For the sake of all women, I hope you made the right choice.
For the sake of our military, I hope you made the right choice.
For the sake of all races, all of the disabled, and the LGBTQ community, I hope you made the right choice.
For the sake of America, I really hope you made the right choice.
Donald Trump was elected president for 2016, leaving around half of America devastated and afraid.
We didn't expect much, with both candidates being less than America deserves, we really had to choose the lesser of two evils. With that, America was left divided on who that was and why. Who would make the better president? Who would further this country to be even more great than we ALREADY are.
Make America Great Again, my ass.
In my opinion, the obvious choice for me was Hillary. Poor Bernie, he really should have had a chance.
As a woman and someone who wants peace for this country, Trump has always scared me. In a country that is still striving for equality throughout, I believe that Trump was not the solution.
With being a woman, Trump has made me scared for my rights, and the rights of a future daughter. When he said that he would make abortion illegal with punishment to all woman, it blew my mind. I couldn't believe there was a man arrogant enough to tell me or any woman that she would be punished for choosing not to have a baby. You would think a man running for president of all people would understand over-population, women's' rights, or how many children are affected by abusive or negligent parents.
I've also seen him as a bully. A man who feels it's ok to mock the disabled. A man who believes we should build a wall to "protect" the country. A man who thinks he can treat women with disrespect and that is ok. He has been so focused on "crooked Hillary" that he has put more effort into attempting to incarcerate her, than his own election. We've campaigned with Obama against bullies, yet we elected one right into office.
Trump has some how been able to get quite the following during his campaign. As there are plenty of sane, great minded people who have their reasoning for choosing Trump, there is a great deal of close minded, hostile and arrogant followers. You know who I mean by this, the ones from a small town who think racism and bullying are still "cool." Look at a group of Trump supporters. How many of them are not well educated? How many of them still live in their home town with their parents? This is a good one, the ones who say democrats want everything for free, yet they were handed everything by their parents through high school and even after. How was that free, brand new car?
I could go on even more of rant and go into details but I won't. Trump is our president. America, you have made your choice.
Don't you dare say one bad thing about his decisions if you voted for him. You cannot take this back. Good or bad, he's with us for the next four years.
For the sake of our country, I hope he does well. I hope he moves past the racism, sexism, and bullying and actually makes good choices for America. This is it, I hope you're all right.
Happy "All Marriage is Equal" Day, aside from animals and objects of course.
Today, the GLBT community can rejoice across the Nation as America made it legal for all types of love to tie the knot. As a lot of states had already made this move, this day will shine in history as the day our Nation declared it legal in all 50.
As with any big movement, it's caused controversy throughout the country. While many celebrate the equality, others express their hate for it and exclaim how wrong it is. Social media is booming with people's opinions and why each other wrong.
I'm here to express my opinion, not to call out on others saying their opinion is wrong. I may strongly disagree with someone, but all I can do is possibly sway your opinion through my article.
I grew up with a close family; mother, father, brother and sister. As a child, I had to attend church, it was how I raised. Bible verses were memorized, right from wrong in the religious sense was taught. At a young age, I honestly didn't know much of homosexuality or related topics.
As I grew older, I protested against standardized religion and rarely ever attended church. Why? There are so many ways to interpret or misinterpret the bible and everything within it. I chose to determine for myself what to and not to believe.
My parents are religious and also to an extent not as, let's say "open minded" as my generation is. The older generations in majority seem to not agree with gay marriage or even for people to be gay. Some just feel that "if they don't see it, they don't care."
There are many in my generation as well who seem to be strongly against it, most of which seem to come from religious beliefs. I've seen things like "sin is now legal, I've lost faith in America, blah blah tragedy." Question, are you serious?
It's fine if you want to be against it, but why does it being legal pertain to you? This does not effect you in any way. If this is a huge sin, we who support it will suffer, correct? The entire world will not be punished, America is really no worse, just happier.
When I saw, sin being legal, I was astonished. Isn't sex before marriage a sin? Yet, that is indeed legal, or at least not illegal. Drinking and drugs, are they not sins? The 10 commandments, do people not break those all the time with no punishment?
In my opinion, if you dislike that we as a Nation allow GLBT, you should disregard it as it does not effect you, or move if you are that hurt by it.
I for one am happy that America has passed this and all couples can be married everywhere. I'm a sucker for love and don't discriminate against any kind. As I am straight myself, I still want everyone to be happy with whomever makes them happy.
I hope in some way I spoke to those disagreeing to see from a different point of you. Everyone has their opinion, and I respect that. #Lovewins has been trending today. I would want to see that come true thoughout the nation for one another.
In closing, let us celebrate the equality we have gained today. Rejoice for the progress America has made as a country. Be happy for those who were greatly effected by the news today.
Celebrate love, for it is an amazing feeling.
Not that this is huge spoiler alert, but if you didn't see The Walking Dead on February 22, 2015 and wish to not know anything, you may want to skip over this.
