Why Politics Matters

Why Politics Matters

"Be the change you want to see in the world"
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One of the many pet peeves I have is when people say that they hate politics. When a political discussion arises, they roll their eyes and choose to not pick a side or just say, “Anyone, but Trump.” Perhaps you think politics is just a bunch of bullying, sneaky deals, name-calling, immaturity and lying. OK, I get that. I can see why you hate that aspect of it. But that’s not all of it.

People need to realize that politics is important; it’s actually really important. Being educated and understanding the issues at hand is of great importance. Politics is in everything that we do. Everything. In America, we have the blessing of living in a democracy where the voice of we the people is of utter importance. Now, if you’re like me, then you are fed up with the politicians in Washington who are in the dirty business of politics. I’m talking about our elected officials that promised they would do one thing (when they campaigned) and did the opposite when they got into office. We see this all the time (especially in the GOP). The American people are tired of the lying, cheating, and empty promises. We wouldn’t stand for it in a relationship, so why should we stand for it from our government?

You shouldn’t hate politics, you should embrace it. You cannot become apathetic or unwilling to take a stance because politics is a dirty game. Do I think politics is a dirty game? Sure, but that’s why I want to be involved in it -- so I can help clean it up. The great Margaret Thatcher once said, “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end, good will triumph.”

What I’m trying to say is that politics is the way is it because of people who just don’t care or would rather just keep the peace and not say anything about it. When this happens, how do we fix the corruption? We have a voice, and we must stand for truth, but how are we supposed to do this when we just sit back and choose to not be invested in the decisions of how our country will be governed? Your vote counts!

If we aren’t informed about the issues and don’t stand up for what we believe, these politicians will continue to lie and cheat and steal because you and I won’t do anything about it. We need to elect leaders who will say they will do something and actually do it, and if they don’t, then when it’s time for reelection, we don’t reelect them.

This election season is an important one, especially for our generation. All the decisions that are being made by our government will directly affect us, the millennials, as a generation. If you think you are too young or that politics doesn't matter right now in your life, you're wrong. Simply saying, “I hate politics,” doesn’t change or help anything. If you don’t like the way politics is done then help change it; don’t just sit around and do nothing. Get involved, learn about the issues (from both sides), and base your decisions on rational thinking (not emotions!), learn to care about the future of this country because one day, if not today, they will greatly affect your life - whether it's your money, time, civil rights, or personal freedom. Be the change you want to see.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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This is Cyntoia Brown And THIS is Why She Deserves To Be Freed, Immediately

A glimpse inside the incarceration of a Tennessee woman who was sentenced to life behind bars for killing a pedophile who solicited her for sex.

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In 2004, Cyntoia Brown, a Tenessee woman, was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who solicited her for sex when she was only 16 years old. Now, 14 years later, the court has ruled that she must serve 51 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

So, what happened to Brown all those years ago? Brown says at the time of the murder, she was living with her abusive boyfriend who would often physically and sexually abuse her, force her to sell sex for money, and pump her full of drugs to make her more controllable.

Brown was picked up on the side of the road by a 43-year-old insurance agent named Johnny Mitchell Allen. Allen brought Brown to his home, showed her his extensive gun collection, and then came onto Brown. Brown then resisted Allen's sexual advances. After being rejected, Allen reached below his bed. Brown assumed he was reaching for a gun, and then shot Allen with her own gun out of fear of being shot herself. On the morning of the shooting, Brown's abusive boyfriend advised her that she better come home with money that day. Out of fear of her boyfriend, Brown then stole money from the dead man's wallet and left the home.

Since then, prosecutors have argued that Brown's intentions were to rob this man from the very beginning, though Brown and her lawyers insist that the shooting was done out of self-defense. It's worth noting that Tennessee law states that any sex work done by minors is ruled sex slavery. Brown was 16 years old, and practically in the custody of a man who is said to have repeatedly raped and solicited her to have sex with other men for money. She was under the control of someone stronger and more threatening than herself. She was scared and did what she thought she had to do to make it out of that situation alive.

I'm in no way condoning murdering someone. It's just pretty appalling to me how courts are so quick to send this woman to prison for the rest of her life when proven sexual predators like Brock Turner are given six-month sentences and only made to serve three for raping an unconscious woman in a park. How in the world does shooting a pedophile out of self-defense warrant a more severe punishment than raping a defenseless woman? Does this make sense to anyone? If so, please enlighten me.

Now, people across the country are pleading Tennessee governor Bill Haslam to grant Brown clemency before his term is up in a few weeks. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna have shared their sympathy for Brown on social media, which has garnered a lot of publicity from a younger demographic.

On Monday, Governor Haslam gave a speech on education at the Nashville Public Library. After being asked about the amount of justice within Brown's case, Governor Haslam said: "We're reviewing a lot of cases, and while Cyntoia's case has gotten a lot of publicity, I don't think you want us to treat her's any different than a whole lot of cases that I think people want us to review."

Haslam said everyone in his office is looking very deeply into Brown's case and he will make a decision on whether or not to grant Brown clemency before his term is up in a few weeks.

Haslam's conservative reputation could be impacted by his potential decision to show Brown mercy. It all comes down to how he wants to be remembered as a governor. My hope is that justice is shown and that Brown is treated as a victim of sex-slavery, rather than a killer and a thief. No person should be sent to a life behind bars for trying to defend themselves.

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