'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.

The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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To donate to these rescue efforts, visit NazareneFund.org or MercuryOne.org.

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