While watching TWD last night, two new characters to the show shared a kiss. This is not unlike the show to show anything like that. These two characters were both men, also not shy to the show with Tara and her former love (RIP) being displayed.
Why do I bring this up? I heard and read negative comments toward the new gay couple of the apocalypse. If I recall correctly, people don't often fuss about a girl and guy relationship occurring, a kiss between the two or even more. Aside from if they don't like the two together, that will cause a riot among fans.
With this, though, fans are frowning on the couple for the fact that they are gay. I saw a lot of "ew's" and "that's just what we needs" being thrown around about it. Why do these people find it ok for others to display their affection, yet not homosexuals?
I understand, it may be uncomfortable because it's different. It's not what, for the most part, we are used to. So can't you just turn away from the screen for moment while it's going on instead of making a huge deal out of it?
Many people frown on this because they believe it to be wrong. Their religion says it's wrong, or they find it disgusting, or it's just not the normal thing to do, run through these beings' minds. Does God not say to love everyone? Does being different have to be looked down on?
You don't have to be homosexual yourself, you don't even have to love the concept of it. Why not start out but just refraining from remarking negative comments when this happens on the television? As accepting homosexuality is the goal of my current generation, it's not going to happen over night, especially with our parents and superiors not on board and continuing to teach otherwise.
This is why, we as a generation, should do our best to stop this from happening with any new generation. In any small way we can, we should use ours voices to let everyone know that this is a part of life. Some states may still be against it, but we have come so far already we can't stop now.
We should encourage others to open up their minds and see the world for the way it is. As I try to work on the people around me in my life by pointing out when they make a rude comment, I feel as if I am helping in some small way, hoping they will see another angle.
Adjusting to homosexuality in public is going to be hard for certain people who have always seen life as one way and are forced to see it another. People will say "it's the fact that they are overly affectionate in public, like they're rubbing it in our face." I do agree this sometimes happen, and I can see why they do it too. I will also say being overly affectionate in public for anyone is just not for me.
That can be justified as a stereotype though, which are still everywhere you look. You may not have money to campaign for what you believe in, but you do have a voice.
We should all use our voice to stand up for what we believe in. Not shove beliefs down others' throats, but teach them a different way to live so that maybe, we can someday all live together without such petty differences.
Last night, my boyfriend decided to document through photos a tattoo his friend was giving him. Long story short, his thigh is full of tattoos and this new one happens to reach onto his a**. This got me to thinking, what if I were to do the exact thing he did?
The answer is, I would get a lot of shit for it. I'd get called a slut for even a peak of my booty. It's not appropriate to slightly show mine, when with men, it's fine. Men moon people for the enjoyment, if a woman were to go mooning, would that be ok?
All of this talk leads to lack of equality in genders when it comes to showing some skin.
Not only are their equality campaigns still reigning, but there are now campaigns to go braless and free nipples. I am not against these campaigns. A guys nipples can show through a shirt, but what about women?
As I am for this, I also am for restrictions. There is a time and place for this and it shouldn't be hard to figure out. Girls should not run around high school or even college free boobin' in a tight shirt. You can probably guess that would distract some of the guys (or girls.) Another place not fit, the workplace; not professional, obvious reasons.
My point is, if a woman doesn't want to wear a bra, if she wants to show a little skin, that should be fine, as it is for men. Should girls run around with no shirts, NO. That's just asking for trouble and all mens eyes on them. A girl shouldn't be afraid to go braless though if she pleases while out doing her thing.
Being braless is a wonderful feeling. For me, it's hard to wear some of my outfits without a bra because I feel it looks silly. With others, I can get away with not wearing a bra and letting them breathe! As bras are constraining, they do really help pull off some outfits and make them look perfect.
I may sound contradicting, but for me it's really a love hate relationship with bras. Women shouldn't be constantly stared at for losing the bra. Women should be able to have the same freedom in fashion as men do.
For equality to fully happen, we have to let go of gender roles and let some more things slide for women. Not every girl is a slut for wearing that crop top without a bra. Equality for all!
"Let us not wallow in the valley of despair"
-Martin Luther King Jr.
I have a dream, that this day that we celebrate a brave and bold leader, will come to be more important and more inspiring with years to come. That we can strive for the freedom and equality that this nation deserves.
Over 51 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This speech is how many remember him. As many see him as an activist for African-American equality, which he mainly was, he was overall trying to bring everyone; color, sex, whatever, to live as one family.
My dream, is to live in a world without hate and discrimination. Where the color and ethnicity of someone is not a factor and everyone lives as one. Where there is equality among the sexes, where a man and woman are equals, not one inferior nor superior to the other. The sexual orientation of a person doesn't matter, and who cares which class you are a part of, rich or poor.
I have a vision, of a world of equals, where you are no better than someone else.
The world is in need of a change, still, and you should do your part in any little way you can. Befriend others, without a thought of how they may be different. Learn to love, not to hate.
I, too, have a dream, where the world is a happier, more peaceful place. Where you will give everyone a chance, to be a part of our world-wide family.
Make the change!
Chelsea Blake: My views on life and writing whatever my heart desires.