The Importance of Midterms

Midterms! When most people think of midterms, they may think about being back in high school or college and taking midterm exams. It’s usually a very stressful time full of sleepless nights and cramming study sessions. The only thing more dreadful than midterms, is finals. Well, what if I told you that midterms don’t end after graduation? What if I told you, that midterms would be one of the most important things you could participate in your adult life?

 

I’m talking about midterm elections, a topic that has been coming up a lot as of late. The importance of the midterm elections is immense, however, not many people show up and participate in them. If you’re politically ignorant like me, you may not even know that they are happening, but they are inherently vital to our democracy. Midterm elections may possibly be more important than the actual presidential election, but for some reason, they don’t seem to be covered as much. When I was younger, and by younger I mean like two years ago when I would’ve been old enough to know but willfully ignorant enough not to care, I had no idea what a midterm election was. To my knowledge, no one in my family ever participated in a midterm election so, to me, it just didn’t apply.

 

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It wasn’t until this year that I realized the vital importance of midterm elections actually are. All elections are important and while general elections are, of course, important in terms of choosing who will be the representation of America as our president, the midterm elections are more important because that is where we choose the people who surround the president. These are the policy makers and influential leaders that work side by side with the president, making some of the most important decisions that will affect the public directly.

 

Midterm elections decide our House Representatives and Senate leaders will be. There are 435 House seats and 33 State Senate seats, and all of them are up for election. Why this is so important, the House and the Senate are the ones who actually draft the bills that could eventually become law. They are the leaders who are supposed to legislate on behalf of the American people, vote amongst themselves which portions of the bill they agree on, present it to the president where he can sign off on it and make it law.

 

Ok, so I think I’ve made my point, midterms are very important. And yet, despite the gravity of this election cycle, voter turnout for midterms is significantly lacking. According to an article on the University of Virginia Center for Politics website, from data that they collected from United States Elections Project, they have estimated the vast difference in voter turnout for midterm elections compared to presidential elections. On average, over 56% of the eligible voting population participate in presidential election while just short of 40% vote in midterms. I was shocked to see that both numbers seem to be drastically low, but the difference between the two is evident.

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It makes sense, I guess. With increasing worry of voter fraud and reports of people literally being turned away at the polls, it’s no wonder people don’t want to show up. The general consensus is that all the elections are rigged, and I can see why they would think that way. It is very hard to have faith in our election system. And the fact that many people are uneducated about politics makes it easy for corruption to seep in and prove the skeptics right. I’m not going to get into how dark money in politics influences politicians on the post because it would be 10 pages long (i’ll save it for another time). But it is important to understand that our votes are still what matters most.

What’s even more important that the general midterm and presidential elections are the primary elections. The best way I know how to explain this is – a whole bunch of candidates from one party (let’s say democrats) put in their bid to run for office. Only one person can make it to the general election to run campaign against the other party (republicans). So what the primaries do is basically act like a chopping block and ultimately, one will come out on top, in a sense.

Turnout for primary elections is even less than turnout for the midterms because, again, no one knows about them. I sure as hell didn’t. Prior to this year, I just thought politicians just shot off corny attach ads and waited for scandals to surface until one person was left. Turns out, that’s not entirely the case. The majority of people that participate in primary elections are older people, retirees who have nothing but time to watch continuous news cycles and actually follow politics more closely. Younger people, like myself, either don’t know, don’t have time or don’t care to do so. So when it’s time for a general election and we finally do come out to participate, we are stuck choosing between two candidates that we feel doesn’t represent us. Basically, we are stuck with choosing the lesser of two evils.

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It may seem like a(nother) full time job to follow politics and it may seem like a hopeless effort, but it is the only way to make sure that the people in office actually represent you. With the recent resurgence of the debate on gun violence (which really shouldn’t be a frickin’ debate – go see my last post), many young people are starting to realize the value of their vote in these elections. This years midterm elections will be one November 6, and significantly higher number of young voters are expected to participate, mainly due to the issue of gun control brought up by the most recent school shooting (massacre) in Parkland. To ensure that we get politicians that will actually and actively work on legislation regarding gun control, we need to show up for the primaries. We cannot let one side of the viewpoint be the only ones to show up otherwise we will keep getting stuck with the same sorry decisions.

