'Before They Were Famous' Winning Essay on George Washington, the Farmer

George Washington, the Farmer

George Washington.

When I hear this name, the first thought that comes to mind is the president's face on a common U.S. currency coin --- the quarter. Of course, I also think about his important contributions to the nation that we learn about in history class at a considerably young age. However, after enlightening myself about George Washington before his presidency, the name now means more than a general who led in battle or a president who helped establish the government we read about in textbooks. To me, the name "George Washington" represents innovation.

George Washington's preferred profession as a farmer is often overlooked. Washington, in my opinion, is a groundbreaker and perfect example of being ingenious. His vision for his two passions --- farming and his country --- were oddly connected, so much so that being a farmer helped shaped one of his best-known traits: leadership. He developed great leadership skills while being an agricultural innovator. He made the most out of every resource available and never wasted anything --- from the skin to the hooves of an animal­. Fascinated with technology, Washington always looked for new tools and methods to run his farms more efficiently. He even broke the norm of rotating soil every three years and instead went with every seven, which he thought was more practical. This represents who we are as a nation today almost perfectly because we're always looking for ways to evolve, even risking failure to get things done more efficiently. As a nation, we've established laws in order to have the country run more smoothly and that's what Washington's life was all about: finding ways to innovate.

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A person's early years structure their character. For Washington in particular, his agricultural roots shaped him into an appreciable person because of his hard work to increase the productivity of his farms. Through careful experimentation and observation, Washington learned what worked best --- from his crops to his animals to the fences that surrounded them. This would later contribute essential traits for his presidency because he knew exactly what commitment was. He was committed to the people and believed in doing his part to benefit the entire country, rather than just himself. His upbringing influenced his way of living just as it does to everyone. If he would have grown up a different way, he likely would have had a much different approach to life, and perhaps the entire nation would have turned out differently as well. Younger days form people by taking each lesson from their personal life and mashing it together to form that unique individual. This applies not only to Washington, but everyone, including myself.

I believe someone's ultimate lows in life can bring them to their optimum. The obstacles we face can physically and emotionally drain us, but they transform us for the better­. As an adolescent, I've had many difficult experiences, but learning to turn those negatives into positives has helped me tremendously. Being self-aware helps me cope, makes me a deeper thinker, a more descriptive writer and a more open-minded person. Some experiences have left me completely despondent at times, but I am convinced that dealing with certain situations shapes me into an understanding, optimistic person, which is exactly the type of person I hope to become. I can say with certainty that this has already drastically impacted the person I am now, but in terms of the future, I'm looking forward to meeting the new and improved version of myself who works doing what she loves best --- art. Just like Washington, when you have something significant in your life to ground you --- like farming --- you can face and overcome difficult circumstances and grow as a person. By understanding this, we're able to have a greater comprehension of our forefathers' actions, even if they might seem peculiar in our generation now.

George Washington was a man full of dedication and self-confidence. It is beneficial for me, along with the rest of my generation to learn about not only him, but other important figures from the past because that is the only way we will keep advancing. We can all learn something by reflecting back to the olden days. In a world where we always crave more than what we have, it is critical to be informed about the drastic difference there is to life now, in comparison to the past. It is a blessing to even be able to look anyone up on our electronic devices so quickly; and we should really take advantage of our resources, just as Washington did in relation to his farm. Honestly, it's great that we are introduced to a good amount of significant people our entire school lives but I think taking the time to further enhance our knowledge on more scientists, poets, politicians or whatever your interest is in, is what makes us smarter and more appreciative of the world around us. Having a genuine comprehension as to why people like George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Albert Einstein are so recognized makes us realize how we actually owe a large amount of gratitude to the people who made it all possible.

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The following was written by Zayda G., 12th grader from Johnny Economedes High School and the winner of our "Before They Were Famous" essay writing contest exploring the early life George Washington.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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