Trump's Influence May Be Felt By Americans For Years To Come

Trump's Influence May Be Felt By Americans For Years To Come

He has been such a drastic departure from previous U.S. Presidents.

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Donald Trump is unlike any President the United States has ever had. His erratic behavior, controversial antics, and aggressive political views have made him an odd figure in American politics. The citizens of the United States are the most divided they have been in recent memory, and there is an endless amount of arguments over what is the truth and what is political propaganda. For better or for worse, President Trump may have changed the political climate of the United States forever.

Following his inauguration, President Trump signed a plethora of controversial executive orders into law. These laws include Executive Order 13766, which permits the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, Executive Order 13767, the order for the construction of a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico, Executive Order 13769, the travel ban on Muslims from seven different countries and indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and many more that marked a drastic departure from the actions of most U.S. Presidents prior to Trump.

The most notable aspect of the decisions to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines is that they were both rejected by former U.S. President Barack Obama after various protests and debates.

In addition, Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, faced a repeal of its essential health benefits feature by Trump and his administration. Trump has brought a new attitude to American politics altogether, changing the perception of Americans and foreigners alike.

Such a drastic change from prior presidents should undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, given this country's international influence. The United States is the last remaining superpower on Earth, which means that it exercises the most political power and influence of any nation. It is also expected to provide the most firepower in a military situation because of its abundance of spending on military weapons. While taking an aggressive approach to certain issues certainly helps, an excess of anything is not exactly ideal.

The United States may carry this attitude into the future for years to come because of how Trump has pumped up his supporters ever since he rose to prominence. Trump's followers have been staunchly opposed to anything that does not align with their ideas in a rather radical manner. This spreads to refusing to hear the other side of the story, harsh criticism and discrimination such as racism.

Never have the citizens of the United States been so divided since the Civil War. The two major political parties cannot agree on much, and their respective supporters constantly quarrel in unprecedented ways. There is a large quantity of media bias issued by both sides of the political spectrum and it seems to have no end in sight. The most concerning thing about all of this is the fact that Trump had no political background prior to becoming President, which may lead other unqualified candidates to follow suit.

Trump and his supporters look to keep America's image as a right-wing, aggressive nation for the foreseeable future, perhaps forever. This may influence how future elections are carried out, as well as which political candidates will gain favor among the public.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Dear America, We Can Step Forward As A Country If We Stop Believing That Only One Belief Is Valid

It's time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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Dear America,

2018 was a year of political strife and conflict. The left and the right fought constantly. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the tiniest mistakes, and there were only a small number of successful bipartisan deals. Politicians and citizens alike seemed more concerned with sticking to party platforms, even ones they truly didn't believe in, rather than compromising with the other side to improve our society.Yet all this name-calling and hatred — what does it do in the end? What does it accomplish?

We've only seen an increased polarization of American politics and an expanded hostility towards "the other side." We don't consider the well-being of each and every person in America and the bettering of our society, or the building of a stronger world for our children and grandchildren.

We spend so much time insulting each other's political beliefs that we forget probably the most important fact that links us all together: We are all human. We all share the same basic needs, the same struggles, the same moments of happiness and sadness.

And yet we are willing to put our similarities aside and only focus on our differences. We are willing to thrust ourselves into the deep anger and loathing that comes in attacking those different from us. We are willing to parry insults behind the safety of a phone screen and forget all about what makes us alike. And we are willing to gloss over the fact that we have more similarities than differences.

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Yes, political beliefs make a person. Political beliefs define the values, ideas and thoughts of a person. But sometimes, we have to reach over those beliefs, as hard as that may be, and focus on the bigger picture at hand. What will insulting someone because of those beliefs do? It definitely won't change their views or make them see things from your point of view.

It's sad and frustrating that this endless fighting doesn't even occur between two countries or two governments or two nation-states. Instead, we see arguments and strife between two family members, two neighbors or even two strangers, all living in the same community and under the same government, all sharing more similarities than differences.

We need to stop focusing so much on singular ideas. We need to stop believing in the close-minded idea that only one thought is the best thought. And instead of wasting energy trying to change other's opinions, we need to use that energy and time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities.

These past few years have truly divided America. Let's make 2019 a year of unity, because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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