I Need To Keep Up With Politics So I Can Get More Comfortable Voting

I Need To Keep Up With Politics So I Can Get More Comfortable Voting

"I need to step up to the plate and keep up with politics."

I will be completely honest: I never voted in an election since the day I turned 18. To be honest, I didn't think it was a big deal. Now that I am 23 and have grown to be wiser, I have to say that I now regret not voting in the past election, in which Donald Trump was elected our President.

Voting causes me huge anxiety to tell the truth but I also did not vote because I barely keep up with politics. I had no idea what Hilary Clinton had to offer or Trump because I just honestly did not care. I was worried about myself and not the fate of this country. I do not think I am selfish. I had a lot of stuff going on mentally, emotionally, and physically; voting was the last thing on my mind. However, seeing what has come about this past year with Trump as our President, I wish I had voted.

I will be honest again and say that I do not know a whole lot of what Trump has done so far. However, I have improved a little bit on trying to keep up on politics with the help of research, the television news, and the newspaper. It can be obvious that these news outlets have helped me and I am sure many others learn about what he has been doing, as their purposes are to expose news about the world.

I heard something about a wall Trump wants to put up in regard to immigration, which I thought was a bit odd. I viewed political cartoons about how he thinks climate change is a hoax. I also read about the transgender ban in the military occurrence which did startle me a bit. I recently just read something briefly in relation to a tax reform which has everyone running to get their taxes done before 2018. Overall, I need to read more and learn more about the issues/occurrences that have happened since Trump became President.

Perhaps my vote could have had an impact on the country. And I know I totally sound like an air-head right now because like I said, I barely know anything political going on in the world. But my goal is to try and keep up more with what is happening in the United States because now I realize that it does affect me. Whoever becomes President affects what happens to the citizens of the United States, which will affect me.

I know this article is short, but I do not know how I could possibly go into depth about the occurrences, because like I have repeatedly said, I barely know enough information about them. However, I am willing to learn.

I hope I gain the courage to vote in the next election and realize that my vote does have an impact. Most importantly for myself, I hope to keep up more with what is happening to our country, as it not only affects my life but all of the lives in America.

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29 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

Martin Luther King Jr. is known as a civil rights leader and minister during the 1950s and 1960s. Here are 29 facts about Dr. King that you may or may not know.

1.He was born on January 15, 1929.

2.Dr. King is the second child of Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.

3. Martin Luther King Sr. was a pastor and Alberta Williams King was a former schoolteacher.

4. He has an older sister named Christine (1927- ) and a younger brother named Alfred (1930-1969).

5. At the age of 15, Dr. King was admitted to Morehouse College.

Morehouse College is a private, all male, liberal arts college that is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s also the largest men’s college in the United States.

6. Dr. King’s father and maternal grandfather also went to Morehouse College.

7. Dr. King studied at Morehouse between 1944 and 1948.

8. He wasn’t going to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining ministry.

It wasn’t until after Dr. King had a mentorship with Dr. Benjamin Mays, who was the president of Morehouse during the time. Dr. Mays was also a theologian, and outspoken advocate for racial equality.

9. In 1948, he went to Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

\It was there, he earned not only a Bachelor of Divinity degree, but he also won a prestigious fellowship. Dr. King was then elected president of the senior class.

10. King went to Boston University for graduate school between 1951 and 1955.

Boston University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1955, Dr. King earned a doctorate in systematic theology.

11. Dr. King met Coretta Scott in Boston.

At the time, Coretta Scott was studying at New England Conservatory of Music. New England Conservatory of Music is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Coretta Scott was born in April of 1927 in Alabama. She was the third of four children of Obadiah and Bernice McMurry Scott. She also attend Antioch College which is a private coeducational liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Coretta Scott was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader.

12. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott married in 1953.

They settled in Montgomery, Alabama where Dr. King became a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

13. They had four children together.

Yolanda Denise King (1955-2007) an American activist, Martin Luther King III (1957- ) an American human rights advocate and community activist, Dexter Scott King (1961- ) a civil rights activist, Advocate, and Bernice Albertine King (1963- ) CEO of The King Center.

14. On January 30, 1956; their family’s house is bombed.

In retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott success, segregationists bombed his house. No one has been prosecuted for the act. Dr. King was speaking at a meeting during the time. The bomb damaged the front of the house especially the front porch. His wife and child were not injured.

