More Than Just An Entertainer

More Than Just An Entertainer

What it really takes to be president of the United States.
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All too often we hear people bashing Donald Trump on his presidential run. People are distrustful of Trump’s presidential bid for several reasons, a lot of them claiming that he’s not qualified enough because he’s not a typical politician.

But that is exactly what qualifies him the most.

When it comes to criterion to run for president, the United States Constitution only has a few: a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old, and you must have lived in the United States at least 14 years. Back in the day, our founding fathers and our first presidents were normal people, none of them were typical politicians like we think of today. Some of the best presidents have been actors or farmers before stepping up for the presidential role; Donald Trump was a real estate developer. Since Trump is widely recognized as one of the wealthiest men in the world, he is in the limelight often and is viewed as an entertainer or celebrity of some sort, but that’s not his job, and that’s not the determining factor on whether or not he’d be a good president or a good "politician".

Many people don’t realize that Donald Trump has been involved in politics for quite some time now. Though he is not a career politician like many people think our presidential candidates should be, politics have always been something he was involved and interested in. As a businessman, of course Trump has paid close attention to laws, politics, and policies. He has written several books about business and economics that could be seen as political. More recently, before he officially announced his run, he has been almost like a political commentator. Before he ran, he had many supporters who liked his ideals and perspectives. He was featured on news channels and programs for political insight and his social media accounts consisted of political commentary. As someone who has been a fan of Donald Trump since before his presidential campaign, and as someone who follows politics outside of the election season, I always followed his websites and social media for his politics. To people who do not follow politics as much, it seems like Donald Trump literally just came out of the woodwork to run, but that’s not the case. When it comes to politics, names like Sarah Palin or Paul Ryan stick out to us as legitimate “politicians”. But Donald Trump is seen as one of those people. For political enthusiasts like myself, Donald Trump’s name has always been involved in politics from his books, to his political commentary.

So next time you want to say Donald Trump wouldn’t be a good president because he’s not a “politician”, please consider your facts and search for his political commentary and books from before he ran. You will see that in fact, Donald Trump has been involved in politics, though he is not a "politician", no. But neither is Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, or John McCain. They are governors, former military, and public officials. When the United States was first formed, our founding father’s and former presidents weren’t “politicians”. They were businessmen, war heroes, authors, and scientists. Ronald Reagan, one of the best presidents was an actor. There is not exact definition or title for a politician, but I can tell you right now that Donald Trump is more than just an entertainer and his lack of a political title is what makes him so attractive to voters. It’s what makes him the most qualified to run.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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