Political Parties Don't Mean Anything, We're All Assholes

Political Parties Don't Mean Anything, We're All Assholes

It's pretty clear, both sides have their faults.

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"Trump is separating children from their parents! That's terrible!" "Yeah, but Obama did it, too!"

"Clinton used her personal email to send private information! Lock her up!" "Then we should lock Ivanka Trump up too, shouldn't we?"

We've all seen these back-and-forth arguments online and let's be honest here: they're annoying, repetative, and completely useless. You just don't get anywhere with conversations like these, and aren't they a little familiar? I could have sworn I'd heard conversations like these when I was younger... Maybe when I was in grade school?

Oh, that's right. It was when I was in elementary school and my classmates were justifying their actions to the teacher.

"But Mrs. Mortin! Cameron climbed over the fence first!"

Not exactly the most mature sounding, is it? Well, congratulations, Americans have turned into elementary-aged children. It's happened on both sides on the aisle and we've resorted to defending our political party rather than the morals we hold near and dear to our hearts.

Republicans and Democrats alike have fallen into this trap. Rather than admitting fault or criticizing the candidate we voted for, we have lost our ability to do so and instead are resorting to the "But s/he said..." behavior we exhibited as children.

Let's be frank here: it's ridiculous. We are all acting like children and we all suck when we do it. Justify away for all I care, but saying it's okay because someone on the opposite side did it? Or saying that it's okay because they identify with the party you do? And whataboutisms have become more common than critical thinking nowadays. It's silly at best, but can be dangerous. We begin to lose who we are and our ability to direct the country in the way we want to when we start to blindly defend our politicians.

But people don't really do this, right? It's just those crazies on Fox or CNN that say extreme things to keep ratings up, obviously.

Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but let's take a look at this article regarding the judgment on the Trump charities. Rather than thinking "Hmm, maybe he did do something wrong," they automatically said, "what about Clinton?"

Misdirection is a favorite as well. In an article about Michael Flynn's sentencing, rather than acknowledging that he did something bad while a part of the Trump administration, this was one of the top comments:

We, fully grown adults who vote, are losing the ability to articulate an argument and take responsibility for the actions of the people we've voted for. Democrats and Republicans are both now resorting to "he did/she did" arguments, pretending that one side can do no wrong while the other can do no right.

We need to stop doing this. We need to start thinking for ourselves and taking an active role in steering our country in a positive direction rather than sitting idly by and voting solely based on party affiliation. Otherwise, guess what? We'll sit on our butts, watching as our country swings from one extreme to the next every four years.

So stand up America because, right now, we all suck. Even if that's the only trait we share, we can unite in our ability to suck and make a positive impact on our country. Instead of looking at the past and excusing current behavior, let's look at the present, acknowledge the bad that we've done, and make sure it never happens again.

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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21 Tweets About Anti-Vax Children That Will Make Parents Get Their Kids Vaccinated ASAP

Vaccinate your kids. Period.

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I have compiled 21 tweets about anti-vaccination parents and their children that did not only make me laugh, but made me further enforce my belief that parents need to vaccinate their kids.

These tweets are pretty dark, to be honest, but once you think about the situation at hand, sometimes it is best to approach it in a funny way so you can get your point across.

You have been warned.

These tweets may be funny, but the situation is not funny. Do your research and help people around you not get sick by vaccinating your kids.

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(and probably the most important tweet of all).

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