I'm A Republican And That's Okay

I'm A Republican And That's Okay

Your political party might be different than mine.. But that's okay.

If we were to think about life even just 10 years ago, I bet many of us would remember the days that politics weren't really spoken about. A lot of us were probably raised with the same standards; don't talk about politics and religion. Hell, I use to waitress and bar-tend and that is the unspoken rule of the bar. Don't talk about politics or religion, especially when alcohol is involved. As my dad always told me, you're not going to change their opinion, and they're not going to change yours.

Fast forwards 10 years, you now know everyone and their mothers political opinion. You can't get on Facebook for one day without a political post. Just about everything on the TV mentions politics in some form or fashion. Talking about politics has become the new social norm. Unfortunately, bullying has also become the new social norm. You're no longer allowed to have differing opinions. And this comes from both sides of the political spectrum. I've seen it from the extreme left as well as the extreme right.

Free speech for all!

.....Except for those who disagree with me!

Now, what stereotypes do you associate with those in the Republican party? What are the usual go-to's?

Any other word that ends in 'ophobic'...

And so on and so forth.

Well, I'm here to say, for those of you who are willing to listen, we're not any of those things. Do those people out there exist? Absolutely. But they're not limited to the republican party, or even the democratic party. There are assholes everywhere. On both sides.

But just because I'm a registered Republican, doesn't mean I'm any of those things. But I will tell you what I am. I am a young woman, mother and student who was raised by amazing parents who taught me the importance in respecting everyone. No matter their race, or their beliefs.

I was raised to treat everyone as the human beings that they are, because while we may not all have the same beliefs, we're all still human beings. Going day by day trying to figure out life and do what's best for our loved ones. We're not all going to do it the same way, and that's okay. We're not all going to vote for the same people, and that's also okay.

We can have different views. But just because we have different views, doesn't make me any of those things you assume that I am. You probably saw the title and instantly thought about how racist I must be. Or how I hate women. Or how I'm just probably so full of hate.

But I'm not.

I'm full of love. As a new mother especially, I'm full of a love I've never felt before. I don't hate anyone (except the San Fransisco Giants but that's just because I was #RaisedRoyal and I'm also #StillBitter).

I want what's best for most importantly my son, my family, my friends. But also for you, whoever reads this.. No matter your views, I value your safety and your future. Because at the end of the day, we're all playing for the same team. No matter who you are, what you believe, who you love; I will always treat you with respect unless you disrespect me.

I'm no longer ashamed of saying I am a republican. Because I'm confident in the values I was raised with. I'm confident in the respectful, loving person I am growing up to be and will raise my son to be. And because quite frankly, republicans aren't the ones out destroying buildings and assaulting people in alleged, 'protests' which are actually 'riots'.

I'm a republican and that's okay.
Maybe you're a democrat.. and that's okay.
Maybe you're an independent.. really, that's okay.

As long as you treat everyone with love and respect no matter their differences?

It's okay.

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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.

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 Men, It's Up To YOU To Change The Narrative of Sexual Assault

To the man who told me if maybe I didn't wear leggings or revealing tops, I wouldn't have to worry.


Imagine feeling too scared to leave your dorm past eight o'clock. Imagine the need to be constantly aware of your surroundings, even during the mid hours of the day. Imagine that three women every minute are raped in this country. And lastly, imagine knowing that the future of women's laws and legislation in the hands of a man accused by THREE women of inappropriate sexual misconduct. Well if you can just imagine these real situations and truths for just a few moments, you are only less than halfway to understanding the fear women feel every single day.

As a female student on a campus that has already experienced twelve on campus sexual assault occurrences (and those are the only reported occurrences), I feel as though I have a unique voice to share my issues with how men are reacting and not reacting to the current surge in one of society's most troubling issues. I have voiced my opinion and received so many mixed reactions because, for some reason, some truly do not believe they have any impact on the future of women.

So really, how do men have an opportunity to change the narrative?

It starts with not only educating the very boys who commit these horrendous crimes but also those men who don't do anything to prevent it from happening again. It isn't a sorority's banner, instead, it's a frat's. It's adding the word "consent" to the vocabulary of male-dominated setting and situation. It is holding the predators sitting in our very own supreme court of the United States of America, accountable for their actions. It takes a break from the masculinity that plagues men on college campuses today and replaces it with compassion and care. It literally takes 1 second to say the words "no" or "stop" when you see something questionable. But are you willing to say it? Are you willing to take a break from being the brooding "give-a-fuck" kind of guy, and start realizing the actions of your so-called friends? All it takes is for it to be your sister, your girlfriend, or even your mom, for you to see the devastation it brings. And if you are a guy affected by sexual assault, don't be afraid to say "#MeToo" because you are doing more for this issue than you can ever imagine. So next time you're out with your guys, drinking heavy amounts of alcohol, think to yourself: what am I doing here? And instead say:

"It isn't what more women SHOULDN'T be doing, it's what more men SHOULD be doing."

So if you're a guy who tells girls to just buy some mace and move on with it, you are the problem. Use your voice of power among your peers and connect with them in a positive way. A way that relieves you at night from the fear that women feel every single day.

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