So, with this, I urge you, please go out and vote. Follow this link to see when primary elections are in your state so you can have a better chance of securing your candidate in the general election. Research your local candidates, find out whose views and policies you agree with and whose you don’t. And please, vote on November 6, don’t lose hope in our democracy yet. Democracy fails when the people don’t use their voice so go out and use yours. Whatever your views may be, whether you are Republican or Democrat or Independent (like me), make sure that you are counted, make sure that you are truly being represented. We can create change I swear it, we just have to stand up. Don’t lose hope.

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Valentine’s Day 2018

I hate Valentine’s Day. I never get excited for it or celebrate it. For me, it’s just the day after my dad’s birthday. And before you say I’m salty because I’m always single on Valentine’s Day and no one gives me gifts but my parents, let me just say, you would be correct, but that’s because I’m a recluse that doesn’t like meeting new people; it’s one of my most desirable qualities.

Nevertheless, Valentine’s Day, for most people, is a day to showcase and celebrate the love they have for their significant other. It’s supposed to be a day of romance full of chocolates, teddy bears, and roses. However, the city of Parkland, FL would not be celebrating Valentine’s Day, but rather fearing for their lives and ultimately mourning the loss of 17 members of their community.

On the afternoon of February 14, a 19-year-old gun man pulled up to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, armed with an AR-15 and multiple magazine clips. He then entered the school and proceeded to rain down fire on the students and faculty in that building. For the next 6 minutes, the school was filled with terror, confusion and bloodshed. In 6 minutes, the shooter was able to kill 17 people, 14 students and 3 faculty members, as well as injure almost 15 more. In 6 minutes, he terrorized helpless children and teachers and changed their lives forever. The amount of damage the shooter was able to cause in 6 minutes would, undoubtedly, have a lasting effect on those students, faculty members, their families, their community, and the whole country.

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Once again, as a nation, we found ourselves mourning the tragic loss of many lives on a day that was supposed to celebrate love. Another one, another mass shooting, another school, and another outrage. Once again, we find ourselves begging our government officials to protect us, and once again they offer nothing but “thoughts and prayers”.

In the wake of this tragedy, much conversation has been brought up about the issue of gun control. This seems to the pattern in this country after these types of massacres. However, no matter how many times we talk about it, nothing ever changes, no solutions, no policies, no legislation. The political leaders just feign sympathy until the hype dies down and everyone moves on. But this time it’s different.

Heavily influenced by the survivors of this horror, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took to social media and started a nationwide movement. They demanded change, they demanded gun reform, they wanted to ensure that this sort of tragedy never happens to anyone again. They pressured their local legislators and even the President himself. They garnered town hall meetings and press conferences. They were featured on CNN, MSNBC, and other major news network channels. These kids took their tragedy and made it their platform to bolster the topic of gun control like we’ve never seen before.

Their message was, “we are sick and tired of all talk and no action on the part of our politicians.” Listen, these kids are not dumb! They know that the people in charge of protecting them let them down because politicians are bought and managed by multi-million-dollar corporations. That’s why when they attended a town hall with Senator Marco Rubio, they asked him point blank what he was going to do to ensure that this never happens again. They also brought into question his relationship with the National Rifle Association, most commonly referred to as the NRA.

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Every time a mass shooting occurs, the NRA comes under attack, and for good reason in my opinion. The NRA has poured buckets of money into political campaigns for years, ensuring that their agenda is being achieved. The NRA has such a strong hold on our political leaders, particularly those in the Republican Party, that whenever a tragedy such as this occurs, all they can offer is “thoughts and prayers” but no actual solutions. It’s sickening! The NRA started out as membership program for law abiding gun owners that would teach gun safety, but now, they have transformed into this giant propaganda machine that does anything and everything they can to funnel as many weapons out to the general public as possible with as little restrictions as possible.

The truth is, the NRA is just as corrupted as our politicians. The NRA is funded by weapons manufacturers, makers of high powered assault rifles and the accessories that come with them. These weapons manufacturers want to maximize profit so they back the NRA to push their agenda and influence politicians to legislate on their behalf by just dumping money into their campaigns. So, when mass shootings like in Parkland, or Las Vegas, or Sandy Hook happen, politicians will come out and tell us not to politicize it (therefore politicizing it), give thoughts and prayers, and bury their heads until the story dies down. Then the NRA comes out and says the only way to stop these mass killings is to have more guns, so people go out and buy more guns, profiting the weapons manufacturers, and the wheel just keeps on spinning.

