Suck It Up, Snowflakes. This Is Reality.

Suck It Up, Snowflakes. This Is Reality.

It’s official. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Liberals are still trying to cope. They’re suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Listen– I empathize with them to a certain extent. It sucks when your party completely fails you. It happened to conservatives in 2008 and 2012.  The only difference? We didn’t scream at our opposition and smear the other half of the country, calling them bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, toothless jackholes. We didn’t degrade Michelle Obama by calling her a b*tch, whore, slut, c*nt or hooker. We didn’t stage fake hate crimes. We didn’t incite violence or encourage disruption. We didn’t burn American flags, block traffic and shout “F*ck Barack Obama!” We didn’t boycott magazines for DARING to feature Obama on the cover. We didn’t plan to throw acid bombs or encourage people to disrupt the inauguration day festivities. We didn’t set fire to Obama apparel and assault police officers out of grief. We didn’t threaten Obama with death by cartel. We didn’t send death threats to Obama’s inaugural performers. We didn’t harass Obama’s daughters. We didn’t knit ridiculous p*ssy hats in protest. We didn’t take our shirts off, run into museums and grope Obama wax figures.

Nope.

I remember when we lost in 2012. I was a sophomore in college. I went to school the next morning, and I didn’t see any demonstrators. No signs. No dramatic reenactments of discrimination. No one blocked pathways to buildings. No one burned American flags. No one staged mass walk-outs or shouted at Obama supporters. There were no safe spaces for the Romney supporters. Liberals won and felt on top of the world. (You should know, I went to a private liberal arts college. So if any of these things would’ve happened, it would’ve been at my school.) Conservatives lost. We were bummed out and determined to fight for our cause even harder through writing and conversation– not burning American flags and calling for the daughters of our ideological opponents to be raped.

I understand the frustration, liberals. Your party completely screwed you over. We were mad for you. Your party’s leaders didn’t respect you, and they still don’t. Their refusal to undergo a little self-evaluation should make you mad. Yet here you are, taking your anger out on us? Police officers? Innocent business owners? Americans with Trump bumper stickers on their cars? You ignorantly tell us we’re racists who hate women and children and the elderly and disabled and whatever other group the media tells you is disenfranchised. It’s not true. Your president isn’t any of those things, nor are the 61 million + who voted for him.

Listen, liberals. We can find common ground. Believe it or not, we have more in common than you think. This isn’t a call to hold hands and sing kumbaya, but if you could stop shouting “Raaaaaaacist America!” and “Not my president!” for more than five minutes, we could talk. Let’s do that. You might be surprised to find out that we want some of the same things.

The economy: We all want a robust economy. A whopping 95 million Americans not participating in the workforce is unacceptable. I think we can all agree on that, right? The labor force participation rate hasn’t been this low since the ’70s. Real GDP grew an abysmal 1.1% in the second quarter last year. That’s unacceptable. We can all rally behind the new leadership’s pro-growth policies. Trump’s pro-growth tax plan will benefit all of us. Not just the “wealthy.” That’s a fallacy.  It simplifies the tax code and condenses the brackets.  We should want to make domestic investment attractive. That’s good for all of us. We should want to keep more of our own money. That’s good for all of us. We should want businesses to exceed and expand. That’s good for all of us. We should want jobs to come back home. That benefits all of us.

Education: You’re freaking out over Betsy DeVos. I know. But you have no reason to be worried. She wants to improve schools by giving power back to the states. Why is school choice a bad thing? Why are vouchers a bad thing? They give power back to the parents.

LGBT issues: I know many members of the LGBT community are upset over the outcome of the election. Actually, no. It goes beyond that. Some actually fear for their lives. I don’t mean to belittle their concerns, but that’s completely absurd. I obviously can’t speak for everyone, but most conservatives couldn’t care less what you do in your bedroom. We don’t want to strip the LGBT community of their rights. If you’re a human, congrats! You’re endowed by your Creator with certain unalienable rights! Even Donald Trump said the marriage equality issue is completely irrelevant, because it was already settled in the Supreme Court.

“It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done,” he explained.

Trump doesn’t care if you’re gay. Back in 2000, Trump said he judges people based on “capability, honesty, and merit.” That goes for the rest of us too. No one is taking your rights away. No one wants to imprison or punish you. And those who do? The ACTUAL hateful religious ideologues who seek your demise? We want to keep them out of this country.

So can we stop with the hysterics? I didn’t see the LGBT community blow a collective fuse after we elected Obama in 2008. After all, 2004 Obama was all, “I have said I am not a supporter of gay marriage,” and I’m pretty sure none of them contemplated suicide.

Veterans affairs: We all love our veterans. They deserve the very best care, but the VA is a complete disaster. No veterans should die waiting for care. We need to weed out the corruption and ensure that every single veteran has the choice to seek a private service provider if the VA fails them. They’re entitled to that. I think we can all agree on that.

Terrorism: I think it’s safe to say that we all want to destroy the Islamic State. They’re oppressing women and children, murdering innocents and spreading an ideology of hate. We want them gone. Again, we’re all on the same page here.

Immigration reform: I know this entire issue is polarizing. Everyone’s obsessed with the wall and the number of illegals currently residing in the country. But shove those aside for a moment and think. Do you think it’s OK for people to come here illegally and benefit from our society? Especially those who are Actual Criminals? Of course not! We need to bring an end to illegal immigration. We’re not saying people can’t come here. We just want them to come here legally. Our veterans should come first. Americans should come first. Not all illegal immigrants are violent criminals, but those who are need to go. We can at least agree on that, right?

Health care: Whether you like Obamacare or not, it’s failing. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing. It’s simply unaffordable. Something needs to be done. We can all agree on that, right? And listen, it sounds like Trump wants to keep two provisions of Obamacare– the provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and the provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26. The Affordable Care Act isn’t affordable. That’s not a partisan statement. It’s the truth. And Republicans aren’t going to do it in a way that leaves anyone high and dry, so please stop fearmongering. It’s simply not true.

Women’s health: Contrary to popular belief, conservatives don’t hate women. But we don’t think women should be placed in a box. All issues are women’s issues– the economy, terrorism, immigration, etc. But to save another argument, let’s focus on your issue. Women’s health. Let me say this loud and clear: No one wants to strip women of birth control or ban tampons. That’s ridiculous. And I know you’re upset that we want to defund Planned Parenthood, but that doesn’t leave poor women high and dry. There are over 13,540 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) that serve over 21 million people a year. These clinics offer the same exact services to women, minus abortion. They’ll still be taken care of.  And as much as I’d personally like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, it’s not that easy. Trump can’t make that happen with the snap of his fingers, so seriously. Calm down.

We have a number of differences, yes.  We have different ways of approaching these issues, sure. But there is common ground. We’re just never going to be able to find it unless you stop repeating the ridiculous phrases touted by the media and actually think for yourself instead.

We’re a blessed nation. We’re an exceptional nation.  Take advantage of everything it has to offer. People have died for America’s ideals. The least we can do is move forward and find common ground. As President Trump said in his inaugural address, “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

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