"Trumping" Civility

"Trumping" Civility

What does it mean to be civil? Don't ask Trump.
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This Wednesday, reporters asked President Trump if he thinks the President of the United States should behave more civilly than he has been throughout the last 11 months.

He replied, "I think the press makes me more uncivil than I am. You know, people don't understand. I went to an Ivy League college, I was a nice student. I did very well. I'm a very intelligent person. You know, the fact is, I think, I really believe, I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person."

Along with taking the time to compliment himself, once again, the President also demonstrated a lack of understanding of the word "civil" in the first place. Education and intelligence are not requirements of civility, so going to an Ivy League University has very little to do with his lack of ability to handle foreign and domestic issues with diplomacy.

To be civil is to be respectful and courteous towards others, even if/when you don't agree with them.

Being civil means NOT calling out every senator on Twitter whenever they don't support your legislation and assigning them ridiculous nicknames in an attempt to emasculate them. Civility is handling tough situations with grace and being able to admit when you're wrong and learning from your mistakes.

I think it's safe to say that President Trump has rarely been civil or acted presidentially, and the few times he has, meaning he just stuck to reading the teleprompter, he managed to shock the country so much that he was applauded for simply behaving the way he is supposed to.

Still, Trump claims the media is at fault for the way in which we perceive him. While there will always be bias in whatever form of journalism and reporting there is, playing clips of Trump speaking and discussing his actual tweets is in no way the media creating their own version of Trump.

He is in charge of creating his own image and he always has been. It is only now that he's leading a nation that he's being held accountable for what he says and the way in which he says it because now he is not solely speaking for himself.

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11 Things You Know If You're A Southern Liberal

"What's the.... liberal opinion on [blank]?"
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Growing up into the woman I've become today, a big thing that alienated me from my peers was my political stance. As I spent my childhood and adolescence in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, nearly everyone around me was conservative.

As the "token" liberal, I often encountered some strange reactions and situations. While I sometimes considered remaining coy about my beliefs, I never once considered lying about them.

And while it may have made things difficult for me at the time, I'm thankful for how these experiences have changed me.

1. People are surprised when they find out your political leanings.

Yes, I'm a middle-class Southern white girl. Yes, my family votes Democrat.

2. "What's the... liberal opinion on [blank]?"

I don't know, Susan. What's the conservative view on that? Please don't call me out if I haven't chosen to speak on the topic.

3. You have to bite your tongue when a teacher influences a lesson with their political opinion.

You know they're not allowed to, but chances are everyone else in the class agrees with them, so no one will side with you.

4. It's usually everyone against you in debates.

Just saying: when three different people get into an argument with you, and they're all on the same side, it stops being a debate and starts being a liberal-bashing session.

For future reference, such experiences are not beneficial to anyone involved and often cultivate in everyone leaning even farther to the left or right.

5. When you find someone who agrees with you, it's an instant friendship.

6. You roll your eyes at every bumper sticker.

If I had a penny for every time I saw a "Make America Great Again" sticker while driving, I would probably have enough money to rival Trump.

7. You learn to have non-political conversations.

8. You're friends with people all over the political spectrum.

9. You've learned to be open-minded.

As I mentioned before, heated arguments never change anything, nor do they have a positive impact in the slightest.

By adopting an open mind, I understand certain sides of issues that I wouldn't have if I closed up and screamed at the person I was talking to, like so many have done to me.

10. You got mad at the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.

But everyone from your high school was happy, so you suffered in silence.

11. You're more secure in your identity because of the various views you've been exposed to.

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Bayridge Residents Call On Donovan Yet Again

New York City's only republican congressmen seems barely unmoved by his constiuents
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The constituents of New York City's only Republican Congressman, Dan Donovan, have often complained of his disappearance since he got elected. Surrounded by a multitude of controversies, Donovan's stance on immigration policies and the Muslim ban have led to a public outcry among Bay Ridge and Staten Island residents, people of his constituency.

The protest, sponsored by the Arab American Association New York, Bay Ridge for Social Justice and the New York Immigration Coalition called for the Congressman to pass the #CleanDreamAct before the February 8th deadline. Protestors most of whom were Bay Ridge residents signed postcards addressed to Chuck Schumer and peacefully stood in front of the 86th Street and 4th Avenue subway station holding boards and wide smiles.

Bay Ridge, a diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn has the largest Arab American Population in the country along with the highest Palestinian population in the East Coast. Dr. Ahmed Jabar, 71, a resident of Bay Ridge, co-founder of the Arab American Association New York, and a refugee from Palestine is now an American citizen who has practiced gynecology for several decades and delivered almost 5000 babies.

"Statements that were politically incorrect earlier have now become a norm. People keep telling Hijabi women to go back to their country, but this is their country -- they were born here," he said. "Similarly, young immigrants protected by the Dreamer's Act only know America as their country."

Mike Decillis, a democratic representative running for a seat in Congress representing the constituency of Bay Ridge and Staten Island is often sported at protests and rallies that support immigration policies. Stating that the dreamers need a path to citizenship he urges that, "We don't want to create a problem like we did of having 10 million undocumented immigrants. Instead, we have to bring them out of the shadows so part of the immigration reform is dealing with and not ignoring the people that are there and not handling it solely criminally. They are our neighbors and taxpayers."

The protestors had a hard timed garnering attention from the public but attracted young residents of the community, including high school students from the neighborhood.

One such student's, Alex Pallitteri, mother is an immigrant. Her stories of difficulties and shortcomings has always been frightening to him. Just like the other protestors, Pallitteri also believes, "no politician should have the right to deport young immigrants. I think they have a right to build a life here especially when many of the things that they are fleeing from in their country of origin has been caused by America."

Protests in support of the dreamers have broken out all around the country pressurizing the White House to move towards a permanent decision while President Trump seems remain unmoved. "I'd love to see a shutdown if Congress doesn't agree to immigration restriction," the President said on Tuesday.

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