This time, however, the survivors of the Parkland shooting were not going to let that slide. They would not accept just thoughts and prayers because, frankly, IT’S NOT ENOUGH! They launched an attack on the NRA that sparked the nation. It’s amazing that after so many of these massacres, 18 in this year alone, high schoolers would light a fire in hearts and minds all over the country and may actually inspire change.

When Marco Rubio was asked if he would discontinue accepting money from the NRA, he danced around the question like Ginger Rogers. He was not willing to disavow his allegiance the giant money funnel he’s attached himself. After already receiving over $3 million from the NRA so far in his political career, there is no way he was going to let that go, after all, he is up for reelection this year. And that’s the part the gets me. These politicians will sell their soul to get campaign donations from the wealthiest of wealthy in this country, then when they get into office, they do nothing for the people that actually voted for them. Politicians are constantly thinking about funding their next campaign to remain in power, meanwhile, their constituents aren’t even a consideration to them because they are pandering to big corporations. As long as corporations keep giving the politicians tons of money, they will in turn give the corporations what they want, which is usually in direct aversion to what their voters need. So, I ask you, what good is a politician who is unwilling to legislate in the best interest of his people?

Other than the NRA and Marco Rubio, the students also reached out Donald Trump, begging him to do something about gun control. Now, Trump is known to speak without thinking and then contradict himself later. Trump assured the students that he would fight for them, even if that means going against the NRA. That didn’t happen. Instead, his proposed resolution to mass school shootings was to arm teachers. Yeah, he said that. Trump wants teachers to carry concealed firearms in the classroom so that when someone comes in with an AR-15, they can kill them with their handgun? Is it just me or is that completely insane? Never mind the fact that teachers are already grossly underpaid and can barely get enough government funding to fully supply their own classrooms, but you want to train for combat too? And who is supplying these weapons? Will they be government funded or will the teachers have to purchase them themselves? Who is going to train them, law enforcement? This is a topic for another post, but our law enforcement training has enough problems already.

Look, my mother is a teacher, in Florida coincidentally. She has absolutely no interest in guns and I don’t think it’s fair to ask her to turn into freaking G.I. Jane while also having the responsibility of teaching her students. I just don’t understand how anyone could possibly think that answer to gun violence is more guns, especially in schools. Not to mention, there was an armed guard and the school in Parkland, but he didn’t enter the school. A trained and skilled officer did not do his job in protecting those kids.

Personally, I think that we need less guns, specifically high powered, military grade, assault weapons. Weapons with the only purpose of effectively killing large amounts of people in a short amount of time. They are not necessary, there is no reason for them to be available to regular civilians, there’s just not. You can’t use them for hunting because they obliterate anything the hit. They’re not prime use for defense, you’re off with a handgun in the case of fighting off an intruder. There is just no sensible reason for anyone to have access to these kinds of weapons, weapons of war, weapons of mass destruction.

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Anytime anyone make this argument, however, gun lovers and NRA supporters say that it infringes on their second amendment rights and that the government and liberals want to take away all their guns. First of all, let me tell you something about your precious second amendment. It states that we have the right to keep and bear arms in order to form a well regulated militia should we have to revolt against our government for infringing on our freedoms. That in no way says that we have the right to stock pile assault weapons that can shoot 60 rounds a minute and kill a crowd, literally a crowd, of people in a matter of minutes just because it’s fun. That is not what the second amendment stands for at all.

And on the subject of taking your guns away, NO ONE IS TRYING TO TAKE ALL OF YOUR GUNS! All these kids, and every victim of gun violence, and anyone who has common decency, is asking for is that we make it more difficult for the wrong people to get. We have more guns than people in this country, we have the most lax guns laws by far. The Parkland shooter was able to go into a store at 19, before he can legally drink alcohol, and come out with a murder weapon! An assault rifle! Just like that, just with an ID and a credit card. And I know people like to argue that it’s not a gun issue it’s a mental health issue, but that is a lazy argument. Mental health covers a very wide spectrum of issues. Depression, mania, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, schizophrenia, autism. Not everyone with mental health issues has violent tendencies. I’ve struggled with bouts of depression since I was in elementary school and not once did I feel like I needed to shoot off 100 shots in 2 minutes to make me feel better.

