Dear Hillary Clinton, It's Not Us. It's You.

Dear Hillary Clinton, It's Not Us. It's You.

It's time to look in the mirror and accept there is no one else to blame but you, Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton,


My Facebook feed, my twitter feed, Tucker Carlson's show have all mentioned your interview at a recent women's forum by a NY Times editor. It seems as though you're still blaming everyone except yourself for why you lost to President Trump. Well I'm here to put it as politely as I can;

It's not us...

It's you.

(You can call this a sort of, break-up letter.)

It's because YOU were a terrible candidate. It has nothing to do



with your 'success' (if you call your millions donated from the Middle Eastern countries that stand for everything you SUPPOSEDLY stand against... "Success") but it has everything to do with you.

It's the self-indulgent whining like this that is the exact reason you lost. You spent more time looking for excuses, when you should have spent that time trying to figure out how to get back to your roots. You should've spent more time focusing on finding that inner Midwestern hospitality (being born in Illinois and all, you can't change where you came from.) and show us that you cared about the average voter... But you couldn't, because you didn't.

You could've connected to the average voter instead of bumping elbows and trashing Trump with Hollywood elites, or voters in strictly blue states. You missed all of your opportunities to market to the swing states. You missed all of your opportunities to connect to the average voter. That's no ones fault but your own.

You were going to be Obama 2.0 and continue with his failed policies, and we finally said what needed to be said in 2012..

We said no.

And guess what.... No means no.


One example of many reasons why a lot of us didn't vote for you:

You defended a man who raped a 12 year old, all the while smearing her character. Yet, you campaign for 'Women's Rights' ????????????????????????? And speak about 'Rape Culture'???????????????????????????????????????????????

Hill, it's not because you're successful that most of us can't stand you. It's because the average voter is tired of being treated like we're incapable of making our own decisions by the left.

We're tired of being treated like it's your way or the highway. Guess what, somewhere along the line you forgot, you work for us.

So it's our way or the highway. And we sent you to the highway, or the woods, wherever you went. All I know it wasn't the White House.

I hate to disprove your theory, Mrs. Clinton, it's 2017. People love successful women, as long as they're successful women who treat everyone as human beings. Not just cater to the people who fit their narrative. In fact, many successful women liked among society, don't have a political narrative to follow. They're just good, quality human beings.

(EX: Joanna Gaines. I will leave you to do the research if you don't know her.. You could learn a lot from her on how to be a decent human-being).

I think it's time for you to, 'go back to the woods' and do some soul searching. Figure out really why you lost. THEN let's talk. Let's talk with one another, rather than at one another.

We're tired of being talked AT.

We're tired of being told how to feel, especially by some of the most hypocritical people to play the game. That's what this is to you;

it’s a game.

Well, on November 8th, America said it's no longer a game. It's our lives, and we're taking charge again. We're putting America first.

This means the safety of all of our brothers and sisters. No matter what side of the political spectrum you are, I value your safety as a fellow American. I will fight for your safety over the safety of Syrian refugees till I'm red in the face. And guess what..

It’s okay to put America first. It's normal. It's expected for a current President or Presidential candidate to value the safety of your countries citizens FIRST.

Hop off your soap box, rub some dirt on it and move on.

Truly successful woman don't

play the victim card and use their gender as an excuse, they figure out where they went wrong and how they can fix it for the future. Not wallow in self-pity and blame it on us, 'deplorables'.

I hope you get it one day, Mrs. Clinton. I really do. I would love to see the day we have a female president, just as long as she's a truly successful woman without a shady and hypocritical past filled with more lies than truth. It will happen one day; I'm just glad it wasn't you.

Sincerely,

A Young Midwestern Woman Fed Up With Your Excuses For Why You Lost.

























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Humans: Not for Sale

I refuse to look the other way when others are suffering.

The flourishing life is something that most people thirst and strive for, but never actually feel satisfied in attaining. This is because their interpretation of the flourishing life does not align with reality. Many do not know, want to believe, or understand that a relationship with the one, true living God is integral to their flourishing as human beings. The best way to explain the flourishing life is by expounding on the Hebrew word “shalom”. Shalom means peace and it originates from a root signifying wholeness and completion. It is the deep longing for the best of another. Shalom is the way God intended things to be, so the flourishing life involves shalom. As God’s beloved creation, every human being has intrinsic value.

We are all image bearers of our Creator.

From the very beginning, God created us in His image and poured His love into us. Yet, as a result of the fall, we have disregarded who we are in Christ.

Humans have been marred and have forgotten this intrinsic value that comes from being made in God’s image. Evidence of this is how some people are dehumanizing others through human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery where human beings are controlled and oppressed for profit. Offenders often use force or deceptive coercion to ascertain power over their victims. Even though human trafficking is defilement to both national and international laws, it remains a booming criminal industry.

