We Can't Ignore Trump On Twitter

We Can't Ignore Trump On Twitter

No matter how badly we may want to...

Let’s talk about Trump, baby. More specifically, let’s talk about Trump on Twitter. Our current reigning lord and master POTUS has quite a fondness for the social media site, Twitter; a popular media and news platform used by celebrities, news casters, and commoners alike. In previous years the @POTUS handle was used sparingly by President Obama and the Obama administration, but President Trump has taken it on in a whole new light. Beginning with his first week in office and continuing on through present day, preferring to utilize his personal account rather than the @POTUS handle, Trump has used the Twitter platform for everything from news commentary, to “allegedly” leaking confidential information. He’s also been accused of announcing major rule changes on the public site before informing even his own team, or the parties involved. Take one of his most recent tweet announcements as an example; At 7:55 AM (CST), using the Twitter handle @realDonaldTrump, Trump tweeted out this gem:

And then proceeded to wait nine entire minutes before following up with his next tweet announcing his intent to bar all transgendered persons from military service, never mind the thousands of trans military service men and woman who are already proudly serving.

For those nine minutes, the Pentagon, the world, was on the edge of their seats with baited breath, many expecting the President to announce a military attack by the United States on some part of the world, some narrowing the focus to North Korea, others not wanting to consider the possibilities. Instead, his attack hit closer to home, injuring his own servicemen and woman. Concluding with the implications that our transgendered brothers and sisters are a “burden” or “disruption” to our military.

Opinions on our current POTUS using Twitter as his own personal diary vary from person to person. The majority, however, appear to be of the mind that our President should put down the phone and let his entourage do the talking. His vocal outbursts have been enough to make entire other countries cringe in embarrassment, and many have voiced that his tweets are attempts at distracting from larger issues such as his misguided attempts at healthcare reform. But are we overlooking something?

As embarrassing as his activity may seem to a vocal majority, we have to take notice that this administration, as well as the current majority party, have been far from open with the public. With closed sessions and private interview, avoiding or blatantly denying the press, our current government has effectively alienated the general public. It’s painfully obvious that Trump, his administration, and the GOP majority ruled house and senate are working tirelessly to control the public narrative. With one blaring exception, however. Donald Trump’s Twitter.

While many have expressed doubts to how relevant these “unofficially official” tweets may be (though the courts maintain that his Tweets can be held in an official capacity); Trumps outbursts allow the public eye a peak behind the curtains this administration has worked tirelessly to blind us with. The little we get, from not only Trump, but his staff and family members, is just enough to reveal their incompetence, and at times, their blatant disregard for citizens, United States laws, even the Constitution.

Even those who once supported Trump in his presidential endeavors have abandoned ship over a Trump tweet.

Donald Trump has proven to be unstable, his desire for a direct connection to the people through the Twitter platform has allowed us more insight that we could have hoped for. The majority of our population knows we cannot trust this administration to do what’s right for its citizens, and Trump’s Twitter does nothing to dispel that belief. His use of the account does however allow us to keep questioning, continue doubting, and continue out search for the information this administration has worked so relentlessly to keep us blind to. We, the people, need to utilize whatever tools we can, including Trumps “rogue” Twitter posts, to stay informed, as long as we bear in mind how strictly his posse works to control the narrative.
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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Truth Is, Posting Your Political Views On Social Media Won't Change A Darned Thing

So there, I said it.


Any time something controversial comes up in politics, you always see posts on social media. On Facebook, people write about their political views and what they think about what's happening in the country. On Instagram, you see stories of people saying they support or are disappointed in what the government is doing. All this does is start a riff between you and your Facebook friends or your followers. So why do people do it?

Last time I checked, social media is not your political diary.

I get that some might be frustrated with the government and may not agree with what is going on. Sometimes you just need to rant. Recently, with Alabama, social media has been flooded with disappointment. I do not agree with what Alabama is going whatsoever, but you won't catch me posting to social media. It is not the place.

If you don't agree with what is happening... speak up.

Don't post about it. Put down your phone and get up and do something about it because your Twitter rant isn't read by the Supreme Court. Write to your local politicians, protest, fight for what you think is right.

That's the beauty of America, you have the right to speak up for what you believe is right.

So save your posts. The only thing it does is cause a fight on social media. People need to work together for change, not against one another. This doesn't mean be silent because silence is just as bad as not doing anything. This is the time to fight for what is right. So get off social media and do it.

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