Stories like this show what makes America great!

According to Alexandra Deabler of Fox News, “A Florida restaurant was left stunned by one diner’s generosity.  A regular at Skillets diner in North Naples left behind a $10,000 tip in a bid to help restaurant staff get through the current coronavirus outbreak, which has forced eateries to close dining room service and lose out on wages.”

A $10,000 tip!

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“The owner of the restaurant, Ross Edlund, told WFLA that the customer, who chose to stay anonymous, explained, ‘I want each person in this restaurant to get 500 dollars.’”

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And they want to remain anonymous.

“The manager distributed the money to the 20 employees, Edlund said.”

“Of the current measures Florida is taking to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak, such as closing restaurant dining rooms and bars, Edlund says he supports them.”

“According to Naples Daily News, Edlund estimates he had to lay off 90 percent of his staff as restaurants have been forced to close, and residents are asked to stay indoors and practice social distancing.”

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‘“We believe that what is being done is the correct thing in spite of the fact it’s causing us hardship,’ he said.”

His business is going under, but he still supports what’s being done because he understands it’s for the best, considering the big picture.

“The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard as the global pandemic grows across the United States.”

So here we see multiple examples of what makes America great…, some of the people we have in this country.

I say “some” because most Americans are very generous…, it’s just that there are those who are better at being generous with other people’s money as opposed to their own.

That being said…, we have gracious and generous customers and donors.

We have business owners who are able to somehow survive, but also see past their bottom lines.

We have customers who are considerate of others and willing to follow safety advisories, for everyone’s sake.

And we have employees and former employees doing the best they can, considering the situation.

There’s no whining.

There’s no crying.

There’s no finger pointing going on.

There’s only the recognition of what the situation is and the resolve to make the best of that situation.

Everyone chipping in whatever they can to help out.

That’s the American way.

That’s what makes America great.

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Please also refer to my prior blog from September 27, 2017:

America: The gift that keeps giving!

https://mrericksonrules.com/2017/09/27/america-the-gift-that-keeps-giving/

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan

It seems that a lot of issues in the news are defined generationally these days.  But I’m not sure we’re always really clear about the generations they’re referring to…, other than our own generation that is!

See if the descriptor for your generation seems to fit or not.

Here’s a look at America’s generations…, who we were and who we are.

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The Greatest Generation

Born 1901-1927

92 years old+

Approximately 2 million

Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book declared the generation that persevered through America’s Great Depression and fought in World War II America’s “Greatest Generation.”  These people believe in personal responsibility, humility, dignity and modesty. The society of their time held itself to a higher standard.  They had a hard work ethic and took great pride in their work as well. “The Greatest Generation” saved everything and are considered very frugal.

For reference sake, the generation before “The Greatest Generation” was named “The Lost Generation.”  They are truly lost.  No one is believed to still be alive who were born in 1900 or before.  The members of the Lost Generation saw the transition from the horse to the automobile.  The Wright Brothers took the first airplane flight. As this generation was coming of age, millions of immigrants poured into the United States, searching for a better life. World War I had a tremendous influence on this generation. It lasted many years, and by the time it had ended, millions of men had been affected by the horrors of battle, and then there was The Great Depression.  This generation developed a real skepticism where the government was concerned.

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The Silent Generation

Born 1928-1945

74 to 91 years old

Approximately 24 million

We don’t hear a lot about this generation, so I guess it’s aptly named. It’s known as the “silent generation” because children of this era were expected to be seen and not heard. Most of them are retired now, but they were hardworking. The silent generation brought the strong work ethic of their parents into the factories of industrialized society. They grew up during lean times, including the Great Depression and World War II. They consider work a privilege, and it shows.  They’re considered the wealthiest generation.  They believe you earn your own way through hard work and they think others should do the same.

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Baby Boomers

Born 1946-1964

55 to 73 years old

Approximately 74 million

“Boomers” also place a high value on their work ethic, and derive most of their self-worth from their work ethic. They live to work.  They are competitive and goal oriented. They want to “make a difference” in the world.

