Get Out The Vote

Get Out The Vote

Don't stand by as our future is determined by others - go out and vote!
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I'm going to be honest, I don't like talking politics on social media. I would rather have these conversations in person. But, with that being said, one of the best ways of communicating to the masses is through social media, so here I go.

The election seems to get closer every day. The rest of the world is waiting to see who we choose as our next leader. Will we choose a corrupt politician? Or will we choose the businessman who tells it like it is? I don't know. I know who my vote is for. But, I don't want to tell you who to vote for. I want to tell you why you should vote.

Voting is your given right. Being a U.S. citizen of 18 years or older, you are legally allowed to vote. Your vote is your voice. While you may say your vote doesn't matter because it all comes down to the electoral college, do you really have a right to complain about our country if you didn't exercise your right to vote?

If you don't vote, and come Wednesday, November 9th, you choose to criticize whomever we elect, I will shut you down. I don't care if you don't like either major party candidate. Go vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson! While they really have no chance of winning, because, let's face it, anyone outside of a major party has no chance, you're still voicing your opinion.

I've heard my peers say they won't vote because they don't know enough about any candidate to make an informed decision. That is bull. There are plenty of websites that provide candidates' views on issues side-by-side. All you have to do is Google it! In fact, you don't even have to do the googling yourself because I already did it for you.

http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/compa...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/p...

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Donald-Trump-vs-H...

Take an hour and read up on the candidates! Visit their websites. Watch debate highlights. It is really that simple.

This election is so important. We are at a turning point in history, so I urge you to take advantage of the rights given to you and vote. Voice your opinion. Let it be known that you voted in one of the more controversial elections in U.S. history. If you're like me, this is likely your first presidential election as a voter. Don't stand by as older generations determine our future! We should have an equal say.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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I Am Proud To Be An American, I Profess This Loud And Proud

This country is the land of opportunity, I am humbled and honored by those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for me to be able to have life, liberty and to pursue happiness.

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This past summer, I was blessed enough to get to work in one of the most breath-taking places I have ever been, and I was doing one of the best jobs you could dream. I was in northeast Wyoming, working on a cattle ranch. Not only was I doing a job that I really enjoyed, but I also got the chance to go to some fun activities. One of the highlights was the Wyo Rodeo. Sheridan, Wyoming was alive with a cowboy enthusiasm, or at least more so than usual. The streets were full, and everyone was feeling great.

During the rodeo, an Army veteran skydived into the rodeo arena. This alone is cool, but his story was even more incredible.

He had lost both his legs in a mid-air collision when he was serving our country. As he descended into the arena, he brought a giant American flag with him. Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" was playing, and the crowd stood to honor this incredible man as he showed his love for his country. As all the first responders hurried to catch the flag and help this hero. They pulled all the edges of the flag tight. Everyone in the crowd was able to see this massive flag which only made them cheer louder. Not a single person wore a hat and every heart was covered by the right hand.

Being in the cowboy state at a rodeo with some of the most incredible people I have ever met made me realize again, I love our country.

I love America for infinite reasons. Mostly, I am allowed to travel alone or come to a whole new state to live and go to school. I am blessed to have the freedoms that are listed and protected by the Constitution. Because I am an American, and thus, free, I can travel, get an education, and have a say-so in what goes on in Washington. I am proud to be an American because I am free.

I am proud to be an American, I profess this loud and proud.

This country is the land of opportunity, I am humbled and honored by those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for me to be able to have life, liberty and to pursue happiness. This skydiving man who, despite having undergone some serious injuries, continues to show his love for our country by falling from the sky with the flag of the country he fought for, is a symbol of how incredibly resilient our country is and how much our freedom is worth. I urge you to reflect and find a reason each week why you're proud to be an American.

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