I'm Crying For The People Of Charlottesville

I'm Crying For The People Of Charlottesville

"Make America Great Again?" Step aside and we will.

I never thought I would live in a time where Nazis freely walked our streets.

Never, in a million years, did I think that Nazis were going to be making the headlines in modern papers.

Never did I think that this nation was going to be divided like it had been in the past.

I never thought I was going to be wrong.

But I was wrong.

The protests and counter-protests and riots and incidences and murders in Charlottesville have me absolutely disgusted in this world. To put it simply, I am terrified. Terrified for the people there now, terrified for the future of this nation, terrified for what this year is going to look like written down in the history books—if we even survive to see it written down.

I am a white, and I know that I am privileged because of that. I've never had someone spit on me because of the pigment of my skin. Never have I been the one to stand out in the crowd because of my skin tone. I have never had to fear for my life because of my race or my ethnicity. I cannot even begin to imagine the horrors that people go through every single day of their lives because they do not have white skin, and it makes me sick just thinking about it.

Reading the news and watching videos about Charlottesville has made me really thinking about a lot of things. Watching news coverage and hearing crowds chant "f*ck the faggots" made me sick. Seeing the video of the car intentionally hitting the crowd left me speechless. Hearing testimonies from the KKK themselves made me want to never leave the house again.

This is not a protest. These are not people exercising their constitutional rights.

This is terrorism. This is murder. This is not okay.

I have become ashamed to be a white American.

I do not care your political beliefs, your opinions on who should marry whom, whether you think that you are better than someone else because you have more or less melanin in your skin; however, the instant that your "opinions" prevent other people from existing and living to see tomorrow, I have a problem. You are a problem.

I can only do so much. I cannot pretend that I will suffer at the hands of these people because I will not. I have white privilege, and as much as I wish that it were not a thing to have, it is. But I can stand by the sides of those who are discriminated against and be their support if they need me. I can speak out and try to spread awareness. Even if I am only able to wage this war with my words on a page, I will do it.

They deserve better. This nation deserves better. The world deserves better. We were not put on this Earth to play God and decide who lives and who dies. I do not know the purpose of life, but I can be damn sure that it is not this.

Hey, Alt-Rights, I hear you. Only straight, white, Christian men should be free to walk this Earth. I've got it easy—I'm white and Christian, I've got two of the boxes checked. But guess what? You do not get to decide who gets to live and who deserves to die. You are not God. You are not a higher power. You are human beings and you are wrong. You are murdering innocent people who you and your ancestors have oppressed since the beginning.

Call me a Liberal Snowflake, an "Anti-American." Tell me I deserve to die because I refuse to lie down in your little box. Yes, please, tell me more how I need to serve my husband and that I am a temple that exists only to heed his every command. I can take it.

You do not get to tell African-Americans that they need to be subservient to you. You do not get to tell Jews that they need to die. You do not get to injure and kill people who are not like you. You have absolutely no right. If you think that you do, you are a Nazi. You are a racist, you are sexist, and you are the very problem that you claim to be so insistent on eradicating from this world. "Make America Great Again?" Step aside and we will.

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The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?


Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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