A New Generation Of Voters

A New Generation Of Voters

Things are changing at the ballot box.
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I'm sure everyone is just about done hearing about this upcoming election. Recently the battle for the highest position in the free world has turned into a scrappy cat fight about things that no one ever saw coming. Suddenly our debate about who our next President should be has subsided so far from what their actually policies are, to personal attacks about things the candidates (or their husband) has said or done years in the past. On that note I will preface this article by saying that I will be voting for Hillary Clinton, as I simply cannot accept anything Trump says as Presidential and I find him seriously unqualified for the job. If you're still with me, this article is not a Hillary puff piece or anything like that. It's about something much bigger than these two candidates.

The situation we find ourselves in with this election is a result of our own actions as voters. We expect our President to be held to higher standards than the average person, but this election especially, we have set the bar so, so low. There is no more calmness, no more coherent conversations, no one is listening anymore. Just like our representatives on capitol hill, the political divide in America is so deep and immense, that no one is willing to stand near it and hear the other side. Campaigns are getting uglier than ever, and we eat it up. We live for the drama and scandal. And that's okay when it's a gossip magazine, not for the position of President. It's okay for Democrats and Republicans to disagree with each other, to argue and debate, but we're beyond that. We're beyond debate. We are to the point of violent rhetoric. Attacking people physically and verbally just because of their political beliefs. Both sides scream at the other, calling them names and insulting them as human beings. Suddenly Trump supporters are deplorable xenophobic racists. Suddenly Clinton supporters are carpetbagging anti-patriots for support "crooked Hillary." No longer is anyone themselves anymore with a political belief. Everyone is suddenly labeled as the worst possible thing from the other side. Could you imagine Trump and Clinton supporters sitting in the same room for ten minutes without breaking out in some violent action toward each other?

This is why this election is more critical and important than ever before. Younger voters are becoming more and more vital to Presidential elections. Political Scientists argue that President Obama won his election in 2008 because of the youth vote, as they came out in numbers like never before. It seemed like Obama had surged life into the voting population, bringing in so many young people into politics that may have not voted otherwise. And the same thing happened again with Bernie Sanders, who was a college campus mogul. Whether or not you agree with what President Obama or Bernie Sanders stand for, anyone situation in which more people who don’t usually vote are excited to vote, is a great situation. But Obama and Sanders aren’t on the ticket, and I feel the youth vote is slipping away. In a time where the youth vote is increasing and increasing, we’ve hit a wall that could send it back to the depths.

Instead of being excited for the future of America, a lot of voters are despising this election. And I think it’s fair to pin a lot this dark rhetoric being throw around due to our older generations. As younger generations are growing more and more socially accepting, they face older generations who are desperately holding onto their old society. They keep trying to hold onto what they their America is. And no one “owns” America. As more and more younger generations grow that have the potential to end all of the hate and anger in this country. But this a watershed point. If they are totally turned off by this election and decide that it’s impossible for rational, cohesive, mutual discussion to be had, then they may never come back. And then we’re faced with dealing with what older generations think American should be. We need to be moving forward as a country. Not back to where we were. So I ask everyone: Stop the hate. Go out and vote with respect for everyone on both sides of the aisle, and maybe we can finally start talking about change when we want it.

Cover Image Credit: NBC Washington

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Abortion Should Be A Woman's Right To Choose

You shouldn't take away someone's right to choose just because you don't believe in abortion.

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Abortion, a taboo topic most everywhere and quite a controversial one here in America. In my personal opinion abortion should always be allowed when the fetus is not viable outside the mother. According to record a fetus has not been known to survive any earlier than 21 weeks when including the rare case of Lyla Stensrud. Fetuses at that time are not alive because they cannot survive outside their mother. After this alloted amount of time abortions should only be allowed for these two types of pregnancies. Pregnancies that are life threatening to the mother, because she is not required to give up her own right to life to allow another to live. And, pregnancies where the baby will not survive because birthing a stillborn is mentally damaging to the mother and causes physical trauma that could have been avoided. Allowing abortions will help reduce the number of children who wind up in the system because they were parented by people who did not want children. It will decrease the number of minors who are mothers with no high school degree. It will prevent rape victims from having a traumatizing reminder of what happened to them. It will give options to women who took precautions, but fell into the low percent that get pregnant even with their efforts to avoid it. When abortion is illegal it does not stop women from having abortions. Women will use coathangers, hit themselves in the stomach, ingest toxins, or do many other dangerous things to terminate a pregnancy. Making abortion illegal will only stop safe abortions not abortion completely.

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