Going To A Liberal School As Somebody With 1950s Values
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Going To A Liberal School As Somebody With 1950s Values

I need my chastity belt.

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I feel very out of place among the student population sometimes.

They support things like universal healthcare and marriage equality, and I just don't agree with that. They'll ask you why, too - I can't even believe it. How do I explain that I don't see how it benefits me without seeming like a total asshat?

If you, like me, were raised on red-blooded American values that haven't changed since the 1950s, then a liberal school probably isn't the school for you. Take it from me, I go to one (I won't say the name, the SJWs might be reading this).

I love my school and all, but sometimes I sit there and wonder what direction America is heading. I mean, people having casual sex? What next, they'll try to legalize marijuana? Oh, wait, they're trying to. I like to think of myself as pretty open-minded, but these leftist social stances are a little much for me.

I'd rather be at war.

OK, well, maybe not at war myself, but I'd rather our country be at war, you know? What's more American than that? Direct all of my tax dollars there, please!

People of the same gender holding hands just make me really uncomfortable, and I don't think everybody needs marriage equality. Just look at my parents! It's been 25 years since they got married at 18, and they hate each other! Exactly as it should be. All is right in America when nobody marries for love.

Don't even get me started on how weird it is that there are women in my pre-med classes. My "Donald Trump Is My President" Facebook group will sort them out and put them in their place.

Among weed-smoking, sexually fluid and promiscuous students with access to healthcare who aren't like me, I just feel like I don't fit in at my liberal school. However, my president is going to make sure that I feel safe and punish them!

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Candidates on the Issue: Women's Rights

Equal pay for equal work, amirite?

This presidential election is a big deal for women's rights. Sure, women can vote, get an education, and do many other things that wouldn't have been possible without the powerful Suffragette and Women's Rights Movements, but there's still a lot preventing us from having full equality.

We still only make about $0.79 for every dollar a man makes. We still have more male CEOs named John than female CEOs. We're still more likely to be victims of severe domestic violence, experienced by 1 in 5 women.

We need a president who knows there's a problem and is going to be dedicated to fixing it, so I've outlined the good and the bad of each frontrunning candidate's approach to women's rights.

Donald Trump.

I promised to say something good about every candidate. It's basically like in elementary school when the teacher made you say something nice to the kid you were mean to. So, a good thing Trump did was he put a woman in charge of his construction project in the 1980s, which was a pretty big deal considering women are still underrepresented in construction. Gold star for Trump. But what I really want to talk about:

Enough said. That's just the tip of the iceberg though.

Ted Cruz.

This took a lot of research, but I found something! He defended the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law, which confines sexually violent predators from society in a facility that offers mental and psychiatric care. That's important for women's rights.

Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence and rape. Cruz's college roommate has been tweeting about him since 2012 though, and he doesn't think this accomplishment makes up for everything else he's done.

So why is he such an asshole? He voted against the Violence Against Women Act. That's pretty indefensible. The only other individuals to vote against it provided reasoning that the act didn't do enough to expedite testing of rape kits, but he had no such comments. He also called drafting women "nuts" and told voters they could "spank" Hillary for lying about Benghazi, just like his daughter would be spanked for lying.

John Kasich.

He expressed concern about an anti-abortion bill that did not make exceptions for rape or incest. These exceptions are so important to fighting victim-blaming and giving victims the freedom they deserve. He's not all sunshines and butterflies in regards to women's rights, though.

He attributes part of his success to an "army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up." I'm down to help out with a political campaign, but I won't be coming from the kitchen, personally. I'll most likely be coming from an engineering class, or dorm room, or job. It's unlikely to be a kitchen. I mean thanks for acknowledging the role women play in your election, but no thanks.

It's not just his words though. It's also his actions. He cut Ohio Planned Parenthood funding by $1.4 million, severely decreasing access to healthcare for women. And he can't make this about his anti-abortion stance (which is a whole other problem). Planned Parenthood funding doesn't even go towards abortions, and really, it can be argued that Planned Parenthood has one of the biggest roles in preventing abortion by providing so much sex education and contraception resources.

Hillary Clinton.

She'd be the first female president ever in the United States of America, and that's an awesome way to show people females can be powerful leaders. She's also a leader in a lot of women's rights issues.

Equal pay? She's on it. She "championed the Paycheck Fairness Act and co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act." Unjust punishment of feminists abroad? She's calling that out too. She "criticized Xi for speaking at a women's conference in New York while jailing feminists at home."

But hold on. Her record isn't perfect. She accepted millions of dollars from regimes that are oppressive to women for the Clinton Foundation. There's a little irony in that, especially because she denounced the gender equality efforts in the very countries she accepted money from. Oops.

Bernie Sanders.

He supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. I can get behind equal pay for equal work. It sucks that female engineers and architects make $65,000 a year on average, while males make $79,000 doing the same work.

He also supports the Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Violence against women is bad. Having a vagina doesn't make me less human, so I and other females should have human rights. So I guess you can count me in on his side for these issues too.

