America's Future and Perpetual
the then-president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, Senator Ben Sasse recently recalled when he felt shocked by
a sudden revelation as he served. What had alarmed him at the university? Well, we'll let him answer in his own words:
"What shocked me about the experience of arriving at the school
is that overwhelmingly the incoming students had never worked before. They'd never done any hard labor. They just never really
had to do any work of any kind," Sasse said.
As millennials, we raise our eyebrows and
cannot deny his words: Many of our peers have not had to work in comparison to other generations (i.e. the Greatest Generation).
Societal restructuring (and just plain sin) carved a sharp change in the base curve of America's work ethic.
Work and responsibility assist in character development. Many of today's young adults have been cheated by other
generations who enabled them to play yet not learn about the value of hard work. That's right: Many millennials have a resulting
deficit in knowing the innate values of work, discipline, and responsibility. Hence, we see a lack of character as well.
course, we know there are exceptions. And we thank God for that! However, our fellow millennials need to discover what is
good for them. It's scary that most 18-24 year old young men spend most of their waking hours playing video games. In
essence, millennials have been taught a lie that people can play now and pay later. But the reality is that everyone needs
to pay now and play later.
up, America: Young adults need to grow up. Our country desperately needs responsible leaders, businessmen and women,
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In this edition,
we urge you to read our featured article this month by Linda Holub, watch this informative interview between Bill Kristol
and Senator Ben Sasse (click on the image below), and
With that said, we feel the reality of the need, but we also feel the reality of hope! We thank
God that there remains bright hope for the future for every person (of any age) who turns to Him, and He can change hearts.
So don't give up. Do your part to lovingly guide your kids and grandkids in the right direction (even if they initially
struggle to appreciate it). Remember, change for the nation begins right here at home.
kindness, and hard work, we can help others emerge empowered to live life to the fullest...and as happy, working adults.
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"We've created this new idea that you can have a greenhouse-sheltered environment for two, three, or four
years. And it's great. It's glorious. And yet it's always been atransitional state. It's not supposed to be Peter Pan. You
don't want to be stranded in Neverland. It's [akin to a version of] hell if you don't get to become an adult." -Senator
Month's Bible Verse
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is
old he will not depart from it."
"Why are many millennials attracted to socialism?"
By Linda Holub
We need only to revisit
the 2016 presidential election to confirm many millennials preferred Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, to free market
capitalists. Did they get the full picture of what a socialist society looks like? What they heard loud and clear were the
words "free," "fair" and "equal." Is there something in the way America has nurtured our children
that lends toward an attitude of entitlement?
America's foundation of a free society is built
on the engagement of all society in the economy, initiative, entrepreneurship and personal responsibility. In socialist societies,
the elite make the rules for the masses, thus stripping away individual freedoms. Senator Sanders promoted free health care,
free education, and relief from college loan payback, which encourages an attitude of irresponsibility and loss of initiative.
What Sanders did not talk about is what socialism looks like in actuality. Cuba, for example, is no longer a classic socialist
society because it wasn't working; recently it turned toward a mixed economy with some elements of capitalism. Socialism fails
because it cannot financially support all the social programs for the masses. Prior to recent reforms, Cubans were denied
private property rights. With socialism comes scarcity of commodities and greater poverty. Poor human rights records permeate
many socialist countries.
Sir Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Great Britain, fought
socialism within his country for 50 years. He understood it took away individual freedoms and would not lead to prosperity
for the populous. Churchill revered America's constitutional governance. Thus far, socialism has yet to yield prosperity for
I think some of what has attracted young millennials to socialism is the idea of equal
distribution of wealth; the wealth gap in the world offends their sense of fairness. Perhaps the shrinking job market and
burgeoning student loans have created a level of hopelessness that has led millennials to Bernie Sanders and socialism. Experience
teaches that blessings given without working for them are valued less than those using the sweat of our brow. In a socialist
society there is no benefit to the individual to invest greater effort, greater excellence, or innovation, so incentive is
lost. This is not a path to personal prosperity. Is this a world you want to live in?
senator from Nebraska, has written a book that may give clues as to why millennials are susceptible to socialism. He questions
the current culture of parenting in his book, "The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-age Crisis and How to Rebuild
a Culture of Self-Reliance." The book discusses the dangers of delaying adulthood into the late 20s.
writes: "Lowering expectations, cushioning all blows and tolerating aimlessness not only hurts them, it also deprives
their neighbors, who desperately need their engagement."
In my experience, delaying adulthood
encourages dependency, idleness, prevents growth of resiliency, initiative, self-confidence and the mental toughness necessary
to successfully navigate adulthood. Millennials have grown up surrounded by bubble wrap, "participation trophies"
and "safe places" free from an opinion they disagree with.
Today's accepted norm is remedial classes
for college freshmen to prepare students for college-level study. Sasse found that about one-third of college freshmen do
not return as sophomores.
When do they learn to navigate challenging situations which are always a part of life?
Overprotective parenting, or "helicopter parenting," has led to 30 percent of teenagers reporting feeling sad
or depressed (American Psychological Association's 2014 "Stress in America" survey). Christian Smith, sociologist
from Notre Dame, reported the prevailing feelings of young adults are "personal struggle, confusion, anxiety, hurt, frustration,
and grief" ("Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood," 2011). This kind of parenting coddles
kids and gives them the impression they are the center of the universe, to their detriment.
youth are primed for an ideology that removes any responsibility for their circumstances. Experience taught me that free things
are devalued, so why promote that expectation? Some millennials want fairness in all aspects of life. All people are flawed
and treat people unfairly at times. If we practiced the godly principle of treating others better than ourselves, the results
in society may yield more fairness.
Sasse promotes the idea of building five character
1) Give youth more exposure to intergenerational experiences and break away from the tyranny
of their peers.
2) Develop a work ethic.
3) Embrace limited consumption, don't overindulge in meaningless
4) Travel to learn about other cultures - discover what subsistence means.
5) Learn to read
Perhaps it is time to rethink our parenting styles.
About Linda Holub
Linda Holub of Dakota Dunes, S.D., has lived in the Sioux City metro area for more than 40 years. A Certified Life
Coach Professional, she has taught in Western Iowa Tech Community College's Lifelong Learning Program for the past four years.
Holub served two terms on Sioux City's Effective Public Policy Committee, one term on the Fiscal Management and Public Policy
Committee, is a former Woodbury County Republican city co-chair and was a GOP candidate for Woodbury County supervisor in
2012. She and her husband, Dave, have four adult children.
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U.S. Declaration of Independence. He served as one of Virginia's representatives to the Continental Congress and the Constitutional
Convention. George Wythe mentored notables such as Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and Henry Clay.
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