And while we are on the subject of mental health, within the first 2 months of being in office, Trump repealed a sanction implemented by President Obama that made it more difficult for people with mental health issues to acquire a firearm. Even then it wasn’t completely impossible. You know you can walk into a gun show and by the end of the have an entire arsenal of weapons. Literally anyone can go to one and get an AR-15. It’s not just a mental health issue. It’s not even a Trump issue, this has been going on ling before Trump came into office. It’s a gun issue. It’s an access to guns issue. It’s an access to a specific type of gun issue. At some point, we have to see that more guns means more gun violence.

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All these kids are asking for is that you think about them and think about what you value more, your children or your guns. This is not meant to infringe on your rights to own a firearm, it is stand to take away all guns. I believe in the second amendment, I have believe everyone has the right to defend themselves. I don’t believe that you need an assault rifle to do it. I don’t believe these types of weapons should be available to the public, if for nothing else because we’ve shown that we can’t be trusted with them. These weapons do not make you more American, they do not represent your patriotism, they are weapons of war, meant to cause nothing but catastrophic damage in their wake.

The surviving students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown tremendous strength and bravery in this time of great tragedy in their lives. They will continue to fight this battel until it is won. They have organized marches and walk outs all over the country to protest to stronghold that the NRA has on our legislators so that maybe they can start working for us for a change. It’s time for a change. No more children should have to die. No more children should have to go to school in fear that this is the day they won’t come home. It’s time, it’s way past time.  97% of voters in the country support stronger background checks and tighter gun regulations. Over 60% support a ban on assault weapons. It’s time that our politicians start listening to the voices of the majority rather than pandering to the agenda of the very few. It’s time now! #neveragain

#SOTU

Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was bound to make national waves. Seeing as Trump has been known to be pretty polarizing when he speaks, there were worries that he might go “off script” and say something detrimental. I wasn’t sure what he was going to say, but I was almost positive that I wasn’t going to like it. Was that an unfair bias, maybe, but I was right.

I took the opportunity to live tweet the event to all of my 86 followers! While Trump was reiterating his regular rhetoric, I was sharing my opinions to my very few dozens of patrons (btw, follow me on twitter 😊). If you were following along (wishful thinking), you were probably watching the spectacle like this…

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Or like this…

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Or possibly even like this…

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Going I figured he would go his usual spiel of how he’s the best that ever was to do whatever he did that was better than the way anyone else ever did it history. It’s no secret that Trump lives in hyperbole. I also expected him to pat himself on the back for the few legislative wins, the biggest being the enormous tax breaks that will disproportionately benefit the .1%.

Of course, I knew that he was going to throw shady jabs at public causes that oppose him like the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. And while I’m sure he truly believes that he is the sole reason for the low unemployment rates, particularly in communities largely made up of people of color, his braggadocio of his “accomplishments” was almost more than I could stomach. I found immense pleasure in the fact the members of the Congressional Black Caucus were as unimpressed as I was.

I didn’t even get too upset when he, once again, goaded North Korea into a nuclear war. Believe me when I say, I saw this coming. All of that was fine, gross, but fine. What I found particularly egregious in Trump’s speech was when he chose to exploit victims of some of the worst tragedies imaginable just to push his agenda. He used his usual fear mongering tactics in order to get his talking points across.

He showcased war veterans to emphasize his idea that we need more military funding. He paraded an amputee who lost his legs while he was escaping, you guessed it, North freaking Korea, and used him as an example for his own agenda for immigration reform. Mind you, this wasn’t even 5 minutes after he ranted about how we needed more border security because our immigration problem is out of control.

Which brings to the worst part, the part the literally made me want to vomit where I sat. It is no secret that Trump has very divisive views of the kind of immigrants we allow into the country. It is also no secret that he has used DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, as a bargaining chip to fund his border wall, as was played out in the impending government shutdown shortly after this address. Trump has made no efforts to hide his disdain for immigrants of Hispanic descent, or any culture in which the population is generally darker than a paper bag.