He's not always the perfect feminist though. He, too, is prone to brosplaining and mansplaining, like the time he told Hillary Clinton "all the shouting in the world" is not going to keep guns out of the wrong hands, or the time he told Clinton, "Excuse me, I'm talking" and "Can I finish? You'll have your turn."

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10 Times My Liberal Self Agreed with Trump

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Source: K.C. Uthus | FlockU

So a good liberal is definitely not supposed to agree with Trump. That's like the number one rule of being liberal. I just couldn't help it though. Don't get me wrong-I don't endorse the Donald. His racism, sexism, and every other -ism one can attach to his campaign are a serious issue and they're more than enough to prevent me from supporting him. But that doesn't mean I don't agree on some things.

Health Insurance Reform: Trump thinks health insurance vendors should be able to sell plans across state lines. That's a much more effective business plan than limiting vendors to one state, and it gives consumers more options. He also thinks health insurance should be tax deductible for individuals rather than just for businesses. I'm behind that too; it makes health insurance more affordable.

Healthcare Transparency: Why am I paying thousands of dollars for a 10 minute ride in an ambulance? Why does my Ibuprofen pill cost $20 when I can buy it at Walmart for $2? I have so many questions about healthcare cost, but no one seems to have the answers. We need to demand answers, and Trump's plan to increase transparency does that.

Allow Pharmaceutical Drug Imports: What if I need a drug that's not sold in the United States? What if the drug I need is much less expensive somewhere else in the world? Importing drugs increases options and decreases price for consumers, so it's a win-win.

Tax Corporate Income Earned Abroad: American companies should not be able to defer taxes no matter where they make their money.

Stop Supporting Chinese Businesses with lax Labor and Environmental Standards: This problem isn't unique to China, so I wish he'd apply this to all businesses, but it's an ethical way to bring jobs back to America and raise standards for the businesses we work with. It also equalizes the playing field of business competition by ensuring all companies that want to be players in the global market meet the same conditions.

Female Veteran Health: Trump is the last candidate I expected this from, but he argues that the Veterans Administration should meet women's healthcare needs. From his website: "The fact that many VA hospitals don't permanently staff OBGYN doctors shows an utter lack of respect for the growing number female veterans."

Veteran Mental Health: The VA needs to do that too. This includes funding PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and suicide prevention resources.

Veteran Healthcare: Under Trump's plan, veterans would be able to use their Veteran ID to go to any healthcare provider that accepts Medicare.

Rural Veteran Healthcare: Trump wants to build satellite veteran health clinics to ensure healthcare is accessible everywhere.

Planned Parenthood: Trump has threatened to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood if they continue abortion services, even though abortion services make up only 3 percent of services, and federal dollars are not used.

But he acknowledges the importance of Planned Parenthood: "But millions and millions of women-cervical cancer, breast cancer-are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly."

So no, Trump isn't who I'll be voting for. He's not who I'm supporting. He's mocked a disabled voter, supported a Muslim database (let's not forget how the Holocaust started), and called public breastfeeding "disgusting". None of that is excusable and nothing he said or did would change that. But as for his actual policies? They don't seem all that bad.

Except for his immigration policy. That one's bad. Notice the lack of mention above. No Trump, Mexico should not pay for a wall.

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Why I Won't Be Celebrating Fourth of July This Year

I have my reasons.

The Fourth of July has always been a strange holiday to me.

Especially now, as I have grown older and become more in tune with politics and global events, celebrating America is cringe-worthy. Some of the reasons are superficial, and some have to do with the state (no pun intended) we are in today and how we interact with the rest of the world - and how this goes against my values.

Let's begin with the personal dislikes.

Just like how some people hate specific Christmas songs, have Easter Bunny nightmares from their childhood or relive the moment they peed their pants after being scared so badly during Halloween, I have some things I just don't like about the Fourth of July.

Watching fireworks is one of them.

Not the fireworks themselves; I can get over the noise and I think fireworks displays are pretty. It's just that July is prime time for mosquitoes and other bug friends to come and terrorize you during the night if you're outside. I hate DEET, I hate the smell of citronella candles and I hate, hate, hate mosquitoes.

So being outside at night in a grassy field is definitely not a top choice for me. And unless I have access to a tall building with some great views, I won't be able to see the fireworks from inside.

But these are trivial issues; I can probably live-stream a bigger, better fireworks display or set up a tent or just get over it and douse myself in 30 percent DEET. Let's move on to what's really making me uncomfortable.

How do I celebrate America when it seems like every other day there are reports of people who live in this seemingly wonderful country who are getting hurt?

Violence against people of color hardly comes as a surprise anymore. Do I want to celebrate a place where people are discriminated against, beaten, or killed - and it's practically a norm? How do I celebrate a place where women are losing access to reproductive healthcare?

How do I celebrate a place where people suffer from hate crimes just because they practice a different religion? How do I celebrate a place where people are struggling to pay for and receive medication and treatment that they need?

I'm living in privilege as it is, I don't need to be flaunting it about by lighting sparklers and dyeing all my food red, white and blue.