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Generation Xer’s

Born 1965-1981

38 to 54 years old

Approximately 66 million

As opposed to “Boomers,” “Xer’s” work to live.  They value their independence and are driven by results.  They tend to think more globally, adapt well to change, and are eager to learn. They place a high value on education and believe it is needed to succeed.

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Generation Y (Millennials)

Born 1982-1994

25 to 37 years old

Approximately 71 million

Millennials tend to be very transparent and share everything.  They also desire to make an impact somehow.  They are very conscious of fairness and right and wrong, and believe business should be handled ethically this way.  They value diversity and the love technology.  Millennials don’t perform at their best in a traditional work environment.  Technology is at the heart of their problem solving and solutions.

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Generation Z (Centennials)

Born 1995-now

1 to 24 years old

Approximately 90 million

The first generation to grow up entirely with modern technology.  It is all second hand to them.  They are accepting of others and socially transparent, yet individualistic and competitive.  They like to “make things,” and they are entrepreneurial and have an inventive spirit. They consider themselves realists.

In 10 years or so, Generation Z, or “The Centennials” will be controlling the direction of the country.

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Although, according to “The Centennials,” the world is supposed to end by this time due to climate change…, so we may have that going for us!

Either that, or we’ll be hearing more excuses and explanations from these “scientists” as to why we’re still here.

I’m willing to bet on the latter.

Ha!

The more things change the more they stay the same.

There are more current generational issues that may affect us, however.

Julia Limitone of FOXBusiness askes, “Boomer homes to flood US market, but who will buy them?”

Obviously Generation X, Y and Zer’s.

“The U.S. housing market is on the verge of being inundated with homes for sale on a scale that hasn’t been seen since the housing bubble in the mid-2000s.”

“The tsunami [of homes] is being driven by a grim reality: Baby Boomers dying [and downsizing].”

“Four out of 10 U.S. homes are owned by residents age 60 or older, and five out of 10 by residents 55 or older, according to Zillow. Over the next two decades, more than a quarter, or roughly 21 million homes, are likely to be vacated. During the last housing bubble there were only 450,000 new home sales per year, on average.”

So, we’re talking roughly twice as many home becoming available over a given period of time.

The last “housing bubble” included a different set of circumstances, however.  The last “housing bubble” was caused by speculative and risky real estate investment of properties other than peoples’ primary homes.  Here we won’t have people going bankrupt…, we’ll just have people making less of a profit than they were anticipating, and Generation X, Y and Zer’s getting some nice deals on these properties.

It will be far from a “housing market collapse,” or anything of that nature.

Plus people will start to anticipate the potential of these situations to affect their investments, and adjustments will be made gradually over the next 20 years.

The “journalistic know-it-alls” love to sound alarms, in this case about the economy and the real estate market, while most of them are still living and working out of their parent’s home, or sharing an apartment with two other “know-it-alls!”

 

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Are we “politically polarized” in America now?

Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, thinks we are.

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She feels, as a country, “we are engaged in a battle for our soul.”

I would tend to agree.

But it’s also a question of what’s fair and what’s unfair.

And a question of what’s true and what’s a lie?

And a question of what’s right and what’s wrong?

And a question of what’s good and what’s evil?

Jackie Gingrich Cushman, has written a new book called “Our Broken America,” which discusses “the polarization” and “the battle.”

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“During my research for the book, I discovered that 55 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats say they have few or no friends in the other major political party,” Gingrich Cushman says.

I can see that.

I mean…, on many issues, it would seem to be okay to “agree to disagree.”

But with some of the issues of today, I have a hard time with that philosophy.

For example:

If you’re okay with killing a baby seconds before it is about to be born…, then we probably won’t be friends.

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If you’re okay with attacking the 2nd amendment and disarming America’s law abiding citizens…, then we probably won’t be friends.

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If you’re okay with letting anyone and everyone cross the border into our country, whenever they want, and without any question or control…, then we probably won’t be friends.

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If you’re okay with protecting illegal immigrants that are already here, who have committed crimes against legal U.S. citizens…, then we probably won’t be friends.

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If you’re okay with the removal of God from all aspects of our society…, then we probably won’t be friends.

