By Emily Chance
READER’S DISCRETION IS ADVISED:
Alright, so I’ve been nice. I’ve accepted other peoples’ views. I’ve never told them they were wrong on a touchy subject, but I’m done. The second Liberals compare Republicans to Hitler is when I draw the line. First, however, I will mention that I am a Libertarian. I believe that people have the right to choose and make their own decisions. I see both sides of every story and I understand major issues and why some people say one thing and others say another. I was born and raised to question everything in life. Every popular choice, every choice that was shot down. I was raised a free-thinker.
Now I’m going to exercise my right of free speech. Republicans are not like Hitler any more than Liberals are communistic. I am friends with both, and I love them equally.
On the economy, Liberals believe in higher taxes and Republicans believe in lower taxes. Alright, so higher taxes help the economy by using our tax dollars to fix up schools and help build roads to keep small towns and major communities safe; however, lower taxes mean that instead of paying for that guy who raped an innocent girl to stay in jail longer, he gets to have a faster trial and harsher punishment. While tax dollars improve the community, they are also used to fund prisons and let someone sit there for a while awaiting a trial.
On healthcare, Liberals believe everyone should get healthcare. Republicans believe that whoever can afford it should get healthcare. Liberals are just saying everyone should have an equal opportunity because all lives matter, and Republicans are saying that those who sit on their butts their entire lives, who can get away with taking advantage of the food stamp programs and who can get a job but choose to be lazy, should not get healthcare. If you’re working your butt off and supporting multiple kids but can’t afford healthcare, of course Republicans believe they should get healthcare. They’re not sadistic animals. However, if someone is sitting on their butt and playing video games all day while refusing to get a job so they can live off the system and ruin the great idea of food stamps to help the poor, dang right I, and Republicans, have a problem with that.
Now for the taboo issue of gun control; Liberals believe in stricter gun laws and gun control while Republicans believe in looser gun laws and gun control. I get both sides of this issue, too. Stricter gun laws are suggested in order to help prevent gun violence and lower murder rates. Republicans believe in looser gun laws because of the simple fact that the fewer law-abiding citizens who have guns, the more likely they are to get killed. You see, criminals don’t care about laws. It happened in the prohibition and it happened with marijuana, and now it’s happening with guns. The more you try to restrict something, the higher the demand for that product is. People aren’t developing underground illegal trades with alcohol anymore—it would be the same with guns. Statistically, the cities with the strictest gun laws are those with the highest crime rates. See the connection?
Now I’m not saying your views are wrong. I’m not trying to offend or say you’re not a free-thinker. I am just saying that this generation needs to think. I’m sorry, but my own generation is full of people eating Tide Pods and doing dangerous challenges to impress their friends, all while saying they have the right to have a say in the world. While not everyone in my generation is like this, a lot of us are. Even I don’t like to claim them. Unfortunately, I have learned that Liberals think that Republicans are similar to Hitler, and Republicans think Liberals aren’t really people with thoughts.
Everyone has their own views on the world. It doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong. We all need to stand for each other instead of against one another. This is the issue. It has nothing to do with who is right or who is wrong because that’s all this is: a matter of opinion. Compare me to Hitler, compare me to a moron without thoughts. I don’t care. That’s your opinion. And this is mine: the world would be a better place if we put aside our issues and accepted people for who they are, regardless of how “Hitler” or “non-thinkers“ you think they are. A wise man once said, “United we stand, divided we fall.” With people creating problems like these based on simple opinions, which one do you think we are—united or divided‽
Edited by London Koffler