Tony Bennett @tony.bennett
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15th Generation American Elder Millennial Statesman Outspoken future senator Shadowbanned since 2014
2k Posts
188k Followers
1k Following
15th Generation American Elder Millennial Statesman Outspoken future senator Shadowbanned since 2014
It's in our vulnerability where we find new growth. It's not easy. It takes courage in knowing there's a risk to everything. With every smile, with every laugh, with every tear, we open ourselves up to hurt. More now than possibly ever, we're avoiding the closeness these risks bring... Pushing away those who get too close, ghosting those who stay around too long, breaking away from those who hold too tightly. - We don't want to admit how it hurts more to be all alone, yet, it's the acknowledgement which allows the cycle to begin again... Yes, it hurts to need, it hurts not to be a part of someone else, and that's okay. We may have scars on our heart forever, but the pain goes away as our wounds heal, making us stronger so we are able to take that risk once again... because there's something magical when a man and woman's bond transcends beyond a basic physical attraction. - It's conceived in your total surrender of all defense; it's in those butterfly inducing, soul igniting, tantalizingly intense feelings which a deeper connection is fused where you're satisfyingly rewarded with intimacy so deep, so close, so primally intertwined, it can't be determined where you begin and they end. That's the kind of passion which makes the world turn, the type of passion which truly makes love a risk worth taking.
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We don't want no devils in the house, Hallelujah! He was buried, and he arose on the third day, according to what is written; I'm not doing this for the likes anymore, kids. I'm planting the seeds and saying the things others can't comfortably say. We see your lack of an Easter doodle @google for the second consecutive year. We also see all the other BS you pay tribute to. We may forgive but I hope y'all don't forget what today's about. - It's long past time Catholics and Christians put aside their minor differences and unify under Jesus's name. I went to Catholic Schools K-12. I had a Catholic superiority complex and thought there was a stigma associated with other denominations. I was wrong, but I also don't think I was the only one who thought there was a monumental difference or stigma between Faiths. We must set aside our differences and become the embodiment of Christ in our lives, reconnecting with the one nation under God principles this country was founded on. - Like many other things, I'm starting to believe the division is another forced meme meant to cause infighting among Christians. I denounce the pedo priests the Catholic Church continues to protect and I felt dirty for not talking about it for years. This must end. I'm not saying to give up Catholicism, any faith is better than no faith, but I'm saying there is no "right" faith. Whether you are Protestant, Lutheran, Baptist, Puritan, non denominational, Catholic or Christian - we are all a reflection of the light. It's long past time to bear his burden and live the life you're proud of. Happy Easter instafam, never forget the light from our Lord rising ✝️🙏🏻
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I got sucked into the bigger the better give me all the material things I'ma fancy pants meme like many other millennials did. Yes, apparently the "experts" changed the age range 10-15 years ago. I'm not gen X, as I grew up thinking... I'm an elder millennial statesman who finally grew up in the last half decade. I also had a number of years in '08-'12 where I grossed over $100K annually and had nicer "things" - but I'm so much happier despite earning only 65-75% of that now. Makes ya think. - Younger generations, we've been misled. Lasting happiness is found in the simple things - like having your own family, supporting yourself, or accomplishing things. Yes, traveling the world and seeing all the grand scenes or different cultures is awesome... but what happens when you get back home? You're already thinking about that next adventure because you feel unfulfilled with what you've done in life. We've been told to put off having kids so we can "discover ourselves" aka have meaningless sex with a bunch of partners. It may feel good during the act, but many have told me it has left them empty inside. Sex has a purpose frens. That may apply to a decent sized minority of you who are confident enough to get laid and be promiscuous, but shockingly, almost a 1/3 of men under 30 have self reported not having sex in the last year - the highest percentage in the last 60 years 😱 - Look guys... It's not women's fault they have more opportunities and options than ever before. Men need to get better. There are too many 18-30 yr old boys out there who need to man up. I can't blame girls for pursuing a career and not wanting a bf when most of guys aren't strong enough to give them what they want or need. Put down the Vidya games. Put down your phone. Get out of your mom's basement. If you can't find meaningful employment with your degree, learn a skilled trade. If you're fat, lose freakin weight. If you're unconfident or shy, grow a pair and approach girls. It's not as hard as you think. There are PLENTY of girls waiting for a self-assured dude with his shit together to sweep them off their feet. Be that guy. Not the guy who acts like a victim complaining about how it's so tuff
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This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Be the reflection of light you want to see and once you've found logos (inner happiness, God, the good, Google it), you can share the light with others. But your energy is far too valuable to share with those who are too much of a negative drain⚡️⚡️never let everyone dull your shine, just refocus your beam if someone tries.
