Former-President Barack Obama & All The Reasons Why He Failed Millenials

Former-President Barack Obama & All The Reasons Why He Failed Millenials

Former-President Barack Obama promised us the world, but delivered very little; False hope, broken promises, & unrealistic ideas.
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Dear Former-President Obama,

Let Me Explain To You The Reasons Why You Failed Us: The Millennials

For starters, yes, I am an outspoken supporter of Donald J. Trump. I voted for President Trump in the New York Primaries, I voted for President Trump in the General Election, and I am proud of both.

I tend to lean conservative on most issues that have risen over the years. For as long as I can remember, I have disagreed with your administration’s policies, I have disagreed with many decisions you’ve made, and I’ve disagreed with all of your socialistic ideologies. I voted for John McCain in my 8th-grade middle school election and I voted for Mitt Romney in my 12th-grade high school election, all before the age of 18 --I wanted you out of office before you even took it, and let me tell you why.

As a 22-year-old male living on Long Island and going to college in New York City, being a conservative Trump supporter put me in a position as the underdog, which I don’t mind. Everywhere I went, and everywhere I still go, I am outnumbered. I am outnumbered in the sense that everyone seems to be ‘with her’. I have family members, friends, classmates, coworkers, and even professors, who have strongly disagreed with my political views, who have uninvited me to social events, who have insulted me in the classroom for supporting a particular candidate. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Halloween were all tension-ridden this year, and I blame YOU, Former-President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama promised us, the millennials, the world. That’s where the majority of his votes derived from in both elections, but more prominently in 2012 than in 2008. As this age of millennials grew older and wiser, or for some just older, the more they grew to love and praise Obama. How? Let me tell you why. He made false promises and masked his presidency with unrealistic ideas. He tried transforming our democracy into a socialistic society, and failed, miserably.

Obama preached “Free Healthcare!, Free College Tuition!, Free the Prisoners!, Feed the Hungry!, Shelter the Homeless!” The list of FREE goes on and on.

Obama didn’t create free healthcare, he created and implemented the (UN)Affordable Healthcare Act, which will soon be repealed. As for free college tuition, I’m not sure about anyone else, but four years of my undergraduate degree cost my parents and I, $185,000. He did successfully free some prisoners, though, 1,385 to be exact; 504 of which were serving life terms and at least one who was convicted of 22 counts of espionage against her own country -- I wish my friend who was arrested for a minor misdemeanor would be pardoned of his crimes!!! NOT. That’s not how our legal system works, fortunately.

Eight long years later, the hungry are still hungry and the homeless are still homeless. The only thing Barack Obama is responsible for is dividing this country in so many ways, it may be beyond repair.

The Democratic Party now swings so far left; they might as well call themselves socialists. Well, some of them do. Our very own Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are prime examples of the extremism Barack Obama has placed upon his own party. The Republican Party, some staunch conservatives, and some modern, progressive right wingers, are now at the forefront of our government controlling the House, the Senate, and the Oval; thank god!

But, I have to say the biggest disappointment of Former-President Obama‘s eight years in office came about in his last few months as President of the United States. On June 8, 2016, Barack Obama endorsed Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton, and from that moment on, Obama not only campaigned extensively on her behalf but deemed her fit as the ONLY person to be the President of the United States. Unfortunately, on November 8, 2016, all of his tireless hard work and efforts to sway American voters did not pay off as Donald J. Trump won the election and is now OUR president. In my opinion, how dare you Barack, how dare you persuade and sway American voters. You were the leader of the free world, you were the most powerful person in society, and you put your presidential duties on hold to campaign for someone who ended up losing. Serves you right Barack, you overstepped your boundaries, undermined the American people, and took advantage of your power from every aspect; shame on you.

Mr. Obama, you failed us; us the millennials, us the men and women who served under you, us the American people. You failed us as a president; you failed us as a commander and chief; you promised us the world, but delivered very little. Let this be a lesson to us; us the millennials, us the people.

Here’s to at least four years of democracy, success, patriotism, and unity!

Sincerely,

A failed Millenial

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

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And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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