The Hypocrisy With Republicans And Democrats

The Hypocrisy With Republicans And Democrats

When will both sides admit they’re wrong?
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The Republican and Democratic Parties have been battling for over a century over ideology, policy and power within The United States. Both of the major political parties like to poke holes within each other's proposals and bicker over who is right. But what happens when the positions on both sides are contradictory? Each side will bash the other side’s agenda while accidentally pointing out the flaws in their own.

The Gun Control-Marijuana Legalization Contradiction

Since the War on Drugs has begun, Republicans have called for more restrictions on drugs and harsher penalties for the people that use them. Liberals have branded the War on Drugs, especially marijuana, as a joke in recent years and have called for the end of the four-decade-old war. Democrats believe that whether the drug is legal or not, people will continue to use and sell the substance. They claim that laws don’t dictate human behavior and that it’s impossible to legislate drugs out of our society. Where is that logic when it comes to guns? Every time there is a mass shooting, Democrats call for more gun control and say guns are the source of the problem. However, they fail to realize that the more they ban guns, the more they ramp up the black market for them. Regardless of the law, like drugs, people will obtain what they want one way or another. While conservatives shout, “Gun laws don’t work,” liberals are shouting the same thing about marijuana and/or drugs, which leaves voters scratching their heads. Chicago has the most restrictive gun laws in America, accommodated by high gun violence rates. While their liberal-supported gun laws aren’t working, the conservative's drug war has led to nothing but the world’s highest incarceration rate and over a trillion dollars down the drain.

The MLK-JFK Contradiction

Republicans often champion civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., as one of their own and tout his accomplishments. While King was a registered Republican, Democrats will often point out that the parties ideology has changed throughout time. This implies that by modern day standards, MLK would be a part of the Democratic Party. King advocated for equality and peace, which is mostly associated with modern day Democrats. Nevertheless, this doesn’t change the fact that liberals have taken credit for some famous people that wouldn’t follow their modern day ideology. John F. Kennedy called for lowering taxes in many cases and told Americans, “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy wanted citizens to rely less on the government while supporting free trade. Grover Cleveland, who has been ranked very effective by historians, was a Democrat in the 1800s, but also supported free trade, was against government regulation, and reduced the size of the federal government. Each political party has the technicality to “claim” these people, but both parties also follow a completely different philosophy and ideology than they did in the past.

The two parties that rule America find too many contradictions within themselves. Republicans claim they advocate for a smaller government but want to tell you what you can and can’t do when it comes to sex, marriage, abortion and language. Democrats tell us they are pro-choice, but that label doesn’t apply when it comes to unions, guns, large sodas and other drugs. It’s important to understand that these parties and politicians will say anything to obtain power. Which liberties are you willing to give up?

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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Dear Kaitlin Bennet, If The U.S. Had Common Sense Gun Control, You Would Not Be Allowed To Carry

You can't threaten to shoot someone just because they disagree with you.

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As most people know by now, Kaitlin Bennet is a recent graduate from Kent State University who tweeted a photo of herself with an AR-10 strapped to her back, and a graduation cap that said: "Come And Take It." Since then, she's obnoxiously been making herself more known through stunts like dangerously firing buckshot straight into the air at a gun range after shooting pumpkins in order to show her love of Brett Kavanaugh and her dislike of feminism, going to an anti-Trump rally and threatening the protestors, and "disguising herself" while asking Kent State University students what they thought of her.

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One of the most infuriating things about Bennet is that she doesn't seem to understand what feminism is. She often rants about how feminism needs to be destroyed. She doesn't seem to understand that the literal definition of feminism is, "The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." I'm not sure why Bennet wouldn't want equal rights, but that's on her. When a Twitter user pointed out that feminism gave Bennet the right to have a voice and to vote, Bennet tweeted back "Feminism didn't give me the right to vote. Men did. But ok." This is truly frightening, Bennet must think that her oppressors are actually her liberators when they give her just a little of what should be rightfully hers (i.e. equal rights). Bennet goes as far as to say that feminists don't actually want equal rights, but that we would rather be victims so that we can turn sympathy into democratic votes.

I'd like to remind Bennet that feminism is the reason that she is able to speak about her beliefs so publicly. Feminism is the reason that she is allowed to vote, allowed to own property, allowed to apply for a credit card. The list goes on. I can only hope that one day, Kaitlin Bennet will be willing to open her eyes and learn that she should be thanking feminist leaders for her freedom.


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The fact that Bennet believes that feminism opposes the right for a woman to protect herself shows how delusional she really is. Common sense gun regulation is not about taking guns away from law-abiding citizens, it's about making sure that only those responsible enough to use a gun safely can own one. Personally, I think Bennet knows that she probably wouldn't be allowed to carry a gun if these regulations were put into place, as she regularly threatens people who disagree with her by letting them know that she carries, going as far as to threaten protestors at a recent anti-Trump rally and saying, "That will deter them." She proceeded to insult the protestors by making fun of their clothes and their weight, even looking into the camera and saying: "She's gonna eat it" after a protestor spoke into Bennet's microphone.

On October 13th, Bennet posted a video on Twitter, stating, "Just wanted to remind all the violent feminists that have sent me death threats this week that it's not a good idea to threaten an armed woman." People like Bennet that use firearms as a threat only strengthen the argument for gun control.


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Kaitlin, I want you to know that I pity you. The fact that you carry doesn't scare me. It is very clear that you don't want your gun for protection. You want your gun to make a statement. You want your gun to say, "I have permission to be rude and offensive and to instill fear in others." It is clear that you only feel powerful and important when you're able to hide behind a weapon and threaten to shoot anyone who has an opinion that differs from yours. You are advocating for your cause in all the wrong ways. You are giving us every reason to oppose you. Good luck, and wake up.

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