So when he brought up the parents of 2 young girls that were slain at the hand of one the most ruthless gangs coming out of Mexico as a cautionary tale as to why undocumented immigrants and chain migration are the worst, most dangerous things that could to us in this country, I was too through. Below is an excerpt taken directly from Trump’s speech regarding this tragedy and his reasoning for why it happened:

“Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.”

Ok, first of all, fun fact: according to Snopes.com, MS-13 originated in Los Angeles and they were just a bunch of Latino immigrants that were really into heavy metal music in the 70’s. Eventually, after the crack epidemic in the 80’s and the increased insurgence of violence throughout the 90’s, these headbangers hardened up. That is not to take away from the heinous act that the perpetrated on these two young girls and the pain that it caused their families. However, Trump has a habit of picking out the worst examples of a situation and exploiting it until it becomes the new narrative.

Trump made two very important statements in this section of his speech. He “pointed out” the loopholes in our immigration policy, referring to chain migration, which is a legal form of immigration. Chain migration is the notion that family members can vouch for each other to enter the country and work on a path towards citizenship. He also made sure to say that these people entered the country as “unaccompanied minors.” Clearly referring to DACA recipients who have entered the country as young children. And if that wasn’t clear enough, he concluded that section of his speech by saying, “Because Americans are dreamers too.”

This portion of Trump’s speech was clearly targeted at the people he feels don’t deserve to be here. Mind you, DACA was a fully funded and bipartisan supported bill until Trump rescinded it last year. Since he had rescinded DACA, and so close to the deadline of close to 800,000 of the recipients possibly losing their status and being deported to countries that they never knew, the idea has become all too real for those who will be affected. And before you say, “But they’re illegal immigrants draining our economy,” may I inform you that in order for someone to receive DACA benefits, they must either be enrolled in school or working full time. Many of them pay government taxes, earn high ranking college degrees (i.e. Masters & Doctorates), and many of them even own business and create jobs in their communities. They are law abiding contributors to society but because of their undocumented status, their futures here are not secure, no matter how many degrees they earn or how many jobs they create.

The effects of Trump’s regime have already begun. Since he has been in office, ICE officers have arrested over 140,000 people for immigration status issues. People who have been in this country for 30+ plus years, doing everything right, following every law and guideline, have been uprooted and sent to a country that they do not know. For example, Jorge Garcia, a husband and father of two, Detroit resident for over 30 years, his wife is a US citizen, his children are US citizens. He was checking in with immigration officers regularly regarding his status. Unfortunately, his lawyer filed the wrong paperwork and though he was previously granted multiple stays of deportation, over the Thanksgiving holiday, he deported back to Mexico, despite being in the United States since he was 10 years old, maintained steady employment, and broke no laws.

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But it’s not Mexicans and Latin communities this is affecting. In January, ICE officials deported a Palestinian man who had been in the country for almost 40 years. Amer Othman Adi, was a business owner, tax payer, law abiding member of society. He had a wife who was a citizen and four daughters. After being held in a detention center for 2 weeks, his green card was revoked and he was deported. Even the local government representative was fighting against him being deported, but that did nothing to change the outcome.

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During his campaign, Donald Trump gained favor among his supporters by playing up immigration reform. He said he would strengthen our borders, but he also said that would only target the worst of worst, the dangerous criminals, the worst society had to offer. Unfortunately, in Trump’s opinion, anyone from one of the countries he deemed as “shitholes” are only the worst of the worst. No one coming from Mexico or Palestine is good enough to be here. Trump’s words have given credence to the underlying racism and bigotry that has been lying dormant underneath the surface. Now, our government has no issue tearing apart working families and positive contributors to society. It seems as though in this administration, everyone is an enemy.

 

 

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Recently, the Trump administration added a new facet to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. The sole purpose of this division is to ensure that health care professionals would be able to deny health care services to people with whose lifestyles they disagree with, based on their religious morality. This not only immediately incensed me, because the shameless hypocrisy shown by religious factions towards Trump and many egregious and deplorable actions, but it also brought up the notion of the separation of church and state.

 

To my knowledge, the separation of church and state meant that the government could not interfere with affairs of the church and religious factions. However, I also took it to mean that the impressions of the church and religious factions could not affect legislation. This bill basically allows medical professionals to discriminate against patients with sexual orientations and lifestyles that they do not agree with due to their religious beliefs, with the full backing of the government.

