Author: Adam Burdzy

The Hysteria Over the Government Shutdown

By Adam Burdzy | United States

Today, I woke up. I took a shower, cleaned up the house a bit, and went about with my morning. While going through my routine, I was listening to the radio, and it turns out that the government of the United States is in a shutdown.

I wouldn’t have known that such an event was underway unless I was told. In today’s society, media is picking up on this like the little boy who cried wolf. They are making a mountain out of a molehill, calling this an evil act done by President Trump, and using the same names they used when Trump announced that he is running for president back in 2015. We are being told this is affecting us, but does it really?

You shouldn’t cry about the government shutdown. If anything, you should celebrate, maybe open up a bottle of campaign and snuggle up in a Don’t Tread on Me Blanket (only 13 bucks on Amazon) with your favorite Ron Paul book (I recommend The Revolution: A Manifesto). This is every Conservative/Libertarians dream. The government, which is way too big, has reduced itself to what it deems necessary. According to the BBC, about 25% of the US federal government isn’t being funded. Also, nine departments have been affected (Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing, Interior, Justice, Agriculture, Treasury). To add to that, around 800,000 federal workers are now furloughed.

I say, why stop there? Why not make the government even smaller, privatize most of the government departments, and remove those departments that use our taxpayer dollars to fund ridiculous projects, such as the 2010 study (if you can even call it that) performed by the National Endowment of the Humanities which went into serious extensive research to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and Internet fan-fiction.” This burning pile of Jefferson’s was called the Popular Romance Project, which studies Romance in culture. How much did this cost the people? Only a mere $194,000.

But the smug congresspeople sitting in Washington look past this and tell you that because of evil Trump, people aren’t working, and aren’t making money. However, if they cared so much about the 800,000 people who are furloughed, shouldn’t they write a bill stating that if a shutdown were to occur, those people would still be given wages to earn a living? Being furloughed is something one must take into consideration when applying for a government job. Point of the story, don’t get a government job. Go work in the private sector.

This government shutdown can be beneficial for small government advocates. It is a great way of exposing those who believe that their entire life revolves around the government. People need to realize that there is so much more than government handouts that play any type of role in a person’s life.


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The Catholic Church Needs a New Reformation

By Adam Burdzy | United States

In the 16th century, the Catholic Church experienced a Reformation. Martin Luther, the chief architect behind the religious movement, didn’t agree with the Catholic Church about some key beliefs and practices. Luther published his 95 Theses, a list of controversial topics and discussion points in the Catholic Church at the time. King Henry VIII of England just wanted to divorce his wife because she wouldn’t provide him with a baby boy to be the next king (current science shows that it is entirely his fault that he couldn’t have a son). The Pope told him he could not divorce, so Henry ignored the pope’s decision made the Church of England. These individuals saw a problem with the Church, so they took action into their own hands and attempted to fix it.

It is now 2018, and the Church still needs fixing. Corruption at the core has turned officials evil. The primary example is the Pope. As the head of the Catholic Church, the infallible Pope is supposed to be a role model to all Catholics. He is the spiritual leader who has one goal: to get as many people to convert and stay Catholic. He also must do so with the intention of getting as many people to be saved by God’s grace (in layman terms, not burn in Hell). Today, however, many people do not like or approve of what Pope Francis is doing. Most religious conservatives and libertarians disprove of how the Pope puts his nose into matters involving politics. Pope Francis has been seen discussing policies with popular and powerful liberals, such as former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry. He made it known through these encounters that he supports such policies such as the Iran Nuclear deal and the large intake of refugees from the Middle East by Europe. The Pope also is a strong believer in global warming and climate change.

These main three issues that the Pope discussed had many right-leaning Catholics infuriated for justifiable reasons. Even though the Pope has the right to believe whatever he want to, he is abusing his papal power. The Pope is believed to be completely true when he speaks of religious matters. This does not make him infallible when he talks politics. The way he presents his politics, however, is done in a way where the political issue is connected to a Catholic teaching or value in a vague way. An example is the refugee issue. For many years, people from the Middle East, mostly fleeing the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, have been entering into Europe as refugees. These men, women, and children use up a ton of taxpayer euros, and while this has caused a fiery debate inside and outside of Europe, the Pope has decided to take a side, saying it is a Catholic’s duty to take care of others.

