Dear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Welcome To Being A Woman In Politics

Dear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Welcome To Being A Woman In Politics

Another round of misogyny for a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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With the government being shut down, Washington D.C. is in utter turmoil. At the time of this writing, Democratic congressional leadership and President Trump both refuse to back down over the five billion dollars that would go to fund the building of the wall.

With all of this chaos, you would think that would be all the media has time to focus on. Yet oddly enough, the government shutdown is sharing the spotlight with something else going on in politics.

Someone else, actually.

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been partly the focus of the media since her surprising primary victory against a powerful Democrat who was a potential candidate for Speaker of the House.

Now, being the youngest woman elected to Congress would normally get you a few puff pieces from center-left publications. However, the media will not stop talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (often referred to by her initials, AOC).

After winning her general election, Cortez proved that she would continue her anti-establishment streak and would not fall in line or go away. She proved this by participating in a protest outside of Nancy Pelosi's office advocating for the Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez is a huge advocate for the Green New Deal, which would create thousands of jobs, switch America to using renewable resources, and end our dependence on fossil fuels.

Her ambitious agenda includes single-payer healthcare, public housing, free public college, and abolishing ICE. She suggested taxing people making over 10 million dollars up to 70% of their income to pay for these policy proposals.

Rather than try to argue about why these policies are wrong, right-wing pundits have resorted to finding old videos of Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college. They also found the house she grew up in and shared pictures of her wearing nice clothes in an attempt to smear her working-class background. Classy, right?

Now it is true that these are common tactics that the GOP has been using for decades, but there is something that seems different this time.

The 2018 midterms showed us a lot of people from different backgrounds stepping up to challenge the status quo. They decided that America cannot continue down this path in the Age of Trump, and wanted to do something about it. Most of those people were women.

Women all across America have become fed up with the misogyny of the president, and want to see real change brought to this country.

It is important to note that most of the high-profile women are women of color. Congress has often been associated with white men in their 70s and 80s but now it looks like Congress will begin to more accurately represent the citizens of the country.

It is also important to remember that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a woman, young, and Puerto Rican. It is important to notice this so you can understand the criticisms often weighed against her.

I've already mentioned her politics, but if you type her name into Google the suggestion box, instead of suggesting "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… healthcare reform" it will suggest "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez... bikini."

If you make the mistake of watching Fox News, you will see panels of mostly men talk about her clothes and refer to her as "the little girl" and call into question her intelligence.

I don't think I need to explain the differences in how differently Ocasio-Cortez would be treated if she was a senile 80-year-old man that could trace his lineage back to Jamestown.

Unfortunately, most women do not need me, a man, to write an article about what they face in all industries. However, women who put themselves in the public eye, and choose to challenge men on political issues are faced with serious attacks. One need only look at the disgusting remarks made about high profile women in politics like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

This type of hatred is directed towards conservative women as well. There are large numbers of people that allege that Sarah Palin was only picked to be the Vice Presidential nominee because she's perceived as attractive to middle-aged suburban men. During the Republican primary, President Trump stated that Carly Fiorina was unfit to be president because she was not attractive enough to him.

However, I personally believe there is hope. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses her youth to her advantage on Twitter. Her refusal to back down from the institutions of power shows a resilience that continues to attract people hopeful for a better future. And ultimately, she is stronger than her opponents because she is fighting for a cause rather than just trying to quell opposition. People admire her optimism in a time where cynicism seems to be the only logical emotion to feel. These new threats to the status quo could finally be a change for all Americans.

In these difficult times it's important to pay close attention to figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so you can be reminded to be proud to be an American.

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Stop Yelling At Me For Being Conservative

What you shouldn't say to millennial Republicans.
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Society today has a funny way of making Republicans seem like the scum of the Earth. The funniest thing is that it's actually not funny at all — it's an ignorant, rude way to treat people. See, America these days seems to be all about treating everyone fairly. That is, until differing opinions come about. How dare we Republicans view economics and politics differently? How dare we have our own opinions? How dare we identify as Conservative people, even as young adults?

So, without further ado, here are some things that I, a millennial Republican, am beyond tired of hearing.