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I was so cool on Instagram in 2015 thru half of 2017! I was one of the early team members of @agameoftones when we first started traveling around to cities hosting big instameets. I was an ambassador for a few different fortune 100 companies. Sony Alpha invited me to be part of the collective. I was an on-the-field photog for my hometown favorite major league baseball team. I DM'd with Drake's publicist on the same day I bartered a lease for a high rise studio w/ a walkout roof deck for IG mgmt. I was on top of the world, quite literally... or so it seemed - Like why do I even try now 😂 I'm past my peak. Maybe I should be crying since I "fell off" so hard. Ooh wait, that's right, that was just part of the journey and test of resisting the material temptation which compromise my principles and freedom. Now I'm keen to convince the vast majority of lost boys that living a life of perceived glamour doesn't always translate into real world happiness... Or dollars. It often tricks you into thinking you're famous when, in reality, the important people outside of this ecosystem don't know (or care) who you are. Enjoy your time here, HAVE FUN if art is a passion or you know this will only be a side hustle. By all means, build your network and cherish the meaningful relationships you make, but DO NOT fall into the trap of defining your identity based on a social network run by oligarchs. You gotta set roots and branch out elsewhere. - It's been a revelation since stepping down or cutting ties with everything in the first paragraph within the last 6-18 months. You learn who your real friends are vs the leeches who only valued your presence to get them followers or to come up on your rooftop or to get an in with the collective or for free stuff. My relationships have never been stronger, I've never been more decisive and action driven The ironic thing is, once I have hundreds of thousands in campaign 💵 dedicated to paid insta promo and content production, the same flakes will think I'm cool again 🙅🏻‍♂️comment if you want to secure the bag on production deal #makeinstagramgreatagain #supportingcreativeswhosupportamerica
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Maybe I've been too edgy, lately, idk & idc - I'm speaking freely and unlike Eminem, I'm not drawing any lines in the sand. But maybe I should focus more on the light and the positive again... So naturally I thought of the biggest beam of sunshine I know, miss @blainejohnsonn - I hesitated using this image for a couple reasons 1) she's always smiling and laughing, like one of those you can't help but to smile back and feel happier for seeing it kind of smiles. She was just taking shitty artist direction here haha but touching the sun is very apropos 2) This was taken almost two years ago when Blaine was practically just a baby. Though, once you head over to her feed, I think it'll show how much she's blossomed as a model and woman. - The universe brings people into your life for specific reasons. There are no accidents. I just think it's ironic that a still teenager at the time gave me some of the best advice which I share with other over apologizers today "stop saying sorry when you didn't do anything wrong or cause any harm." Yes, I'm still fighting the tendencies so perhaps why I have been talking about this topic a lot lately. It's HARD to be unapologetically you but she does it so well, now I'm getting the hang of it, too! - Some other cool advice quotes and facts about Blaine - "Do what makes you happy or you'll live in regret" "why do people want free shit and people to support them, it's so much more rewarding when you earn it" and "how YOU deal with difficulties defines who YOU are" someone should just offer her a book deal or something. Yes yes, this 21 yr old female works harder and earns more money than I'd say 90% of dudes I know under 30. Don't be jellie, step up and take it to another level guys!! She's top rated at her job, literally 5/5 stars plus a second career as a model. - I'm thankful to have been touched by your bright positive energy, Blaine. I knew you were special the first time I met you. Didn't want to make this a goodbye post but kinda sounds like I am now lmao. Detroit and I will miss you but you're gonna make even bigger moves in AZ this year and who knows where else in the future. Keep shining as bright as the sun ☀️🌎
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Here's a history lesson mixed with a personal story about how the blood and spirit of the American Revolution lives on deep inside me. - 397 years ago, my 12th great grandfather, Thomas Bennett Jr. of Wiveliscombe, England along with 4 of his brothers Richard, Phillip, William, and Samuel, sailed over Atlantic with 122 other settlers on their Uncle Edward Bennett's ship called the Seaflower. They arrived on February 1st, 1622, not long after the pilgrims. - Between the Jamestown Settlement and the new ones my family established known as the Virgina Colony, there were appx 1287 settlers. Then, on the fateful Friday of March 22nd, 1622, reversing the trend of mostly peaceful relations between the natives, the Powhatan tribe indiscriminately slaughtered a quarter of the population in a matter of hours. 347 men, women, and children were killed in the great Indian Massacre of 1622, including my uncles William and Samuel. - Since discovering this in January, I've wondered more than I maybe should've about what if Thomas Jr didn't make it? Or what if they had killed 1000 of us, would we have this country? Would you be here? No, you and I wouldn't exist in this current manifestation. Thomas went on to serve in the house of Burgesses (Congress of the time) along with Richard and Phillip. Uncle Richard went to become one of the first Governors of Virginia (1652) and became a Major General in the Army. We had 4 more Major Generals in fam had soldiers fighting for our freedom in the American Revolution and here I am thinking I've done shit bc I have Instagram followers. - Tony Bennett for Senate started as a meme a decade ago but has further strengthened as I've seen our country more divided than it's been in 150 years. We've lost our way, friends... distracted by social media, bowing to outrage culture, feeling like we don't have a say, we've forgotten the sacrifices our forefathers made and have taken for granted the privilege of being American. Between a renewed relationship with Jesus, inspiration from @owenbenjam and @louderwithcrowder, and a burning desire to carry on and restore my family's legacy, it's no longer a question of if... rather when I will declare!
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As recently as a couple years ago, I would've apologized to the people who were offended by my story series posted last night(it's a better experience with the cinematic melody imo btw)... But a wise and beautiful young woman once told me to "Stop apologizing when you haven't done anything wrong." She was right, I took her advice, so should all of you reading this. - Today's outrage culture is subsequently creating an over-apologizing culture where we feel bad for thinking thoughts and are afraid if someone doesn't like what we have to say. Any statement that may cause minor discomfort to anyone within hearing radius is immediately undercut with a "sorry." Stop being sorry for giving your opinion. No one has a right to not be offended because the truth is considered offensive to those who hide from it or refuse to believe it. I didn't step down from my sponsorships, ambassadorships, and glamorous pro sports photo gig last year to stay silent. I did it so I could speak freely while we're still able to do so in this country. - I've received over 50 messages of appreciation, support, and thanks for what I wrote, mostly from the target audience of young men but from a surprising number of women, too. I've also received more than a handful of seething responses from women chastizing me for what was said. None of these replies bothered to rebuke any facts presented or argue against any points made, of course - just general attacks that I'm a misogynist, a liar, and it was a one sided propaganda piece, etc. I can take it, I knew the risks of alienating a portion of my female audience but felt it was one worth taking to give my fellow men some hope for the future. This presentation was for them, I never claimed otherwise. Much more continued in thread below. "View all replies" to initial comment to read them all chronologically.
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