Could you look the family members of a police brutality victim in the face and say, "Hey! Here's some apple pie, cheer up! Let's celebrate America!" when it's that same America that turned a blind eye when their child was shot? Could you invite your Muslim neighbors to your backyard barbecue and hand them a mini cupcake sprinkled with stars and say, "Isn't America the best?" when it's that same America that chose the posterchild who blatantly canceled the Eid dinner?

America is not something I can put under the label "hate" and then discard it.

I live here. I am a citizen. I am a direct recipient of the benefits of being privileged. I can choose not to celebrate because I will be working towards the goal of making America a place I want to celebrate.

Vote, educate, listen - heck, run for office yourself - but let's just start making a difference.

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Trump Doesn't Understand Why America Had A Civil War

Then says Andrew Jackson would have prevented it.

In the latest in "Donald Trump is a dipshit", he has no idea why the United States "had" to have a Civil War and why it couldn't have been worked out. He also offered comments on Andrew Jackson, saying that President Jackson could have prevented the war had he been president a little bit later.

That was worse than you were expecting, right? I mean, I know we've said this a million times, but how the hell did this guy get elected? Let's dive into some of the things Trump said in this segment.

"Had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War."

Andrew Jackson was one of the least stable and sane Presidents ever. He enacted the Trail of Tears, forcing Native Americans to move to Oklahoma, suffering starvation, disease, dehydration, and many other death causing issues on the way.

Jackson was a Tennessee man, the state that sent the most volunteers to the Confederate army. Most of the time, people supported their state in the Civil War, so Jackson most likely would have supported succession and only fueled the Civil War more. Jackson was also a Democrat, which was the party that dominated the Southern states and mostly supported succession.

"He was a really tough person, but he had a big heart and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War."

Big heart my ass (see: Trail of Tears). Jackson was President from 1829-1837 and died in 1845, 16 years before the beginning of the Civil War. So no, Andrew Jackson was not, in fact, "really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War", because nobody saw the Civil War coming 16 years before its start.

"People don't realize it, you know, the Civil War, you think about it, why? People don't ask that question. But why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Are you kidding me? The number one question asked and argued about the American Civil War is why. Some people say slavery, some say states' rights, hell, some even say taxes (hint, it was because of slavery and only slavery).

That is by far the number one topic discussed in regard to the Civil War. And why could that one have not been worked out? It was a little bit more complex than you may think, Donnie.

And calling the Civil War "that one" is so idiotic. This was a war that shaped America's future, cost the country many, many lives, and the war that ended slavery. I think it should be referred to with more respect than "that one".

This is our leader, folks!

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Why I'm Still Upset About Trump

An open letter to Donald Trump and his supporters.

Ever since Trump was sworn in on Friday, January 20, the nation has been in a continuous state of fear, unease and melancholy.

Regardless of who you voted for in the 2017 election, you cannot deny the effect Trump has had on the people of the U.S.--especially on minority groups.

The media has covered the numerous times President Trump has single-handedly targeted minority groups, whether it be through his words, tweets or executive orders. As stated in an article by Time, Trump has set multiple executive orders that blatantly affect minorities.

If you are up to date with the Trump presidency, you are probably aware of how Trump has targeted Muslims, women, African Americans, Hispanics and many more.

As an Asian-American woman, I can say that I have felt offended and nervous for how Trump has the ability to alter important aspects of my life and the lives of many others.

For example, as Sean Spicer told reporters: "I think the president, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president." And that is exactly the case. Just three days into his presidency, Trump signed to adopt the Mexico City policy or "global gag rule," which puts a stop on all federal funds in support of international NGOs that offer and promote abortions.

Similarly, the Trump Administration had passed a law on April 13 that revokes the protection of Title X patients and their ability to access "family planning health care" and rights to abortions. Approximately four million low income people rely on Title X for their health care.

Additionally, on March 27, Trump had revoked Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, which protected women by including rules on "paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims."

Not only has Trump dictated women's healthcare and personal healthcare decisions, but he has also blatantly discriminated against women's rights in the workplace.

If you're a Trump supporter, you're probably thinking, "These acts don't even concern/affect you," and actually, you're quite wrong.

By having an openly racist, sexist and homophobic President, the country is allowing and accepting such behavior and is setting an accepted example of how the country should run: under the rich, white man's power. By placing Trump on such a high pedestal of power, other rich white men will begin to feel that they, too, have the ability to act in the same way.

So yes, Trump's presidency does affect me (and many others like me) and our futures. My future boss may be a wealthy, white, upper class male and may believe that the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order does not apply, and that sexual assault in the workplace is acceptable.

Additionally, women should not have to rely on men to determine their healthcare; more specifically, by men who do not give a damn about women's healthcare.

A lot of progress was made during Obama's presidency, but it seems we are taking huge steps back all because of the Trump Administration in 2017. Whether or not you agree with me, you have to admit that regression is not what the country needs or deserves. The U.S. has to move forward and accept positive change to be a role model nation for the rest of the world.

If you are a woman who supports Trump and are not afraid for your future, then congrats and good luck. But if you're someone like me--someone who wants to fight for and protect their rights, then keep speaking up, keep fighting, keep marching.

We cannot let a man dictate our world.