The (Real) Struggles Of Being A Millennial Liberal

The (Real) Struggles Of Being A Millennial Liberal

For us, Liberal logic is just more ethical.
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Dear Appalachian-raised sorority girl trying to survive her twenties,

I know right, isn’t it just so annoying that other people have different views on the world. Too bad that's the only real “struggle” you expressed throughout your entire article. I hope you're buckled up for this because I’m about to show you the actual struggles that us Liberal Millennials deal with on a daily basis.

#FeelTheFreeStuff

Obviously I have to start with Bernie and all of his “free stuff.” I hate having to explain this, I can honestly say this isn't the first time and I know it won't be the last, but no one is talking about free stuff. Look, I get that it seems like that, I mean Bernie does say he wants to “make all public schools tuition free” and no one ever quite gets into what that really means, so let's look at my college bill and talk about it that way. My small town liberal arts college in Castleton Vermont costs me around 20,000 dollars a year, 10,000 of that is tuition. If Bernie were to have his way my schooling would still cost me 10,000 dollars because I live on campus, with a meal plan, and I still have to buy books on top of that. It’s not going to be completely free for me, but it's a hell of a lot more affordable.

Triggered much?

Trigger warnings, in short, are not that big a deal. It’s simply people not surprising other people with content that is unwelcome. Remember in middle school when your teachers would pause the movie and tell everyone that a scary part was coming up and if they did not want to see it to cover their eyes. That's a trigger warning in a nutshell. To be constantly called “triggered” by our conservative counterparts and our conservative elders every time we stand up for something we believe in gets really old. Also it’s kind of like someone screaming “Mouse pad!” every time you try and take a sip of water, it isn’t relevant and frankly it's really annoying.

SJW’s Erryday, All-day.

Let’s just break the title Social Justice Warrior down, shall we? Social justice- “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privilege within a society.” and Warrior- “A brave or experienced soldier or fighter.” So, it seems to me that what a social justice warrior is, is a person who fights for equality and in that sense.. Freedom? Weird that Republicans and Conservatives alike claim to love America and its freedom, equality and opportunity; yet, they often put down those fighting for social justice, and as such, freedom, equality and opportunity.

Go Crawl off to Your Safe Space!

Seriously, this is so common. No one wants a padded room with bubble wrap and elmo. When Liberals talk about creating and having safe spaces we are requesting that no one be a harassed in that space. Don’t call your gay classmate a faggot and don't bring any of your weak arguments as to why they shouldn’t be allowed to marry their partner of the same gender. You're literally just being intolerant. And, It’s not intolerant of me to not accept your intolerance because why would it be? Is it intolerant of me because I think Hitler was an asshole? No? Didn’t think so, he was.

Look, there are some serious differences between conservatives and liberals, and I don’t necessarily want to ignore all of the idea’s that conservatives have. However, you have to hear us out. We aren’t trying to get free stuff, we aren’t trying to get everyone to baby us all the time, and we aren't trying to avoid all of the horrors of the world. We are trying to make change, we are trying to rebuild our country so that it stands on an ethical base rather than an economical base. This is a change that has been in the works for years. Just look at the abolishment of slavery, it's much more economical to use slave labor than to hire workers, but it’s far less ethical.

Sincerely, Just another liberal crybaby.


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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Yes, You Can Be a Democrat And A Christian

We all have our reasons for identifying with the political party we identify with.
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To some people who are on the same boat as me, it might seem pretty obvious.

Yes, you can be a Democrat and a Christian.

As a matter-of-fact, my church back home and a majority of its members voted Democrat in the past elections.

As a proud northerner, it might come as no surprise to those who don't come from this part of the country that I am so "open-minded". But really, I'm not. It's not open-mindedness when I choose to support LGBTQ rights. It's not open-mindedness when I choose to vote Democrat despite their controversial stance on abortion, as many on the opposite side often argue and use as their focal point of criticism.

The answer is, I'm not being as "open-minded" and as liberal as I seem – nor is the Christian minority that votes Democrat like me. God taught me to love everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, their religion, or their political views.

The Bible says "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," truly, if we reject, ostracize, and spew hatred upon those who are not like us as our current President does by vilifying immigrants and refugees, and banning those who do not fit his heteronormative vision of a man and a woman from the military – are we truly living up to the Great Commandment?

I don't think we are.

And just like that, I refuse to support a party that backs a man who has almost twenty accounts of sexual assault against him. A man who has generalized that all Mexicans, like me, are rapists and drug dealers. A man who refused to condemn the neo-nazis who killed a woman in a violent and hateful protest, and instead, claimed that there were "very fine people" on both sides.

A man who has been sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination dating back to the 1970s. The list goes on, and on, and on. Our President, and as a result the party that supports him have shown that they are just full of flaws as they criticize the left of being.

My response to the latter is that Christians must work to remove the stigma associated with being either a Democrat or a Republican. I have my reasons for not supporting President Trump, and the vast majority of Christians that voted for him have their reasons for doing so.

The solution to all of this? We need to stop basing the quality of other people's Christianity based on their political views.

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