Why The US Deserves More than Donald Trump

Why The US Deserves More than Donald Trump

We are better than this.

As a political science double-major, social activist, and politically active millennial- I more than often find myself stumbling into conversations about the 2016 Presidential race. More often than not, the topic of Donald Trump is hotly debated. *I personally identify as a supporter of democratic socialism, and therefore find myself advocating for Senator Bernie Sanders.* Despite my association with the Democratic party, I find reason and fairness in the opinions of those who have differing political ideations and support different parties.

However, personal beliefs and political affiliations aside- I believe the US deserves more than Donald Trump.

Throughout the race thus far, Donald Trump has continuously made a spectacle out of himself as if he were a character on one of his own television shows. The United States needs a President, not another reality television character. With his use of vulgar and offensive language, derogatory remarks, and outlandish statements (let us never forget the great debate over the size of his penis), Trump has consistently shown his nature as a hateful, unprofessional individual not qualified to hold the most sought after political position in the world. Personally, I think that the fact that discussion over his reproductive organs instead of his social policies is enough to disqualify him as being a professional individual qualified to rule our country.

I understand that the subject of Donald Trump is a touchy one for many. It seems that every supporter I speak to truly has a reason for their endorsement. However, it does not matter whether you admire his radical racism and religious discrimination against Muslims or his successful line up of economic and business fails- one thing rings true: he is not qualified for the job.

A blonde haired, tan, reality television star and extremely wealthy business person with their last name on many large buildings. I just described Paris Hilton.

My point is, there are many businessmen and women who run empires similar to Trump and are incredibly wealthy. In fact, there are more individuals who have run businesses much more successful than Trump's mediocre record of four business bankruptcies and multiple lawsuits.

The other candidates competing against Trump for the seat in the White House have decades of political experience between them. While I understand that many people do not value political experience- it is critical that a potential President has at least a basis of political knowledge before ruling the country. The lack of experience that Donald Trump would walk into the White House with is remarkably frightening. Although he would have advisors, this would be like trusting fifty assistants to be more knowledgeable than the boss at a major company. While Donald Trump certainly has experience being a boss, the United States is a major office that he has never worked in before- and he cannot just say "you're fired" to minorities of groups of people whom he opposes when he so chooses.

The position of the President of the United States is not to wear expensive suits and look intimidating to our enemies as he or she presses the big red button and launches nuclear weapons.

The United States is one of the charter members of the United Nations and of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. We are known to be a beautiful nation of equality and freedom. Donald Trump wishes to strip us of our prominent stature and qualities that we have been known so greatly for.

When Donald Trump says he will "make America great again"- I wonder when he is referring to.

Were we great when we were stealing land from Native American tribes and killing their people in a bloodbath? Were we great when we sold African Americans as slaves and had segregated school systems? Were we great when we put Japanese Americans in internment camps? Were we great when women did not have the right to vote? Were we great when gay, bisexual, and lesbian couples could not get married? Were we great when transgender individuals could not use their own pronouns and use their own chosen bathrooms?

Greatness is not a period of time. It is not measured by one instance in the past. We are constantly progressing as a nation and getting better as time passes.

Equal rights and social justice are and have always been incredibly important and prevalent societal issues. Trump's blatant disregard for the equal rights of minorities is a disservice to the people of the United States whom he wishes to represent as President.

Our country is far from perfect, but has come extremely far in terms of social justice and equal rights. It would be a terrible misfortune to take steps backwards in our triumphs and strip the rights of American people.

The greatness that Donald Trump seems to strive for is not greatness at all- but carelessness and cruelty. Trump's ideas are carelessly putting the United States into old fashioned morals of discrimination and defamation, where no one is free except for elites and the wealthy.

Donald Trump has said that he does not consider himself to be a racist, however, his statements tell a much different story. Racism is defined by your actions towards people of any race other than your own. If you make remarks that are offensive, insulting, and threatening to people of another race- you are exhibiting racism. Thus, making you a racist individual. Why would we have a President who is notably racist in a country known to be a diverse melting pot of cultures and nationalities?

Ask yourself- would you want your daughter, wife, sister, or mother referred to as a being "only used to be aesthetically pleasing"? Would you encourage them to enlist in the armed forces, where "sexual assault in the military should be expected"? Would you tell them that "pumping breast milk is disgusting"? That women are "gold diggers"? That they are "lonely", "losers", "ugly", and "only good for sex appeal"?

Women in the United States do NOT have equal rights. We are not paid the same amount of money as men for the same jobs. Therefore, a candidate who is sexist and misogynistic is very frightening for the future of women's rights and gender equality.

What is important to note here is that Donald J. Trump is an inexperienced, crude individual who does not hold the knowledge, ability, professionalism, or nobility that The United States of America deserves as a President of the United States.

