Politics Mean Way More Than An Opinion

You Can Call Me 'Divisive,' But Politics Are So Much More Than Just Personal Opinions

Some opinions don't deserve to be respected if those opinions disrespect someone else's literal existence.

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In the past four years or so, I've gotten pretty into politics. Admittedly, much of my exposure to it has been from the echo-chamber of Twitter, which provides me with liberal/leftist tweets on the daily. However, this isn't to say that I haven't considered the other side on many issues; I'm minoring in political science and am planning on becoming a journalist, so objectivity and the ability to see multiple sides of a topic are necessary for me.

However, I think that the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Because though the average citizen may feel removed from politics, the things that our government does affects each and every one of us--some more than others--so it's crucial that the policies that are being put in place are going to help us, not hurt us.

Now, this isn't to say that I hate someone as soon as they say that they're Republican or moderate. I have friends all across the political spectrum because as much as I hate some people's opinions, I'm realistic. I know that if I ostracize everyone with an opinion that differs from mine, I'd probably have no friends. However, out of all of the Republicans I'm friends with, none of them support Trump because Trump supporters, I'm not afraid to say, are where I draw the line. Supporting someone as hateful, bigoted, and downright ignorant as Donald Trump speaks volumes to your character if you ask me.

This article isn't an attack on our president, he's just a shining example of where I draw the line when it comes to politics. What a lot of people don't realize is that the view of political beliefs as a mere "personal opinion" is an extremely privileged outlook to have. This an outlook mostly reserved for white, straight, middle-class people (it doesn't work to be a man, either).

We are the people whom, no matter who's president, will probably be fine. I can personally say that, though I hate that Trump got elected, the only time his policies have negatively affected me or my family is when he shut down the government for three weeks (which, still, of course, was a huge problem). And unless his administration puts restrictions on women's reproductive rights, I'll probably be fine, however, I'm not naive. I know that there are many people who won't be. There are so many groups of people now, such as undocumented immigrants or transgender people, who are suffering under his administration.

At the end of the day, I can't be friends with someone who can support policies that break families apart, take away people's healthcare, restrict women's reproductive rights, or make lives harder for low-income people. "Agree to disagree" has no place in the topic of whether people deserve the right to just treatment and a decent life. I'm sorry, but if you support policies that are just a hair short of a straight-up human rights violation, that's not a difference of opinion; it's a difference of morality. And if that makes me divisive, then I can live with that. As long as I'm staying true to my beliefs, that's what matters to me.

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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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