We Should All Be Ashamed Of Ourselves

We Should All Be Ashamed Of Ourselves

Civic duties forgotten and ignored in order to protect our basic rights; the rights that aren't even in jeopardy

We Should All Be Ashamed of Ourselves

Political party, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent. Skin color, whether black, white, or brown. Gender, whether male, female or somewhere in-between. Orientation, whether straight, gay or even a tad curious, these things, these things are not our problem, these are not the things dividing our country. These things, that’s what we’ll call them, things. These things may not have much in common, but can I tell you what we all have in common beyond all of these things? Yes, no? I’m going to tell you anyway. This mutual thing we all share is the fact that we are all American citizens. If I voted, I’m an American citizen, if you voted, you’re an American citizen, we voted, we’re American citizens.

Definition of citizenship: it’s a noun, FYI.

Citizenship, the state of being vested with rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.

Or, we can even use this second definition!!

Citizenship, the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.

Now I’m going to ask everyone a few questions – Do we still have OUR RIGHTS? Yup! Do we still have OUR PRIVILEGES? Yes! Are we performing the duties of a citizen? HELL NO!!!!! Wait what? Hell no?????? HELL NO, YOU ALL ASK???? Yes, hell no. There is not the slightest chance we as American citizens are doing the things that would fall under our civic duties to society. Do I have to define civic duties too? Good, I’m not going to. We’re protesting and rioting against our new President. We’re looting, fighting, burning, and destroying each other, as well as our communities. We’re trying to change history; we’re taking away from our future. We’re not performing our civic duties, we’re not respecting each other, the government, or our founding fathers, we’re failing ourselves, and we should all be ashamed.

We are lucky enough to call this place, America, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, our home, we are so fortunate, so very fortunate. There are people all over this world who wish they could live here, escape their mother country and run here, some will do everything and anything in their power just to get here. And here we are, AMERICANS, destroying our streets, burning our cars, rioting throughout our communities, for what? For our privileges? For our rights? Stop. Please stop, I’m asking you to stop on my behalf. I have my rights, I have my privileges, and so do you.

But, if you TRULY feel victimized in the three days President Trump has actually been our President, then do me a favor, do us all a favor. Instead of writing on your protest signs ‘WE WON’T LOSE OUR RIGHTS’ or ‘HE IS NOT OUR PRESIDENT’, write your names, write all of your names out, in a list, name by name, or give your ‘group’ a nickname, something like ‘Fifth Ave Feminists’ could be a cute one. But, do not say OUR, do not say, WOMEN or MEN, do not say US or WE, don’t include me in your childish acts of violence, do not include me in anything. Because, yes, we should all be ashamed of ourselves for letting this occur, for letting this get so out-of-hand, but I don’t want to be ashamed anymore.

I’m not ashamed of who I am. I have my flaws, but I love being me. I’m not ashamed of my life, my family, my friends. I’m not ashamed of my home, my town, my country. I’m not ashamed of my choices.

I’m proud. Proud of who I am and who I’m going to become, I’m proud of my country, I’m proud of my choices, I’m proud to be an American. And, you should all be proud too.

We don’t have to be ashamed of ourselves anymore.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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