 

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Let me preface by saying that I am – somewhat – religious. I was raised Pentecostal Christian and still hold many of the beliefs and values that I did then, I just apply to my life differently now. I have never understood the notion of shaming people into believing in God never made sense. The bible doesn’t say to “shun the nonbelievers” or “condemn everyone you don’t agree with to hell.” God gave everyone free will and it is not anyone’s place to judge anyone about the way they choose to live.

 

With that being said, no matter how deep rooted I was in my faith at any given time, I always believed that religious values did not have a role in government, as far as legislation is concerned. Don’t get me wrong, everyone, including government officials, are more than entitled to religious beliefs. However, more often than not, those beliefs greatly discriminate against a generous portion of the population. No one should be forced by law to follow one specific set of values. That’s way America was founded in the first place (granted, by people who bogarted their way onto this land and stole it from natives but that’s another story). The Pilgrims fled from England to escape the religious oppression forced upon by the Church of England.

 

I can understand the notion that people of faith may not want to be exposed to worldly views, such as homosexuality or transgenderism or the choice of a woman to have an abortion. If those things go against your religious, as a free person you are entitled to those beliefs. However, think about how your ideas may come off to those that think differently than yourself. For someone who did not grow up with religious beliefs and values, someone condemning them for their choice of “secular” lifestyle comes off almost manic and off-putting. You have no idea what is in someone’s heart or what they are battling with. It is not fair, nor moral, to judge someone based on their lifestyle.

 

To me, religion seems like a ‘lead by example’ thing. If you’re a good person and exude love and positivity, then people would be drawn to you and be more susceptible to receive the message. This method of forcing your beliefs on everyone you and damn anyone who doesn’t believe what you do does not nothing but turn people away, it is incredibly counter-productive. Add in the glaring hypocrisy that many religious leaders have shown solely in order to advance their political agendas. “Oh, who cares if Donald Trump slept with a porn star, cheated on every wife he had, has expressed sexual feelings towards his own daughter (on multiple occasions) and doesn’t even know the 2 Corinthians is frickin’ 2nd Corinthians! We want to discriminate and deny health care to gay people and woman who want or may even need to have an abortion. ‘Cause family values, ya know.”

 

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As health care providers, it is your job, nay, your duty to provide care for those in need. No matter how they choose to live. If you want to rely on the notion of religious morality as a basis to deny care to those in need, then you are neglecting your duty as a health care provider. Doesn’t the Hippocratic Oath say to do no harm. How can you justify negligence of care to someone because they may be gay or trans-gender? If you are against providing abortions, regardless of the reason, then maybe don’t work at a facility that offers that service. You cannot turn down someone because they live on the moral ground as you. Everyone’s level of morality is different and you cannot judge for your own moral standpoint, especially when that person is putting their health and their life in your hands.

 

Religious leaders in this country have continuously been caught serving two masters. They want to ignore the transgressions of those in power who can help them advance their agenda while simultaneously condemning those who are vulnerable. The current stance of religion in politics is, in my opinion, entirely to large. Religious leaders should not be able to purchase their place in the government and implement their agenda into law. The separation of church and state is steadily closing and the public is noticing the contradictory message the church is perpetuating. People in this country are losing faith in religious factions more and more every day, and it’s the church’s own fault.

Intro

Like many people, this past election really caught my attention. Prior to the 2016 election, I had never taken any special interest in politics, but the prospect of having a racially insensitive, bigoted, misogynistic, failed businessman, reality show host as a president really worried me. This election made me realize how much politics really does affect me and my generation, and future generations. I decided to take a more vested interest in the workings of government and politics on a slightly deeper level. With that being said, this is not meant to be an anti-Trump blog, though I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not a fan. The purpose is to take certain issues and make them easier to understand for people like me. Being a young, Latina, woman of color there a lot of topics that affect me personally that I may write about but I will try to keep my posts as impartial as possible. I should say that I am not a political expert, I’m not even studying political science. I’m just a young women almost 10 years into my BA in communications and media who is concerned about my future is this country. As the title says, I am politically illiterate and I hope that, through this blog, we learn and understand more about how the workings of government and politics affects us all, together.