The 2016 Election in the Eyes of A Millennial

The 2016 Election in the Eyes of A Millennial

Our Country, Our Voice, Our Time
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It's not easy being a part of a generation that has the world resting on their shoulders. This overwhelming, never-ending responsibility became even more real during the 2016 election. Being a college student during an election year is not easy. Every day you open your social media to a timeline full of arguments, a classroom full of opinions, and a dining hall full of non-stop talk of the candidates, future of our country, and future of our generation with CNN in your face on every TV you pass on your way to class.

Millennials have the world resting on our shoulders because we are the "voice of the future" and we are going to be "the ones to fix the world." No pressure though right?

You must find a positive in being in college and being exposed to people of all different backgrounds, views, political standpoints, ethnicities, and beliefs. It makes you a more well-rounded person and can help you truly form your views. However, there are also many people who use this experience as an opportunity to objectify and tear other people apart for their beliefs and views simply because they do not share the same ones as them.

if you are a millennial or a human being with common consideration and compassion for people of the same species you would see that the only way any problem in this nation is going to get solved is by being able to respect and show compassion towards others. If you are only going to perpetuate the division within our country by casting away and abusing people of opposing views, nothing is going to change. To be blatantly honest. We are a country founded on democracy and in case anyone forgot the textbook definition of democracy it is a system of government regulated by the whole population. To put it in even simpler terms, our country is controlled by our voice. We have a freedom of speech, let's use it. Instead of turning to hate, violence, and chaos, let's use the voice that we have to unite and fix the issues we all find in our country.

It sickens me to wake up and look at my phone and see friends and family in turmoil simply because of political views or beliefs. I don't know if it was just the way I was raised or simply because of the fact that I have compassion for others but I cannot physically harm, verbally abuse, or disgrace another human being simply because I do not share the same views as them. I refuse to continue the vicious cycle of hate, anger, and violence that is so prevalent in our country. It is time that we see beyond the skewed views of social media and the news and realize we are all human beings and bleed the same blood. Despite past actions and controversy, this is the year we need to be able to unite to create a better country for all Americans as one America.

If you are not happy with the presidential elect use your voice and your right to vote to make changes, but not at the expense of another human being's well-being. I recently read an article posted by a city EMT who spoke of a heart-breaking story. He had a critically ill patient in the cab of his emergency vehicle and had to re-route to reach the hospital and made his trip a total of 45 minutes and cost his patient his life because protests were blocking major roadways that accessed the hospital. His closing statement was "the protestors can explain to my patient's 4-year old daughter why she is now fatherless". I then scrolled further down to see a video of a middle-aged white male being physically abused and beaten, ripped out of car, and had his car stolen simply because he was accused of voting for Trump. After scrolling even further I saw a post of a young gay male who had had a bottle smashed over his head and another man yell in his face "We have a new president now fag." simply because he was on a date with another male. I then scrolled even further to see videos and pictures of Americans burning the American flag that my father, grandfather, cousins, and friends have put their lives on the line in unspeakable conditions to protect the rights of. Burning the American flag is not disrespecting the presidential elect that you do not agree with, it is disrespecting the thousands of men and women who have shed their blood to protect that flag and gave you the right to do such a repulsive thing as burn the very thing they lost their life for. Just think about that. I don't know when the people who spend day in and out, leave their families for months and years at a time, and risk their life to protect and serve our country became labeled as the bad guys. It is time to reevaluate your actions and truly think about who you are offending. If you choose to burn the very flag that I am sure at least one of your family members or friends have lost their life for or witnessed a friend lose their life for, then I do not respect you and consider you a part of the perpetuated hate in our country and I am not sorry for that. I then shut off my phone and did not look at it for another 24 hours because I was so deeply sickened by the actions, words, and hatefulness of fellow Americans. I should not have to worry about the health and safety of friends, family, and peers simply because of their occupation, skin color, sexual orientation, views, or courageous actions anymore. If you are going to base a movement off of making a change for "equality and love" then make sure the actions of the supporters exemplify these ideals and do not contradict them. We need a generation that is true to their words and brave enough to stand up as one and let go of their differences to revolutionize this country.

Millennials, we need to use our voice and our talents and our social media to spread love and unite to become one entity in this country to make a better change. I beg you to stop perpetuating the violence. Stop perpetuating the hate. Stop perpetuating the turmoil that is already overtaking our country. I believe that we can make the difference but not without letting go of the twisted and falsified ideals engrained in our heads by wrongful news articles and social media posts. It is time to stand up as one America and make a change because our country is begging for one.

Sincerely,

A millennial fearful of the future but strong in her belief of the power of God

Psalm 121: 1-2

"I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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I Am Pro-Life, And I Am Tired Of Being Attacked For My Opinion

I am pro-life from a secular and logical standpoint.

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We live in a country based on free speech, so why are pro-lifers verbally and physically attacked for merely their stance on a controversial topic? Why is Instagram censoring pro-life voices? Social media users should be given both sides of the argument, then allowed to make an informed decision, but by showing them only pro-choice content, their opinion will be biased.

Harmless pro-life posts are being shadow-banned from popular hashtags, lowering reach and engagement. There is a problem when non-violent, non-hateful posts showcasing people holding up signs that say, "Voices for the Voiceless", are censored.

Why are pro-choicers allowed to share their opinions on social media and be praised, while pro-lifers lose followers for sharing a pro-life post? It is vital that people have different opinions, and shunning pro-lifers encourages homogeneity of political opinions. Pro-lifers should not lose friends. Pro-lifers should not be attacked. Pro-lifers should not be scared of speaking up for what they believe is right.

