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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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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News Flash: 'Building The Wall' Is Still A Dumb Idea And Always Will Be

The government is still partially shutdown because of funding for the wall. Really?

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A man who is a strong supporter of building the wall told me this metaphor: If you don't want the wrong people walking into your backyard, you put a fence up. We don't want the wrong people coming to America, so we put a wall up. I respect people's political beliefs, and because of this, I want to share mine.

I believe that President Trump demanding money to build a border wall is dumb.

It's hard to believe so many people really think that this "build a wall" has everything to do about border security. It's just inhumane and wrong.

Literally, the most notorious drug lord of Mexico has shed light about how he smuggles the drug into the U.S. They have brought it through fishing boats, trucks going through the legal point of entry, underground tunnel, but not through unwalled parts. The half of million pounds of narcotics that were secured at the border? They were all al legal points of entry.

I'm saying this because I am a proud daughter of immigrants who crossed the border. The media has portrayed immigrants as these horrible people infiltrating our country. They just want somewhere safe to live to raise their kid.

The conditions of Latin American countries are inexplicable. Communist have risen from the ashes dominating these countries letting people rot on the street starving. There are little to no job opportunities. I haven't seen my family in three years because it is dangerous to go.

The media doesn't tell you this. They don't tell you how many people have gone to the border and returned to Mexico because ICE agents tear gas them.

They tell you that they throw babies over fences to distract border patrol agents. They tell you children are dying because of malnutrition of trekking thousands of miles to get the border. They don't tell you that those same children have been eating unmonitored food with thousands of microorganism some mal some good.

Not all immigrants are not bad people. The notions that all immigrants are criminals is "fake news." It has been a hook, line, and sinker for the Republican Party. There are studies such as one from the journal Criminology showing that places with high undocumented immigrant population does not equal high crime.

Should undocumented citizens attempt to become legal residents of the United States? Absolutely, and that is a problem if they are evading taxes and other legal notions with more consequences.

However, we should not lie to ourselves and act as a wall is to help border security against drugs and crime. It's just a physical quota like 1920s immigration laws. There is a better solution then sacrificing 5.7 billion dollars. Let me translate that: 5,700,000,000 dollars. That is our taxes. As a college student, I rather have those 5.7 billion dollars be translated to scholarship, grants, financial aid, and helping us, the future of this country become the best people we can be. Why build a wall when the future of America, who I personally think is more important can be helped.

I don't come from a rich family, and I don't have the means to afford a college education without loans, so when I hear that the Government can afford to give 5.7 billion dollars for a wall, I have the right to be upset. Tell me I'm wrong, and call me dumb, but this is my unpopular opinion.

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