If you’re not smart enough to realize that the mainstream media has a liberal agenda and is constantly trying to undermine conservatism…, then we probably won’t be friends.

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If you think we should go back to living like we did in the Middle Ages because you think we need to save the planet…, then we probably won’t be friends.

And there are other issues regarding globalism, the federal government taking over the healthcare system, and taxes…, but you get the picture.

“Most people would agree that our country is experiencing an unprecedented level of political polarization. This country is incredibly diverse in many different ways and our diversity is what makes America so strong. We are economically, geographically, racially, ethnically, and ideologically different from one another and we can either choose to let that diversity strengthen us or we can let it sort us into tiny subgroups that refuse to work together.”

Diversity is fine, Ms. Gingrich Cushman, but not when diversity results in stupidity.

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“When we are ranting at each other – separated [into] our own corners, informed by our own news sources, and immersed in our own social media clusters – we cannot listen to each other and therefore we cannot solve anything.”

The only problem here, Ms. Gingrich Cushman, is you are assuming that the democrats really want to solve anything.

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“Is political polarization dangerous to our country? My opinion is yes, there is too much polarization,” according to Ms. Gingrich Cushman.

I agree that political polarization is dangerous for our country…, but what is the alternative?

Are we supposed to just turn our backs while the radical left-wing whackos send our country into a state of chaos?

Think about it.

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The only reason we’re even talking about political polarization is because conservatives all across our country decided to finally take a stand against all of this liberal craziness and elect Donald Trump.

And thank God we did.

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What does it mean to be “patriotic?”

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GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Tampa, Florida

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I’m sure you have a good idea what it means to be “patriotic,” but what about “Google?”

You know…, “Google,” the internet search engine that basically everyone on the planet uses.

The “Google” that claims it has no liberal tilt to it.

Okay…, well, let’s “Google” the word “patriotic.”

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If you “Google” the word “patriotic,” this is what you get:

pa·tri·ot·ic

/ˌpātrēˈädik/

adjective

Having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.

“Today’s game will be played before a fiercely patriotic crowd.”

synonyms: nationalist, nationalistic, loyalist, loyal; chauvinistic, jingoistic, jingo, flag-waving, isolationist, xenophobic

antonyms: traitorous

 

Hmmm.  Okay…, I was right there with ‘ya Google, until I got to the synonyms “chauvinistic,” “jingoistic,” “isolationist,” and “xenophobic.”

Not to mention that “flag-waving” appears to have taken on some kind of negative connotation.

“Synonyms” are supposed to be words that “mean the same” or “nearly the same,” right?

I do believe that “Google,” the company that claims it has no liberal tilt to it, is trying to change the meaning of the word “patriotic” right before our very eyes!

It would seem that being a patriot, according to Google, has now become something negative…, something undesirable.

Nike and Colin Kaepernick would definitely go along with this new meaning…, as would Facebook, Hollywood in general, the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news, mainstream media,” most liberals, and most democrats everywhere.

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So, “patriotic” means the same as “chauvinistic?”

chau·vin·is·tic

/ˌSHōvəˈnistik/

adjective

Feeling or displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.

Displaying excessive or prejudiced support for one’s own cause, group, or sex.

 

“Aggressive patriotism?”

“Exaggerated patriotism?”

“Displaying excessive or prejudiced support?”

This is the start of equating “patriots” with racists.

 

Then we have “jingoistic.”

“Jingoistic?”

Never heard of it.

jin·go·is·tic

/ˈˌjiNGɡōˈistik/

adjectiveDEROGATORY

Characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy.

“jingoistic propaganda”

 

“Extreme patriotism?”

“Aggressive or warlike foreign policy?”

“Propaganda?”

This is the start of equating “patriots” with Nazis.

 

Next we have “xenophobic.”

This is also a term that what little known and little used up until the last year or so.

 

xen·o·pho·bic

/zenəˈfōbik,ˌzēnəˈfōbik/

adjective

Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.

“The xenophobic undertones of this argument.”

synonyms: racist, racialist, ethnocentric, ethnocentrist; nationalist, nationalistic, jingoistic, jingo, isolationist; prejudiced, intolerant, bigoted, parochial, insular

 

“Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries?”

