The 2018 Midterm Elections Are Over And The Results Are Extremely Important

The 2018 Midterm Elections Are Over And The Results Are Extremely Important

What the hell actually happened and how does it affect you?

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Donald Trump has been in office for almost two years now. While he hasn't done anything completely damaging to this country yet, he still has two years left. In 2016, the Republicans took control of both the US Senate and House. This allowed Donald Trump an easy route to pass any laws that coincided with Republican ideology. Thankfully, he hasn't done anything YET, but healthcare is still up to change with Trump as president. That is why this midterm election was so important. If this country wanted any chance to keep Obamacare, and/or to investigate Trump for ALL of his illegal practices, the Democrats would need to obtain the majority in the House AND Senate. Sadly, Democratic voters did not come to the polls enough to flip the Senate, with the Republicans actually gaining seats. Democrats did manage to obtain the House, but it may not be enough.

To begin, we must discuss the voters themselves. This midterm election has shown Americans that there are still white folks voting Republican. Nobody expected this to change, but the fact that people are seeing how big a joke the president is, and still voting for that pathetic party, shocks a lot of people. The farmers who voted in Trump are hurting because of tariffs. The women who voted in Trump are noticing his sexist ways, and seeing his sexist cabinet members, and still voting for him. The people who voted in Trump to build a wall, with no wall in sight, are still voting for him.

This midterm election was about Trump, even if we didn't vote for him directly. People are being let down by his lies, and still voting for him. This may be stupidity, or it may be something more, the world may never know. What we do know, is these people are heading to the polls more than Democrats are, and that is horrifying. Democrats speak louder than Republicans, but can't back it up at the polls. If this country wants to see change, they need to see Trump gone. The Democrats are going to need to the polls, including younger and older folks. Not voting is unacceptable.

Since the Democratic voters didn't vote enough, the Republicans kept control of the Senate. So what does this mean for you? Recently, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court, and it didn't come without controversy. The new justice, who was appointed by none other than Trump, was under investigation for sexual assault against women. Democrats grilled him all they could, but the Republicans had the numbers to swear him in, and that was the result. Since the Senate is still run by Republicans, any Supreme Court Justice that dies/retires will be replaced by a Trump nominee. His nominee will be Republican and will be passed in the Senate. Laws like Roe v. Wade could be overturned with the Supreme Court being predominantly Republican. This could affect everyone because everyone has an opinion on abortion.

The good news is, the House is now run by Democrats. This means that Trump will be under investigation until he is out of office. The Democrat-run House will spend a lot of their time blocking Trump's agendas and trying to get him impeached with his involvement with Russia and his taxes. This is a great sign for America because we will finally be able to tell if Trump did anything wrong. Hopefully, Democrats can push their agenda enough to keep people with pre-existing conditions covered, because that is what Republicans want to get rid of.

The 2018 midterm election was extremely important. The results will affect all of us whether we like it or not. If you want to see change, head to the polls. It is not enough to Facebook your issues, you have to vote your opinion. 2020 is right around the corner, so hopefully, people head to the polls and make the right decision.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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