"You're just a college girl, what do you know about politics?"

Yeah, I'm a basic white girl. I wear Converse to class and my sorority's letters are on my rear windshield. Guess what, though — I do my research. I've been following the presidential campaigns for months now. I've watched the debates, read the articles, visited the websites and studied the polls. I may be in a sorority and I may wear Converse, but I know what I'm talking about when it comes to this stuff. So, if you ask for my opinion, be prepared to hear a well-thought-out, educated answer.

"You only believe what your parents raised you to believe."

No, actually. My parents raised me to understand the value of hard work. They made me get a job when I was 16 years old so I could learn how to budget, save and provide for myself. My parents did not teach me to rely on other people to get what I want. My parents did not teach me to accept handouts. Therefore, I believe that success comes from hard work and dedication. I believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own success (along with his or her own property and obligations), hence why I identify as a Conservative.

"You're voting for him?!"

Yeah! I am! Funny, I thought we were all entitled to our own opinion. It turns out this is my opinion, and [insert candidate] has my vote. Cool how that works, huh?

"The GOP candidates this time around are horrible."

It doesn't take an idiot to see that none of the Republican candidates are the ideal presidential candidate. It also doesn't take an idiot to see that the same thing can be said of the Democratic candidates. Here's the reality: There never has been a perfect president, there never has been a perfect presidential candidate, there is no perfect president, there is no perfect presidential candidate, there never will be a perfect president and there never will be a perfect presidential candidate.

"You're so selfish."

Define selfish. I want my money to be my money and I want my rights to be my rights; I was unaware that that labels me as "selfish." I am confident that I can survive without the government's help.

"But don't you care about the old people/the kids/the environment/the homeless people/etc?"

Yes, I do. What I don't like is that my hard-earned money gets taken from me and used for other things. I'm not against helping out, don't get me wrong. I would love to donate to charities to help children and homeless people and the planet, that is if I had enough money to do so. Sadly, that money gets taken from me through taxes (Which could be considered forced donation, if you ask me. How is that fair?).

"But what about the minorities? You're just racist."

No, I'm not racist and yes, I do care about the minorities. I believe diversity is one of America's greatest qualities. What bothers me, though, is that society changes the meaning of "fair" when it comes to minorities. Yeah, it would be fair for us to all be able to pay our own medical bills and whatnot. Do you know what else would be fair? For even the members of minorities to get jobs and earn their way to success just like I'm trying to do. If illegal immigrants want to come to America, then they can go through the citizenship process, get a job and contribute to society. If they want to be treated equally, they need to start viewing themselves and treating themselves as working American citizens who pay the same taxes, get the same jobs and fight the same daily battles that we fight.

"You're hateful and/or heartless."

Nah. What I am is honest, self-sufficient and confident that other people can be honest and self-sufficient.

"You're ignorant."

Again, no, I'm not. As I've said several other times throughout this article, I know what I'm talking about and I can justify what I'm talking about. If anything, you're ignorant for accusing me of such things.

"You're crazy if you'd vote Trump over Sanders or Clinton if he's the chosen GOP candidate."

Please enlighten me on how this makes me "crazy." In this upcoming election, I will be voting for the candidate chosen by my political affiliation. The Republican Party's only strong opposing candidates include a self-proclaimed Socialist and a woman under FBI investigation. What I would consider "crazy" is if I voted for Sanders or Clinton over Donald Trump, just because Trump has offended some people before. (And no, this is not me saying I'm a loud and proud Trump supporter. In fact, Cruz has my vote either until he's elected into office or until Trump is chosen as the GOP candidate.)

Side note: I've heard the people, who hate Trump for being mean, say meaner things than that man ever has. A very wise man (Jesus, in John 8:7) once said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."


What you should be saying to me is "Thank you," because I'm voting for freedom. I'm voting for civil liberties. I'm voting for constitutional rights. I'm voting for the will to succeed. I'm voting for the reward for hard work. I'm voting for the things that will actually help America keep prospering.

So, here's what I'll say to you: You're welcome.

Cover Image Credit: Kristi Russell

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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