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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As A Female Christian Millennial, I Fully Support Alabama's Abortion Ban Because I Know God Would, Too

A life always has worth, no matter the circumstances.

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Alabama's state legislature passed a bill on May 14, 2019 that makes it illegal for abortions to be performed past six weeks of pregnancy. Doctors who are caught violating the law could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison. The bill is the strictest anti-abortion bill to date this year as states try to pass laws to challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.

While the law does allow an exception to women whose lives are at risks, it does not allow for abortions in the event of rape or incest. I support Alabama's new law, and I applaud them for their efforts to protect the rights of unborn children.

As a Christian, I believe that life is a precious gift from God and should be treated with care.

The sixth commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill," and Jesus said the second greatest rule was to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39-40). I believe this applies to every person born and unborn. But, even from a secular perspective, there are reasons that support an unborn child's right to life. Let's break down two of the most important components of the bill: abortion itself and the case of rape and incest.

A big argument in the debate is whether a baby is alive before it is born or only after it is born.

I believe can be explained and answered with simple medical science. In the medical profession, a person is pronounced dead when there is no more activity in the brain, known as brain-dead.

At that point, they consider there to be no more life in the body.

The opposite of death is life, so if you have electrical signals still coursing through your brain, then you are alive. A fetus begins to have electrical activity in its brain at six weeks. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until around that time, so by the time they decide to have an abortion, the baby, by all medical accounts, is alive.

Another indicator of whether a person is dead or dying is their pulse.

The pulse is how many times a person's heart beats per minute. If a person does not have a pulse, they will more than likely die if their heart cannot be resuscitated because no oxygen is getting to their brain.

Medical personnel does everything they can to start a person's heart back because they know that the heart is key to life.

A baby's heart begins to beat at five weeks old, again before the mother knows she is pregnant and can choose to have an abortion. Since the United States' justice system upholds that killing a person is wrong, then shouldn't killing a baby, who is alive, be wrong too? I think this is plenty of proof that aborting a baby is killing a living person and is therefore wrong.

Rape and incest are two horrible acts that should be punished. It is never the victim's or conceived a child's fault in the situation.

Given the reasons above for why abortion is wrong, I also believe, while both crimes are horrendous, that abortion is still not the answer to this problem. I do understand, however, that women, because of the traumatic experience or other reasons, may not be able to care for the child.

As such, I am an advocate for adoption.

There are many couples out there who cannot have children on their own who would love to adopt. In order, for this to be a viable option, though, Congress needs to make amendments to adoption laws.

Adoption is outrageously expensive, much more costly than an abortion, and is a long and tedious process.

Though the laws are in place so that not just anybody can adopt a child, the government still could stand to relax laws a little. Another option could be to offer aid to those who wish to adopt specifically to cover adoption expenses or to only those who meet certain requirements. If we want to protect unborn children, we must give women and families more viable options.

I know that my views are not popular, but God did not call us to be popular, He called us to be His disciples.

I will not compromise my convictions because I am in the minority. I support the women who have to face this dilemma, and I pray that they and our government officials make the right decisions and aid these women and families in need of help.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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