It's Time To Stand Up For Our Country

It's Time To Stand Up For Our Country

What Colin Kaepernick showed us about our own government.

Colin Kaepernick went from an up-and-coming hot shot NFL Quarterback to a hated, wannabe NFL star in the span of only a few years. After putting his team, the San Francisco 49ers, though a Superbowl loss, Kaepernick's popularity and ability has since been on the decline. Besides being one of San Fran's top QB's at the time of the team's Super Bowl appearance, Kapernick has taken on a new hobby; protesting. During the National Anthem at the beginning of one of the 49ers preseason games, Kaepernick refused to stand up and show respect. Sure enough, Kaepernick's lack of action flooded the Internet and many people had strong opinions on it, mostly angry. Kaepernick claimed he was trying to protest the horrible things that go on in our country, specifically, racial oppression.

Many people had strong opinions on this. Many felt like his alleged protest during the National Anthem was uncalled for no matter what the cause.

But do they care?

Why does everyone care about Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem but not their own governments'?

More often than not, our own American government officials lack respect for this country and refuse to show respect and support for our flag and anthem.

So why aren't they on the news? Why aren't the people angry about that?

Why aren't people angry about this?

We need to take a look at our own government before we point fingers at an NFL player. Yes, NFL is one of the most viewed, popular things in the country, but our government is the one that matters in the end. Maybe Kaepernick's action or lack of action will effect our country in the future, but right now, our own government affects it, our government and governing officials affect it directly. Why aren't we calling out these people?

That is what appalls me the most. There is not outburst when our own government and government officials refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why doesn't that make everyone mad? I man, that's our own president, our own government. There is no outburst when your state senator and your president refuses to put their hand over their heart or stand up. This has been going on for longer than Kaepernick's protest, this has been going on since before the 49ers went to the Super Bowl, this has been going on since before Kepernick was a football player, and this has probably been going on since before Kaepernick was even born. That's how deep this goes.

But we have the power to change it. We have the power to vote these officials out. We have the power to shape our country into what we want. We have the power to provide our country with the support it deserves.

If you want to get mad at someone for not standing for our country and not standing for our flag an option, look at the people supposedly above it all, the people supposedly representing it day to day.

So thank you Colin Kaepernick for showing the country that there are so many people who don't care. Thank you for bringing to our attention all the other people who disrespect our country and our flag just like you did.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

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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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.


The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

Data For Progress

The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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