5 Reasons Why I'd Like To Thank President Trump

5 Reasons Why I'd Like To Thank President Trump

Guess there's a silver-lining after all!

No, you didn't read the headline wrong, this is a thank you article to President Trump. If there's one thing I'll be able to thank him for, it's how the horror of his presidency has forced me to grow up and stay politically aware. Most can agree that 2017 has been a shit shown, and a lot of that we can thank Trump for, but we've come out of this year less naive and prepared for the worse to come.

1.The World Doesn’t Change When You Do.

As I grew older I became less naive about the world surrounding me. My twitter feed was less meme’s and more new’s headlines. My conversations were less gossip and more about social issues. My thoughts were less about that cute boy down the street, and more about politics. When Donald Trump became president it filled up every conversation in the room. Not just because he is a “spoiled reality star gone presidential,” but because of the fear and anger people felt towards him. The thought of someone as sexist, homophobic, and racist as Donald Trump becoming president seemed far-fetched. After all, it’s 2017, how could we let how far we’ve come slip away at the hands of a bigot like Trump? Well, clearly I was wrong. Just because I wouldn’t let how far we’ve come slip away at the hands of Trump, doesn’t mean other people won’t. There are people out there with opposing views and beliefs than you and that’s ok. The most important thing is that you know where you stand- which leads me to my next reason…

2. Know Where You Stand.

I never took the time to educate myself on what a Democrat or a Republican truly meant. All I knew was that my family was Democrat, so by default I thought I was too. Trump’s presidency pushed me to educate myself politically and officially choose where I stand on my own- Republican or Democrat (or even green party). I can proudly and confidently say that I am a Democrat, not by default, but by choice. Being democratic doesn’t mean that I bash every Republican within a five-mile radius or 100% disagree with all Republicans. It’s important to not only know where you stand but respect where others stand as well.

3. Don’t Take Your Vote For Granted.

Being young is not an excuse not to vote. The things happening in politics today will be the things to affect us 20 years from now. You shouldn’t put the fate of your future in anyone's hands but your own. I remember weeks before the election friends would “jokingly” saying, “I’m going to vote for Trump because my vote won’t actually matter. There’s no way they’ll actually let him into office” or “I’m not going to actually vote for anyone because it doesn’t affect me, so I’ll just do green party”. Those votes that weren’t taken seriously are the votes that put us in the position we are in right now- a trainwreck administration.

4. You Can’t Opt Out Of Being Political.

Politics is involved in every aspect of our lives whether you realize it or not; from the clothing you wear, the food you eat, and the social media you go on. Everything we consume- information, food, energy, and clothing- costs money. These things ultimately boil down to production, distribution, and consumptions of goods and services- aka economics. Your parents may be supporting you now, but there will come a time when these choices will fall on you. Every tax plan and bill made will affect you, and your choice to opt out of politics won't make it any less likely. Now I choose to stay informed and up-to-date with politics for I know how the trump administrations choices will affect me.

5. You Don’t Realize What You Have Till It’s Gone.

Thanks to twitter I constantly see the highlight moments of why Barack Obama was a great president and why we miss him so much. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay politics any mind during Obama’s presidency. I wasn’t aware of how important and comforting it was to have someone like himself in office. Thanks to Trump, I’ve grown to appreciate the past presidents we’ve had and given credit where it’s due.

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And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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