15. In 1960, the family moved to Atlanta. He co-pastored with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

16. In 1963, Dr. King was arrested, and sent to jail in Birmingham, Alabama.

Because Dr. King and others were protesting the treatment of blacks. During his time in jail, Dr. King wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail” a civil rights manifesto that talked about the defense of civil disobedience that was addressed to a group of white clergymen that had criticized his tactics.

17. March on Washington was held on August 28, 1963.

It was a peaceful political rally that shed light on the injustices that African Americans faced in the country.

18. There were between 200,000 and 300,00 people that attended the March.

19. At the March, King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

It took place on the Lincoln Memorial steps. During the speech, Dr. King called for peace and equality.

20. Martin Luther King Jr. was named “Man of the Year” by TIME magazine in its January 1964 Issue.

21. Dr. King was the first African American recipient to receive that honor.

22. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was the awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

23. Dr. King was the youngest person at 35 years old to be awarded.

24. In 1965, Dr. King drew international attention to the violence that erupted in Selma, Alabama between white segregationists and peaceful demonstrators where the SCLC and SNCC had organized a voter registration campaign.

It was captured on television. Due to this, people gathered around the country in Alabama, and took part in a march that went from Selma to Montgomery. The march was supported by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

That August, the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress. The 15th Amendment gave all African Americans the right to vote.

Selma, American historical drama film that was based on these events, and came out in 2014.

25. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while he was standing on the balcony of a motel in Memphis.

Dr. King was there to support a sanitation workers’ strike. He was fatally shot.

26. After his death, a wave of riots happened in major cities throughout country.

27. President Johnson declared a national day of mourning.

28. James Earl Ray was the one that killed Martin Luther King Jr.

James Earl Ray was a known racist and escaped convict. He pleaded guilty to killing Dr. King, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

29. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a U.S. federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The U.S. federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of January. In 1986, it was first celebrated.

Martin Luther King Jr. has had a huge impact on our country. His non-violent protests helped set the tone for the civil rights movement. Thank you, Dr. King.

Source: History Channel

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10 Major Milestones President Trump Has Achieved In Just One Year

Here's to the next seven!

It's been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, and we are all still alive!

We still have food! And money! And freedom!

We also still have all those people who swore that they would leave if he won, but other than that, it's been a pretty great year. Kim Jong Un definitely hates us more than he did a year ago, but we all know that the media has hyped up that situation way more than what is actual reality.

However, let's not shift the focus. In the last year, Donald Trump has caused more controversy than any other president we have ever had. He tweets with no regrets and little care for grammar, and it pisses people off. He has fearlessly stood up for what he believes and speaks what is on his mind. Donald Trump has displayed his full capability of being brutally honest, harsh, determined, and fully American.

These characteristics have labeled him as unprofessional and far from presidential, but this is what the #MAGA train loves most about The Donald.

But we love him for more than just his unusual personality. We love him for what he has done to make America great again. He has kept his campaign promises, and although we still have yet to see "The Wall," the time will come. It's been quite the year, so in celebration of Trump's one year anniversary, here's a little recap.

1. The stock market continues to hit it's all-time high, reaching 26,000 this past week.

2. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), unemployment is at 4.1%, which is the lowest we have seen in 16 years.

3. Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the vacant seat and marking a new majority for Republicans.

4. ISIS has lost 98% of its territory and over 40,000 of its fighters have been destroyed.

5. Hundreds of regulations in the business sector have been lifted, saving the White House hundreds of millions of dollars.

6. Trump signed a religious liberty executive order that gives political speech freedom to churches and religious organizations.

7. The United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, ending energy regulations that would have destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, the private energy sector can open the door to innovation without harming the taxpayer's wallet.

8. Trump became the first sitting president to publicly address the anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C.

9. In December, Trump signed a groundbreaking tax bill that will lower taxes across the board, increase deductions, and eliminate the mandate to purchase health insurance.

10. Immigration laws are becoming stricter in an attempt to put Americans first and decrease spending on unnecessary immigrant costs and regulations (travel ban, DACA, border patrol, ICE).

For Democrats, this list is their worst nightmare. But for the Trump-loving, conservative Republicans, it's a dream come true. Finally, a president who has kept his campaign promises and won't stop until America has returned to its full potential. He's arrogant and far from perfect, but he loves America with all of his heart, and that's what America needs.

Americans first. Always.

It's been a hell of a good year, Mr. Trump.

Here's to the next seven. And of course - MAGA!

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