We Have The Power

We Have The Power

How millennials can fight against Trump, and win.
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Donald Trump.

Reading that name every time it pops up on my Twitter, Facebook, or any social media news feed makes me sigh or roll my eyes in exasperation. What could he have possibly said or done this time that was more foolish than what he did last? But suddenly, I've grown tired of just being tired. It seems as though no one is doing anything to change what is happening in America. What I crave is action, revolt, a rise in rebellion. And who else has the perfect voice, but millennials? Millennials overpopulate all social media outlets and make up the majority of those seeking change against Trump. But do we know how to create change the right way?

First off, Donald Trump has little to no power when it comes to passing actual laws. Don't believe me? Well let me introduce you to this little thing called checks and balances.

I'm sure this takes many of you back to history class. As shown by the diagram, no laws can even be passed by the president unless previously approved by both bodies of Congress. Even if the president vetos against a bill, Congress can override this vote and pass the law themselves if 2/3 of both houses approve the bill. For example, many people express distaste at the fact that Trump doesn't pay taxes when this is in fact, legal. My history teacher owns 4 personal businesses and doesn't pay a single cent of tax for any of them. The way we can change and address issues like these is by fighting the laws ourselves, which we can do by going to our legislator. Contact the elected officials from your state to share your idea. Go to town halls, public meetings, write letters to local leaders. Making our voices heard is a big step in creating change.

Another thing we need to keep in mind is to never lose sight of our goals. Long or short term, maintaining goals is crucial to change. Often times people lose sight of their goals when faced with complications. I find that a way to keep on our goals and aspirations and not to lose sight of what you wish to accomplish is to write things down. What do you wish to accomplish in a week, a month, a year? Add dates that you expect your goals to be fulfilled by. Setting standards for yourself helps guarantee success. Start small, by setting up a meeting with a local representative or organizing a campaign plan for your beliefs. From there, possibilities are endless.

Protesting is a popular way to share your voice on hot button issues such as Donald Trumps presidency, and I encourage everyone to attend a protest of some sort once in their life. Not only does protesting draw media attention, therefore creating a platform for your cause, it also gives you a feel of a personal connection, too. Some of the people you encounter at protests tell amazing and heartbreaking stories about their life and how Trumps presidency has personally impacted their families and themselves. Seeing firsthand how people suffer under his impact made me feel even more passionate about my beliefs than I ever did before.

Another way to create change is to educate. Many of my friends say they aren't informed enough to be involved in politics. What I say to them is a quote by American author Lisa Borden, "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention." Just during his presidency, Donald Trump has both fired and threatened the director of the FBI, ruined international cooperation on climate change, abandoned a long time Middle Eastern alliance (over Twitter), released a budget with a $2 trillion dollar math error, praised a news anchor who was fired for serial sexual harassment, issue the travel ban, approved the Dakota access pipeline (which has already started leaking before it has even been finished), nominated Scott Pruit as the Enviromental Protection Agency administrator (just a reminder, Scott Pruit doesn't believe Carbon Dioxide contributes to global warming) and the list goes on. What we need to do is educate friends and family of what Trump is doing to us. We need more people to be educated so that we can band together to fight for change. Stay informed and don't let others stay ignorant.

Lastly, the easiest way to create change is to sign a petition. Visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ and browse or even create petitions to get your voice heard. It takes about 30 seconds and is a little contribution that can potentially go a long way.

If you aren't satisfied with the way things are going under Trumps presidency, it is none other than your own responsibility to take action and create a difference. Get involved, set goals, educate, protest, petition, make your voice heard! Together, we fight for change.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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To The Girl Who Felt Excluded In The International Order Of The Rainbow For Girls

Exclusion is never a word I would use to describe my experience in Rainbow.

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As I write this, I am preparing to attend my 3rd Ohio Grand Assembly for The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. (And as it posts, I will have just gotten home.) It will be my first time attending as a Grand Officer and I can't be more excited. I recently read an Odyssey article called "Girls In The International Order Of The Rainbow For Girls Have Only One Color: Exclusion." While I understand her point of view, I think there are some things that need to be said.

You basically said you had good and bad times, and that the people are what made the experience great. Sadly, once they left you felt the experience was less than ideal. Thank you for recognizing that Rainbow has great ideals and goals, but I personally think your article is misleading.

I'm in Fremont Assembly #128 in Fremont, Ohio. I am currently 18 years old and joined Rainbow in 2016. In other words, I am only able to be in Rainbow for a little over 4 years. Which, frankly, stinks, but I will still cherish the short amount of time I have.

I, too, have trouble making friends. I might be intimidating at times due to my demeanor. But once people talk to me, they realize that I'm not so bad. As you, my time in Rainbow hasn't exactly been fostered by having super, super close friends, but I really don't think that matters.

What matters is the love I see. The love I constantly observe between girls. The love I see directed at me. That love is something that doesn't need to include a constant connection to my sisters. I know that if I chose to approach one of them, I would be greeted with nothing but love.

That was incredibly apparent to me since day one in Rainbow. The day I was initiated into this organization I was terrified. Yes, I was 16 and yes, it really shouldn't have scared me so much but I'm not great at new things. I'm not great at doing things without a set plan. For initiation, there is a set plan but because I was not yet in Rainbow, I wasn't allowed to know it.

Still, throughout the entire process, I constantly felt welcomed by these girls. All of them had smiles on their faces and nothing but kind words to say. I didn't feel like they looked down on me due to my lack of experience. I felt like I was being supported by these girls that I didn't even know.

That first year and some of my second year, I participated in many different Rainbow events, but mostly from the audience. Still, despite how untalkative I was and how little experience I had with the group, I was always welcomed in with loving arms.

And what is Rainbow without our Mother Advisors, Deputies, and other supporters? Nothing. All of these women have made it a point to get to know me and to welcome me wholeheartedly.

So, fellow Rainbow sister, I want you to know that I see where you're coming from, but let's be clear.

Your experience is the exception, not the rule.

You and I are similar in our shy demeanors, but I am still able to see the best of my time in Rainbow.

Maybe I stay in the background and it's very possible that I will have none of my Rainbow sisters (except my biological sister) in my wedding party. Still, I will not blame the group that has given so many amazing experiences to me. I will support this group because I want other girls, just like you and me, to find their place. I don't want them to be discouraged by a few subpar experiences. I see what Rainbow is to some people and I want to give that experience to as many girls as possible.

I am a Rainbow girl, through and through.

And Rainbow, you'll always be mine.

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