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Thursday, June 20, 2024

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The Capitol Riots: A View Through The Eyes of a Gen Z

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The author is a 16-year-old Hartford Union High School student. 

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

These are the words of Founding Father President John Adams, said in 1814. As much as progressives will try to claim how “outdated” the policies of the past are, this one has been proven to stand the test of time. Over 200 years later, America is slowly falling to her knees. Those who burn the flag and disown their very own country are still scrounging its resources, for example the very ability to burn the American flag without any sort of punishment. Police officers risk their lives and now their families’ lives as well to protect the very people who want them dead. It is considered more courageous to want to be called a different pronoun or come out as LGBTQ than it is to fight for your country. Socialistic countries are being idolized by the same people who want to swing open the borders, letting in escapees from those same countries. Masses gather in the streets, destroying their own communities, and half of them don’t even know what they’re fighting for. To our Founding Fathers looking down on this disgrace, I apologize for what they are doing to your beautiful country.

The disgusting attack that happened on January 6th was the day I, and I believe many other proud Americans, began to lose hope for our country. Based on other events that have happened within the last year, I will not make a judgment call on who did what. Too many times has Antifa been a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and it’s easy enough to buy a MAGA hat. However, I’m not oblivious to the fact that the majority of that crowd were radical Trump supporters. It sickens me to watch those evil people beat on cops (the very ones who they were supposed to support) and destroy one of the most sacred buildings in the building of America. It sickens me that I, a conservative who believes in law and order, am now represented by those evil people (and I now wonder if the average liberal felt as I do now during the Black Lives Matter protests). It was easy to blame progressives for the slow yet steady decline of America. Because in the end, we (conservatives) trusted ourselves to fix whatever damage they had done. The progressives knew it too. But now, watching those videos and seeing people steal government property as jubilantly as they were, my heart sank because it was then that I began to lose faith in fixing what Black Lives Matter has broken. As Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

The next four years will quite possibly be the worst this country has ever seen. Including the Great Depression. With Joe Biden, the one who has hurt the Black community more than any other politician, being the puppet of the most liberal senator in the history of the United States, Kamala Harris. Not to mention they now have the House of Representatives and the Senate; we can expect nothing less than the packing of the Supreme Court, the playing of favorites when it comes to free speech, and the total detonation of the Electoral College. Biden will hand over an overwhelming amount of power to China because he is too weak to handle it on his own. However, I think that this time will be needed. A necessary evil. When progressives realize that “free” isn’t actually “free” and how corrupt and vile the intentions of the left are, it will cause a push back like no other. My generation (Gen Z) will NOT like that they have to leave their safe spaces and work for eight hours a day like a productive citizen, only to have that money to be snatched away from them to pay for the rehabilitation of some basement-dwelling meth addict. The American public will soon learn the true ways of the heinous left, and rebel against it. Slowly they are. Trump got more Black and Hispanic votes in the 2020 election than any Republican candidate in history. It’s just going to take harder work from the sensible right to educate the moderate left. United we stand, divided we fall.

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The Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that voters have serious doubts about Harris’ electability.

The poll found only 14% of voters said it was “very likely” Harris would win a general election for president if she became the Democratic nominee. Another 20% said it was “somewhat likely.”

The poll is especially noteworthy given Biden's age. The incumbent president is 81 years old and appears increasingly in decline.

A moment of confusion for Biden at a June 6 D-Day ceremony went viral last week, the latest in a string of similar incidents. At the same time, Biden remains competitive with former President Donald Trump, though several polls suggest Trump has a lead over the president.

Biden's incidents have led some to speculate that Democrats could or should try to replace Biden at the Democratic convention in Chicago in August. That would be a highly unusual, though not impossible, move. Removing Biden would naturally raise the question about who could replace him, but for now voters seem to lack confidence that Harris could win.

The poll also looked ahead to 2028: “If President Joe Biden were not in the running for president in 2028, which of the following Democrats, if any, would you want to be the Democratic candidate for president?”

While Harris was top of the list among Democrats, she only received 21% support. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg both received 10% support each, while 41% said they were unsure or didn't know.

Only 42% of those polled described Harris as trustworthy, and 44% described her as honest, according to the poll.

Notably, only 36% of those surveyed said Biden should replace Harris as his VP on the ticket.

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Evers recently called for an operational and an instructional audit of MPS.

“I’m proposing today to go two steps further with two important goals: the first, to audit MPS’ programs and operations in their entirety, and the second, to audit the effectiveness of teaching and instruction of our kids in classrooms across the district,” Evers said.

The governor, however, wants to keep the audit within his administration and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said that’d be a mistake.

“I’m glad that Gov. Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Gov. Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs [Eric] Wimberger and [Robert] Wittke to discuss authorizing the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and any other involved stakeholders,” LeMahieu said. “The LAB is more than capable of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without the use of outside contractors.”

The worry is an audit controlled by the governor’s office will not fully look into MPS’s shortcomings.

The calls for audits in Milwaukee Public Schools come after the state withheld nearly $17 million last week because of incomplete and late financial reports. One of those reports was due to the Department of Public Instruction in September 2023.

Evers has asked MPS leaders to be a part of any audit process but warned that not everyone will be invited.

“I also have to say – I’m exceedingly disappointed by the politicking and jockeying I’ve seen since this situation came to light by opportunists who’re seizing this moment to serve their own selfish goals instead of worrying about what matters most: our kids,” Evers added.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos took to social media to accuse the governor of being the one who is playing politics.

“And who do you think [Evers] will suggest conducts the audits?” Vos asked. “The same failed DPI bureaucrats who allowed this to happen or his administration who wanted to dismantle the school choice system so all kids were forced into this MPS mess? We need real reforms to the current mentality where MPS has been protecting the bureaucracy and Gov. Evers has been advocating for shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars into this broken system.”

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Research by SeniorLiving.org shows 82%, or nearly 12,000 facilities in the U.S., will need to hire staff or face being shut down.

Spokesperson Corie Wagner said Illinois is home to the fifth highest number of understaffed nursing homes in the country.

“If we were to apply the new policies and new standards to nursing homes in Illinois today, 84% of facilities would need more staff, and that is really significant,” said Wagner.

The mandate will be phased in over three years, with rural communities having up to five years.

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