Trump's Debate Disappointment

Trump's Debate Disappointment

Donald Trump's critical lack of (small-c) conservatism and the first debate
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Earlier this year, a poll found that about two-thirds of Americans believe that their country is on the wrong track. For many Americans who believe this, Hillary Clinton tends to serve as an avatar of Washington D.C.’s wrongheaded establishment, and Donald Trump as a would-be destroyer of the status quo.

Some Americans see the status quo as so totally corrupt that literally any change would be an improvement; for them, the idea of Trump as a simple political wrecking ball is deeply appealing. That view is mainly right-wing, but there are plenty of Independents and Democrats who like much of what Trump seems to offer: a presidency to thwart an economic elite that always takes globalization over robust American work and wages and a foreign policy establishment that would always rather be meddling somewhere new than, say, renegotiating America’s treaty commitments to well-off countries.

Unlike many of Trump’s most ardent right-wing supporters, these Independents and Democrats tend to cringe at Trump’s attitudes toward (for example) Mexicans and Muslims, but in many cases would be willing to stomach bigotry for the sake of practical policy improvements. But they’re also, I think, much more likely to believe that presidential destruction could become excessive and that four or eight more years of the status quo would be better than an [unrelenting and] undiscriminating tornado of Trumpist destruction. Trump, who likely needs these voters’ support to win in November, needs to convince them that the destruction he’d wreak in Washington would be fruitful: that he would, paradoxically, be a constructively destructive force for the American people. He needs to show that he would destroy just the right things while leaving certain other things upright.

In other words, it must be clear that he’s willing to do his homework and figure out the best ways to carry out his promises of change. He’s long been known for fixating on things that stroke his ego, from his business acumen to the easy applause that comes with his favorite political claims. To win the Independents and Democrats that I’ve described, he needs to show that he’s able and willing to keep focused on things that don’t immediately stroke his ego; he needs to show some capacity to develop his ideas beyond bluster and to demonstrate how his destruction would be carefully-targeted rather than total annihilation.

The nationalist revolutionary Trump needs to show a small-c conservative willingness to leave things be except when they clearly need change. He needs to demonstrate, in certain respects, what the British philosopher Michael Oakeshott called a preference for “the familiar to the unknown [and] the tried to the untried.”

Many Americans view the political status quo like a stocked refrigerator that’s been abandoned for a couple months: everything was put in for a reason, but it’s largely gone rotten and needs to be removed and replaced. The proper tools for removal are a good pair of gloves, one’s senses of sight and smell, a garbage bag. The work of figuring out precisely what’s rotten may be lengthy miserable, but in the end you both spare the contents that are still good and avoid damaging the fridge.

It would be better TV, though, to heave it all out with a few swift strokes of a big shovel. And since spectacle is what matters for Trump, why should we expect him to care if the shovel bursts open the spoiled milk and shatters the bottles of perfectly good beer, and perhaps busts up the shelves and walls?

Ultimately, the Independents and Democrats I’ve described largely won’t vote for Trump unless they’re convinced that he’s willing to do the unglamorous, non-ego-stroking work of actually improving his understanding of how politics works. It will need to seem, as Ross Douthat recently put it, that Trump can be trusted to “actually execute the basic duties of the presidency.”

Trump’s conduct at the first presidential debate – flatly failing to actually answer plain policy questions, and trying to compensate for his lack of constructive ideas through reflexive bullying – gives no hint that Trump has actually improved at doing his homework in over a year of campaigning. If he wants to win, he’ll almost certainly have to improve. There’s increasingly little reason to suspect that he will.

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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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This Is What It's Like Living As A 'Snowflake' Liberal In 2019

I am here to state that yes I am liberal but I am NOT a snowflake who gets offended over everything. I am someone who believes that everyone deserves to be treated equally.

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Growing up, I went to church camps and youth groups. I believed in God through Christ. As I continue to age and learn more about politics, I guess one would call me a "libtard". I am here to tell you that I am proud to be a libtard and here is why.

1. I support universal rights for all

While we are continuing to work towards equal rights for every individual we still slack. African Americans, especially women are still struggling to have their voice heard. LGBTQ+ members still are being denied service because of their sexuality which shouldn't even be a question. Whether a business is private or not, your religion and beliefs should not have anything to do with who you serve. You are gaining MONEY and INCOME, so why would you deny someone?? Nobody should be denied healthcare because of someone else's religious or personal beliefs. If you can't treat a gay man because your religion says that to lay with the same sex is wrong- then you are in the WRONG profession. Just because your religion says that certain things are a sin and wrong, does NOT give you the right to deny people to adopt, shop and live a decent live without having to deal with your hate. Instead of shunning and slamming horrible words to that Muslim family because you believe all Muslims are part of ISIS, instead sit down and actually talk to Muslims. Almost 99% of them just want to live in peace without hate in the USA and throughout the world. Nobody is born racists or homophobic or Islamophobia. People are taught hate and fear. Learn to mind your own business and make sure you are 100% perfect before you judge someone else.

2. I support the poor, immigrants, women and veterans

Yes, we have an illegal immigration problem. Yes, some of those who cross bring drugs and are pedophiles and murders, however, MOST illegals just want to live in a country where they can afford to feed their children and keep them warm and clothed. They do not want to live in Shantyvilles where their houses are made of scraps and their flooring is dirty. They should come here legally yes however, it shouldn't take up too 20 years for them to become citizens. They are not just people looking for handouts, most are just people who are willing to leave their family to go to a foreign place where they may not speak great English just to earn money so their family can survive.

