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Dear Mr. Deering,
My name is Staunchy Middle, and I am a student at Lake Forest High School. I thought I would send you a note on the issue of “regurgitation” that plagues our student body. You may (or may not, depending on whether you wear earbuds in the hallway) have been exposed to this abnormality in your time here. If you have not, allow me to explain.
As a result of this letter, I would like the conservative party of our student body to understand what I mean. Furthermore, I’d like to inform the community around the school of what arguments are like within these walls. Before I continue with this opinion, I would like to tell you that I have no personal vendetta against conservatism.
“Make America Great Again” has taken over peer argumentation within our school. It is not only a confusing and commonly-misinterpreted phrase, it is a phrase ingrained within students as a byproduct of consuming all political opinions via their parents. It seems to be a commonality of the conservative youth to base their political arguments on information from home. Most of which, though, has proven to be insufficient and incorrect.
The other day I had an interesting political debate with my friend Pierce Ing Noyce. Pierce Ing Noyce is a generally smart student who is involved with a few extracurriculars. He is widely known as a good kid and “exceptional” debater. So I decided to challenge his support in our current president. I began by asking him what he thought the most crucial issue in the United States is today? Suddenly, his voice raised and his tone turned defensive. He began yelling at me that there is HUGE problem with unemployment right now. He argued that the country is suffering and that Trump is bringing jobs back to America. “Manufacturing is coming back!” he constantly added to the end of his points. Four or five minutes passed before I was able to make my first point. “Well” I exclaimed, “I read an article on CNN…”
“Fake News,” he abruptly interrupted. He then proceeded to lecture on why CNN doesn’t count as a real news station, despite its established credibility as a reasonable journalism source. Little do most people who shout “fake news” know that this is a legitimate term. It is used to describe a website that’s designed to look like a major news website, despite the fact that the articles are written by unvetted writers. So parents at home who encourage their children to read the news (which is important in being politically and socially literate) please do not let the words “Fake News” be thrown around at home. It obvious that a kid is regurgitating information when he or she says “Fake News,” largely because they are clearly unaware (or have been misinformed) as to what the word actually means.
So now we are ten minutes into the debate and I have yet to say a sentence. I stay away from using the name Obama for I know that I will be interrupted again. As if I am walking on an a thin sheet of ice, I proceed to make the point that the current unemployment rate is under 4.5%. This has been the case since 2016, so you cannot say that Donald Trump was the cause. I included that our economy is only made up of 20% manufacturing jobs, which is low. However, there are more manufacturing jobs in America than anywhere else in the world. However, since the turn of the century, the jobs are increasingly performed by robots. Pierce turned red and poignantly declared that I had probably heard that information on CNN and therefore it didn’t count. He concluded that the country is doing better as a result of Trump (there’s that phrase). It is strange that even if I had heard this on CNN, it wouldn’t count. On the contrary, phrases that Pierce reads on Twitter and hears from his parents do. I guess that makes sense. So, I proceeded to ask him where he thought the problem was within unemployment. To be honest, I don’t think he had an original idea or argument path for what he was arguing. He went on to laugh with a few other equally conservative students, and they agreed that no matter what the problem was, it would be worse if Hillary was in the office. I didn’t ask what they thought about that for I believed I already knew the answers they would give. The conversation ended after I made my two points. I was classified as a “Hillary supporter” and was chuckled at.
It’s hard to believe that a kid like Pierce is so widely known as “politically literate.” His ideas are clearly formed by his parents. Once we went to a slightly more sophisticated level of argument, he was lost. Shouting broad ideas that you are fed by right wing media is not understanding issues. It’s easier to be told something than to learn it on your own. In my opinion, this is a classic example.
In conclusion, it would be great if kids could read all forms of news before spouting ideas in the commons. Also, if parents could try and not force opinions on their children (specifically regarding this topic) I believe it would help. I admit, I also have instances of foolishness in which I argue out of emotion instead of logic. But this “Make America Great Again” stuff is bizarre and unwarranted.
P.S. America is doing pretty well in an Economic sense. Our GDP is higher than our national debt, unemployment is very low, and the Markets have had an annually increase or over 50% in the past few years. Donald Trump is contributing to this but wrongfully takes the credit. The real issues in our country lie in segregation and narrow minded acceptance. Many of these “great debaters” still use excessive amounts of profane slurs within their arguments. Parents, maybe try talking to our children about the harms of degrading others or the benefits of being able to listen.