Why I am Progressive

Why I am Progressive

Politics are my core
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I want to start off with a quote from Lisa Simpson:

"Okay I am a liberal and sometimes that is a dirty word, but what liberal really means is those who have more than enough sharing with those who don't, and those principals have been in place during this countries most prosperous times. So, if that is a liberal then I am a liberal."

I feel like this statement is a good foundation for what I am going to talk about. (she says liberal but in this instance, it works for progressive too.) I am progressive not because it is "hip or cool trend or because of the liberal media". I'm progressive because when I looked at the people around me and the things that were going down I didn't like it. I saw people who were conservative spewing out dirty hateful rhetoric and people talking about an America I don't believe in. When there were multiple Republicans who talked about deporting undocumented immigrants, "for the good of the country" but the majority of the states that they reside don't care if they live there or not. Also, giving tax breaks to the wealthy elite of this country while millions of Americans are still on welfare. Then when we speak up or take a knee because a community of hard-working Americans is getting pushed around we are disrespecting our country. Oh but I guess it's not disrespectful when our police brutality attacks the African-Americans of this country or when our president wants to focus more on starting a war with the NFL then helping the victims of natural disasters. You can say what you want about Obama but he did not disrespect the conservatives the way Trump is disrespecting the liberals of our country. Also, this president has stirred up more white supremacist groups than any president in at least the last 50+ years. I know some of Trump's rhetoric and speech doesn't reflect all Republicans but still, I can't stand for a country that is under leadership that wants to push down the very people that make this country great. I am progressive because it is right, I spent my whole life with Aspergers having to fight to be heard and understood and that's what I want for my fellow Americans to be heard and understood. Not to be pigeon held and suffocated by oppression but to be unbound by the chains of oppression, not to be banned from our country based on religion or not serve in our military because of gender identity or be kicked out of the NFL just because you are standing up for your people but to live the American dream. I maybe was born with Aspergers but I am still a white straight Christian male and have a lot to learn and understand from my fellow Americans who aren't. #lovetrumpshate

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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How Starting Your Journey Is Half Of The Battle

"You can start your journey any day at anytime."

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Not that long ago, I wrote an article about a little phrase I heard on my friend's snapchat story. It got a tone of views and a lot of great feedback. And just in time for the beginning of the new school semester, he said something else that just kind of stuck with me.

He said that you can start your journey any day, at any time.

Okay so we've all heard this before but have any of us actually taken the time to put that saying into action? Well, quite recently I have. I used to be the type of person who waited until last minute to do everything, whether it was homework, a workout plan or whatever I wanted to accomplish. I used to be the type of person who said that at whatever time I'll start my homework and if it was a minute past that time I would have to wait to the start of the new hour....yes like the meme.

But now, ever since I heard that quote, it's been replaying in my head on a loop. Which is why I now just do things at the moment they're thought of and not a certain time. I decided that this is the semester, I don't wait until the last minute to do all of my work, and so far it's going well. I decided that this is the perfect time to get in shape, and not wait until the New Year, because I'm the skinniest most out of shape person that I know. I decided that instead of waiting until the new year to eat healthier that I'm going to do it now.

For a while I have wanted to get back into dance. I kept saying that I'll sign up for classes again when I finish school. But instead I decided to do it now, registered for a ballet class at school and signed up for ballroom dance, and it hands down has been one of the best decisions I have made.

Honestly it's been weird not having a set start date and time for certain things, but why would I put off doing something that I want to do? What I will say though, is that not procrastinating on homework has made these first couple of weeks of the semester fly by and seem like a breeze.

Just by letting go of the idea that every thing needs to have a set start date and time and a set date and time to end has made the pressure of things go away. By just starting my journey for whatever I'm doing right now, has increased my happiness and my overall productivity of what I'm doing.

So a little word of advice just go for and just do whatever you want to do right now.

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