I Am A Proud Donald Trump Supporter: Get Over It

I Am A Proud Donald Trump Supporter: Get Over It

Like it or not, respect my political opinion.
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It is no surprise that politics are a very touchy subject. Some people even refuse to talk about it, and I see why (this is especially true during election season). It’s almost as if America is at war with itself because of who supports who and who is voting for who. Well, I am a 23-year-old female College Graduate and I am about as pro-Trump as you can get.

Now, before you start calling me a racist, sexist bigot — let me inform you of one thing. Opinions, especially political ones, are like a**holes: everybody’s got one. Just because my views don’t align directly with yours doesn’t make me any less educated than you are. If anything, your lack of respect for my beliefs and feelings puts you in the wrong here. If you’re one of those crybabies that "feels physical pain" due to somebody writing pro-Trump messages in chalk on your college campus, my heart aches for you. It’s time to grow up.

Please realize that in the real world things are going to offend you. Most of the time, crying about it will get you nowhere.

People all over the country are scared to openly admit that they support Trump — even celebrities. People are getting their cars keyed for having Trump bumper stickers, harassed on the internet for re-posting pro-Trump articles and stickers and even having their houses and property defaced for Donald Trump lawn signs.

I find this absolutely disgusting.

We live in America, the greatest country in the world. We pride ourselves on free speech. Our founding fathers fought for that right, and out soldiers overseas fight and lose their lives every day for the same reason. How dare you deface somebodies personal property for their political beliefs? This goes for anybody, regardless of who you support politically.

I support Donald Trump, I am not ashamed to say it.

He is not a racist, and neither am I. Trump speaks the absolute, unfiltered, non-politically correct truth about what’s wrong with America today — and how he plans to fix it. Donald Trump does not want to deport all immigrants. He actually welcomes people from other countries to America, he just wants them to do it correctly.

The media will brainwash you and tell you different, and liberal America eats it up. Donald Trump supports our active military and our veterans. Trump said, “It’s a national embarrassment that an illegal immigrant can walk across the border and receive free health care and one of our veterans that has served our country is put on a waiting list and gets no care.”

He is 100% right, how in the world is that fair?

Trump also wants to lower the unemployment rate by taking jobs back from foreign countries, such as China. Can you imagine how many U.S citizens would be put to work if this policy was implemented?

Donald Trump is for America.

Many Liberals and Democrats will do their best to paint him as the most evil man to ever live, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. People are made to feel shame if they openly agree with Trump and his policies. Not me, not today.

I understand that people will have differing thoughts on subjects and I respect that. You voted for Hillary? Good for you! Or Sanders? More power to ya! Kasich? That's cool! But don’t you dare ever try to put me down or deface my property for how I feel, what I believe, and who I support to run this country. You have absolutely no right.

#MakeAmericaGreatAgain

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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I'm A Conservative Female And, Yes, We Exist

We exist contrary to popular belief.

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Contrary to popular belief, there are females out in America that are conservative. There are probably not as many compared to the massive amounts of liberal females, but trust me, we exist.

It's hard to be a conservative woman in today's America.

Want to know why? It is because it is automatically assumed that since we are women, we should all be on the same page when it comes to politics. If you are interested in politics, you know it's VERY hard to get everyone to agree with everything a party stands for. With that in mind, this is where the magical rare unicorns that are conservative women exist.

We do not agree with a majority of what these feminist movements stand for, and we have a different view as to how current situations should pan out that align with the conservative viewpoints, which is why we see ourselves as conservatives.

What do conservative women believe?

I can't speak for every woman who identifies as a conservative but most of us believe being a feminist nowadays has taken it to an extreme.

Does that mean we are not for things like equality or immigration reform? No! If a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same amount as him! That's common logic, and the fact that women aren't currently being paid the same as men is a bunch of bullshit.

Immigration reform –– yes it needs to change but in a way that is beneficial for everyone, not just the immigrant. If you want to live here, you can. But you need to do it legally.

I don't think that's a lot to ask as I know if I tried to get citizenship in another "safe and sustainable" country they would make me do the work as well.

You need to pay taxes, you need to get a job, and you need to contribute to society. I am not doing all of that so you can stay at home and collect the benefits of my tax dollars.

Speaking of taxes, I want a say in what they go to. I am okay with a state and federal tax (to some extent) but if my tax dollars help fund something that goes against my moral and political beliefs, I would like the right to pick where my taxes go.

The next stance is on the most delicate which is that of healthcare.

There are two ways to view this issue but it's semi-comedic most liberal assume it's strictly because those of us who are Christian conservatives view the clump of cells as a baby aka a human life. The non-religious conservative view is my tax dollars are paying for other people's birth control and clinic visits.

If you want to have sex, that's up to you and your partner but if you're going to do it without paying for your own protection, you should have to deal with the consequences of your actions like everyone does for literally anything else in life.

It's your body and it is your choice but my tax money should not be used to pay for your birth control or your abortions.

It's fine that conservative women are shunned from feminist movements but that doesn't mean we can't also be feminist in our own way. To the liberal women, stop saying you represent "all women" when you don't. You represent a specific group of women but not ALL.

It's okay to have a difference in opinion on how government should work.

Just because your views don't line up with mine and vice versa, does not make you a bad person. That's the beauty of America is we are all allowed to have our own opinion.

So while the liberal bias society we live in today would like to forget that there are women out there that are conservatives, I am here to burst that bubble and tell you we exist and we are proud of our stances.

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