9 Things I'm Tired Of Hearing From Conservatives

9 Things I'm Tired Of Hearing From Conservatives

Nothing infuriates more than people who haven't done their research.

It's 2017. This is the year of political shitstorms and absolute disasters. As rumors for calls of Trump's impeachment begin to loom around us, and the political shitstorm grows wider and more encompassing, I am all of a sudden encountered by the things I, a liberal not-quite-Democrat but definitely politically-informed voter, am so sick and tired of hearing from my conservative friends and family about the current hot button topics.

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1. "I'm not against gay people, I'm against gay marriage."

This statement is often followed by something along the lines of, "It ruins the sanctity of marriage." And Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage doesn't? Members of the LGTBQ+ community are as much human as the rest of us, and they too deserve the same liberties. Let me backtrack. It is their fundamental human right to have the same liberties as straight people. Finally, it's time to erase the argument that also includes the statement, "Gay people didn't exist when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights!" That statement is nowhere close to factual.

2. "I'm only against illegal immigration, I'm not anti-immigrant!"

Okay. There is no difference when all is said and done. Laws against illegal immigrants end up profiling the ENTIRE Latinx community, and once it becomes institutionalized profiling, those who fight for that legislation end up being very anti-immigrant.

3. "I'm only fiscally conservative."

I am guilty of saying this before I did my research. First of all, that's not a thing. Second of all, if you were really concerned about the economy, historically, you should probably vote Democrat.

4. "All lives matter!!!!!!!"

Hey, you aren't wrong. All lives do matter. However, there are some lives who aren't victims of institutionalized racism. This racism results in wrongful police stops that far too often result in shots being fired for reasons such as, going to a gas station to get candy (Trayvon Martin), playing with a BB gun in a park (Tamir Rice), or simply having a broken taillight (Philando Castile). Meanwhile, the man who shot up a (black) Church in Charleston was given a bulletproof vest and kindly escorted to a waiting police vehicle when apprehended. This is only my personal opinion, but I believe the Second Amendment has created a group of second-class citizens composed of anyone of color. These citizens can be too easily killed by a gun-toting, Second Amendment-crazed person just for fitting a damn stereotype.

5. "I support tax breaks for the rich because my parents worked hard for their money."

That's probably true - but your parents are also probably white and can afford an increase in taxes. Statistically, people of color and women tend to be in the lower economic classes where they are constantly struggling to make ends meet. On average, white families are worth SIXTEEN PERCENT more than black families. Latinx people only earn eight percent of what a white family does. Are you claiming that black and Latinx families aren't working as hard as your family? (If the answer to that question was yes, congrats! That's institutionalized racism at its core). Lower taxes for the lower classes literally puts food on the table.

6. "People are just mooching off the government."

First of all, food stamps do not put a strain on the government. They actually help stabilize it. 54% of people on food stamps live below 50% of the poverty line and 34% live between 50 and 100% below the poverty line. In 2011, the poverty line for a family of 3 was $18,530. You try feeding, clothing and housing 3 people for less than $18,530 a year. Along that same vein is the welfare issue, which most Republicans want to cut. 35% of the country's population is on welfare, with 31% getting off welfare in a year and 43% between 3 and 4 years. So, there aren't exactly a whole lot of people who spend their entire lives "mooching off the government."

7. "Liberals are snowflakes whose feelings are too easily hurt."

Well yeah, when you consistently marginalize, diminish, and dehumanize my friends and family, often those you don't even know, I'm gonna get a little upset.

8. Just about anything that comes out of Tomi Lahren's mouth.

Enough said.

9. "There is no war on women, they just need to suck it up."

Oh, really? What about Trump's first 100 days? Or the multitude of anti-abortion and abstinence-only laws and legalizing the murder of abortion doctors? Or the gender wage gap? Or the stronger emergence of rape culture and increases in the number of rapes, but a decrease in the number of rapists convicted? (I'm looking at you, Brock Turner.) Or jacking up the prices of birth control under the AHCA? Or the fact that 3 women are murdered every day from domestic violence and 1 in 4 women will be the victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives? But you're right. There isn't a war against women.

And hey, I'm not saying we liberal Democrats have all the right answers, or even any of the right answers. But we live in a day and age where we dance around this notion that the amount of money you make or where you were born, determines your worth in this society. It's 2017, people. Let's start compromising.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.

Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.


Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Revival Of The Coal Industry Is Unattainable

Clean beautiful coal will never be a reality. President Trump's backing of a declining industry is misguided and will have despairing environmental impacts.


The coal industry and its workers were placed at the forefront of American politics during the 2016 election cycle. President Trump promised a revival of the coal industry and promised to secure the jobs of coal country. The President, halfway through his first term, has so far taken measures to do just that. Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, threw out Obama's Clean Power Plan, and did away with an Obama-era regulation that would prevent coal ash from entering streams and other bodies of water.

On one hand, it's quite extraordinary for a politician to do good on his campaign promises. On the other hand, is anyone considering whether or not the President is putting all his eggs into the wrong basket? Coal has been on the decline for about a decade now. Even without environmental regulations, the energy produced by coal is expected to reduce by 20% by 2030. Renewable energy such as wind and solar are replacing coal.

For an election campaign, it's easy to see why a candidate would align with coal. States like West Virginia and Pennsylvania are key when running a national campaign. The votes are there in those counties that support the coal industry. They will vote for any candidate who sides with their industry. But from an environmental standpoint, there's more on the line than just an election. It's about our clean air and water. Climate change is real and the effects of coal will only accelerate the process.

Coal ash that finds its way into water streams can damage that water supply for good. It could also impact the wildlife within the area. Coal also pollutes the air we breathe. Clean coal is a myth. Plain and simple. Coal is anything but clean. Clean coal sounds good in a stump speech, but we all know it's a fallacy.

Mountaintop mining also has a deep environmental impact. The Appalachian mountains have been destroyed from surface mining. West Virginia residents hold their beautiful mountains in high regard. Now, some of them look very different and the destruction is permanent. If the mining continues, the mountains of the Appalachia region will be gone. It would be a shame if you went to West Virginia to admire their mountains, and none were left.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt passed the American Antiquities Act of 1906. Roosevelt protected 230 million acres of land during his presidency. Roosevelt understood the importance of conservation and preserving our nation's natural beauty. The same natural beauty that God envisioned. We should not take that for granted. We should restore our mountains, forests, and lakes so that our children's children can reside in the richness of our natural environment.

President Roosevelt also ended the coal strike in 1902. The United States was much more dependent on coal in the 20th century than it is now. Roosevelt knew the coal strike had to be resolved because the cold winter would have been fatal. The change of the Republican party over a century later is quite intriguing to ponder. The party went from a strong conservationist in Roosevelt to Trump, who is willing to move mountains for a dying industry.

All of these facts surrounding the coal debate cannot be ignored. The rest of the western world will move on to new forms of renewable energy. While the United States will be stuck in neutral, reviving coal. Renewable energy should be strongly considered if we are to protect our water, air, and lands.

Disclaimer: I understand the risks coal miners make when they show up for work. I know that safety regulations are not always up to par and that coal mining is a very dangerous profession. I also understand the viewpoint of coal miners and their reasoning for disagreeing with me. I know they want to work and provide for their families. That's what we all want to do. As I write this, I wish not to offend coal miners, I only aim to critique the President and his policies about the coal industry.

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