Why America Isn't The Greatest Country

We Can't Make America Great Again If America Isn't Great To Begin With

Forget MAGA, it's time to just MAG.

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We will never forget Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan. Even though Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both used "Make America Great Again" as well, we all know Trump personalized it.

However, what Trump revealed to so many people is that America is not, and never was, that great. A lot of people dismiss criticisms of America as something one might say if they want to be edgy. People hate on America to rebel against their parents.

I am not trying to do that, I simply believe the very soul of America is tarnished, and if you take a minute to truly look at what America was built on and what it was meant to represent, you'll realize how disgusting it really is.

America is not great for one reason, and that is apathy. Now, when I say this, people immediately agree. They talk about how depressingly low voter turnout is, how young people do not register to vote, and so on. I tell them that they still miss the point. I believe the project, the entire system of America, was designed to induce apathy.

When civil rights protestors were having dogs set upon them and their skin peeled off from fire hoses, we claim to demonize the people that fired the hoses and the people that ordered it. However, have we really done anything to reform the police system since then? If anything, the police are now more easily able to do awful things to citizens with impunity. And so many politicians serving today condemn modern day Civil Rights protestors.

Yes it is true that in 1964, Lyndon Johnson was re-elected in a landslide, but Americans never reckon with the fact that Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, the Bushes, and now Trump were able to chip away at civil rights and the New Deal until now there's almost nothing left of some of the institutions and legislation that saved this country.

If you want a more recent example, look no further than at how federal employees were treated during the most recent government shutdown, when it was revealed that they were living paycheck to paycheck.

People immediately began blaming the workers' misfortunes on the workers themselves and demanded to know why they haven't been saving and budgeting properly. And I won't go in depth, but the bottom line is: people think they shouldn't care about their fellow citizens. Why do you think there is such militant opposition to Medicare For All?

Americans are terrified of the idea of their taxes going up, even if the money goes to help people. Why are we against helping each other? Americans are devout individualists, people claim this is what sets us apart. They call it "freedom."

One needs only to look at the high schoolers that protested gun violence. Their elders responded with "you can't come and take my guns!" When young people accurately point out how the system is already set up against them, you hear "pull yourself up by your bootstraps!" Everybody has bootstraps they need pulling up, but why?

It's because American laissez-faire capitalism has taught the citizens that everyone is inherently selfish, but that is a good thing because it drives the economy, and everybody is your rival. To white people, they say, "that black man got the promotion because of affirmative action." To the baby boomer, they say "that millennial wants your money."

When greed fuels the economy and people are put against each other, you're going to have a country full of people that hate each other. People always talk about how polarized our politics are and how divided we are.

The divide is deeper than Democrats vs. Republicans. It's about the entire system of hatred towards one another. If you want to heal the divide, America has to divorce itself from rugged individualism and reject the divisive nature of capitalism.

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As A Female Christian Millennial, I Fully Support Alabama's Abortion Ban Because I Know God Would, Too

A life always has worth, no matter the circumstances.

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Alabama's state legislature passed a bill on May 14, 2019 that makes it illegal for abortions to be performed past six weeks of pregnancy. Doctors who are caught violating the law could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison. The bill is the strictest anti-abortion bill to date this year as states try to pass laws to challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.

While the law does allow an exception to women whose lives are at risks, it does not allow for abortions in the event of rape or incest. I support Alabama's new law, and I applaud them for their efforts to protect the rights of unborn children.

As a Christian, I believe that life is a precious gift from God and should be treated with care.

The sixth commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill," and Jesus said the second greatest rule was to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39-40). I believe this applies to every person born and unborn. But, even from a secular perspective, there are reasons that support an unborn child's right to life. Let's break down two of the most important components of the bill: abortion itself and the case of rape and incest.

A big argument in the debate is whether a baby is alive before it is born or only after it is born.

I believe can be explained and answered with simple medical science. In the medical profession, a person is pronounced dead when there is no more activity in the brain, known as brain-dead.

At that point, they consider there to be no more life in the body.

The opposite of death is life, so if you have electrical signals still coursing through your brain, then you are alive. A fetus begins to have electrical activity in its brain at six weeks. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until around that time, so by the time they decide to have an abortion, the baby, by all medical accounts, is alive.

Another indicator of whether a person is dead or dying is their pulse.

The pulse is how many times a person's heart beats per minute. If a person does not have a pulse, they will more than likely die if their heart cannot be resuscitated because no oxygen is getting to their brain.

Medical personnel does everything they can to start a person's heart back because they know that the heart is key to life.

A baby's heart begins to beat at five weeks old, again before the mother knows she is pregnant and can choose to have an abortion. Since the United States' justice system upholds that killing a person is wrong, then shouldn't killing a baby, who is alive, be wrong too? I think this is plenty of proof that aborting a baby is killing a living person and is therefore wrong.

Rape and incest are two horrible acts that should be punished. It is never the victim's or conceived a child's fault in the situation.

Given the reasons above for why abortion is wrong, I also believe, while both crimes are horrendous, that abortion is still not the answer to this problem. I do understand, however, that women, because of the traumatic experience or other reasons, may not be able to care for the child.

As such, I am an advocate for adoption.

There are many couples out there who cannot have children on their own who would love to adopt. In order, for this to be a viable option, though, Congress needs to make amendments to adoption laws.

Adoption is outrageously expensive, much more costly than an abortion, and is a long and tedious process.

Though the laws are in place so that not just anybody can adopt a child, the government still could stand to relax laws a little. Another option could be to offer aid to those who wish to adopt specifically to cover adoption expenses or to only those who meet certain requirements. If we want to protect unborn children, we must give women and families more viable options.

I know that my views are not popular, but God did not call us to be popular, He called us to be His disciples.

I will not compromise my convictions because I am in the minority. I support the women who have to face this dilemma, and I pray that they and our government officials make the right decisions and aid these women and families in need of help.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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