We cannot, however, blame the Pope for everything. The Catholic Church as a whole has done some questionable acts. For example, the Chinese government has had a feud with the Catholic Church for decades now, in which they appointed bishops without the consent of the Pope. Instead of the Church simply saying no, the Vatican allowed for seven bishops to be appointed, not by the Church, but instead by the government of China. The Church, who has no political power, has been sleeping with foreign governments, which has led to the deterioration of trust. It is believed that every priest and bishop in the Catholic Church has something called Apostolic succession. Christ gave St. Peter the power to appoint religious men to the priesthood, and this line of succession can be traced down to every priest, except for these 7 bishops. This gives the Church a bad reputation for not sticking to their Canon Law, which is equivalent to the United State’s Constitution. For the Church to do this would be the same as disregarding the confirming power of the Senate.

What happened to the Pope? Isn’t he supposed to be a spiritual figure instead of a political pawn for the left? Of course, Pope Francis wasn’t the only bad Pope the Catholic Church has had. Pope Boniface the VIII was a pedophile, Alexander VI bribed his way into becoming Pope, and Leo X allowed for the Church to sell indulgences, which promised heaven to those who bought them. Pope Francis is just a byproduct of the already corrupt system that the Church has become. This is to blame for the failure of the Church to keep people going to Church. A new study from the PEW research center shows that 21% of Americans are Catholic and that 13% of adults who were born and raised as Catholics have become either Protestant or not religious.

So what can the Church do? They can toughen up and mind their own business. They can focus on being a spiritual force and going back to their Canon Law. They should stop trying to be “hip” as many modern Catholic Churches have tried and failed. People want a true, non-political place of worship where they can grow in faith and become part of a community where they feel welcomed. If you are reading this, Pope Francis, do us all a favor and fix the corruption, not for Catholics, but for God.


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Trade School: Why You Don’t Need to Go to a University

By Adam Burdzy | United States

“Trade school? Is that, like, a place where you learn how to trade things?”

Every parent thinks that his or her child is smart in their own special way. This leads to Mom and Dad pushing Johnny to go to a nice university, where he will learn how to think, how to be a productive citizen, and most importantly, how to be a lawyer, doctor or even a professor.

Johnny decides to apply for a school that he seems to like, and is lucky enough to get accepted. Little does his parents know, Johnny doesn’t have what it takes to become a doctor, he can’t argue his way to become a lawyer, and he has no people skills, so there is no way that he will become a professor. But he tries anyway, and in his third year, he drops out. Not only did he waste three years of his life, but now he is in massive debt. After realizing he isn’t good enough for these kinds of careers, Johnny becomes depressed and has to work two jobs, the McDonald’s morning shift and the Taco Bell night shift, just to make enough money to get by.

This is something that occurs too often. About half of the people who enlist in a college or university will graduate. Johnny should have gone to trade school. Trade school is the university for people who aren’t good at the career choices offered by colleges. With the rise of labor jobs in the United States, we need more people to fill these shoes. These people are the backbone of society. Sure, some of the jobs offered may not seem that pleasant. In the end, however, the positives of attending a trade school are higher than attending a college.

To graduate from a trade school, you need about two years of schooling. To receive a bachelors degree, you need to have four years of schooling. And to make matters worse, most students will then apply to another school to get their masters degree, which takes another two years. Most people with a bachelors degree won’t be able to find a job as easily as a person with a masters degree. So you just wasted six years of your life, compared to two.

Not only do you save time in a trade school, but you also save money. Lots of money. To graduate with a bachelors degree, you will spend anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 in those four years. Most of this money will come from student loans, or from outside scholarships. Trade school, on the other hand, costs about $33,000 to attend for 2 years. This is the average amount that students pay for one year at a university.

At a trade school, you get more opportunities to become whatever you want, and you focus in on one specific career. These career options are vast and can vary from construction work to being a commercial pilot. The wide array and the fact that you focus on one certain skill allows for you to dedicate your time to become what you want, and you don’t need to take all those classes that universities require you to take, even if they don’t relate to your major or minor. If you are going for a biology major, there should be no reason as to why you should be required to take an intro the 1700’s literature, unless you really want to.

Before you go to college or send your kids to college, take into account the benefits of attending a trade school. I am not against universities, and if the job you want requires a masters degree, then, by all means, go to college. However, if you are undecided like many college students are, then visit a trade school, find out about their work programs, and inform yourself before you make a decision that could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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Rock City No More: How Big Government Ruined Detroit

By Adam Burdzy | United States

Kiss, otherwise known as one of the worst bands of all time, released a semi-mediocre song in 1979 titled “Detroit Rock City”. This song tried to capture the spectacular wonder of the once great city of Detroit. Let’s take a look at life in Detroit before the 60’s. This city was where Henry Ford drove his first prototype car on the street. This event sparked the rich history that Detroit has had in producing automobiles, becoming the car capital of the world. Not only did it employ some 296,000 people in this industry, but it was also the city where Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, which produced some of the most famous artists of the time such as The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson 5.

