Dear World, Stop Bullying, Start Accepting.

Dear World, Stop Bullying, Start Accepting.

I hope you consider joining me in fighting this widespread horror of bullying, rejection and cruelty, and prove to every child the horrible effects it can have, and most importantly how important it is to be kind, be loving, and be accepting of all.
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Dear World,

I am by no means, placing the blame on any one person for these issues, as I know some things are out of our control, but other things are not. We can not control how others treat us, but we can control how we treat others, and how we respond to their behavior and actions. Bullying in schools, starting as young as kindergarten, has been more prevalent than ever in schools worldwide, and it needs to be stopped. It starts at home, and I want to make people aware that these students need to be informed what it means to be a bully, and the devastating effects it can have on people as well as the one doing the bullying themselves. Most of the time the aftermath of the bullying is focused on the victim of the situation, and not on the perpetrator. It is important to teach these students not only how to act in a circumstance in which bullying may arise, but show them the endless reasons why becoming a bully will inhibit their future decisions. I personally experienced instances of bullying, starting in middle school and arising in the beginning of high school, and I believe my personal story and showing the results of me not fighting back and becoming a bully to those who hurt me, but standing up for myself and showing others the importance of respect and how far it can bring you in the future.

I am willing to do whatever it takes to speak to the students of any school on these issues, and hopefully, reach into their hearts and take action against bullying and it's growing epidemic. If this means just coming and speaking, I am willing, or if larger measures shall be taken such as creating a program or club against bullying or for bullies themselves and how to come back from that, I am willing. I am only one person, and as my mom always tells me, “Caitlin you can’t fix everyone, you can’t save the world”, but I am willing to try and I won’t stop until there is change, no matter how big or small it may be. It is time we start doing something to make every kid know both in and outside of the walls, that they are safe, welcome, and belong no matter what differences they may have. No one person is to blame for this issue, however it is our responsibility to make sure that any situation that is comprised of bullying is stopped before it even arises. Kindness matters, and with the help of just a simple smile, or a “you are important” from any one person, can make the worlds of a difference for anyone.

I hope you consider joining me in fighting this widespread horror of bullying, rejection and cruelty, and prove to every child the horrible effects it can have, and most importantly how important it is to be kind, be loving, and be accepting of all. If you are a parent, administrator, or anything in between, I hope you realize how influential you are in your children’s live on this matter, and I also want to offer my support in anyway possible, I don’t want another child to be a victim of bullying, or a bullier themselves, ever again, and I intend to make sure every child knows, being kind is the first step to changing the world.




Best regards,

A concerned and caring girl just trying to save the world (even though mom has her doubts!)

Caitlin

Cover Image Credit: https://galesmind.com/2015/02/16/bullying-why/

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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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?

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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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