An Arizonan's Response To Trump's John McCain Attacks

Mr. President, When You Come At John McCain, You Come At All Arizonans

Donald Trump told reporters the other day that he "was never a fan of John McCain" and "never will be."

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As an Arizonan, John McCain is synonymous with courage, bravery, independence, and just being a good person. McCain was our Senator, serving for more than 30 years in the chamber. Before that, he was a congressman and served in the Navy for over 20 years. During his time in the military, he served in the Vietnam War and was captured by the North Vietnamese and was transported to the "Hanoi Hilton." He was a Prisoner of War for five-and-a-half years and was finally released in 1973.

John McCain sacrificed so much for his country, and how you can say you were "never a fan" of him is beyond me.

John McCain wasn't political all the time, he understood that politics don't make a person. People are more important than scoring political points.

On Tuesday, Trump doubled-down on his dislike of the political giant after his tweetstorm over the weekend. Trump was standing alongside the president of Brazil, who is considered the Trump of his country and South America. In 2017, McCain defied Trump and voted against the repeal of Obamacare. This still infuriates Trump to this day.

The very next day, Trump didn't let up on the late senator. He said, "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn't get thank you. That's OK. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain."

WE. GET. IT.

We understand that you don't like him, but keep it to yourself. You know there's a saying my mom taught me, "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all."

Trump's negativity toward McCain extends beyond 2017. In 2016, during the campaign, Trump said, "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Mocking his time as a prisoner of war as if it were a choice.

Arizonans have regarded their former senator with so much respect.

After the tweetstorm from the president over the weekend, one of his daughters, Meghan McCain, said, "I just thought 'your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends but obsessing.' Obsessing over great men you could never live up to. That tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life."

I cannot fathom how someone could still tweet that they are not a fan of someone even after their passing. Especially not from the President of the United States. No matter your political beliefs or views on policy, I think we need to take a step back and think, "Would this be acceptable if someone in my family said this?"

As an Arizonan, I know how much of an impact Senator McCain has made on not only this state but around the world. Presidents attended his funeral and world leaders sent their condolences to the McCain family. John McCain is a legend in American politics, and will never be replaced, not by anyone.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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