ISIS is it a different kind of wake up?

randytramp By randytramp, 3rd Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is my opinion of the war we should also wage against wrong ideology.

ISIS is it a different kind of wake up?


Gone are the days that a parent only need be concerned about a “bad boy” enticing their teen down a destructive path. The “bad boy” has taken on a much sinister worldwide look. I’m speaking of ISIS. America was shocked when three girls, 15, 16 and 17 skipped school and ran off to Syria to join the Islamic State and was intercepted in Germany.
ISIS, a terrorist group that uses Hollywood style videos to lure its victims is not the only lure. Slenderman, the internet meme for whom 12-year-olds, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, stabled their classmate 19 times in the back was also an enticement. Why? Geyser and Weier wanted to impress Slenderman, an imaginary internet character.
There is a global war being waged for the minds and hearts of our teenagers.We could in return war against video games and on line imagination and of course against ISIS. Would defeating anyone of those change what's happening in our teens? Something much deeper than our enemies is in operation. If ISIS was out of the picture I would suspect something else would take its place.
What lies deep with in many of us, possibly all of us, is a desire to belong to something greater than ourselves. That was exercised at the birth of this nation. Our founding fathers wanted to be more than just 13 colonies that only survived. A new nation found purpose and initiated a cause and birthed the United States of America.
The teen years is a time of searching for purpose. The definition of this word is: the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. Young people of today have the entire world wide web to find their purpose in life. Why do they exist and what are they to do with their life? Some will find it in destruct ways and jump on a cause that is like minded. Others, with the help of parents, educators and churches will find their true purpose and a cause that builds a nation.
A famous line in an American comic strip, "Pogo," states my point: "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
I knew what the purpose of the United States was as I grew up in the sixties. On May 25, 1961, then President John F. Kennedy made the famous moon speech. "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
We were united as one nation for one cause. In that speech was the seeds for the famous words of Neil Armstrong, "One small step for man, one giant leap for all mankind." Never before had the world united in one day as it did on July 20, 1969.
We must unite in order to help our young people find purpose and a cause to live for. The alternative is an enemy that will give them a purpose and a cause they will die for. We can't afford to lose the next generation to an ideology that plots our destruction.


Isis, Teenagers

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Randy Tramp, Free Lance Writer,Newspaper Correspondent, Parent of 11 children (8 adopted), Traveled around the globe in the Navy, Safari in Africa, Worked at a Federal Prison

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Nov 2014 (#)

Nice thought in the article.
How does one go after an ideology when Liberal/ Left is controlling schools and colleges in America. Anything about the country and its people, its history, its achievements have been systematically crushed. Too much pandering has led to this garbage of IS looming large and youngsters headed to join them.

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author avatar viewgreen
4th Nov 2014 (#)

We should to know that who is be able to organize the ISIS? That's people worldwide never known. Thank you. :)

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author avatar randytramp
5th Nov 2014 (#)

There is encouraging news coming out of Texas concerning Public Schools. If the Texas text books are published (and there is a fight) we'll get a little more truth in what our children are learning.

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author avatar tafmona
8th Nov 2014 (#)

a very good post my friend

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