We Will Rise

We Will Rise

A New Beginning
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I think that most people can agree that 2016 has been a shitty year, generally speaking. The year was plagued with the death of very beloved celebrities such as Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Gary Marshal, Anton Yelchin, Alan Thicke, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher. The year was also plagued with needless acts of violence from the Black Lives Matter and SJW activists riots to terrorist attacks committed by both Islamic extremists as well as domestic terrorists committed by white people and black people alike. The year was also haunted by very ugly presidential campaigns by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and it was finally revealed (as if most people didn’t already know) how corrupt the democratic system is and how pathetic the mainstream media is. So with all of that being said, I am sure that many of us will be sitting up on New Year’s Eve to watch 2016 die and I suspect that many of us will have a hell of a time at the wake. But once the partying is over and our hangovers are cured, one question will have to be answered: what happens next?

The easy answer, and the answer that we tell ourselves every year, is that life goes on. While that is certainly true and it is important to go on living life, the simple fact remains that we have a lot of problems with our government and our media and then average American tends to have an attention span of eight seconds (one second shorter than that of a goldfish). For this reason, I have several new year’s resolutions, not for me, but for the media and the mainstream democratic party, because that is what we, as American citizens, deserve.

Firstly, the media should actually try their hand at journalism once more rather than this reality TV bullshit that gets them ratings. I, and any intelligent American, do not care what Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump has to say about the other’s personality or whether or not they are legitimately qualified. The media spoke way too much about that in the course of this election, not only in the general election but in the primaries as well. I cannot tell you how many times I was watching a Bernie Sanders interview on CNN or MSNBC when they disrupted the interview and committed journalism malpractice by asking his thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s damn emails, his approval of Barack Obama, or any of the random bullshit that just so happened to spew out of Donald Trump’s mouth that week. I understand why they’re doing this (because drama=ratings, of course) but it is completely insulting to the inelegance of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and their entire audience. It is the job of journalists to get to the truth, not report what one candidate says about the other and then ask their opinion on that because their opinion is completely irrelevant. And for the record, Bernie did a great job at refusing to go down their path and sticking with the issues while Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and most of the Republicans fell into that trap time and time again (do we need to be reminded of Donald Trump’s ridiculous small hands freak out and the over coverage of Marco Rubio for making that comment?). Also because of this, the media is at least somewhat responsible for the rise of Donald Trump? Why? Because they underestimated him. They failed to report the truth when it comes to Mr. Trump because in their mind, Hillary was a shoe in. They assumed that she would win and because of that, they became what the first three letters of “assume” spells out.

Secondly, the Democratic Party must learn from their mistakes. In December 2016 we already are having reports of Hillary Clinton or possibly Tim Kaine running in 2020 and if either of these two scenarios happen, the DNC will no doubt back them yet again and they will lose yet again. People are sick and tired of moderate or conservative democrats. They want liberals; they want progressives like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, or Tulsi Gabbard. The straw that broke the camel’s back in Hillary’s campaign was when she picked Tim Kaine as her running mate, who is actually worse than she is. If she would have picked a progressive or maybe even played it conservatively and picked the likeable Martin O’Malley, she might have won. But no, they don’t learn for their mistakes and they keep making the same ones over and over and over again and wonder why they never win. The DNC was able to fake out the public when they allowed the seemingly progressive but realistically massively regressive Barack Obama to be the nominee. They reason they allowed this is because they secretly knew that Obama was really one of them and they went all out to make sure Bernie Sanders never got power because they knew that he wasn’t in their club. Until they figure this out, they will continue to lose until the party eventually rolls over and dies.

Lastly, I want to talk specifically about the American people. We as Americans will not be silenced! We will not forget about the corrupt system and the inconsistencies when it comes to civil rights. We will fight more for the truth and less for a certain ideology. We will fight for common sense and intelligence rather than be the mindless sheep and just fall in line. This is our country, not the corporations and we will take it back. We will move forward with love rather than hate and we will rise!

Cover Image Credit: http://omegahrsolutions.com/2015/12/new-years-eve.html

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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Irish-American History Is Just As Important As Any Other Culture, You Can't Prove Me Wrong

I cherish being Irish and I will not let anyone let me feel bad for that.

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Depending on when you're reading this, Saint Patrick's day has either just passed or is around the corner. For me, Saint Patrick's day is tomorrow. I've been debating this article for some time now because I didn't know how it would be perceived. At this point, though, I feel it's important for me to get out. No, Irish people were never kept as slaves in America, and I will never be one to try and say they were. However, Irish people were treated tremendously awful in America. A lot of people tend to forget, or just try to erase entirely, the history of the Irish in America. So much so that I felt shameful for wanting to celebrate my heritage. Therefore, I want to bring to light the history that everyone brushes under the rug.

In 1845, a potato famine broke out across Ireland. This was a big deal because the Irish lived off, mainly, potatoes. They were cheap, easy to grow, and had tons of nutrients. So when the famine struck, many people either died of starvation or fled to America in seek of refuge. When the Irish arrived in America they were seen as a threat to the decency of America. People viewed them as drunk beasts, sinful savages, barbaric, violent, belligerent, stupid, and white apes. When the Irish would go to look for jobs, many times they found signs that read "Irish Need Not Apply," even when the job was hiring. Therefore, the Irish did the jobs no one wanted, and even jobs African slaves wouldn't do. The biggest example of this is when Irishmen built canals and drained swamps. They were sent to do these things because of the enormous amount of mosquitoes; in the swamp, they would get bit and ultimately die of malaria.

Also, during this time, Irish people were poor and therefore lived in the same neighborhoods as the free African Americans. A lot of the Irish people were friendly with their neighbors of color and even got into interracial relationships. Because the Irish lived in these neighborhoods they were seen as dirty and even a lot of people at this time put African Americans higher on the totem pole than Irish. One person during the time even said, "At least the black families keep their homes clean."

The main reason American's outlook on Irish people changed was that most Irishmen took up fighting for the Union in the Civil War. I make this argument, not because I think the Irish suffered more than African slaves. I don't say this in means of trying to erase the struggles of the African slaves. I do not think that any of our ancestors should have been treated the way they were. I mean to say that the Irish did in fact suffer. Irish people were treated wrongly on the basis of...nothing. Simply because my ancestors hailed from the shores of Eire, they were treated with malice. And I write this simply because I want people to remember. I want people to understand what happened.

On Saint Patrick's Day this year, next year, and for the many years to come, I want people to embrace the Irish culture. I want the folks of Irish heritage to not be ashamed of where they come from; to not be ashamed to share their culture the way I have for many years. I want everyone to have a beer, wear some green, eat a potato or two, and dance the Irish step; to celebrate the history of Irish people with a bit more understanding than before.

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