wanted to question why someone so "young" was sitting listening to the same speech as them but I think that was all in my head.

During the speech some of the people that were listening to her gave me some of her reading material including her card that shows her issues. There's a few things that stuck out, especially one line that said "Cut $1 trillion dollars... now." If you have been following politics then you would know who this sounds like.

I couldn't tell if I was listening to a stump speech or a salesperson on their own book tour. Every few minutes she was mention her book and her "three years of research". I have not read her book but I believe the number of times she mentions these things makes people believe her that she is correct in whatever she says.

At the end of her speech she stayed and answered questions. I waited my turn and when I was called on I asked her where the trillion dollars in cuts would come from that she proposes. The next few sentences sounded familiar too: "Department of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education..." But then she stopped talking and was about to go to the next question. I had to stop in and interject. I told her that the cuts she just said would barely get her halfway to the goal at 600 billion dollars. In reality, those departments and things she said wouldn't even get close to 600 billion dollars but I gave it to her to help her out. She disagreed and said I was wrong then went on to the next question. She had lost me then.

In all, this is just one story that I personally witnessed at the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll. I had great conversations with lots of people but you can definitely see through the BS and talking points that these people make. There was one thing that I couldn't agree with more though. One of the candidates handlers or staff members did pull me aside and tell me "We need to change things by sending different people to Washington." My sole and only response before I walked away, "We have to change the minds of the voters to do that first and see through the stump speeches and teach them what they are voting for."

Jesse Penick is a 31 year old college student studying Supply Chain Management at the University of Houston - Downtown