5 Steps To Talk About Politics After Inauguration

5 Steps To Talk About Politics After Inauguration

The election may be over, but in 2017, discussing politics should be productive and clear.

With a few days until the inauguration of our new president, politics have become a sore thumb to deal with, even with the new year trying to erase all that away. Considering that, 2017 may be even more polarizing than the last with the inauguration, continuing discussions over how Brexit should be approached, more elections within Europe, and how to combat the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

Talking about issues like these may sound easy, but as we’ve seen through comment sections and protests, it’s hard to approach it with a clear mind.

Some of us would advocate for fighting these threats off and resisting everything...

..while others seem perfectly content to bow their heads and let politics continue on its course.

When these two forces combine, sparks fly in a bad way. It descends into flames and somebody gets hurt. Nothing is mentioned again.

But in such a world of frequent polarization and unsubstantiated claims, one may have to look to the entire sphere of politics to form a coherent opinion.

    Recognize your own biases: Personally, I have liberal political beliefs; this is further strengthened by the location I am in. Therefore, it would be easier for me to fall back into the same websites and the same people to discuss about issues. But chances are, that would leave dry discussions in one’s wake.Therefore, I give credit towards who attend university in different locations where their views may not be welcomed. It gives some perspective.The point is that everyone has a political allegiance; the important thing is to not use that as a monolithic starting point. Check them every time before you say something is “true”, because these beliefs were forged over time and may not be always correct.

    Back these biases up with research: As seen with the dossier released by Buzzfeed last week, if there’s no quantifiable evidence for a particular claim, then it would be better just to say it’s not true, or at least wait until there’s more evidence to convict.

    In this environment of fake news, an opinion with unsubstantiated evidence is more dangerous than having no opinion at all. That indicates one may have beliefs so strong, or so stubborn, they couldn’t listen to the truth.

    So we should find articles from all across the political spectrum with evidence and clear interpretations of it, or reasons why it’s not false.

    Listen! Clichéd, but true. If we want to get a pulse on what a person thinks and why they think it as a possible idea, then taking a moment to listen wouldn’t hurt. And how do you expect for someone to listen to you if you keep pointing out their flaws?Keep Calm…and carry on, if something punctures your argument. There’s nothing worse in a discussion than storming out if you think something has quaked your view point. It just highlights the possible intolerance one party has for another. This is not to say that one person is representative for all the party members; it’s just to show a person has respect for another political party. On the other hand… If a view clearly hurts another person, call them out. This is not about hurt feelings. This is about those whose ideas of policies could impact those for the negative. This could be as small as restrictions on voting to as large as declaring war. When we focus on governmental policy, one must look at the most vulnerable impacted by them. Because at the end of the day, the government should work for all citizens.
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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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A Florida House Committee Is Undermining Your Vote On Amendment 4

Before felons can regain their right to vote, they must pay court fines, fees, and take care of any other "financial obligations." Essentially, this is a poll tax.


Amendment 4, also known as the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, was added to the Constitution of Florida after being passed this last midterm election on November 6, 2018.

Amendment 4 restored the voting rights of Floridians with prior felony convictions after all terms of their sentence have been met, including parole and probation. This amendment only applies to felons who have not been convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

On January 8, 2019, an estimated 1.4 million ex-felons regained their right to vote. This is monumental. Prior to this amendment, Florida was one of four states that used felony disenfranchisement. Amendment 4 gives voice, and rightfully so, to felons who have served their time. Amendment 4 is also putting to rest, finally, years and years of disenfranchisement and suppression.

Now, only two months after its passage, the House Criminal Justice Committee is trying to water down this piece of legislation. This is a direct violation of the will of the 64% of Floridians who voted for the legislation as is. This amendment was not to be "clarified," as Governor DeSantis put it, but rather to be self-implementing.

However, the House Criminal Justice Committee proposed a bill that would tack on some extra qualifiers in order for felons to be enfranchised. The bill will require court fines, fees, and other "financial obligations" (in addition to fees administered in a judge's sentence) to be paid in full before a felon's voting rights are restored. This seems awfully similar to a poll tax to me. Obviously, this is going to affect people without a lot of resources rather than white-collar criminals who can afford a $500,000 bond.

This new qualifier will prevent felons from voting based on the money that can be coughed up as if they don't have to worry about their finances long after they leave prison.

Some may argue that these felons shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place. However, I would argue that holding a felon's vote hostage on the basis of money is unconstitutional.

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