I am pro-life, but I respect everyone's opinion. Instead of shunning the opposite side, I try to hear them out and understand where they are coming from.

Instead of dismissing pro-lifers as being old white men trying to control women's bodies, why not hear them out and try to understand the reasoning behind their opinions?

I used to be neutral on the topic of abortion, until a month ago, when I saw something that completely changed my perspective. It was around the time Governor Kemp signed the fetal heartbeat bill in Georgia, and it was a hot topic, so I decided to do some research. I came across a sight called "Priests For Life". "Oh great", I thought, "This site is going to impose its Christian views of abortion on everyone." Once on the site, I clicked on a tab titled, "America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America Sees Abortion."

I clicked on the gallery, and was confronted with the cold hard truth. View the gallery with extreme caution, because the images/videos are VERY graphic.

From this site, I also discovered that planned parenthood harvests and sells the body parts of aborted babies. Keep in mind, Planned Parenthood, providing 1/3 of abortions in America, receives $500 million dollars yearly from taxpayers. Having taxpayers' money going toward reforming foster care would be a better idea in my opinion.

The Declaration of Independence states, "Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". The difference in opinion on whether the law should protect unborn children is a major factor that divides the pro-life and pro-choice movements.

In my humble opinion, I believe an unborn child should be protected by the law once a heartbeat is detected. We cannot dehumanize unborn children with euphemisms such as "clump of cells" or "potential life". We were all once "a clump of cells", and we still are. Can you name one non-living thing with a heartbeat? There is none.

The level of development of a human does not detract from his/her rights. All lives matter!

The most common pro-choice argument is "My body my choice." Yes, your body your choice, but when it's not your body, it's not your choice. The baby has its own unique set of DNA, its own organs, its own limbs, brain activity and a heartbeat. Just because a woman carries a baby does not give her a right to end his/her life.

Some may say the fetus cannot survive on its own, but a 1 month infant cannot either. A one month old infant depends on the care of a mother or guardian, and if it were to be left without food or water, it would not be able to fend for itself. Someone on life support cannot survive without the incubator. Elderly people with dementia depend on the care of staff in senior centers for survival.

The parasite argument is also a common one. Basic biology can refute this one. An unborn child in the womb is not a parasite, because for it to be a parasite it would have to be a different species than the mother, which would cause an adverse immune response.

"Everyone has the right to choose," is found on almost every pro-choice protest sign, and yes I agree. You have the right to choose to do whatever you want, but the second your actions harm another human's rights, a line must be drawn.

A women's right to choose ends when her baby's right to life begins.

Another common argument that is condescending towards pro-lifers is that they are pro-birth but not pro-life. Tell that to the thousands of pro-lifers adopting multiple children, giving them the best possible life. Tell that to the people outside of planned parenthood with signs that say "I will take your baby." Tell that to the numerous churches helping pregnant women. Tell that to the government who is giving single mothers tax breaks, food stamps and countless other resources.

The foster system may be flawed, but that is not justify ending the life of a child. More than 18,000 American families successfully adopt newborn babies in the United States every year.

Regardless, suffering is inevitable; you cannot end a child's life because he/she will live a difficult life. Instead, legislation should be passed to improve the foster care system and the adoption process. When a child is not aborted there is always hope, a chance, a possibility.

Some "pro-lifers" say, "I am pro-life for my body, but pro-choice for everyone else". This reasoning fails in many ways. You never hear anyone say, "I would never abuse my child, but I would never take away a parent's choice of if they want to abuse their child or not". Being pro-life means advocating for the defenseless, which means every single child, not just your own.

Women can do whatever they want with their lives, as long as their actions do not end the heartbeat of another human being.

All over social media, you see people sharing posts that say the women will be sentenced to 99 years of jail for having an abortion and 30 years for a miscarriage, but this is false. Often celebrities are the ones using their platforms to share these false statements. People should also fact-check the things they see on Instagram before believing them.

One line all pro-choicers say is "No uterus, no opinion". Let's not forget the people who made abortion legal were old, white men. This line is hypocrisy at its finest. If the line was "No prostate, no opinion", World War III would break out.

Most people are outraged by the fact that majority of the politicians who signed the heartbeat bill in Georgia were men, but let us not forget that Georgia residents vote for these representatives knowing the policies they advocate for. Around 40% of Americans are pro-life, and around 40% of women are pro-life, but these percentages are significantly greater in Conservative states, which explains the election of conservative representatives in Georgia and Alabama.

Pro-choicers often paint an image of pro-lifers as men who want to control the bodies of women, but that could not be any further from the truth. Abortion allows men to use women and not be held responsible for the consequences. Banning abortion teaches men responsibility and loyalty.

The purpose of the pro-life movement is not to control a woman's body but rather grant an innocent, unborn child the fundamental right to life.

Regardless of my pro-life stance, I do believe abortion should be allowed in RARE cases; for example, when the mother's health is in danger.

I agree these anti-abortion bills put a lot of stress on the mother, so I am all for increasing the involvement of the father. Whether it be increasing the amount and frequency of child support payments or making the father co-parent, it takes two to create a child, so the father should pull his weight.

Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. once said, "Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate."

This article is not meant to shun anyone who has had an abortion or is pro-choice. I respect your stance 100 percent. The purpose of this article is to address the social media bias towards liberal views of abortion and the stigma of leaning toward the right on abortion. There is no one right answer to this debate. It is not always black and white; that is why the abortion debate has been going on for decades.

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