A Rather Apolitical Note On Politics

A Rather Apolitical Note On Politics

Oh, what a surprise! A true shock! Another headliner mentioning Donald Trump.

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Our culture consistently struggles with an obsession over not getting enough of Trump, while simultaneously being way too overwhelmed with controversy over the 45th president of the United States. It's a country divided, for sure. Growing up in a conservative household, I saw the conservative side of things. The right made sensee to me. The left did not. As I aged, however, I came to understand the other side of things. Eventually, I realized (as the peacekeeper I've come to be, or at least tried to be) I cannot take a side. I understand certain ideas from both the conservative and liberal viewpoints, and I have come to the conclusion that choosing a side won't solve any of the actual issues we need to be solving.

During American Studies of my junior year (in highschool), we learned that George Washington explained that a two party system would be the ruin of this country. Hello?? Did we not think he had some point in saying this?? In my opinion, he was completely right. The news focuses so hard on one-sided stories nowadays, creating further division that political figures build their entire reputations and power off of. It's time to start electing politicians that focus on uniting the country, not rewarding one side over the other. Politicians need to start focusing on love, not hate.

No matter your position on politics, if you look at Donald Trump's record, you'll know he hasn't been consistent in his views. He's a businessman, and he sees most thing has a competition. Respect to him for the success he has had when it comes to business, but the downside includes that competition results in exclusion and isolation. Take tariffs, for example. If you don't keep up with news, you should still know trade with China isn't going well, thanks to the raising of taxes Trump has implemented as a 'business power move.' While Trump sees this as making more money for the country, at the end of the day its damaging our relationship with another incredibly powerful nation.

You can also look at this entire government shutdown debacle to quickly understand where division takes us… literally, nowhere. It's been weeks without progress, people, weeks. You really can't get a more basic example than this.

Here is an important message that American citizens throughout the history of the country have seemed to have quite a hard time getting through their head: just because someone is different than you, doesn't make them any less than you. At the end of the day, we are all human beings with the desire to be accepted and loved. When it comes to the issues that face our people and our Earth, we can't solve anything if we continue to disagree on everything. Let's stop arguing and start listening. I'm tired of watching screaming matches on my television of people that refuse to see eye to eye.

If you know me, you know I would do anything to have someone like Oprah to lead our country. Someone that truly wants to make this country a more inclusive nation and united home for its citizens. Not someone that is in it for the power, money, or fame. As diversity increases, technologies advance, and new ideas bloom, it should be fascinating to see where politics leads us.

At the end of the day, these are only several of my personal opinions, that I am sure will continue to develop over the course of my life (I do happen to be only 19 at the current time of writing this). Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, which is one of the most beautiful things about America. As an aspiring journalist, though, it can get difficult to dive into a politics with my mindset that so opposes division. It is hard to disagree on such big topics with friends and family, which is exactly why I refer to myself as a member of the 'purple party.' The perfect blend of right and left - a place where everyone is welcome and valued! The perfect place for the United States to get united, because as George Washington warned himself, a divided political system can only end in our nation becoming the Divided States.

Call me too full of hope, too optimistic, maybe even a little loopy to think people will ever be able to find common ground on today's issues. But I like to think I've managed to pack a lot of life into my 19 years on Earth, and the most important thing I've learned from this life is that it is always, ALWAYS, better to choose love over hate. So start treating others the way you like to be treated, because the big changes have to start somewhere, right?

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Why I Love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not for political reasons

I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love AOC.

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My political affiliation couldn't be kept a secret even if I tried. In the words of my mother, I've been a liberal since I popped out of the womb. So to me, the dramatic change in representation in the House was a huge win for me at this time in history.

While I sit on one side of the aisle because that's where I hear the most conversations about my closest political beliefs happening, I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The first I'd ever heard of this powerful voice from New York was in a video being shared around on Facebook that gave me a strong sense of hope that I haven't felt in a while. She explains the nuance behind "identity politics" and the importance of complete representation in Congress in terms of race, class, and policy. Here was a young woman in my generation (or just outside of it) running for Congress because she knew there was work to be done, not because she knew she would win, or because of some larger force paying her to win, or because she comes from a family of politicians. She ran because she was passionate and because she works to understand her district and represent them in ways that give her district a matched fight with revolving-door politicians who know how to play the game.

This woman, to me, represents accessibility into politics for Americans. When I first started listening to politicians and presidents talk on TV, I remember listening to Obama speak my freshman year of high school (maybe for a state of the union address?) and I asked my mom what a lot of words meant. I learned what poverty, immigration, economic policy, taxes, the middle-class, and more were. She had answers for some but not all of my questions, and then I asked why they felt the need to use such big, intimidating words? Weren't they supposed to represent the country, who to my understanding, probably didn't know what all of these words meant if my own mother didn't? (Moms know everything.)

I didn't want to be left behind in a country that made decisions based on Harvard graduate levels of thinking when most of us were in fact, not Harvard graduates. I was aware when Obama used words I had on a vocabulary test the week before, and I was aware that my honors class was strikingly different from my friends' general education English classes, and that our entire high school was years ahead of some less privileged schools 30-minutes away. But all of us, no matter how politically accessible our situations were or not, were to be represented by a man using these words.

AOC is progressive (in a non-political sense) for Americans because she uses rhetoric and tools to educate Americans instead of persuading or intimidating them to think that she just knows best. She's a politician, yes, so of course she uses persuasive techniques to get policy she believes in to pass so she can do her job as a legislator. But have you seen her Instagram stories or heard her speak in interviews?

Her style of leadership involves a refreshing level of transparency and group participation. I feel like I'm allowed to ask questions about what happens in Washington D.C., and about what another congressperson meant when they said ______. She answers questions like these online to her followers, some of which are her represented correspondents, and some of which are people outside of her district just desperate to expose themselves to any congressperson willing to talk to them on their level. Her flow inspires the average American to listen and checks the confident incumbent from underestimating just how much she knows.

Not all of us are fortunate enough to afford college. Not all of us are fortunate enough to come from a community where high schools prepared and primed us for college-level vocabulary filled conversations. Some of us have to accept politics as a realm with which we can never be involved, heard, or interactive. A.O.C. is what's changing this mentality. 43% of adults living in poverty function at low literacy rates. If they can't understand political rhetoric, how will they be able to democratically participate? Politicians spend so much time talking about poverty rates and how they want to move every family into a middle-class lifestyle, but they don't alter their political approach to invite the poverty-stricken or under-educated Americans into their conversations. AOC does this.

She spends time every night explaining whatever her followers have questions about in full detail. She actually uses up-to-date technology and social media to communicate with Americans, making older senators look lazy or technologically incompetent for not engaging with their community as often or as explicitly. Not to mention, every video I've ever seen produced by her or her team (including her Instagram stories) have closed-captions already edited in. She considers every American to be her audience before speaking, and the fact that what she's doing feels new and refreshing to me suggests just how badly we need her, and more people like her, in politics today.

This isn't even because of her understanding that literacy affects voting--in the original video I saw of her, she understands that the people she represents were flat-out not being addressed in politics. "People aren't voting because no one is speaking to them." Truly and meaningfully, directly and honestly.

She's America's teacher, a representative of why mentorship on all levels is important, and to me, what America would look like if our politicians were not only our representatives, but our educators, our mentors, and our teammates.

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