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.

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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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9 Candidates Running In The 2020 Presidential Election

The political state of the U.S. can't get any worse than how it is now, or can it?

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Despite just getting done with the 2018 midterms, the candidates who will be running in 2020 are already coming into the spotlight.

1. Elizabeth Warren

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As a senator from Massachusetts, Warren is a Democrat and is very progressive. Some of her goals as president would be to fix the flaws in our capitalistic society and place heavier taxes on those with much wealth. If elected, she would be the first female president.

2. Kamala Harris

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Like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala is both a senator and Democrat. She has said she wants Medicare for all, and to give a tax cut to the middle class. If elected, she would be the first black, female president.

3. Andrew Yang

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As a Democrat who served under the Obama administration, Yang wants a policy to be passed that allows for a minimum income of $1,000 every month, for everyone over the age of 18.

4. Pete Buttigieg

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Buttigieg, a Democratic who is a mayor in Indiana, has much experience with redevelopment and infrastructure projects. If elected, he would be the first LGBTQ president.

5. Tulsi Gabbard

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A Democratic representative from Hawaii, who wanted to pass a Constitutional amendment to protect and ensure "traditional marriage" now says she understands LGBTQ rights. If elected, she would be the first Hindu president.

6. Kirsten Gillibrand

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A Democratic senator from New York, Gillibrand has focused much time attempting to lessen sexual assault in the military. She was more of a centrist democrat at the beginning of her career but is becoming more progressive. If elected, she would be the first woman president.

7. Julian Castro

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Castro, a Democrat, worked for Obama's cabinet and was the youngest member in it. Having immigrant grandparents, Castro believes the immigration policies need to be "reconstituted" yet opposes the Wall. He has a twin who also serves in Congress.

8. John Delaney

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A democratic representative of Maryland, Delaney has been running since July 2017. He wants to embrace immigration and keep the U.S. globally competitive.

9. Donald Trump

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The only Republican candidate to officially declare that they're running in 2020 is Trump, who wants to take up a second term.

There aren't many candidates yet, but from who there is so far, many demographics are represented. So, I have faith in the 2020 election cycle.

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