Donald Trump's tomfoolery and absurd behavior throughout his political pursuit has created a bad image for the United States in other countries who are witnessing his actions in the election thus far.

Donald Trump has exhibited religious discrimination during several of his campaign rallies- in which he has openly called out Muslim individuals and asked them to leave his event. He also said that as President, he would call for constant surveillance of mosques. In a country that has religious freedom, this behavior is absolutely asinine. It would be completely ignorant to have a President who has outwardly displayed hatred and discrimination of ANY TYPE, and would be unjust for him to hold office.

Trump claims that his tactics for protecting America are to "protect our borders". If it is simply about protecting borders and making our country safer, we should run background checks on every person of every nationality who comes into our country. Instead, Donald Trump wishes to target and profile individuals based on their race and religion which is outward discrimination.

Moreover, Donald Trump has continuously hired individuals from out of the country to work in his businesses. He has clearly already not fulfilled his campaign promises of keeping jobs in the country when he is hiring predominately foreign individuals to work in his companies.

The hypocrisy, cruelty, discrimination, vulgarity, and racial profiling is absolutely absurd qualities to have in a man who is potentially going to run the United States of America.

History repeats itself. Donald Trump's treatment towards Muslim Americans directly reflects the feelings and attitudes towards Americans who developed Japanese internment camps during World War II.

We deserve more. America deserves more.

Make America GREAT. Please. We have never been great. Greatness is not a period in time. We have been hateful, racist, sexist, misogynistic, religiously discriminatory, and homophobic. We been ignorant, cruel, and uninformed. We have progressed from our mistakes and continuously make strides towards a better tomorrow. We are not there just yet.

We finally have the opportunity to become great.

Do not make America what it was EVER again. Make it MORE.

We deserve more.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.

Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.


Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Gillette Somehow Faces Backlash For Saying That Women Should Be Treated Like People

I mean seriously, what just happened?


I've always found it funny when conservatives make fun of liberal "snowflakes" the get offended by everything only to burn their Nikes when the company ran an ad with a guy they don't like. Another example of this hypocrisy happened just this week.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last week or so, the razor company Gillette, also the namesake of the New England Patriot's stadium released an ad that has divided the internet just as effectively as any blue and black dress...or white and gold...whatever. How were they able to accomplish this? All it took was a simple advertisement.

The ad played on Gillette's famous slogan, "The Best A Man Can Get." It went on to show casually sexist men catcalling, stalking, and silencing women, an experience that I'm sure any woman can relate to. The men in the commercial responded with the age-old excuse of "boys will be boys" and dismissed these events. However, as the ad progresses other men begin to intervene on the women's behalf and basically saying that this crap ain't right, which it's not. The ad ends with a text saying "It's only by challenging ourselves to do more than we can get closer to our best."

Personally, I thought nothing of the ad. To me, all it was saying was "please don't be a dick to women. Women are people too." I found these positions to be pretty reasonable, and the advertisement left my mind completely...until the next morning. Remember how I thought the ad was reasonable? Yeah, not everyone else thought so.

Social media was inundated by those who hated the ad, and many were calling a boycott of Gillette in response to it. This, of course, started another one of those respectful, thoughtful and nuanced conversations that the internet is known for...I'm kidding.

It was a bloodbath with accusations of sexism and toxic masculinity and toxic femininity and Nazism and communism and so many other political buzzwords that even Fox News would've had an aneurysm.

As I read as many comments and tweets as I could (as much as I could stomach anyway), I found that the vast majority of negative responses boiled down to two basic complaints. The first of these is the accusation that the ad paints all men as rapists and woman-haters, demonizing an entire gender. However, if you actually watched the ad for more than thirty seconds, you would see that this is bullshit.

The ad doesn't paint all men as trash, just the ones that are acting like trash.

In fact, there are even men in the ad holding other men accountable for their actions. In my opinion, if you think that the ad is treating men like trash for no good reason, then you probably see yourself in those trash men, which probably means that you are, in fact, also trash.

The other large complaint was that they saw it as liberal propaganda, with a lot of comments reading something along the lines of "keep politics out of my razors!" This of course, is only said when you disagree with the politics being pushed. If Gillette had run an ad with a more conservative angle, the same people bashing it now would have had no issue. Whenever someone says "I don't want politics in my [insert thing here]," they really mean "I don't want politics that I disagree with in my [insert thing here]." This goes for both sides of the political spectrum.

All in all, Gillette made a reasonable ad that promoted the idea that maybe we shouldn't treat women like objects that are meant to bring us pleasure. Unfortunately, Gillette underestimated the unholy amounts of sexism and right-wing hatred on the internet, which is only allowed to escape 4chan when something is about to utterly destroy the fabric of society....like a football player not standing for a song and other such world ending events. I find the ad pretty tame and harmless, but always remember that in the era of social media, the standards for outrage are extremely low, and only getting lower.

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