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Beyond what ‘used to be’

America's greatness lies within its people--if they can find it

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The future of our nation depends on those who focus not on what used to be, but what is to come.

The future of our nation depends on those who focus not on what used to be, but what is to come.

Aryauna Thompson

Aryauna Thompson

The future of our nation depends on those who focus not on what used to be, but what is to come.

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag–”

“Stand up!”

“..and to the republic, for which it stands–”

“Show respect for your country!”

“I have nothing to respect.”

“With liberty and justice for all.”

This generation has been labeled in many negative ways. I can deal with most of them and shrug off the sighs of disapproval. Most of the time, I sigh along also — never voicing my opinion, only showing my moderate disgust. Not many things make me truly rage against my generation, but with the recent “downfall” of our country, people my age forget how great America has really been to its people. They have no respect. In fact, they go to the opposite extreme of showing contempt, which is one thing I just refuse to accept.

Our country has been around for upwards of 200 years. Two hundred. It has seen 43 different presidents, more than 12 major wars, revolutions, innumerable breakthroughs, and a constantly growing population of what is now more than 324 million people. But somehow, teenagers who make up less than 10 percent of the population think they have the right to bash everyone and everything that came long before them. I cannot speak for all of my generation, but I do not now or ever want to be associated with that behavior.

We are quick to deride everyone else, but agonizingly slow to recognize our power to make a difference. ”

— Aryauna Thompson

At least 10 times a day, I hear how doomed the country is from people in my classes. I listen to them talk about Trump and Hillary and more than half of them have no idea what they are saying. My generation is more concerned with memes and “Juju on that Beat” videos than they are about the future of their nation. While they sit at home making fun of the presidential candidates and the country itself, they forget just how much their lives will be affected by the state of our nation. Everybody complains. Nobody acts.

We are quick to deride everyone else, but agonizingly slow to recognize our power to make a difference. America was founded on the idea of freedom and diversity in harmony. Our people have fought for more than 200 years to keep it that way. Countless people shed blood and gave their lives to uphold this legacy. Now, we are willing to throw it all away in the course of fewer than 20 years.

The path we are traveling now is one that will make sure our country will always have that “used to be” before it.”

— Aryauna Thompson

Pride, respect, perseverance, freedom–these words are thrown around casually all the time. They are used so often that no one seems to know what they mean anymore. We used to be a country known for these things. The key words there being “used to be.” The path we are traveling now is one that will make sure our country will always have that “used to be” before it. I cannot speak for everyone, but I will not stand for it.

Forget ‘Murican.

I want to be an American.

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Aryauna Thompson, Staff Reporter

Hello! This is my third year as a staff reporter on The Eagle’s Tale staff. I am incredibly excited to yet again work with such an incredible team of journalists. Outside of The Eagle’s Tale, I am very active in the Soaring Pride Band, UIL Academics, various honors societies, the PRO internship program and my church community. I am passionate about music and all things English, but my true love lies in spending time with family, friends and my dog.

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One Response to “Beyond what ‘used to be’”

  1. James Barrington on November 4th, 2016 2:07 pm

    Excellent! The future fate of America is in God’s hands, and just as He called His people to repentance during the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, He is calling America to reject the Godlessness of the Supreme Court and a president who proclaimed America is not a Christian nation and then proceed to do everything he could to make sure God was pushed out of Americans’ lives.

    You are right on target. It is your generation and the generation of your children who will suffer the most for rejecting God and letting American’s dream of “One nation under God” die. The decisiveness in our nation has changed from the politics of liberalism vs. conservativeism to God vs. Satan with neither side recognizing their own faults. It’s time for Christians to come together and realize it is time to repent and turn away from the evils that have crept into our society.

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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