I Am A Millennial Republican And It Feels Like I Have No Options
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I Am A Millennial Republican And It Feels Like I Have No Options

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I Am A Millennial Republican And It Feels Like I Have No Options

Just a few days ago, both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their presidential campaigns (and the hearts of conservatives sunk everywhere). As of now, the last 'republican' standing is Donald Trump.

I am a millennial republican and it seems as if I have no options.

Not that the Republicans of other generations are better off than me, but I think this election is especially difficult for people in my age group. We have grown up in a world where we have high expectations when it comes to gender equality, race equality, LGBTQ rights, and many other social issues. Where it might have been harder for people of earlier generations to accept gay rights, gender equality, race equality, etc., it comes more easily to people of my generation. We live, we have grown up, in a time where people of all sexualities can get legally married, men and women can get equal educations, and people of all races have opportunity. We never lived in a time where there were segregated classrooms or water fountains; we never lived in a time where the idea of a woman running for president was unthought of.

Not to diminish the discrimination towards same-sex marriage, because it certainly still exists, but there are many lessmillennials opposed to gay marriage rights than there are Baby Boomers or Generation Xs.

Not to say that men and women are viewed and treated as equals, because we are not, but women's rights (equal rights) have progressed tremendously over the years. I do live in a world where a women makes $0.79 to every man's $1, but I also live in a world where women can vote and get an education. I live in a world where I can look at an opportunity and not once does it cross my mind Oh, I'm a woman. I wonder if I can do that?

Not to say that conservative men and women who are 40, 50, and 60 years old aren't struggling with who to vote for, because I'm sure they are, but so are conservative millennial voters--

How can I vote in the 2016 presidential election and keep true to my conservative political beliefs while keeping true to my core, moral beliefs?

Donald Trump is sexist and racist and misogynistic. He is rude and egotistical and impatient. He is insulting, demeaning, and insensitive. He is wavering in his views and mostly uneducated in the field of office of which he is running for. I could go on and on, but we all know Donald Trump, and the people who agree with me don't need any more convincing and the people who don't agree with me will just not pay attention to anything I have to say. It's a tired battle.


How can I vote for someone who says Megan Kelly only asked a question because she had blood coming out of her whatever? How can I vote for someone who, when he thinks of Mexicans, thinks of nothing more than illegals and rapists?

So, is it better to vote for Hillary because she's not blatantly racist or sexist and because I have no tolerance for racism and sexism? Or, is it better to vote for Trump because I have no tolerance for Hillary blaming a terrorist attack on a Youtube video and then lying to the families of fallen soldiers?

Is it better to vote for the uncertainty of Trump or the certainty of Hillary? I would argue that both are scary. Politics is a dirty business, we all know that, but just as Trump's sexism and racism goes against my moral beliefs, so does the ambiguity and uncertainty of Hillary's fragmentary past.

Is it better to not vote at all? (Don't worry, I asked and answered my own question here...). I will vote (and you should, too), I just have no idea who I am going to vote for. Either way, my morals and my politics will be hurt.

I look forward to seeing who each candidate picks as their running mate; maybe, then, I can bring myself to vote for someone I politically and morally respect.

I am a millennial republican and it seems as if I have no options.

Usually when I write, I come to some sort of conclusion. But, no matter how many times I write or think or talk about this, I come no closer to an answer.

Thanks for listening to my rant; mine is no more important than yours.

I am a millennial republican and it seems as if I have no options.

What are yours?

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