“Racist, ethnocentric, prejudiced, intolerant, bigoted?”

Do you see where they are going with all of this?

 

Mark my words…, before you know it, being patriotic will be akin to being in the Ku Klux Klan.

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Waving or displaying the American flag will be considered the same thing as wearing a red MAGA hat.

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If you remember, Google listed the only antonym for “patriotic” as “traitorous.”

Well, there you go Google.

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By your own definition…, if you’re labeling all of us red blooded, flag waving, national anthem singing Americans as “patriots,” then liberals would by choice be the opposite…, or “traitorous.”

Now that I’d tend to agree with!

USA! USA! USA!

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What the heck has happened to Venezuela?!  I’ll break it down for you.

Let’s look at a basic and condensed timeline, pertaining to Venezuela, for starters:

1992 – Venezuela becomes the 3rd richest country in the western hemisphere, behind only the United States and Canada.

1993 – President Carlos Andrés Pérez is impeached for embezzlement of public funds.

1998 – A collapse in confidence in the existing parties saw the election of former coup-involved career officer Hugo Chávez and the launch of the Bolivarian Revolution and socialism. The “Bolivarian Revolution” refers to a left-wing populist social movement and political process in Venezuela led by the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, who founded the Fifth Republic Movement in 1997 and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in 2007.

1999 – The “revolution” began when a “new” Constitution for Venezuela was written.

2001 – Venezuela voted for a socialist president to address “income inequality.”

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2004 – Private healthcare is completely socialized.

2007 – All higher education becomes “free.”

2009 – The private ownership of guns is banned.

2012 – Bernie Sanders is quoted as saying, “Venezuelans are living the American dream better than Americans.”

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2014 – Government opposition leaders are imprisoned.

2016 – Food shortages become a widespread problem.

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2017 – The Venezuelan constitution and elections are suspended.

2018 – The country’s economic policies lead to extreme hyperinflation, with an inflation rate of 1,370,000% by the end of the year.

2019 – It is estimated that more than 3 million people have fled Venezuela in recent years.

2019 – Venezuelan protesters are attacked and killed by their own government in order to suppress their dissidence.

 

Venezuela’s socialist governments have been in power since 1999, taking over the country at a time when Venezuela had huge inequality.

But the socialist polices brought in which aimed to help the poor backfired, and made the situation even worse, of course.  Companies now controlled by the government failed, and price controls to make basic goods more affordable to the poor by capping prices meant that Venezuelan businesses no longer found it profitable to produce them.  Eventually, the government subsidies of all facets of the economy were unsustainable.

In only 27 years Venezuela has turned a “rags to riches” story into a “riches to rags” story.

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Like Margaret Thatcher, the former Britsh Prime Minister once said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Does any of the Venezuela story sound familiar today in America?

There certainly appear to be some similarities in the early stages happening here.

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We see an impeachment happy democrat Congress trying to overturn a presidential election.

We see many democrat politicians and democrat presidential candidates calling for a new constitution or drastic changes to our existing one.

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We constantly hear democrat politicians and democrat presidential candidates touting government solutions for “income inequality,” don’t we?

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We hear democrat politicians and democrat presidential candidates calling for a complete government takeover of our healthcare system.

Many democrat politicians and democrat presidential candidates are proposing “free” college.

And lastly, we hear many democrat politicians and democrat presidential candidates calling for radical changes to our gun laws, changes to the 2nd amendment or the complete removal of our right to bear arms.

The intentions of the American democrat party are apparent.

The democrats want to destroy America as we know it.

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The choice here is painfully clear.

If you want to follow in Venezuela’s footsteps…, elect democrats.

It’s as simple as that.

The only people who benefit from a socialist government are those in government.

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They apparently long for power that badly that they are willing to turn everyone elses life into a living hell for their own sakes.

They can only do this if we let them, however.

Remember…, the Venezuelan people voted for what they got.

In the end…, it’s their own fault.

And in the end…, we’ll choose our own fate as well.

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