Child's Play

Child's Play

The Right vs. The Left

During the primary season Bernie Sanders was asked during a Democratic Town Hall on MSNBC how big he wanted to make the government. The answer he gave was something to the extent of “I want to mix in socialist values in with our current capitalist economy” (I’m paraphrasing, of course), which looking back is a pretty decent answer. The issue I have with his answer is that it doesn’t really address the myth that is currently going around when people talk about politics. It is often believed that Republicans believe in a small government while Democrats believe in a large government. But is that really true? The answer is obviously ‘no’. To the completely honest, both political parties believe in about the same size of government. Where they differ is what department they want to increase and/or decrease.

On the right side of the spectrum, it is often believed that Republicans are for the little man and they typically don’t believe in “sticking their noses in other people’s lives”…except, of course, for people of the LGBTQ community, people of different races, people of different religions, and women. They don’t believe in getting involved in the lives of others unless you want to have an abortion. They don’t want to get involved in your life, yet seem to have an unhealthy obsession what you do in the bedroom of your own home. They don’t want to get involved in your life unless you have a different belief as them. Then they think it is okay to violate the fourth amendment rights and spy on you (but if you dare stand up for gun regulation you are “un-American”). The truth is, Republicans do believe in a massive government. They like being able to control the lives of others who don’t believe the same way they do. They are very concerned about what you do in your own bedroom. They think that our military is not bloated and they advocate for us in intervene in many different countries. If they were truly pro-small government they would not feel the need to interfere in the lives of others and would probably advocate for a smaller military.

On the left side of the spectrum, Democrats are believed to want a large booming government. They advocate for assistance for poor families who cannot afford it. They tend to stand up for Muslim Americans and African Americans alike. While those are not at all bad things, the flaws in the thinking of so many regressive Democrats should not be overshadowed. A lot of mainstream Democrats support Black Lives Matter and will rage towards anyone (such as myself) who says “all lives matter”. While I understand that some people say “all lives matter” just to oppose Black Lives Matter, I am not one of those. I do believe that black lives matter, but at the same time, I am not blinded by my position. For example, advocates for Black Lives Matter are currently tearing Charlotte to pieces because an armed black guy moved towards a police officer in a threatening manner and got shot.

Whether they actually believe that the Black Lives Matter activists in Charlotte actually have a case or not or if they just fear being called racist I’m not entirely sure of. But there seems to be a lot of that going around when it comes to the left. If you oppose Black Lives Matter but actually do believe that all lives matter, you are racist by default. If you are an atheist and call out the religion of Islam because you think it is ridiculous child’s play and that it is not a religion of peace, you are racist (even though Islam isn’t a race). You are refuse to call yourself a feminist because third wave feminism has given the movement a bad name, but you identify yourself as an egalitarian, you are still sexist.

My point here is that each side has their own agenda and while Democrats are better than Republicans overall, they are still shitty yes-men who want nothing more than to push their agendas forward. We live in a savage world that is an “us vs. them” mentality and if you don’t fully agree with one side or the other, you tossed aside like a wild dog as both packs of wolves devour you from both sides. Republicans, Democrats, they’re just two sides of the same coin, which is why I left the party and now identify myself as a Liberal independent. I’ve had enough of the child’s play bullshit. When you (Democrats and Republicans) are ready to join me at the “big kid’s table” and stop fighting about pointless shit that doesn’t really matter, I will be waiting. Come join me. Regain your common sense.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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That One Time I May Have Shot An Ex-Police Officer

Yeah, you heard me.


In England, we don't really have guns, maybe hunting guns but I think it's pretty rare. Anyway, point is, barely any guns. I have never seen a gun, shot a gun, I don't even know anybody that owns a gun so as an exchange student in Oklahoma it's a novelty to visit a gun range.

I was pretty nervous about shooting but the instructor was super nice and told us how to hold the gun and load it before we went into the range. He also let us ask any questions we had about guns and explained the process of getting a gun in Oklahoma and he said he had visited Europe and was talking about England, and how he used to be a cop and opened his own gun shop. Basically a really really nice guy, which honestly makes harming him ten times worse.

We went into the range and we were shooting a 22 caliber and another guy at the range, I'm assuming a regular, asked if we wanted to fire his revolver so of course, we said yes.

This gun was definitely heavier and the trigger was super hard to pull but he kept his hand on the gun whilst I struggled with the trigger and then I fired it.

I heard a bang and I heard a yell.

I turned around and he was holding his thumb and there was blood dripping onto the floor. At this point, I thought I had shot him, so you can imagine the sheer level of panic that I was feeling.

The color drained from my face and I was frozen solid and all I could say was, "are you okay?" which was answered with a "Ma'am, put the gun down."

Basically, I'm freaking out and I look over at the lads for some form of reassurance, which was met with them looking equally as freaked out as me. So I asked,

"Do we need to call someone?"

"Yep. We are definitely gonna have to call someone"

So at this point, my nerves were shattered and I had no idea what was going on or what the procedure is for this sort of thing. I mean, the guy also took it like a champ and barely even winced and kept repeating "little lady, you're fine" – safe to say I did not feel fine nor did the situation, in my eyes, look at all fine.

Luckily the regulars knew what to do and took him to the ER so we were left in the store with another regular shooter.

Everyone else went back out to shoot but I didn't feel like assaulting/ shooting/ potentially murdering anyone else so I decided to sit this round out and talk to the woman that stayed with us and he called and said it wasn't me, something came off the bullet or gun and went into his hand- so no I didn't actually shoot him and he was going to be okay.

The point of this now very funny story is that whilst guns are cool they're also pretty dangerous.

I have no idea how someone can participate in these mass shootings because I didn't even shoot someone, only thought I did, and it was probably the most terrifying moment of my life.

So, if you are around guns, have fun, be safe and try not to send your instructor to the ER.

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