I Don't Understand How People Can Support Donald Trump As President Of The United States

I Don't Understand How People Can Support Donald Trump As President Of The United States

A break-down of some his offensive comments on Twitter.

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Growing up in the political climate of the twenty-first century has been nothing short of interesting. With presidents accused of being non-American Citizens, and some having conspiracy theories chasing them it is no wonder politics in America is a joking matter. The main event of the joke happens to be Donald Trump. When Trump was elected into presidency the world as we knew it ended. Our president's main form of communication became tweets, his wife stealing speeches from previous first ladies. In this article, I won't be taking a political stance on what Trump has done to this country the good nor the bad.

I will be coming at this article from a humanistic approach and preach out morals because a man without morals is no man to follow.

Let us start with misogynistic comments, shall we? In 2018 Trump had a rampage of tweets following the Stormy Daniels showdown. He tweeted calling her a "horse face" among countless other offensive tweets. In 2015 during his campaign, he bashed Clinton with awful comments about her appearance, "Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" from September 9, 2015. Trump is someone who will say whatever to get the attention off of him and in the end, be a bully while doing it. It seems as though he never graduated from elementary school where name calling should have stayed.

Moving on to his complete idiocy, his stance on global warming. With articles and reports being published year-round of the dangers of climate change, and the effects on the planet from PLOS Biology and "The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science" anyone who disagrees with climate change is disagreeing with evidential facts based off of years of research. The fact that our president took his time to tweet out a mockery of climate change, implying that he believes Global Warming is only, in fact, the warming of Earth.

Trump also took America off the table for the Paris Climate Deal in 2017.

Finally, we can talk about all of the unspeakable laws that Trump has passed? In 2018 there was a tsunami of reports of the immigration camps that Trump signed an executive order on a policy to detain entire families together in these "camps" ignoring the legal time limits on the detention of minors.

The only counteract for this is that Trump is putting America first, but this can be slapped back into the Trump supporter's face. Trump is turning his back on American soldiers after tweeting in 2017 that he would ban trans military service. The Trump administration will be able to enforce its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. Trump backed his ban up by stating that "Our military must be focused, cannot be burdened with the disruption that transgender in the military would entail." Trump's ban allows transgender soldiers to fight, but only if they enlist under their biological gender.

All of these tweets and horrible comments are just a pinch in the bowl full of questionable things that the president has done during his short term so far. None of these include the racist comments that the president has made or even the rape and sexual assault allegations by more than thirty women. The president has done a few things that have benefited our country but the questions that I keep coming back to are is the good outweighing the bad? And what if he wasn't a white wealthy man? I encourage you to do your research, to ask yourself questions, and to take a stance for this country because after his presidency Trump will go back to a multi-billionaire, while we have to stand back and try to fix what is left of our broken country.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

Cover Image Credit: Sushiesque / Flickr

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.

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While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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