How To Deal With The Current Political Environment: Whether You Are Liberal, Conservative, Or Independent

How To Deal With The Current Political Environment: Whether You Are Liberal, Conservative, Or Independent

Because this isn't a one-sided issue.

We are living in the most polarized time since the day of our birth.

The most important aspect to understand about the political temperament we are living in currently is that it is not targeting just one group of people. It is impacting all of us. A common misconception is that liberals are the only ones who are suffering, but the truth is pain extends far more than just those who side with the Democratic party. Above all, the most recent election took a toll on all of us, in very different in distinct ways.

In the simplest explanation for liberals, it is clear that Clinton losing the election lead to a storm of emotions. First, a feeling of confusion. This stemmed from the multitude of polls indicating that "Almost 7 in 10 voters think Hillary Clinton" would win the election and thus become president (CNN 2016). The message was clear: Clinton would most likely win the election and all would be well in the world. However, after the election, a massive Democratic revolution began. A variety of women's marches were organized around the country to bring awareness to the fact that Donald Trump is not fit to be president, and that some of his remarks directed towards women are disrespectful and blatantly wrong. In addition to these marches, an immense amount of protests (both violent and nonviolent) were directed against Donald Trump and his respective policies. Therefore, a great deal of action was done in response to the pain liberals felt towards Donald Trump being president

But rarely do we talk about the other side of the situation.

What about the Conservatives/Independents/or people who didn't even vote in the 2016 Election?

When analyzing the Conservative side of things, it is clear that there is also a divide in the political party. Some conservatives truly support Donald Trump and still support him through his endeavors and are thereby very happy. Other conservatives are extremely disappointed and are regretful for their decision to vote for Donald Trump.

Then comes those who are Independent, and do not side with a specific political party. These individuals are disappointed as a whole, and also participate in civic action both through legislative means and also through means of marches and protests. Those who did not vote for the 2016 Election are in a boat of confusion and anger as well, leading to a great deal of action against the President.

So the central idea is this: we are all divided.

But what do we do to fix it and mend the broken pieces the Founding Fathers had together for us prior to such difficult times?

We talk. I know, it's crazy. But sometimes the best solutions for such complex problems can be solved with the simplest of explanations. First, there should be more opportunities to talk about politics across campuses in colleges and universities around the United States. If we learn to be polite, respectful, and open minded from a relatively younger age, the future will become a lot easier to handle. Learning to communicate now will lead to a lot more ease in the times to come because it will be a lot less stressful to handle problems and will lead to an easier, and more efficient life style. At Rollins College, there is a new event established to talk about poltics and religion at a dinner with a moderator present. The purpose of this talk is to be able to bring people of different backgrounds and political viewpoints together, in a polite and clearly communicated session. The establishment of this program has brought a great deal of positive reviews and has thus lead to a more inclusive campus. This should be implemented in colleges and universities across the nation to bring positive change and a message of inclusiveness, no matter what your opinion is.

Second, there should be mandated encouraged readings of news sources that are not biased, and contain viewpoints of a variety of perspectives. In a classroom, if we are encouraged to read from sources that are biased, we are only becoming educated from that one specific perspective and political party leaning. By reading more objective sources, we are emphasizing the ability for students to understand different mindsets, and thus encouraging more peaceful interaction and communication between students of different political parties.

And finally, use the power of laughter to create change. Attend more political centered comedy shows, and fall in love with the idea of using laughter and humor to make your day a lot less stressful and thus a lot better. Sean Spicer dressed up as a house bunny is something that ANYONE can laugh at, regardless of your political party. So laugh, and let go.

The beginning to a more inclusive year and life starts with you.

Put the effort, big or small, to enact change and bring together the people you love.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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?


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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