'Thank God I'm American'

by Sara Johnson

Have you ever stopped to consider how many choices we have in one aisle of the grocery store? Seriously, we have entire aisles devoted to one type of food. Take cereal for example; there are hundreds of different types of cereals. In how many other counties in the world is that possible? Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Special K, Cookie Crunch... I doubt I could even name half of them.

The blessings surrounding us in America are so easy to take for granted that many don’t even think of them as blessings. Something as simple as “what type of cereal I want” seems so trivial, but when you begin to think about how many families could be fed from one aisle of a grocery store, it is easy to see how much we take for granted.

Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way, shape, or form an attack on what we have in America, or a message saying we have too much. Believe me, “I gotta have my pops.” But, do we slow down enough every day to recognize how lucky we are to simply live in this country?

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” It’s a simple saying. We’ve heard it a million times, and most would agree, but we don’t seem to learn from it. I think America has a problem. (Okay, America has a LOT of problems, but I think this is at the root of many of them.) Americans are suffering from a severe case of situational gratitude. We don’t seem to appreciate anything until we no longer have it.

As a new resident of NYC I look up in awe at all of the massive, larger-than-life buildings surrounding me as I walk to and from the office every day. I think that’s a mild version of what it would be like to take 99% of the rest of the world into a Super Walmart or a Kroger. What we have in America is amazing, so why is everyone complaining? We are turning into the land of the free, and the home of the whiners.

I can’t help but think that our founders must be incredibly disappointed in us. George Washington didn’t have a Northface jacket, fleece-lined boots or an REI tent to sleep in, while he was fighting against the British for independence from an oppressive government. He certainly didn’t have free healthcare, food stamps, or public education. There was no life insurance for Martha if he took a cannonball to the head.

There is a movement sweeping across our country with a message against “corporate- greed.” Not to be confused with anti-greed, as we are seeing their list of demands grow and grow every week. We’ve lost touch with what it means to be an American so much, that these protests are attracting 20-somethings across the country who, A: don’t have a clue what real oppression is, and B: from the looks of their iPhones, iPads and Macbooks, love corporations. They are clueless as to whom they are standing with, and what they are standing for. These kids actually believe they are being oppressed because they took out student loans, and that it is wrong for a cop to use pepper spray on someone actively breaking the law.

Any why wouldn’t they? They’ve been told their whole lives that they deserve a job and they deserve an education. These are the kids who got the “most-improved” trophies on the soccer team, and didn’t realize it solidified that they were the worst player at the start of the season. Basically, they’ve been raised to be the spoiled brats they are acting like. They don’t know how good we have it in this country—a country where cops use pepper spray, not tanks and missiles.

We need to start actively showing how grateful we are to live in America. We need to live it through our actions, our service, our speech, and our worship. The government and the media were not actively pushing God out of the mainstream when the majority of Americans, who say that they’re Christian, actually lived like they were Christians. Tim Tebow should not be a phenomenon for standing up for a faith that over 70% of Americans says they believe in. In an interview with Skip Bayless on ESPN, Tebow said he vocalizes his gratitude to Jesus Christ because he is thankful for the sacrifice He made for him.

Shouldn’t we all be doing that for the things we are thankful for?

We live in the most exceptional country on the planet—the only country that protects our God-given freedoms by law.

Americans have more freedom and more choices in every aspect of their lives than the citizens of any other country: brands of food, clothing, cars, modes of transportation, who we want to vote for, what we want to do in life and most importantly the freedom of religion. I know what I’m thankful for and Who I am thankful to this “Thanks-giving.”

Thank you God, that I am an American.

TRUMP: The twilight hour of socialism has arrived

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The other day, at Florida International University in Miami, facing large American and Venezuelan flags, President Trump gave a rousing speech in Miami, including this line, the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived."

Trump went on to say:

Socialism is about one thing only—power for the ruling class. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down…and even who lives and who dies.

He then repeated a phrase that helped define his State of the Union address this year:

America will never be a socialist country.

Fittingly, Fox News posted an article yesterday exposing the overlooked evils of Che dangers of socialism that all too often disappear behind a flashy design on a t-shirt.

  1. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence. In an interview, Guevara said, "in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph."
  2. Humberto Fontova, author of "Exposing the Real Che Guevara," told Fox that Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. "The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps."
  3. Guevara opposed a free press: "In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: 'We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.'"
  4. Guevara made racist statements: Guevara went on to write: "the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."

These are just some of the many historical examples of the failure of socialism. President Trump is right. If the frivolities of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Saunders catch on and spread, we could have an unbelievable problem on our hands.

Poor Jussie: His narrative is falling apart completely

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Here's how the media works now: Find a story that confirms their narrative, run it constantly and relentlessly. When the real story comes out, minimize exposure of the correction. Repeat.

We're seeing this pattern play out over and over again.

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Here are some of the knee-jerk reactions that the media had to this Jessie Smollett hoax, from Insider Edition, CNN, E! News, Headline News, CNBC, TMZ, to name a few:


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And those are just the reactions on TV. It was just as bad, at times worse, in print and online. I'll give you one special example, however. Because, you know the situation is bad when TMZ is connecting the dots and seeing through this guy's story:

The sources say there were red flags from the get go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera. And there's this. We're told investigators didn't believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed 'This is MAGA country' because 'Not a single Trump supporter watches 'Empire.''

Here's the man himself, in an interview just days after the alleged beating…I'm sorry, the alleged "modern day lynching." Here he is in an interview with ABC News, complaining about people making up stuff:



Strong words, spoken by a man who, allegedly, created the whole narrative to begin with.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.