'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.

Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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