Why I Am Afraid To Admit That I Am A Republican

Why I Am Afraid To Admit That I Am A Republican

Your political affiliation does not dictate what kind of person you are or who you get along with.
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There is a negative stigma associated with being a young Republican these days, or being a Republican of any age, really. I have found myself hesitant to admit that I am a registered Republican, which is a frustrating thing to deal with, especially during an election year. Here are just a few of the many reasons that I have become afraid to admit to my peers that I am a Republican.

1. The "Oh, you're a Republican?" voice.

There is really nothing worse than the look that you receive from people after telling them you are a Republican. The rolling of their eyes, followed by the disgusted tone they use when they ask, "Oh, you're a Republican?" It's almost as if they are asking you if you are an axe murderer, and it seems as though what they really want to say is, "Oh, you must hate poor and gay people." Somehow, being a Republican has become a negative attribute in the eyes of anyone that's not a member of the Party.

2. I'm tired of being told that I'm just copying my parent's beliefs.

Apparently, all young Republicans are only Republicans because their parents are, and they are simply regurgitating anything their parents have ever told them, because young Republicans must be unable to think for themselves and form their own political opinions. Why is this true for only young Republicans, and not young Democrats? Does being a Democrat mean that your parents never influenced your political opinions? I am afraid to tell people that I am a Republican, because the question of if my parents are also Republicans always follows.

3. People assume that every Republican is a member of the Tea Party.

You can't be a moderate Republican. As soon as you tell someone your political affiliation, they automatically assume that you are as far to the right on the political spectrum as it gets. People are always surprised when I tell them that I support liberal views on most social issues, such as gay marriage and abortion. In the eyes of many young Democrats, there are only the Jeff Sessions of the political world, and moderate Republicans just do not exist.

4. Donald Trump is a terrible representation of the Republican Party.

In this election year, it is impossible to not be associated with Donald Trump supporters when you tell someone that you're a Republican. You can almost guarantee that you will be asked if you are a Trump supporter, because come on, every young Democrat is a Bernie Sanders supporter, right? It has gotten to a point where I include the statement, "I hate Donald Trump," whenever I admit to my political affiliation.

5. Being a Republican somehow makes you wrong.

Many people treat Republicans as if their opinons are wrong, as if that's somehow possible. There is also the common assumption that people only support Republican values for religious reasons. While I will admit that there are many Republicans that still have a hard time separating Church from State, there are many logical reasons for being against national health care or gun control.


It shouldn't have to be this way. Anyone should feel comfortable telling anyone what Party he or she identifies with, regardless of if it's the Republican or Democratic Party. And this article is not to say that many Republicans do not treat Democrats in the same manner. The fact of the matter is that your political affiliation should not decide what kind of person you are or who you can get along with.

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6 Things You Should Know About The Woman Who Can't Stand Modern Feminism

Yes, she wants to be heard too.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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Patriotism Is More Than Putting The American Flag On Everything

Because honestly, people in other countries don't wear their flags like we do - and they still love where they live.

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Patriotism is "the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it," according to the Cambridge dictionary. Nowhere in that definition does it mention painting flags on vehicles or wearing them on our clothes is a requirement. It's not even recommended. Yet somewhere along the way, America got in its head that if you don't wear flags on your clothing at least 24 times a year, you must be committing treason or a terrorist or something.

Now I am obviously exaggerating! However, there are so many other ways to be patriotic, and it is time for 'Merica to understand that.

In order to love your country more than any others and be proud of it- AKA being patriotic- help make your country a place you should be proud of. Support things that not only benefit yourself but your children (or children in general if you don't have any of your own).

Maybe this means voting for higher taxes on yourself to improve the quality of life for others. Higher income taxes actually benefit the upper class because of write-offs, while higher sales taxes benefit the middle and lower classes. Why? Rich people buy more stuff and can't write it all off.

I know, I know, I know. This country was founded on the hatred of taxes. "Taxes are stealing." The whole bit. But taxes are a required part of life, so start thinking about how to best use them.

Universal healthcare is paid for through tax dollars. I get it- "that's socialist and we aren't a socialist country" or whatever your argument is, but hear me out... We are supposedly guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... People cannot choose if they will be healthy or not. Not having universal healthcare means not everyone is insured and can go to the doctor, which means as a country we are telling people who cannot afford those things that their lives are somehow worth less... Is that not a denial of the unalienable rights we bragged about at our country's founding?

Oh, sorry, was that off topic? In order to have patriotism, we have to have something to be proud of... If we have a country full of sick people who can't get better, should we really be proud of that?

Should we really be proud of a country who seeks to destroy our environment for finite resources instead of looking to renewable energy sources to create cleaner power- and more jobs? Should we be proud of a country that thinks of diplomacy like a business? Should we be proud of a country where diversity is avoided, and we judge those different than ourselves despite claiming to be a melting pot?

Guess what? I'm not proud. I'm tired of living in a country that claims to be the best when it is only really number one at defense spending, arms exports, natural gas output, number of people incarcerated per capita, number of fast food restaurants, number of mass shootings per year, and highest medical costs.

I'm proud of those who have fought for our freedoms, be it at war or for civil rights at home, but I am not proud of what we've done with it all. I couldn't care less about how great our country was or can be. What I care about is living in a place where we take care of one another and want everyone to succeed, not just a handful of individuals at the expense of others. Life isn't a race- someone else's success or failure should not determine if you get the health care you need.

Paint your flags all over and ignore this if you like. Call me unpatriotic- I can handle it. If the state of America right now does not bother you, go on with your inaction. But patriotism has less to do with wearing flag bathing suits, and far more to do with being a contributing member of a society that does not stand for injustices. And right now, America, there are a lot of injustices.

I am patriotic; I am proud of the accomplishments in our past. But unless we start making advances and investments in a country and society that deserves pride... I'm ashamed to think of what is to come.

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