Don't Be Afraid To Vote Against Your Parents' Favorite Politician

Don't Be Afraid To Vote Against Your Parents' Favorite Politician

We need you to vote, but we need you to know what you're voting for first.

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Growing up, I never paid attention to politics. Being from a small town, I was blind to how much it actually affected me.

Now, living in the city, I see the heavy effects of capitalism, poverty, racism and so many issues with our education system. I didn't experience diversity growing up and, for lack of a better word, was culturally incompetent. I just didn't know better.

As an adult, I see the bubble I lived in as such a disadvantage.

Being from a conservative family in an extremely conservative town, it's easy to just follow what you're told and not go in another direction — especially if you never leave or experience anything new.

You rely on the media and your community to dictate your beliefs. What I find so funny now is that older adults are challenging younger generations for being "too liberal," as if it truly is a bad thing.

What we all need to realize is that we have to vote for changes, even if it doesn't affect us personally.

We have to be the ones to advance a failing world, even if it doesn't greatly impact our own communities.

It's hard to be the only liberal in a very conservative family. Your Thanksgiving dinner will be awkward and uncomfortable, and your Facebook might be a target for some negative comments from Uncle Phil. But does that mean what you believe is wrong?

It's OK to change your beliefs from how you grew up. It's OK to evolve and adapt your thinking to what you know now. In fact, I'd encourage it.

It's not only important that you vote, but it's important that you vote well and truly think about what you're doing. Don't vote for someone just because your parents would.

Do the research. Get to know the people who are going to be impacted by your vote. Look at ALL sides. Look at the poor, the needy, the immigrants. Look at people of color and what they are experiencing.

Do we live in a fair and just country?

At some point, we have to stop following what we're told and start to look into things ourselves.

It's OK to agree with your family, but make sure you truly know the world around you before you come to that conclusion. Educate yourself on other cultures and what exactly politicians believe in. Look at where government money is being spent.

Never choose someone because you know their name.

Never choose someone because your family or friends pressured you to.

Never choose someone because they're your community's favorite choice.

If you're too lazy to research or to really put thought into your vote and what it means, then sit this one out because it all really does make a difference.

And if you're ready to vote, but scared of going against your family, don't be.

It's YOUR vote based on YOUR beliefs. Just make sure they're educated beliefs.

We could really use some change around here.

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As A Female Christian Millennial, I Fully Support Alabama's Abortion Ban Because I Know God Would, Too

A life always has worth, no matter the circumstances.

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Alabama's state legislature passed a bill on May 14, 2019 that makes it illegal for abortions to be performed past six weeks of pregnancy. Doctors who are caught violating the law could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison. The bill is the strictest anti-abortion bill to date this year as states try to pass laws to challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.

While the law does allow an exception to women whose lives are at risks, it does not allow for abortions in the event of rape or incest. I support Alabama's new law, and I applaud them for their efforts to protect the rights of unborn children.

As a Christian, I believe that life is a precious gift from God and should be treated with care.

The sixth commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill," and Jesus said the second greatest rule was to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39-40). I believe this applies to every person born and unborn. But, even from a secular perspective, there are reasons that support an unborn child's right to life. Let's break down two of the most important components of the bill: abortion itself and the case of rape and incest.

A big argument in the debate is whether a baby is alive before it is born or only after it is born.

I believe can be explained and answered with simple medical science. In the medical profession, a person is pronounced dead when there is no more activity in the brain, known as brain-dead.

At that point, they consider there to be no more life in the body.

The opposite of death is life, so if you have electrical signals still coursing through your brain, then you are alive. A fetus begins to have electrical activity in its brain at six weeks. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until around that time, so by the time they decide to have an abortion, the baby, by all medical accounts, is alive.

Another indicator of whether a person is dead or dying is their pulse.

The pulse is how many times a person's heart beats per minute. If a person does not have a pulse, they will more than likely die if their heart cannot be resuscitated because no oxygen is getting to their brain.

Medical personnel does everything they can to start a person's heart back because they know that the heart is key to life.

A baby's heart begins to beat at five weeks old, again before the mother knows she is pregnant and can choose to have an abortion. Since the United States' justice system upholds that killing a person is wrong, then shouldn't killing a baby, who is alive, be wrong too? I think this is plenty of proof that aborting a baby is killing a living person and is therefore wrong.

Rape and incest are two horrible acts that should be punished. It is never the victim's or conceived a child's fault in the situation.

Given the reasons above for why abortion is wrong, I also believe, while both crimes are horrendous, that abortion is still not the answer to this problem. I do understand, however, that women, because of the traumatic experience or other reasons, may not be able to care for the child.

As such, I am an advocate for adoption.

There are many couples out there who cannot have children on their own who would love to adopt. In order, for this to be a viable option, though, Congress needs to make amendments to adoption laws.

Adoption is outrageously expensive, much more costly than an abortion, and is a long and tedious process.

Though the laws are in place so that not just anybody can adopt a child, the government still could stand to relax laws a little. Another option could be to offer aid to those who wish to adopt specifically to cover adoption expenses or to only those who meet certain requirements. If we want to protect unborn children, we must give women and families more viable options.

I know that my views are not popular, but God did not call us to be popular, He called us to be His disciples.

I will not compromise my convictions because I am in the minority. I support the women who have to face this dilemma, and I pray that they and our government officials make the right decisions and aid these women and families in need of help.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Wants To Give You $600 To Participate In Elections

The New York Senator, who is running for President, has a plan to give every eligible American "Democracy Dollars" to donate to campaigns of their choice.

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Kirsten Gillibrand made headlines this week with her plan to clean up elections. The plan, which she calls the "Clean Elections Plan" includes giving every voter $600 to donate to federal candidates running for office. However, there are strings attached to the proposal. Voters would be able to register for $100 in primary elections and $100 in general elections. Each person who registers would also receive $200 for House, Senate, and presidential candidates, totaling to the $600 mentioned earlier.

The money could only go to candidates in the donor's state. For example, if you live in Nebraska, you can only donate to campaigns in Nebraska. However, you can donate to campaigns in other congressional districts. If you live in the 1st congressional district, you can donate to the 6th congressional district, as long as it is still in the state you reside in.

In order for candidates to receive "Democracy Dollars" candidates could only receive donations of up to $200 or less. A big drop from the current $2,800 campaigns can receive from one donor. Gillibrand believes that this would force candidates to campaign in more local areas. "They would campaign in all communities," Gillibrand said. "They would be going to low-income communities, they would be going to rural communities, they would be asking people to support them not only with a vote, but with (financial) support for their campaign." Candidates would also have to opt-in to the program. If they do not, they cannot receive the money from the federal voucher program.

The congresswoman-turned-senator-turned-presidential-candidate is running on a platform of government transparency. On Gillibrand's campaign website, it says, "Wealthy special interests and their lobbyists have outsized influence over our laws because they can pour unlimited amounts of sometimes-secret money into passing their agenda and bankrolling their allies' campaigns."

Gillibrand's proposal is based off of a rather successful plan in Seattle. In the Seattle City Council elections in 2013, small-dollar donations, under $250, accounted for 48% of the money donated to candidates. After the proposal passed in 2017, small-dollar donations accounted for 87% of the money donated to candidates.

Gillibrand's plan could work, however, it could cost the federal government a lot of money. The Senator refused to accept donations from corporate PACs in her last election and is doing the same for her presidential campaign. If she gets elected, "Democracy Dollars" could show up on your doorstep.

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