I'm Not A Registered Voter, And That's Okay

I'm Not A Registered Voter, And I Don't Know If I Ever Will Be

My ultimate goals of loving others well, does not align with the culture that politics has created.

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My name is Rosalie Michael and I am not a registered voter.

Before you come for me in the comments, please hear me out.

I know how it looks. I know it's hard to believe that anyone that cares about what happens in America wouldn't be registered to vote, but that is certainly not the case with me. Me choosing not to vote doesn't mean that I do not care about the people in this country, for me, it is a pursuit of peace and respect towards one another.

So please, enter with an open mind while I share with you why I have chosen to exclude myself from the ballots.

From what I have experienced from politics and voting in general, it brings about more division and issues than it actually solves. Because of the way our country has chosen to separate our people into groups, we end up being pitted against each other. Instead of rising up together as a whole, we are constantly working to crush the other side. This is the death of progress. No unified front, no one body of people, but two groups working to do and to undo what the other has done. As a human being my number one priority is to love.

To do this, we cannot be opposing forces. We are one united body and we should not sever the handoff because it does not smell, or the ear because it does not see. We are to work as one whole, not one being better than the other, but respecting what each unique part offers to the body. It is imperative to learn to love one another for our difference and work to listen and understand. Division and pride stop this from happening, and that is not something that I want to subject myself to.

I don't watch the news. I quit flicking to CNN and Fox News after the election in 2016. That December the only emotion that I felt after watching anything on the news was fear, frustration, and anxiety. Not about the election necessarily, but about all of the horrible and negative things that the news broadcasts. Statistically, those who watch the news frequently have elevated senses of anxiety, fear, and worry. This even manifests itself in the "doomsday" mentality. This is when people no longer have a perspective about the bad things in the world. They don't see the bad and the good, only the bad, in a magnified way. By cutting out news, my mental health has improved in a drastic way. My levels of anxiety and fear have dropped significantly and as a whole, my life has improved.

The second reason why I stopped ingesting the news is because of the extreme bias that comes with where ever you consume your news. There is no unbiased news source. Because of that, you are almost never being given the whole story. Many times they are reporting the "facts" wrapped in a thick layer of opinions and spun to support their personal agendas. This is not being informed. It is nearly impossible to truly be informed in this country. This is another reason why I have chosen not to vote. I do not want to vote based on my misinformation, and be a force driving towards an uncertain end because of lack of knowledge about the truth of what is happening.

Effecting change on an individual level is imperative. I do not doubt the impact that voting has on this country, but acting as an individual to enact change is just as important. Progress cannot truly happen unless the people of this country are willing to personally pursue the things in which they are fighting for.

To truly impact the impoverished in America, you have to go out and make a change in the community. Help provide them resources, feed them, clothe them. If you believe in equality for LGBTQ+ people, you must also promote those values in your treatment of people and in the way that you do commerce around you. If you own a business, making it known that you are in support of all kinds of love. Acting is important. If all you do is blindly vote, who knows the actual effect and difference that bill is going to make. The only way that you can ensure positive change is to go out and pursue it.

I don't want to say never. I am still able to be convinced that I should register. In fact, if you present me your ideas and beliefs in a kind and loving way, I would be more than willing to keep an open mind and hear what you tell me. With the way that voting, parties, and the media are trending, I will not be registering any time soon. With that being said, if a change were to take place in the intolerance that parties show one another, the news and its biased nature, and the willingness for people to practice what they preach, then I would very possibly register and cast my vote.

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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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