According to the International Labour Organization, this disturbing business typically generates about $150 billion profits per year. Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the two most commonly known forms of human trafficking. Sex trafficking is a profitable sex act that occurs by use of force, fraud, or oppression; including the sexual exploitation of minors. Women and young girls make up a shocking 55% of victims of sex trafficking and a one in five are under 18 years old. Forced labor is any instance in which the victim is forced to work because of a threat of punishment with little to no pay.

One of the most disturbing facts is that both of these instances occur in plain sight. Many victims in the United States are underage girls who have a poor home life, run away, and eventually become involved with prostitution. After years of existing in the negative environment of prostitution and drugs, the girl’s self-worth is systematically broken down to the point of non-existence. Some victims do not even understand that they are being trafficked. They are deceived into believing they will get a better, brighter future if they stay in captivity. But these are all lies; instead of providing a refuge, their pimp takes their profit and threatens to kill them if they try to escape, leaving them no option but to stay in the life of trepidation and agony.

In fact, according to the International Labor Organization and the End It movement, there are about 48 million people worldwide who are victims of human trafficking. Of these people, 68% of the individuals are exploited in private labor, 10% for state work and 22% for sex trafficking.

This problem continues to grow and, because of the hidden nature of the issue, it is hard to get an exact number of the victims.

The Christian community in America should be fighting on the front line against human trafficking because it is directly opposed to the way God intended life to be. For the souls who are trapped in this filth, the opportunity to have a flourishing life is ripped from their hands, along with their identity, decency and opportunity to live a normal life.

Human trafficking violates fundamental human rights; every human being is an image bearer of their creator and deserves to be treated as such. The fall has taken this from us and has caused others to negate human worth, but that does not contravene the truth that human beings are image bearers and have intrinsic value. The victims who are trapped in this wheel of injustice have no voice, identity, or hope.

The Bible specifically instructs Christians to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves in Proverbs 31:8-9. It is our job to defend those who have no rights, speak for those with no voice, free those in bondage, and stand up for those who cannot stand on their own.

Human trafficking is a very dark, universal issue that sometimes may feel almost impossible to change. Luckily we serve a God who specializes in the impossible. Whatever efforts made to bring about a change in this issue will bring glory to Him. I steadfastly believe that the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness in the beginning of time has the power to shine light on this horrific darkness today.

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know." — William Wilberforce

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Works cited:

Geoffrey Rodgers, “THE PROBLEM.” US Institute Against Human Trafficking , October, 2005/April 26, 2017, http://usiaht.org/the-problem/

Guy Ryder, “Statistics and Databases.” International Labour Organization , 1996, April 27, 2017, http://www.ilo.org/global/statistics-and-databases...

Geoffrey Rodgers, “What is Sex Trafficking?”U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking , October, 2005/ April 26, 2017, http://usiaht.org

Samantha Ferrell, “End It Movement.” Choice Ministries , August 2016/ April 24, 2017, https://enditmovement.com/index.html

Cazzie Reyes, “Forced Labor.End Slavery Now, April 19 2015/April 24, 2017, http://www.endslaverynow.org/learn/slavery-today/f...

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Being A Girl Is Pretty Damn Hard

Girls have numerous daily struggles that often go unnoticed.

The alarm clock goes off two hours before you actually need to leave the house. Why? You’re a girl who has to get herself ready instead of a boy who can simply roll out of bed, get dressed, brush his teeth and get out the door.

While this extreme may only be true for the girls that need to do their hair, pick the perfect outfit and apply a face-full of makeup, all girls have a similar struggle. With long hair comes a longer shower. Boys don’t understand how much longer it takes to wash out the soap from the extra locks and to apply conditioner, something they rarely need to do.

Being a girl can be pretty damn hard sometimes.

Along with having the long hair, girls are also expected to dress and act a certain way. Boys can wear shorts every day. Here in Wisconsin, boys wear shorts year-round—even when the temperature is below zero. Girls are “supposed” to dress cute and girly, which includes dresses, skirts, uncomfortable jeans and everything in-between.

Athletic clothing is frowned upon. I’ve seen many posts and comments on social media referring to workout clothes and their place in everyday use—which is limited to the gym. “Workout clothes are for the gym, and the gym only.” Although these clothes are arguably the most comfortable, and for many the ones they feel most confident in, it is judged if girls choose to dress this way every day.

But it gets worse.

Each month girls are forced to suffer through a period.

This can last for a week or longer and brings with it many nasty side effects. Cramps, bloating, cravings, overall uncomfortableness—these are just some of the symptoms. We suffer through this, all while listening to the constant jokes and remarks made at our expense.

Did I mention how expensive tampons are?

All of this is only added to as girls age and become women. Women are expected to take care of the house and kids, to cook and to clean—all while holding some type of job. With all these tasks, women have little time to themselves. They selflessly put the needs of their families before their own needs.

After all of this is pointed out, it is easy to see that being a girl can be hard. We have many daily struggles that often go unnoticed by those around us.

Next time you think about making fun of someone for “acting like a girl” or “being on their period” just remember: being a girl can be pretty damn hard, and your joke isn’t funny.

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