My Complicated Relationship with the Political Left as A Democrat.

My Complicated Relationship with the Political Left as A Democrat.

I have come to a revelation about my Liberals that I think they need to hear me out for....
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If you believe in freedom of Speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, or any of the basic freedom's the Constitution grants us. You might not be a progressive, although you'd like to think you are. I certainly did. I considered myself a progressive liberal, a socialist, fighting for equality for all people. The working class, Muslims, women, people of color, and other minorities. Progressives to me were people who spoke louder then the average Democrat, they were activists, in your face on equality and freedom. One of the things I've been the most vocal about since I came to the Odyssey was Islamophobia. The idea of hating on someone for their religion is disgusting to me. Being a Roman Catholic, I would be disgusted if someone was to bash me for my religion. But yet, I discovered I couldn't ignore Sharia law, something enforced in the Islamic faith, a law that allows anyone who suspects you of being gay, says you should be tossed off a building. You may not even be gay, but if someone thinks you are, it is just enough to get yourself killed. That's when I realized, we need a reformation of Islam. We've already had that with Christianity, Catholicism and even Judaism.

Unfortunately, those who criticize Islam, such as Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Bill Maher (who I still despise for bashing all religions,) are accused by many people, specifically liberals, including myself, of being racist. I'm not denying that there are people who do hate Islam and there hate the followers, as people. But what the three people I mentioned above have in common is that they hate the idea of Islam, not the people who follow it. Of course they're going to question why someone follows a certain faith, but they don't hate you for it. They hate Sharia law, they hate how women are oppressed in the Muslim world, and they hate extremists. For us liberals, who push for women's rights, and LGBT rights, we should hate Sharia law. But we hate the travel ban made on seven Muslim countries as well, so of course we are going to reduce all the arguments made against Islam to "that's racist." This is hypocritical especially since most Liberal's I know will bash Christian's for anything they do that's bigoted or evil.

I am one of a few Democrats who are willing to admit that I am pro-life. I get accused all the time of being sexist and anti-feminist because of this.They always say, if you oppose abortion then you are not a feminist. Funny too, because I never even identified myself as a feminist to begin with, and I still don't consider myself a feminist. They first thing most feminists have attacked because of my pro-life stance is that I am Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic church has been one of the most vocal opponents of abortion. As a Roman Catholic Democrat living in a more secular age, t I am very well aware that church and state are separate which I support, so I never preach my beliefs, and never use them in any argument. But yet, feminists use that against me.

I support gay rights, including gay marriage. One would think that I believe any private baker, no matter what religion should bake a cake for a gay wedding upon request. But I don't. Forcing a christian baker who owns a private business, to bake a cake against his religious beliefs is in and of itself, a violation of the freedom of religion. Dave Rubin, an openly gay man, even said, "I'll just find another baker."

Just by reading everything above, you might think, I'm not even a Democrat anymore. I'm certainly not a progressive liberal anymore. I now consider myself a classical liberal. As a classical liberal, my saying is "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it." I may not agree with those who support abortion, but those who support it have every right to. They have every right to criticize me as long as they are aware I have a right to be pro-life.

As a classical liberal, I don't just push for diversity of race, religion, ethnicity, expression, etc.) I also push for diversity of thought. This means that Republicans have a right to voice their opinions, even if you don't like them. A conservative student should have every right to wear a "Make America Great Again" cap in public without being attacked for it. As someone who is pro-life, I should have the right to believe that life begins at the moment of conception despite a majority telling me the opposite.

I believe liberals done the political left a disservice by pushing what they believe to be the right way of thinking, and not basic freedoms objectively. That means if you are a critic of Islam, then you're a racist. If you oppose abortion, you're a sexist. If you're a Christian, you're dumb. If you're a Republican....well forget about it you basically lose status as a human in the eyes of the Left. I know I probably did because of this article, and I'm a Democrat, but then again being a straight white Catholic male doesn't help as well.

So for the Liberals:

If I am discussing a view you don't agree with as I just did in this article, and you have a strong opposing opinion on what I'm talking about. Listen to me and then discuss with me, why you disagree with me, and argue for your side of the debate. If you resort to calling anyone, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc.) You probably aren't even listening to the argument. And since I don't believe in "trigger warnings" although the Odyssey might ask me to put a trigger warning on the article, I would suggest you either: click out of the page or get up and leave the room.

I would rather have both of us debate and discuss our opposing views in real time. Let's have a rational conversation and maybe we can find a few things we might actually agree on. You'll be surprised.

So that being said...

To the protesters who go out and destroy other people's property because a President we didn't like got elected. To the people who assault Trump supporters. To anyone who treats there opinions and views as gospel, (and I certainly don't), you do not represent Democracy, let alone any of the freedoms we are granted here in the United States. And that needs to change because I have never been more ashamed to even consider myself a Democrat in my life until I discovered this.

Thank you and I hope you are all enjoying your summer!!


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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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Pete Buttigieg Is On Everybody's Radar Now, But Can Mayor Pete Really Become President Pete?

Charisma, polyglot and success in reviving a Midwestern city make him a viable candidate for president. But will this hold?

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At the time of writing this, at least 18 people are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Donald Trump during the Presidential election in 2020. This includes some heavyweights, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker. There are also fringe candidates, like Andrew Yang. Then there are the formerly fringe candidates. One person fits that bill: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

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First, Mayor Pete has, at least compared to Trump, significant governmental experience as the mayor of South Bend. He has been mayor since 2011. He began his time in office at the age of 29 and has since been re-elected with 80% of the vote in 2015. His success in the city has shown: the city experienced significant growth following a population decline between 2000-2010.

The Mayor has also spearheaded some rebirth projects in the city, including converting the old Studebaker plant in town into a tech hub, conversion of the city streets downtown, and millions of dollars of private investment into the city. As a result, Mayor Pete can tout his success here as examples of why he could be president.

Other supporters claim that he is immensely talented and intelligent (though I do not like this reasoning). Mayor Pete was a Rhodes Scholar after attending Harvard. He knows myriad languages, including Norwegian. He is well-acquainted with various philosophies, including that of well-known intellectual Antonio Gramsci, whom his father has written on.

Though this line of thinking is flawed (I mean, Julian Castro attended Stanford, Cory Booker was also a Rhodes Scholar and Elizabeth Warren lectured at Harvard Law School), it is easy to see WHY he resonates: when compared to the President, Pete is levels above him.

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Whether or not this affects the primary at all is anyone's guess. However, he has momentum. Maybe Mayor Pete will become President Pete someday.

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