Cultivating Understanding in a Severely Divided Society

Some say that everyone wants to be understood. Whether we all agree or not is secondary, and frankly, not a realistic goal to pursue. Seeking to understand, on the other hand, strengthens relational bonds and breaks down our black-and-white view of the world. At times, however, efforts to bring attention to common ground or highlight … Continue reading Cultivating Understanding in a Severely Divided Society

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Why I Despise Republican and Democrat Politicians Alike

From Friday, the 22nd, to Friday, the 29th, I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi three times. This is quite a feat for me, as this movie makes up about 1/5th of my theater-going, and I've never gone to see anything more than once. But this movie was worth each visit. I won't get into … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Why I Despise Republican and Democrat Politicians Alike

How to Approach Touchy Subjects with Total Strangers

You have probably heard the common phrase “don’t talk about religion or politics with a stranger.” Often, the only defense given if you question this idea is “people get touchy.” But is that really that great of a reason? If people get touchy when talking about these issues, I don't think the solution is to … Continue reading How to Approach Touchy Subjects with Total Strangers

The Media Monopoly

Let me tell you a story. In 1926, NBC (the news network) was founded. Then came CBS in 1927, CNN in 1980, and then... FOX in 1996. The result: immediate uproar. The liberals no longer owned every single news station in the country. Someone was disagreeing with them! And, as we all know, the last thing liberals … Continue reading The Media Monopoly

An Introduction to Identity Politics

Recently I had a short argument on Twitter with an author who was detailing her experiences with sexism in the writing and publishing sphere. Obviously, I don't know her specific story and I couldn't tell you much about her. But what set me off of her hashtag and following was the obsession with identity and … Continue reading An Introduction to Identity Politics

Why I’m a Conservative

In the last few decades, liberals have done a pretty good job of making conservatives look bad. It doesn't matter that we fought against slavery and kept this country unified in the 1800s. It doesn't matter that we gave women the right to vote in 1872. It doesn't matter that we elected the first female … Continue reading Why I’m a Conservative

do you know who your representatives are?

The other day, my writing teacher asked the class "do you know who your representatives are?" I was instantly ashamed of myself, because I love politics and I obviously care about the issues, but I didn't know any of their names or even parties. (Except the governor. I knew he was a liberal Republican.) So … Continue reading do you know who your representatives are?

Politics

Yes, politics. I'm going to tell you exactly what I think about our presidential candidates this leap year and who I would vote for if I could vote. First and foremost: Trump, 2016. Yes. To be honest, I'm incredibly annoyed by how many Christians continue to act is if they don't know who to vote … Continue reading Politics

Diversity

Diversity. It's a popular word, perhaps even a ‘buzzword’. I hear it on the news, I hear it on podcasts, I read about it in blogs. Apparently, diversity is the next hip thing that we should all embrace. It's the new-and-improved model for society. But often, when people say diversity, they only mean a higher … Continue reading Diversity