But alas, this wonderful capitalist city began to change for the worse in the 60’s. The 12th Street riots were the first sign of change to come. Rioters attacked the police, who then called the army. All in all, 43 people died and 342 were hurt. The small flame eventually spread into a forest fire, and nobody could stop it. How could this have possibly happened? Let me tell you how: big government policy.

The last Republican Mayor of Detroit served until 1957, and after the Democrats took after, things took a drastic turn down the wrong path. Of course, the city was already in a tumultuous time with the riot. Ultimately, it pinned inner-city blacks against the police, not dissimilarly to how the same thing occurs now.

Along with the riots came the crippling regulations to the economy. Businesses started to move away from the city due to the regulations that the Democratic Party imposed. People lost their jobs, and poverty increased. Detroit’s population used to be close to 1.9 million, but today, only around 672,000 reside in the city. Most people left, but some stayed, and of those people, many are unemployed As of 2017, the official statistic was 8.4%, which is double the national level. And going back just seven more years yields a whopping 27%, higher than the national average during the Great Depression.

The politicians that ran the city into the ground focused greatly on government spending hikes. They continue to spend taxpayer money to support unhealthy, unproductive lifestyles, instead of encouraging them to return to the workforce. By receiving handouts, many don’t learn how to work and make a life for themselves.

Luckily, some of Detroit’s population has realized they don’t need government to help them out. They realized that what the government of Detroit really makes it worse for them because the social programs rarely work. That is why a group of citizens is volunteering to clean up the city by donating their time to perform labor tasks, such as mowing grass and picking up garbage. Basically, they are creating their own Crisis Engagement Taskforce to do some essential community services. When looking at these few individuals, it is clear that government involvement is simply unnecessary. Judging by the economic record of late, it often makes problems a whole lot worse.


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Scholarly Socialism? College Kids Are Radicalizing The Left

Adam Birdman | United States

In the past years, college has failed to do its only job: to prepare kids for the real world. Instead of making kids into adults, universities have turned them into socialist snowflakes that melt at the sight of a Donald Trump Rally.

It’s that time of the year again when kids go back to college. A large amount of these students think that socialism is a good idea. 45% of college students believe that socialism is a better alternative to capitalism (only 42% prefer capitalism). Capitalism is the reason that these people are able to attend college, and aren’t forced to work in a factory until the day they die. These students almost always point to the “European socialist” countries. But there is one big flaw in this argument…that isn’t socialism.

True Socialism is why the poor, starving peasants of the USSR to wait in lines to obtain their “fair” rations. It is why Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist, killed more people than either Stalin or Hitler. Because of socialism, the average North Korean is shorter than the average South Korean, due to malnutrition. What these liberal students don’t know is that the socialism in countries such as Norway, Denmark, or Sweden isn’t even close to what socialism really is. If these liberal students want to talk about how great socialism is, maybe, just maybe, they should do some research first.

European socialism, which isn’t socialism, isn’t that great either. The left makes these countries appear better than those who have instituted capitalism by pointing to its low crime rates, it’s clean streets, and it’s free healthcare. What they miss though, is that none of these things are in fact free. In science, we know that you cannot make something out of nothing. It is impossible to create a car from thin air. One must make it from other materials. Following that logic, one cannot have free healthcare or a free college education without the funds for such services coming from someone: the taxpayer.

Taxation, which in itself is a form of theft, takes the hard earned money from the hard working individual. The far left agenda tends to call out certain free-market situations as unfair. Ironically, the very socialist system they believe in goes against the very definition of fair. Now imagine that this individual is you. Now your money, the money you earned, is going to support some crazed pink haired feminazi in earning a degree in gender studies which literally only qualifies said person for a job at McDonald’s.

The problem with these students is that no one is teaching them how to act as adults. They are wrapped in this cocoon that claims to protect them from evils. In reality, it weakens them. These kids are misinformed and are too lazy to research into topics to develop their own opinion on the facts. It doesn’t help that their socialist professors pump this propaganda on them. Or that all of their social media platforms present pro-socialist media. It is time to change this corrupt system. If we wait too long, our future generations won’t know how to be functioning members of society. Man up, and educate yourselves. You are your own best teacher.


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