The Pros and Cons to a Donald Trump Presidency

The Pros and Cons to a Donald Trump Presidency

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With the way things are going now, things point towards Donald Trump being the nominee for the Republican party. Donald Trump becoming President can shoot some life into American politics or destroy it. If Trump becomes the President of the United States, is America doomed? Will America be great again? Here are the pros and cons to Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States.

PRO: He has been in business for his entire adult life.

Donald Trump has been a businessman for his entire adult life, that's what America needs. This country is 19 TRILLION dollars in debt and nobody knows how to pay it back. America needs a President with a business background. Most people believe that a businessperson has a better chance at bringing the deficit down than just another run of the mill politician. The national debt is a huge issue that candidates in either political party are talking about. Out of all the candidates remaining, Trump has the best chance at bringing America towards a balanced budget.

CON: He's had some pretty awful businesses.

Selling steaks at Sharper Image, a mortgage company right before the housing market collapses, Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka; the list goes on and on. Come on Donald use your noodle.

PRO: The main issue he wants to fix is illegal immigration.

"WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL!!!!!" The Donald has been talking about fixing the illegal immigration problem in this country since day one of his campaign.

CON: The way he's going to pay for "the wall."

"WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL AND MAKE MEXICO PAY FOR IT!" Wait what. Why would Mexico want to do that? Let's say Trump can't get Mexico to pay for the wall and then asks congress for money to build the wall and they say no. Then what?

PRO: He has contributed to Democratic campaigns in the past.

Yes, this is a pro. Since he has contributed to Democratic campaigns, he has a better chance of bringing people together since he has had a working relationship with both sides.

CON: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are going to go after him for contributing to Democratic campaigns.

He even gave Clinton money in 2008 towards her Presidential campaign. We know he never gave Sanders any money because Sanders doesn't want corporate money and would rather get $27 from people.

PRO: He cares about our vets.

One of the main things everyone can agree on whether you like Trump or not is that he is correct about our veterans. There are men and women that come home from their service in the military and cant find a job and eventually live on the street since they don't have the money to afford a house. Trump wants to take great care of our veterans and if you argue that then you aren't a true American.

CON: He flip-flops on a lot of issues.

The thing he has recently flip-floped on, was having soldiers commit War crimes. Someone that cares so much about the military shouldn't want that. Trump has also flip-floped on issues such as immigration, the war on drugs and abortion. Who knows whether he will flip-flop while in the White House.

PRO: He wants to make America great again!

Trump cares about this country very much. He is all about bringing jobs back from China and other foreign countries in order to grow the economy and make America strong again.

CON: Since when is America not great?

For the people that actually believe America isn't great anymore, can you think of any other country you'd rather live in? I didn't think so.

Donald Trump would absolutely bring a different personality to Washington. Whether or not that leads to him being a successful President is still left to be seen.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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