An Open Letter To Donald Trump

An Open Letter To Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump, I do not hope this letter finds you well...
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Dear Mr. Trump,

First, I will apologize for addressing you as Mr. Trump instead of President Trump, but your actions lately have not earned you that title. Let me introduce myself. I am a 20-something from New England. I go to Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, you know, one of the cities that so desperately needs its factories back? I am majoring in biology, so as you can imagine, I'm pretty passionate about science and research. I'm also passionate about speaking my mind and standing up for others because I know what it's like to be treated differently for a part of my identity.

You, Mr. Trump, are not a good man. You do not stand for the positive values that the United States of America was founded on. You represent the voices of people who feel suppressed by the progressive movements our country has made over the past decades. The same people who see our prior progress as a failure. You are a beacon of hope for those who want our country to go back in time. Who want to go back to when women listened to their husbands and stayed at home with the kids. When blacks were "the help" and Mexicans could only be day laborers maintaining the gardens of America's wealthiest. You represent the potential to unite Church and State by only teaching abstinence in sex education, defunding Planned Parenthood, bringing religion into public schools.

I have never been the type of person to tell someone that their beliefs are wrong. That is not the point of this letter. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, thus, I am sharing mine. But I also hope to show you, and anyone who shares your values, that when certain opinions are given power in a place like the White House, they infringe upon the rights of other people. It is when opinions are turned into actions that we face conflict. I cannot stand by and patiently wait for the next election cycle while you suppress human rights. I cannot stand by while you appoint people to powerful positions who have no qualifications or who aim to take down a particular institution. I cannot stand by while Americans lose their freedom of speech. I will not watch while immigrants, who have gone through all of the legal channels and obstacles we placed in their way, are sent back to their "home" as soon as they set foot in a land that is supposed to represent freedom and opportunity.

While I may be called a "fragile snowflake" for publishing this, I will firmly stand by anyone who stands up to you. You, Mr. Trump, are a bully. You take advantage of good, honest people to help those who don't need it. You want to help businesses by lowering the taxes they pay, when you know that any saved money will only go to the top people instead of raising wages for lower ranking employees. You want to bring jobs back to America by severing ties with foreign allies. I have nothing wrong with creating more jobs in the U.S., but our economy currently relies on trade with other nations and suddenly cutting those relationships could have devastating effects to the value of our currency. This is economics 101 that a silly little college girl understands.

So, Mr. Trump, you can take away my reproductive rights. You can say that my body is not mine to control. You can allow insurance companies charge me more because having two X chromosomes is a preexisting condition and I should be discriminated against because of that. You can contaminate my water with your pipelines. You can build a wall that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars and probably won't make any difference for immigration. You can deport legal immigrants with green cards and prevent the entry of honest people. You can prioritize immigrants based on their religion even though most terrorist attacks on U.S. soil are committed by what the FBI calls homegrown violent extremists. You can prevent the marriage of two people based on their sex and give businesses permission to discriminate against these same people. You can contribute to climate change by cutting research funds and hiding information from the public. You can eliminate endangered species when you build your wall. You can tell people to work more jobs instead of raising the minimum wage even if this takes them away from their families. You can torture human beings to get information. You can destroy this country.

But, Mr. Trump, I will not go down easily. I will not stay silent. I will stand up for others. I will encourage future protests. I will call my senators and representatives. I will sign petitions. I will educate myself and those around me. I may be one person, Mr. Trump, but I am a part of a movement and this movement is the largest the United States of America has seen. A movement that has support from people all over the world and who represent all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and religions. A movement gaining momentum everyday that will not stop until you are out of office or until you right the wrongs you have committed. We will fight until the future is bright once again.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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