There Are More Than Two Political Parties

Political Stance Should Not Be 'One Size Fits All'

Politics are comprised of a spectrum of beliefs, not just two categories.

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If you live in the United States (or anywhere else, for that matter), you are probably aware of the political crisis that has been seeking more and more attention with each year. The days of casually discussing political issues and sharing different viewpoints are virtually over... and it is so unfortunate. As a free country, it should be a no-brainer that respectfully expressing differences in beliefs is not only acceptable, but strongly encouraged. Unfortunately, even publically supporting the president of the United States with bumper stickers or hats can cause prejudice and hate. And that is at it's most basic form of support... people who want to share a Facebook post, watch a certain news channel, or participate in marches and organizations are prone to hate - regardless of your political affiliation, though some are more subject than others.

It does not matter who you support - this isn't political - it just isn't right. And I think we should all come to terms with it.

Today, there seems to be no divide larger than that of the political party you affiliate with. I'm serious, I truly believe that what once was a way to draw the people together - the freedom to express opinion regarding how the country and world may be run, what was considered not to be a right but a privilege - is pulling us farther and farther apart.

Under the Trump administration, specifically, this is an extremely relevant issue, though it has been for years. The two major political parties are very clear - republican and democrat. Generally speaking, even expressing which one you most identify with - even if you are a moderate - can, and likely will, cause dispute depending on your setting. There are many people who lean very far right or very far left, but the fact of the matter is that beliefs cannot be fit into boxes. These two 'parties' are more generally accepted ideas. That said, to say you are a Republican should not mean you are "racist", a "misogynist", "homophobe", or an "old white man". Similarly, Democrats are not "communists", "tree-huggers", or any other words slandered by the media. In fact, these terms are derogatory, prejudiced and quite ignorant.

Values and beliefs cannot be measured on a one-size-fits-all basis.

The extent of political affiliation is a spectrum - some lean more right or left than others. Personally, I lean right - I am more-so a Republican, but I do not believe my values can be grouped. Not all of my beliefs necessarily fit the mold people place upon my affiliation. I support our president, regardless of who that may be - Democrat or Republican. At the end of the day, this person has us all in his or her best interest. Their views may be different - some may not even make sense to me - but it is the voting process of the citizens in which we have followed for years. I may not feel we are headed in the right direction, but we surely will not get anywhere if we divide from the person who represents us. I am pro-life and strongly believe in gender equality, although I would not call myself a "feminist", at least in regards to today's definition. I believe in coming into this country the legal way in the effort to keep our nation secure although I am not a racist nor a homophobe. Although when I say I am a Republican, I am misunderstood and categorized by pre-notations.

Political parties exist for a reason, though not everyone fits into a predetermined category. Values and beliefs are what make us different and having conversations that allow us to share what we think will put our nation at best interest would be far more constructive than name-calling and assumption.

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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