The Red Pill: What Everyone Needs To Know

The Red Pill: What Everyone Needs To Know

Why everyone needs to see The Red Pill
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Recently the documentary The Red Pill was in the spotlight, as Netflix decided not to release it on their platform. This has caused serious outcry and speculation as to how Netflix is running their service. But that's a different discussion. For today, I want to take a look deeper into the documentary and what I personally got out of it.

For anyone who is unaware of this documentary, it's about a filmmaker, Cassie Jaye, taking a look at the Men's Rights Movement. Yes, you read that right, the Men's Rights Movement. If you're thinking "Why is that even a thing?" then this documentary is definitely for you. Cassie Jaye does a phenomenal job showing the challenges that men face while also not crushing the Women's Rights movement. She displays areas that men suffer, more specifically the things that most people do not talk about, and brings them to light.

SPOILER WARNING: From here on out, I'll be making quite a few references to the documentary. This next paragraph is a summary of the documentary.

Cassie begins her journey stating that she is indeed a feminist. She goes into it believing that the whole Men's Rights Movement is a hate group. However, throughout the documentary, we see a change in Cassie and how she sees what they are actually all about. She gives us a glimpse of her internal conflict by sharing a video diary expressing her thoughts and her internal change. In the documentary, she goes over topics such as the following: male suicide rates, male domestic violence and rape victims, child custody and divorce, and many other topics that are usually silenced. Cassie interviews many people from both the Men's Rights Movement, as well as the Women's Rights Movement and shows how both sides believe that they are right and the other is wrong (in some cases). At the end, Cassie leaves the audience with stating that she is no longer a feminist.

Okay, spoilers done!

My feeling about the whole thing is that you need to watch this documentary to have a debate about women's and men's rights. In any argument, you need to have insight into both sides, not just your own. Personally, I feel that the documentary shows everyone what feminism is overall and not just a two-sided debate. In the past, I wrote an article explaining why people are afraid of being labeled a feminist. This point goes back to that article. The definition of feminism is equality of BOTH sexes, not just men or not just women. It has, however, been skewed into this idea that it's only for women. This damages the progression of any rights for anyone and creates a segregated playing field when we all should be working together for fairness. In the documentary, we see how the feminist camp bashes the Men's Rights movement and how the Men's Rights movement has to try and explain why everyone should also be listening to them, rather than holding their hands on their ears or putting the curtains up around their cause.

The problem is now what the word feminism has become. It has become only wanting equal rights for women and that there is nothing wrong with mens rights. This is far from the truth. Men also have many things that are unequal to them, and watching this documentary will show you many of the inequalities that men also face. Actually, just looking at some news articles, you'll be able to see the unfairness. Why is it that a woman sex offender gets less time than a male sex offender, while they did the same exact crime? Why is it okay to make fun of men for being rape victims, but if we make fun of women being rape victims it's completely unacceptable? I'm not saying that inequality for either sex is right, because any decent human being can see that it's wrong, but why in society is it that we see these injustices to both sexes daily? (Hell, even writing this article, The Odyssey doesn't have a Story Category for Men's Rights, only Feminism.)

Overall, The Red Pill is a documentary that everyone should watch and see how equality of both sexes is what we should be striving for, and not just for one or the other.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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