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.
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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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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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An Escape Raft From Trump

How a declaration of resistance is really a plot to escape blame

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How does a person come back from being part of a great injustice? I'm not talking about how a person recovers from being a victim of a great wrong, nor am I referring to the process of judging those who perpetrated the act. No, what I want to know is how those who aide and abet such actions, those who collaborate and stand idly by, come back into the fold of civilized society without being held to account.

A few weeks ago there was an anonymous Op-Ed in the New York Times from a senior White House official. The piece caused a great stir because it alleged a great conspiracy within the president's administration by even its most senior members to thwart the worst impulses of the president and keep the nation on a relatively sane track. Much of the coverage has focused on trying to identify the author of this controversial piece or praising those brave souls in the administration who are a part of the resistance. I was among this crowd until I started reading a bit further about this article and what it represented. With that further exploration I came to realize that what I took for a reassuring statement to the American public was actually something much more sinister.

How does a person come back from being part of a great injustice? This is the question that is currently haunting the leaders of the Republican Party as they grapple with the Trump presidency and the taint it casts upon their party. As the increasingly impending likelihood that Democrats will take back Congress and ramp up investigations, not only into Trump himself, but also the upper echelons of his administration and even members of Congress, Republicans are searching for any way to avoid blame before this impending storm of controversy and negative stigma hits.

This is where the op-ed and its cynical ploy comes in to play. While I have little doubt that there is a faction in the White House that attempts to curb the president to some degree, I do not for a moment believe it could be called a resistance or the actions of so-called 'adults in the room.' The point of the Op-Ed was not to give voice to this faction, but to control the narrative of Republicans in the White House, to tell a story about otherwise good people who work for this horrible man, but do it because they are preventing someone worse from coming along and doing something really bad. It's a convincing tale all things considered and its been proven to work in the past. Clichéd as it is to bring up Nazis with the Trump administration, in this particular case it fits, many Nazis after the war told tales of honorable Germans who were only doing things out of their patriotic duty and with the belief that if they didn't carry out orders someone else much worse would. It was convincing enough that thousands of former Nazis never received any meaningful form of punishment and lived out the rest of their days never having to atone for their participation in some of the greatest crimes in human history.

The thing about the 'preventing worse things from happening' argument both then and now is that it is complete and utter B.S. Many Germans knew what the Nazis were doing was wrong the same way as many Republicans know what Trump is doing is wrong, they just don't care because it gets them what they want, which is usually power. After some initial hesitation, Republicans were all too eager to embrace Trump and what he represented like moths to a racist, sexist flame. They endorsed and stood by him on the campaign trail even as his behavior set new lows for conduct, as his supporters unlashed a new hatful undercurrent into the party, and as shocking allegations about his personal conduct came out. Even as president when his capacity to lead has been shown on numerous occasions to be insufficient for the office, and his past activities are being revealed as startlingly criminal in nature, they stand by and affirm their support until the end.

Such stubborn loyalty might be commendable if it wasn't to such a horrible man who does such horrible things, except for that fact that it is illusionary. Republicans loyalty to Trump only lasts as far as it brings them power. And now that Trump's star is starting to fall and the voters are preparing to make their displeasure clear at the ballot box, they are seeking to distance themselves from him as fast as possible. The op-ed is simply the first step, to introduce the idea that Republicans were never that invested in Trump in the first place and were always present in opposing him, just not in any open or accountable way. They hope that their efforts coupled with the public's intense dislike of Trump and his close cohorts will allow history to repeat itself and they can get away scot free without their involvement ever coming to light.

We as the American people need to stop this narrative right here at the start and recognize it for what it is, a cynical ploy by a bunch of greedy, corrupt cowards trying to save their own skin as their boss takes the fall. We cannot allow them to succeed in this; we cannot allow them to escape justice. In the name of all those that have been harmed by this administration, in honor of all that has been endangered by their lust for power, they must be held accountable.

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