The Problem With "Conservatives"

The Problem With "Conservatives"

It's not Trump.
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To the Republicans,

As many of my friends and family know, I am a hardcore Conservative and I’m not afraid to show it or say it. However, even though I pride myself on my Conservative views and beliefs, my vote for the presidential election primary did not go to a devoutly conservative candidate, I voted for Donald Trump.

I know this may seem crazy, and many of people have a lot strong opinions about this.

It has been argued so far this election season, that Donald Trump is not the best choice for the Republicans for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is said to be because he is not the most conservative choice.

Well, that my fellow Republicans, is exactly why he actually IS the best choice;

Conservatism isn’t working.

All the Conservatives we ever vote into office, don’t do anything. All you so-called “Conservative” politicians are quick to roll over on your back for the Democrats instead of standing up for the principles you supposedly believe in.

I’m sick of voting all these Republicans, alleged “Conservatives”, into power when they don’t do anything. All you conservative politicians claim to be “Constitutionalists” and ”Conservative” and I’m sick of it!

It doesn’t matter how “Conservative” you are, if you can’t stand up for conservative values and even vote in favor of a conservative bill, your “conservative” title doesn’t mean anything to the American people.

Our entire United States Congress has been an all-Republican majority since 2014 and you failed. You didn’t get anything done to further the Republican agenda; you don’t stand up for the conservative people or the conservative philosophy; you’re a disgrace to not only conservatives, but all Republicans and the one’s who voted for you in the first place. You've had numerous tries to make it right, you've had years to act when you didn't.

I voted you in.

Conservatism isn’t working and it hasn’t been working, even when George W. Bush was in office. Conservatism hasn’t worked since Reagan and I’m sick of me, and other Republicans voting in “Conservative” “Republican” politicians with empty promises.

The Democrat politicians don’t do that, even the Democrats stick to their agendas, so why won’t the Republicans?

We see too many Republican politicians tearing each other down, tearing down their party’s presidential nominee, but what's the real goal here?

News flash: YOU are the one’s who failed the American people, the Republicans. Don’t get mad at the other guy, our Republican nominee, for taking a stand and trying to fix your mess. All those times you voted for amnesty and gun control and abortion, and now you're mad a Republican comes along and actually wants to stick to the philosophy?

We need someone who will actually take action, who’s not afraid to stand by their beliefs even if the media and other people butcher them. Conservatives and Republicans alike need to band together and vote for someone who can make a difference because we are sick of lies; we're sick of failure. If there is one thing we all can agree on (yes, even you Trump-haters), it’s that Donald Trump isn’t afraid to express his beliefs and opinions; that is what Conservatives need! Far too long the Conservative’s wants and needs have been overlooked in the government, so next time you want to get mad at Donald Trump for trying to make a change, think about what you did, or failed to do, in the first place. Think of all the people in your own party that you've failed to represent.

And for all the Republicans who say Trump isn't "Conservative" enough;

Maybe it's easy for many you to ignore the Republican's politicians lack of action because you didn't want to vote last election, because it "wasn't a presidential race". Maybe it's easy for you to hate Trump because you have no idea how our "normal" Republican politicians act, or fail to act in congress.

This is your chance. Look at what our conservatives have failed to do; Look at our congress; Look at our country.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.

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This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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