I'm A Republican Against Blocking Muslims From America

I'm A Republican Against Blocking Muslims From America

Donald Trump is not fit to be president.
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Presidents are leaders who know the path to success is one of obstacles, set backs, and failures, but use these experiences to become better. They are expected to listen to citizens and govern our country in a way that does not infringe on the rights of the people as outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We have basic freedoms and civil liberties that the president is to respect, and protect.

This article is not meant to belittle or demean anyone, I want to offer the perspective of a Republican voter on the presidential election. I have watched several Democratic and Republican presidential debates, researched the candidates and their views, and actively tried to be an informed voter and citizen. Of course, social media has been a large influence in this process, but I personally tend to take the videos and memes with a grain of salt.

As many of us know, the millennial generation seems to largely favor Senator Bernie Sanders over other candidates. I like to think it is because he is so different from the other candidates in terms of his views and proposals. When I looked at his website, one of the top three issues listed is about getting big money out of politics. Since many of us millennials are seeing the affects of money in politics, it makes sense to vote for someone who is not receiving donations from corporations, companies, or a select few of the upper class elite.

Look at it this way: The Republican candidates were focusing on issues relating to conservative values, and the Democratic candidates were focusing on issues relating to Democratic values. Bernie Sanders has been able to expand his platform to sort of combine ideas from both parties. In a way, he is not forced to adhering to fundamental values of either party, and therefore can essentially propose what he believes to be important. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, they are expected to incorporate their respective parties values into their proposals and platforms, and then prioritize these in relation to what they think is important.

I am in no way trying to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders, these are just my thoughts on why the millennial generation is backing him.

Now, I do want to explain why as a Republican voter, I will not support Donald Trump. When Donald Trump announced he was running for president, I was excited and interested to see how things would play out. I watched a few of his rallies, and I started to ask myself if I would support him. He is very good at public speaking, and truly knows how to keep his audience engaged and active. He knows his audience and supporters, and in a way, he uses it against them. What I mean by that is, he feeds his supporters what they want to hear, and adds how his presidency would ameliorate their current situation.

At some point, I realized his candidacy was no longer a joke, and that people were starting to seriously endorse him. I thought he was just trying to see how far he could get and draw attention away from the Democratic candidates, so I brushed off the offensive or insulting comments he made in his speeches.

Up until recently, I have honestly been conflicted because a large majority of my friends are committed Bernie Sanders supporters, or Hillary Clinton supporters. Whenever they would ask me if I would support Donald Trump, I usually tried to change the topic. Politics is not something I like to talk about with my friends unless it is a deeper conversation about ideas and values because those conversations, I have found to be more productive.

With the recent attacks, I have realized that Donald Trump cannot be the leader of this country. Here's why: When a leader is presented with a problem, they are expected to research the issue and develop a few possible solutions. After the attack in Brussels occurred, Donald Trump's immediate response was to justify why America should block Muslims from entering the country. Instead of acknowledging the threat and proposing a few ideas he has to keep citizens safe, he decides to infringe upon one of our basic rights while also running away from the problem.

It does make sense, in theory and fear, to want to block Muslims from our country because ISIS is an extremist group of Islam. But, blocking a certain group from entering our country contradicts the very principle America was founded on: freedom. It is already a difficult process to enter America, I mean you cannot just hop on a plane or a boat and show up. You have to have a passport, visa, or other form of documentation, and getting a passport is no easy task. Even if we did block them, it would not solve the problem because as we have seen, terrorism is not restricted to one race or ethnicity.

The colonists fought for their freedom from England, and established the rights we have today. Without our founding fathers, we would not have the rights of free speech, the right to practice our religion, the right to be safe and secure in our homes, and the right to vote.

The president cannot infringe upon these rights. And, if the blocking were to happen, then the Muslims who are already American citizens would be severely discriminated against just because of their religion. We have the right to practice our religion freely, and the blocking would destroy this freedom the colonists fought so hard to establish in the first place.

Just because this extremist group is associated with a religion does not mean all of the people who practice this same religion are violent, or potentially violent. It is extremely important to know what I just said.

It is important because it shows how unaware Donald Trump is. I mean, generalizing all Muslims to be terrorists is not only stupid, it is an excuse. ISIS is known as an extremist group because they are extreme, and hold specific ideas and beliefs in relation to Islam. Not everyone who practices Islam or holds certain beliefs is an extremist, nor are they a threat.

A person who fails to research the issue and immediately seeks to force the blame upon one group is not someone who could successfully lead this country. Donald Trump has proved to be impulsive and does not listen to others, and an impulsive attitude would not respect or protect the people. As a Republican voter, I will not support Donald Trump because he would not be a successful leader and he would not respect or protect American citizens.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.

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This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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