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To the Patriots...Hello. Some redemption for T&C violation.

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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:18 PM

I am 23 and I'm from upstate NY. I grew up in a middle class family that has worked hard their entire life.
High School was just get good grades for college. I liked history class and learned about "What made the country that I was lucky enough to be born in great?” No worries about anything really. Having fun was the name of the game. I was essentially a hardcore video game nerd. I was also kind of an athletic kid though and played 2 sports all K-12. I aspired to make video games my whole life up to this point. But upon entering college I had self-doubt and took my second favorite interest instead, History.

I graduated from high school and took the "high road" of going to college because it was drilled into my head to "go to college to be successful". I still hope to believe that. I told myself I wanted to be a history teacher.

I attended a state school where I learned many things as a History major and learned to form my own opinions based on fact and research rather then blurbs from the status quo. It formed a deep-rooted frustration with the public and social issues going around me before my very eyes. I felt like I couldn't find many like-minded people within my generation of kids. LETS GO DRINKING!!!

Don't get me wrong I wasn't a kid that shy's himself away from everyone. I would party and had many many friends. I'd do my thing but it quickly became old and I found more enjoyment having intelligent conversation rather then drunken. Although, I still drink and I still smoke...stuff. But for relaxation rather then binge.

Then the 2008 election happened my 3rd year at college. I become captivated in it, like so many others, and became very in tune with politics. Unfortunately, I was still at a very naive age and I got swept up in the Obama campaign like so many others. I then, all of sudden, decided to drop everything at this university and took time off of school. I then decided that last school wasn't for me and went to college in sunny Florida to learn how to make video games. I enrolled in July 2009 and at that time; I have begun to also take interest to understand what happened in this huge bailout. I kept hearing about it for months. The media didn't really make it clear though.

Two years go by and I find myself with an Art degree for video games. I completed a school that required you to be at school for 8 hours a day and ran 24 hours a day. I would receive two new classes a month and the hours of the classes could be at any time. My worst month was when I had a rotation of the two classes throughout the week Mon-Sat. Sunday was the only day off.

I would show up to my Monday class at 5pm and be there until 1am for my Monday 8-hour block. But wait, now its Tuesday and I have class 1am-5pm, the first 4-hour block. Still later on Tuesday I had my next 4-hour block 1pm-5pm. I then repeat this process through MTWTFS. If you still don't see what i am saying...I worked MY BUTT OFF at this school because I still believed that working hard is going to pay off in my future. That is what my parents and teachers told me. All the kids that didn't go to college were making a mistake.

Well now I'm graduated and living back at home. The place where I still have a loving, hard working family that has made a relatively nice, middle class life for them. I have close to $100,000 in school loans.

I now work at a grocery store around the corner in my small, upstate NY town. Ironically, the store is called "Great American" and its locally run. I can't find a job for what I went to college for. Jobs are scarce and I'm lucky to have even a part time one. At this point in my life I have come to realize there is *true* information about the corruption running rampant in Washington. I feel like I have been lied to on so many levels in my young life.

I see that my future is being literally stripped away from me before my very eyes as the flow of history carries on. I have expressed my views and continued to educate myself on current events. In times of change the Patriot is a scarce man. They are brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a Patriot.

I continue to do all I can to educate others about how this country is being run into the dirt. To "deny ignorance". I have decided to act. I feel I am a Great American, in allegiance to the Constitution, which I learned was great. I see it being torn apart. I believe in stopping this with peaceful actions and looking to the founding fathers for answers. I want REAL change. Not YES WE CAN change. Yes, we the people, can.

Hello to all the Patriots.

Glad to be here.

edit on 18-8-2011 by FreedomXisntXFree because: Typo, Add

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:22 PM
Sorry for the long read. I just would like you all to know where I come from.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:25 PM
Hail and welcome! Continue the good fight!

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:30 PM
Welcome to ATS fellow New Yorker ! Around here you will find some folks with similar views and some opposite. Don't take post too personally and life on here should be fine. Look forward to having some discussions on history with you.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:32 PM
I majored in History also. Did you specialize in a particular branch of history?

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 05:55 PM
reply to post by sonofliberty1776

"Social Studies" I guess was my focus but I didn't get deep enough into the curriculum to narrow it. If I were the person then that I am now my Senior thesis would have been on the Federal Reserve and things related.

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:41 PM
Welcome... FreedomXisntXFree..

Long post and worth the read. Your stance gives me hope with your generation. We need young fighters next to the older and hopefully wiser fighters. Glad to have you aboard Patriot.

Upstate NY. Watertown by any chance ?

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:56 PM
that was a nice read. you sound pretty impressive for a young person. kudos, I think if your attitude becomes the attitude then things will change for the better, eventually. but complacency is contagious on so many levels. anyway, good luck in your future endeavors. I think you have what it takes to be a success. I guess you just need to determine what success means to you. c ya around......... (who knows, maybe some day we'll elect a Democratic Congress with hutzpah who isn't afraid to act and those student loans you carry will be forgiven -- stranger things have happened)

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 08:55 PM
Hello and Welcome
20 posts will come quickly
Then you can post a thread
How about getting like minded folks together and make your own video game ?

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 11:06 PM
Lately a lot of music has been inspiring me. I like looking up the lyrics and breaking them down. We are in momentous times and I all I can do as a American citizen is be proactive about whats going on where I live, The US of A. We, the people, need to finally unite. Here's an artist that speaks the truth in all of his music. This is just one of many songs of this content. This guy doesn't enough credit though.

edit on 18-8-2011 by FreedomXisntXFree because: typo

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by BioSafe

I'm from the Binghamton/Oneonta area. You know you're from Upstate NY when you have to name other towns to describe where you are from.

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