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From One Millennial to Another

If you voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election earlier this month, it’s ok to be sad. Sadness is a natural response when your team loses and something you really want to happen doesn’t.

While I am thrilled that Mrs. Clinton was not elected, I remember how I felt when Barack Obama won (twice) and I understand what you are going through.

What I don’t understand is the protests.

One of the great things about the United States is that every four years we choose who will be our leader. Then, no matter whose side won, we peacefully transfer authority to that person. I don’t think y’all fully appreciate how amazing that is. Do you realize how many people live in countries where the elections (if they have them) are just shams? Do you know how many civil wars start because the “wrong” side gained power?

But in America, we still respect the Constitution our Founding Fathers created. We still respect the rule of law in our nation. We still respect the office of the president.

We do not act like whiney brats. We do not force others to coddle our emotions.

Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president-elect and barring some unforeseen event, he will take office in January. He will be neither as good as his supporters hope, nor as bad as his detractors fear.

Finally, if you want to play with play dough, please do. I am a big fan of play dough and keep a canister in my nightstand. Yeah, it’s fun to make stuff with, but it is also a great stress reliever. Conservative or liberal, young or old, happy or sad, don’t let anyone shame you over play dough.

 

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Why I Voted for Ted Cruz

I hate campaigning. You may consider that a strange confession to make. But I have a degree in political science. Every election while I was in college all my friends wanted to know which campaign I was working on and I would mumble my excuses. Calling complete strangers and/or knocking on their doors is not my cup of tea. But I’ve done both for Ted Cruz.

The United States is threatened. Not just by radical Islamist terrorist which the current administration refuses to recognize. Not just by foreign states, like Iran and North Korea, who would love to see us wiped off the earth. Not just by a struggling economy. But also by liberals who want to destroy everything that made our country great. Who plan to nullify the sacrifices Americans, in the military and on the home front, have made for freedom. Who want to turn us into a country our Founding Fathers would not recognize. We need a president who can deal with these threats with equal commitment. Ted Cruz is the man who will be that president.

I have spoken with many voters who are fed up with the Washington political circus. To me, anti-establishment does not mean never-held-office; it means not corrupted by the system. Senator Ted Cruz has never been afraid to fight for the Constitution on the Senate floor. He has never been afraid to tell members of both parties that what they’re doing is wrong. Throughout his Senate term he has earned my respect.

What I expect from a Ted Cruz presidency is not perfection. Rush Limbaugh says he is the closest candidate we’ve had to Ronald Reagan. However, Cruz is just a man. He will make mistakes, but they will be honest mistakes.

Compromise? Every article of the Constitution is a compromise. Without it we wouldn’t have a country. (We owe a debt of gratitude to Roger Sherman and most Americans don’t even know who he is. I digress). The government runs on compromise. The difference with Cruz is he will never compromise on our core values. He will never compromise the Constitution. Ted Cruz has dedicated his life to defending the Constitution from liberal attacks. We will not be betrayed by Ted Cruz as we have by other “conservative” candidates.

2016 is a critical year for our country. We can choose a president who will continue to attack our rights as Americans and who will erode everything that made the United States the greatest country on earth. Or we can elect Ted Cruz. The battle for freedom is at the ballot box.