Our system is messed up towards all three people: the poor, the immigrants and our veterans.

The system is designed to keep the poor poorer and the rich richer. You lost your job because of something that you can't control and now you are homeless and living on the street? Got a toothache? Wait until you have money. Have rotten teeth and infection because you couldn't get to the doctors? Go to the emergency room and pay thousands only to still have no money. While there are homeless people who prefer to live the way they do many want a permeant home and consist of food and warmth. Want money? Get a job. Want a job? Well, you need a permanent address. Need a permeant place to live? You need money first. Many homeless people are veteran who have risked their lives for our country. Our country requires men to sign up and many go willing to serve only to get nothing in return for their PTSD, anxiety, depression and so many other problems. They risk everything only to be let down and lose everything back home.

Women, especially women of color and those who are poor struggle because of the current war against women. Yes, this is a war. If we are going to push to ban abortion, which should not be allowed because it is not my business to decide what a woman can and cannot do, then we need to make birth control more easily accessible. Women should not be the only ones who should have to "close their legs" or "participate in abstinence". Sex is a natural and healthy thing to participate in for both sexes. Bearing a child should not be a punishment for something natural. Safe sex should be preached in schools NOT abstinence. Hysterectomies should NOT be denied to women because "they are too young", "they might change their minds", "their husband may not want kids". Want to stop abortions? Stop denying women hysterectomies, lower the cost of adoption, make having a child not so pricing and unaffordable, stop shaming women for having children at a young age or having to go on food stamps or WIC.

3. Healthcare is a HUMAN RIGHT

Imagine you are eight years old living with your grandparents who are retired and barely able to take care of themselves because you have to watch your mother die from an infection that has spread to her blood all because she couldn't afford a $500 root canal and $200 for antibiotics.

Or maybe you are a college student studying because a college professor in the sciences but you got toxic shock syndrome. The hospital saved you and you are okay but you have no insurance because you live alone and can not afford it. You get the bill... it is over $42,000 so you have to drop out to pay it off.

Or your husband has just died after a cardiac arrest after his heart defibrillator failed to work because he couldn't afford to spend thousands to get new batteries...

4. College should not be so expensive

I do NOT support Bernie Sanders college education becoming free drama. The idea of making college free totally take away the value of it. Students would take advantage of the freeness and fail classes without remorse. With that being said, as a middle-class student who dreams of being a teacher, I shouldn't have to cry myself to sleep because my dream school- where I feel at home- may not be where I can go anymore. I understand paying for teachers and facilities but they should make it so more students can get more financial aid. Interest rates are beyond ridiculous. You shouldn't have to pay back more than you took out. Room and board should not be almost the same price as tuition and students shouldn't have to pay for hundreds of fees that in no way affect their education. When someone is LEGALLY and adult whether they were emancipated or they are 18, FAFSA should NOT consider their parents' incomes at ALL even if they do help them because not everyone is fortunate. If someone is living on their own they shouldn't have to put their parents' incomes. They shouldn't have to put their step-parents income unless that parent has adopted them because legally if the parents get divorced they have no legal obligation to that child should why should their income count? College shouldn't be free but nobody should have to have multiple jobs in their lifetime to survive and pay off their loans.

5. I CARE about the environment

Maybe the world won't end in twenty years, we do not know. What I know is that year the earth's global temperature is rising and it is indeed causing weird weather patterns and melting the glaciers and destroying life. I also believe that the world can fix itself on its own BUT we can help the world fix itself faster. We need to cut down on air pollution and look into cleaner energy sources. Banning straws is not "because people are snowflakes'. It is because it is causing harm to marine life and wildlife. Banning straws is a small but giant step. It is not hard to drink without a straw, if you really need one.. get a metal reusable one. Banning plastic and any nonbiodegradable material will make the earth cleaner and prevent so much pollution in our waterways. Stop throwing your trash out the window, recycle your cans and crush them, buy reusable items and reuse different things in other ways instead of throwing it away. There is no reason as to why animals should be found with trash in their stomachs or encased in debris if we simply all learn to become environmentally friendly.

6. I do not trust the government

The government says it is here to protect us but in all honesty, sometimes it does more harm than good. I do not believe in communism, in fact, I think it is stupid however, everyone deserves a chance to live a good life. Our society keeps the poor poorer and people refuse to help them, Sometimes that little boost of getting help for two years can be their foothold to leading an amazing future. Our government and Republicans are so set on staying the same and "not breaking tradition" without realizing that their traditions are hurting people. Our government is full of people wanting everyone to look, act and think the same. If that would be the case, the United States would look like a dystopian country. DIVERSITY in religion, race, sexuality, looks, genes, nationality, language is what makes us a good country. Land of the free means land to be who you are. Separation of church and State should not be questioned. Laws should not be created based on religions in any shape or form. Freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

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Many do not know but I am Pro-Choice, Pro-Second Amendment while also believe that the people should not HAVE to speak, look, dress or act a certain way. Yes, there is freedom of speech but if your speech indicts harm or hate to anyone, just know that you will be judged one day just like everyone else you hate on.

Even if I, myself, or other people are liberal. Most of us are people who just get offended over everything. We are people who are tired of the hate and tired of the fact that people think it is okay to discriminate someone for any reason. Most of us just want everyone to have the same rights and be treated with the same fairness as everyone else. WE care about people and their feelings. WE care about the future generation. WE care about all lives.

Everyone deserves to live a good life with a roof over their head, warm food in their bellies, a healthy body and mind and to live, love, praise and worship who they want without being discriminated against. Live your life the way you want but do not tell others how to live theirs.

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