To College Conservatives Who Feel Threatened, Try Standing For Something That Deserves To Be Respected

To College Conservatives Who Feel Threatened, Try Standing For Something That Deserves To Be Respected

The President you support made a name for himself by being a bully, so don't be surprised when you're bullied too.

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I have been seeing a large number of Odyssey articles this week covering the difficult lives of college conservatives who support Trump and get a ton of backlash throughout their campuses. While I feel a tinge of empathy, (being a lifelong nerd and constantly being ridiculed for it will do that to you) I can't help but express how foolish you sound to me.

The president you like/love/tolerate created his following by being a bully, and now you're trying to tell me you're afraid of getting bullied?

That very same president likely colluded with a foreign adversary to undermine our democracy and all of the rights that countless men and women have died to protect and you talk about how you support him because he puts America first?

You support a president with an incredibly low approval rating, who stokes xenophobia and has a clear aversion to condemning white nationalists while you spout things like "Build the Wall" and "Lock Her Up" and countless other Trump-inspired slogans that are incredibly unconstitutional.

You're backing a party that the NRA has deeply planted their seed into while we are being slaughtered by automatic weapons on our campuses, in our nightclubs and in our movie theaters across the nation.

Our generation will directly feel the impacts of climate change and yet you follow a President who denies it's the reality. Why, because he promised your Dad he'd get his job at the coal mine back?

You say things like "I don't trust the media because they are bold-faced liars." Well, I highly recommend you put down the remote you loathe so much and pick up a history book so you can see how the greatest nations have been taken over by ruthless leaders who at first, you guessed it, discredited the mainstream media outlets.

I hear all of the time that Trump is making America great again, but I'm afraid I just don't see the evidence to support that. He has pulled out of treaties in favor of Vladimir Putin, he boasts economic growth and job growth numbers that are direct results of the Obama administration and OH YEAH, he ushered in the LONGEST PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IN HISTORY which directly impacted millions of Americans (800,000 workers plus their dependents) for the worse.

What I'm really getting at here is that if you want to be respected, stand for something that garners respect. If you tell me you support Trump because you are pro-life well I guess I understand that, but you could also back pretty much any other Republican who is less toxic than Trump and shares your conservative values.

I will say if you are being physically threatened, then hell yeah call the police and file a report because fuck Americans causing physical harm to other Americans. But if you are really trying to tell me that you deserve to be respected and not challenged by other minds, then find a candidate that respects the people and principles of our nation. Believe me, the Trump Hill is not the one you want to die on.

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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