Michelle Obama: The Role Model America Needed

Michelle Obama: The Role Model America Needed

Thank you for being you, FLOTUS

Last week we were graced with a truly inspiring and motivational speech by First-Lady Michelle Obama. Sadly, these words would be a part of Michelle’s final remarks from the White House.

In the last 8 years, the Obama family has given the American people so much to reflect on. The first lady took initiative to keep kids in school, to promote higher education, making “the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. bill”. She advocated women’s rights, and gave young girls a voice to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that she is no where close to being finished with the American people. Even after she leaves the White House, I feel that we will continue to be moved by the philanthropic acts and kindness that Mrs. Obama has exuded throughout both of her husband’s terms.

In honor of this strong and graceful woman’s actions over the past eight years, here are just a few things that make us thankful for Michelle Obama and the epic FLOTUS she has been.

Michelle gave a very powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary Clinton. While the speech itself was extremely memorable, one phrase really stood out above the rest as a true tell of the heart behind the first family. These words that she urges her family to live by are ones that every American citizen should keep within their minds and hearts. Whether it be within our own personal lives, political views or endeavors, or the most difficult of situations we may face, the first lady believes that we should handle it with the grace of the high road.


Just making sure I say it loud enough for the people in the back. The 2016 election was a letdown for women all across the country. We fear losing access to women's healthcare, the regression of our rights to our own bodies, and the thought of continuing to be stepped on by men who are more concerned with old beliefs than the well being and ideals of women of the 21st century. Remember her words. Remember her encouragement. We are all strong and we are all important.

Use this as your 2017 motto ladies and gentlemen. Be yourself. Always. & make sure to surround yourself with people who will ultimately bring out your best qualities and help you to succeed.

She is smart and she revels in it. If we are uneducated then we cannot appropriately tackle the issues that are plaguing our country. She spent years working on making education accessible and affordable for the children and young adults of America.

She encouraged us all to take chances, despite any fear or reservations we may have for the unknown. Change comes from a mixture of belief and risk. If you want it bad enough, take the leap!

If you have not watched her final regards from The White House yet, I strongly urge you to. Her words are the sum total of her eight years spent representing the American people, the women of the world, and a society that needs to stand united.

"And as I end my time in The White House, I can think of no better message to send to our young people in my last official remarks as first lady. So for all of the young people in this room, and all those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you. To all of you. From every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition; the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas. Generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth. If your family doesn't have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks - including me and my husband - we started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work, and a good education, anything is possible. Even becoming President. That's what the American dram is all about."

- Michelle Obama, Final Speech

Thank you, FLOTUS. You are so valued and will truly be missed.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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The Republican Versus Democrat Stigma Needs To Slow Down

We Need To Be Individual Again

We as a society have developed an unnecessary need to place people in a specific party based on what could be a single value out of many. This is a letter for those who do not define themselves as one or the other; for those whose values range between conservative and liberal, for those who feel the unfortunate pressure of society to choose one even though your values do not fit just one.

The political parties at one point generally just meant “these are my basic beliefs, so this is the candidate I will vote for because they most closely represent them.” Party affiliation was harmless. Republicans and Democrats could get along fine, differing opinions not getting in the way of relationships and alignment. More importantly, you did not have to be part of a specific political party to be an active member of society. Your opinions and principles were yours.

Over the years following the last two election races, political parties gained a much more significant and defining meaning in our lives as individuals and as members of society. There is a newly developed stigma behind political opinions. You are almost pressured to feel one way or another about every single topic. If a majority of your values are of the conservative agenda, you must be a heart-and-all Republican. In contrast, if you are more liberal-leaning you are docked as a set Democrat. We as citizens are being labeled according to what may be a few hard-values. And dishearteningly enough, can be ridiculed for what we value. Even if you might not value everything the same as your determined party.

There exists those of us that hold values from both parties. It is possible to value women’s rights and also value a traditional marriage. It is possible to be a gun owner and also active in keeping children safe in school. You do not have to just submit to every belief of one party. You can value aspects of different parties and still be a functioning member of the American society. Do not let the looming obligation to declare yourself as strictly one or the other. You do not have to pretend you agree with everything Democratic or everything Republican; you can have your own values. And you should. Our society is messed up in the way that values are pushed on citizens. We are meant to be free individuals with our private values.

It is not fair to those of us who value different things. Not every American is a to-the-bone Democrat or Republican. It is possible to hold liberal beliefs as a conservative person. And Vice-Versa. We need to stop labeling one another as one or the other, conservative or liberal. We need to stop silencing each other because we have differing views. We need to accept not everyone is perfectly one party, and diversity exists. Open mindedness exists in Americans, despite the seemingly growing generalizations. We need to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics.
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