Alabama Elects Doug Jones And Stands On The #RightSideOfHistory

Alabama Elects Doug Jones And Stands On The #RightSideOfHistory

Moral integrity and human decency prevails in Alabama, shocking the nation and the world.

For the first time in 25 years, the state of Alabama has elected a Democrat, Doug Jones, to a U.S. Senate seat. Through a special election as a result of Jeff Sessions' resignation to serve as President Trump's Attorney General in February of 2017, Doug Jones overcame being a Democrat in an overwhelmingly red state. December 12th, 2017 will go down as a date where moral integrity prevailed.

multiple allegations of past sexual misconductincluding charges that involved a minor — of Republican candidate Roy Moore, through which Jones garnered political support among the outrage of both Democrats and Republicans. Whether the year is 1979 or 2017, it is proven that even in Alabama, decency prevails over party loyalty and ignorance.

Whether it's from right here in Tuscaloosa, New York City, or Australia, the world knows that Alabama just made a step to be on the #RightSideOfHistory.

Governor Wallace's racist tirades at the University of Alabama to the most recent Governor Bentley sex scandal, Alabama's political resume has been a joke. For anyone growing up in Alabama with views even remotely liberal or Democratic in nature, Alabama's political extremism has been a cringe-worthy fact to bear.

To add insult to injury, Republicans in Alabama put up a candidate in Roy Moore that claimed that the last time America was "great" was when "families were united — even though we had slavery." Yes, a candidate that said getting rid of amendments after the 10th — you know, like the 13th and 19th that abolished slavery and gave women the right to vote, respectively — would "eliminate many problems" with the United States government.

I think the saddest part was that Roy Moore, horseback riding and all, was actually competition.

Alabama's election of Doug Jones holds incredible national significance as it narrows the Republican majority in Washington. Alabama, with the world watching, elected a candidate who actually addresses the issue that lags in "industry... education... and health care." Not a candidate who is notorious for racist and homophobic public utterances.

For once, Alabama, you did alright. Also, black voters essentially decided this election, making up 30% of the vote that was almost entirely pro-Jones.

Congratulations, Alabama. You elected a candidate because of moral values and the denouncing of pedophilia, a feat the nation and the world didn't think you could do. Incredible voter turnout and voters who are usually dominated in Alabama elections, young people and ethnic minorities, proved that Alabama might not be as ignorant as the media perceives us to be.

Who knows what happens from here? Only time will tell. But Doug Jones seems to be a man with a plan:

“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us. We have shown the country the way forward” — Doug Jones, election night victory.

In 2018, Alabama is not red or blue. Rather, Alabama stands as Red, White and Blue, as the interest of human decency, education, dignity, and respect is what our state actually stands for. Women no longer must hide in the shadows about masculine objection, for now they know their voices are heard.

The hatred that has spewed from Moore's mouth has been righted by the Alabama voters; a self-proclaimed "man of God," Roy Moore's hypocrisy has been outed and the foundation of political integrity can be begin to be rebuilt in Alabama. As a good friend told me in relation to Doug Jone's politics: he is a man who will try to represent all of Alabama, not just Democrats.

Courage breeds courage.

Cover Image Credit: Doug Jones / Twitter

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10 Things You Need To Know If You Are Going To The March For Life For The First Time

How to prepare, everything you should bring, and what you can expect

I went to the March for Life for the first time last year, and I have been excited about this year's march basically since I left last year's march. The March for Life is a pro-life march in Washington, DC. Along with the march, there is also a series of speakers in the morning. It changed my life and was hands down one of the best events I have ever attended and been a part of. If you are going this year for the first time, I would love to share some tips and information with you, so that you can make the most of the day and know some of what to expect! I understand that everyone's experience may not be the same of mine, but this is what I experienced, and some things I would have appreciated knowing before I went.

You need to dress warm.

When I say warm, I mean warm. You are going to be outside all day. Bundle up until you think you are dressed warm enough, then add a few more layers. I was not dressed warm enough on my first trip to any degree. The last thing you want is to be more focused on how cold you are than on what you are there for. I recommend a few pairs of socks, gloves, a hat, and hand and foot warmers. Thankfully, the weather is looking pretty decent for this year!

You will be walking A LOT.

You will definitely walk a few miles that day. Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable. Eat a big, nutritious breakfast and get a good night's sleep the night before. You will need it!

There will be a ton of people there.

Last year there were 800,000 people in attendance. It is incredible to spend a day with so many people with the same beliefs and desires as you. Everyone there is beyond friendly and kind.

There may be some people there that are against you, but they are few and far between.

During my experience at the march last year, we encountered a few people who were against us. But those few people take no stance to our 800,000 and Jesus. Don't be worried.

There are a few things you don't want to forget to take with you.

I would recommend bringing:

A bottle of water

Tissues

Money

Chap stick

You are going to learn a lot.

I learned a lot, especially from the speakers, about the abortion industry, about choosing life, and about what I could do to help. There were so many important, difficult, and inspiring things said that I actually went home and re-watched all of the speeches online so that I could better comprehend things, and so that I could write down what stood out to me the most.

God is there.

The speakers fearlessly talk about Jesus and share the good news. The Holy Spirit is so present. Complete strangers show you God's love.

This will be one of the most peaceful things you will ever be a part of.

I still can't comprehend the peace that I experienced at the march. It is hard to believe that a crowd of 800,000 people in the heart of Washington, DC can be even remotely peaceful, but let me be the first to tell you that the peace that only the Lord can give is so ever present.

It will change your life.

The March for Life changed my life. I have so much more drive and desire to do my part in ending the abortion industry, inspiring others to choose life, and praying for all of the babies whose innocent lives have been taken. I am much more confident in sharing my beliefs and standing for life.

I am so glad that you are going to the march, because I just know it is going to be an amazing experience for you. See you there!

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A New Day Is On The Horizon

Time really is up.

If you missed the Golden Globes, then you missed one of the most epic thank you speeches ever given by none other than Oprah.

I think she said it best when she states, "A new day is on the horizon." This is a powerful speech to me because it doesn't attack men like so many do. She instead is talking about how the time is up on looking past all of the corruption in the world today and uniting and overcoming as a whole.

If this issue is ever going to truly be gone, men and women have to work together to end it. Oprah's speech hopefully lit a fire in many women and men all over the country to begin a new day and work to end the pain holding in secrets of hurt and struggle many have had to deal with all these years. Hopefully, our country can be new and work together.

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