Dear Millennial Politics, Enough

Dear Millennial Politics, Enough

I've had enough of this silly blame game, step up to the plate.
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Dear Millennial Politics,

Enough is enough. This seems to be the age of juveniles, because the more we can play who's at fault between Democrats and Republicans, the actual validity in politics lessens. I am a Democrat. Or as many Republicans would nickname me, a snowflake. I'm delicate and fragile, die my armpit hair pink, and only want free college and legalized weed. This, in no way, should be how millennial Democrats are viewed.

Millennial Republicans have been crying all over Odyssey with how they are no longer entitled to their own political opinions, and I think that is BS. You are generalized by your parents' old money, your easy life, and your privilege. For that, I am sorry. You are, in fact, allowed to have your opinions just like I am, but don't think that everyone in this world is going to agree with you. And that is where you have to learn.

I see Republicans tweeting out how the world is divided, but yet as soon as the D word is spoken, the shutdown and word twisting begins. I don't see why opinions can't be heard, and I don't see why some things can't be taken more seriously.

I feel that in the age where millennials can now vote, we have turned politics into a mockery. At first, the whole reality TV star businessman running for president was funny. But now, here we are, with a President with very little political knowledge in a very fragile world state. It might just be my Democratic brain speaking, but I wouldn't care so much if there was a Republican president, if he/she had some sound political history.

Why can't we be friends? Well, probably because everyone thinks their own entitlement to their own opinion reigns superior. I, in no way, would say I am stuck in my political party. Yes, I hold certain ideals and values I call my own that resemble the Democratic Party. Like, I am pro-choice, I am for helping those in need, and I believe that everyone should receive some form of healthcare or help to get healthcare.

To look at the flip side, I am not against guns. I do not think that the middle class should be the ones taking the hardest hit for taxes, and I do not believe minimum wage should be an insanely high amount. But, why do these certain opinions label me as something so disgraceful that you can't seem to get past it?

Really, I understand we do have our own beliefs. The only time I see the easy divide is when someone so blatantly backs something that could intentionally hurt you, your family, or things you love and care about. Some things I have heard from Republicans have been so hateful or scary that I just don't know how someone could have that type of mindset.

Now, don't get me wrong, both sides of the spectrum have some wild and unattainable thoughts. But maybe, for once, we stop generalizing the people in each party. If there were a candidate that shared a better picture than one from my party, I certainly would not look away from supporting them.

My closing thought is this: What if we just took things seriously? Stopped shaming each other like 12-year-old girls in middle school. No one likes a bully, and no one here should be the scapegoat. So millennial politics, what if we stepped up to the plate and tried to change things for a better future?

It's just a thought, but please, remember that everyone has an opinion. Everyone has their own story. Before you begin to judge them, think a moment about their circumstances and their mindset. The only way to be united is by understanding and accepting.

Love,

Millennial

Cover Image Credit: Mackenzie Boivin

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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Sorry People, But #BelieveWomen Is #UnAmerican

Presumption of innocence is a core American value

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There's a saying: "Lack of faith and blind faith - both are equally dangerous". Believing sexual assault accusers who are women just because they are women besides being the very definition of sexist - prejudice based on sex - is setting a harmful precedent on the way justice is served in this country. See, what this movement has done is changed justice from "prove guilt" to "prove innocence", an important and incredibly dangerous difference. Where is the due process that our Founding Fathers envisioned, fought, and died for?

Due process is an integral part of the reason why we have the United States of America. It was so important to our Founding Fathers that they included it in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eight (the Bill of Rights), and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. It galls me to see how privileged modern day feminists are - so privileged they seemingly forget the freedoms this country affords them, so they may live their life, expect liberty, and be unhindered in their pursuit of happiness.

#BelieveWomen is a vigilante movement - and with vigilante justice the innocent always hang with the guilty, one of the very reasons for due process. I've heard the argument it's better to let innocent men rot in jail than have rapist men walk free, an argument, despite being incredibly moronic and unAmerican, that would not be made if the accused was a man close to the woman's heart. Because with the change to "prove innocence", the assumption will be guilt, and a confirmation bias will be created. Whereas if the assumption is innocence, the jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has occurred. I understand that a high percentage of rape accusations are truthful (I believe the number is in the high 90s), but the small percentage that are not means we cannot, in good conscience, assume guilt. To assume would damn some men to a fate they do not deserve, a fate they would have to endure simply because of their sex. Any real feminist should be appalled at how sexism is implicitly encouraged in this movement.

If you choose to #BelieveWomen in spite of everything I outlined, that is your prerogative, but you must #BelieveAllWomen. If your father, husband, boyfriend, or son gets accused, you must #BelieveWomen and stand with their accuser. Any less and your feminist privilege will show. Vocal #MeToo activist Lena Dunham has already shown her privilege - accusing actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about being assaulted by her friend Murray Miller. When the going gets hard, feminists rarely stick to their principles. And sadly, feminism - and the double standards it always brings - rears its ugly head once again.

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