nnhIt is not unusual for conservatives to scroll through articles and see one supporting an idea from the political left. Typically, we will disagree with the article, but we are able to look at the issues presented from another perspective and strengthen our own political arguments and beliefs. This week, we came across the article titled, Stop Complaining About How Hard It Is To Be A Millennial Republican by Hannah Martian, and it was subsequently shared within a forum group of over 1,000 conservative millennial women. Reading it with an open mind, we were all shocked, disgruntled, and agitated by Martian’s article. This article is contradicting to itself, hypocritical, and incredibly poorly articulated. The English majors of the group were particularly alarmed. We were all perturbed sufficiently enough to not stay silent. So, Hannah, here’s a rebuttal from a few of us bigoted, misogynistic, Nazi Republicans you wrote that Odyssey article about.
Disclaimer: We ALL fully support your First Amendment right to be ignorant, intolerant, and opinionated about us. We sincerely hope you will reconsider doing the same.
Number one: Shut up? No thanks.
“There you go. My entire argument. No need for the rest of this piece to even exist!” You’re right. Odyssey shouldn’t have let this exist because it is a poor example of the left’s ability both to accept differing political views and your tolerance. No conservative has ever asked for people to feel bad for us, mostly because we don’t want you to. We don’t play the victim; that’s the left’s game. Have you ever been ostracized on your college campus or treated unfairly by a professor because of your political affiliation? I don’t think so. Most college campuses are full of liberal administrators and professors. Last semester I had a professor come up to me, while tabling for my Turning Point USA chapter at Illinois State University, who said word for word, “You’re not a liberal yet? Then ISU f****ed up.” He rudely debated with me, told me that my views are incorrect, and that my university had messed up because I’m still a conservative. These are the type of experiences millennial conservatives often write about, because it’s heinous that educated professors act this way towards us because of our political affiliation. In reality, we feel bad for you and millennial liberals in general because you have zero tolerance of or respect for other’s views…which is why you all need your safe spaces and coloring books in your twenties. Some Republicans voted for Trump and some did not. I did. Why? I wanted a new leader in America who wanted to put America first. A leader who cares about our national safety, our taxes, our increased debt, our military, and our health. A leader who cares for ALL Americans. Most importantly, a leader who will follow through with his promises.
Number two: Nobody “aligned” his or herself with anybody. You guys did that to us. We stick to our conservative principles.
Your radical idea is a dumb idea. I will not stop calling myself a Republican because the intolerant left wants to bully me and call me lame names. I am a Republican and I’m damn proud to be one. We aren’t ashamed of being Republican and we don’t let small-minded people get to us. Any article I’ve personally read from conservatives talking about what’s its like to be a millennial conservative are told from a first-person, experiential point of view. Onto your next ignorant thought in the article you wrote: I laughed as I read, “the hateful party you have become”, because it’s such a blind statement. Hannah, I’m assuming you don’t closely follow politics? The left has been the ones labeling conservatives as bigots, Islamophobes, homophobes, misogynistic, and incompetent people. We don’t label ourselves that way and we don’t label you that way. It’s the left’s hate and anger that does that. It was the left that disallowed certain Republican groups from joining the WOMEN’S MARCH. It was the left (you) that made a hateful article towards conservatives. Don’t be a pot calling the kettle black.
Number three: We don’t flip-flop on our beliefs and not all conservatives are the same.
Hello, wake up. It’s 2017. Conservatives do not all agree on every point of view in our party. Allow me to bring you up to speed. Trump is the first president to openly support and state that he will not do anything to suppress LGBTQ rights. The rights those individuals have are staying and he will support them all. Roe v. Wade also isn’t overturned as of today’s press time, so the left’s argument about reproductive organs is exhausting. Get over it. The Supreme Court already voted on that years ago, and that decision still stands. I might think you’re a piece of shit for wanting abortion rights, but I respect your views being different than mine. Want to know the difference between how conservatives react to differing views versus liberals? You call me a bigot and I keep my opinion of your character to myself while continuing to treat you with respect. Conservatives don’t get the same justice from the left. However, some conservatives are also pro-choice and think women should decide what to do with their pregnancies, they just don’t want tax dollars paying for it. Yet none of you listen or pay attention to that, because how dare you admit you might even slightly agree with some conservatives! Shameful. We want limited government. Nobody has ever tried to “dictate what other people do with their bodies”. Those of us who are pro-life want Roe v. Wade overturned, but wanting it doesn’t make it so. You’re complaining about a right you currently still have, which is just a waste of the left’s time. You say you believe everyone should have their own views, yet you end number three by saying we deserve all of the names people call us. Your entire article is contradicting and the only one who is coming off like a bigot is you, Hannah, and the Odyssey for publishing this article in the first place.
Number four: This leaves us to make this rebuttal because you were so ignorant in your original post.
Stop it with the old comment, “grab her by the genitals”. “That isn’t appropriate for a president to say”. You’re right. It’s a damn good thing that a president didn’t say that. Donald Trump wasn’t the POTUS in 2005. If we focused on things presidents said YEARS before they even ran for president, in private conversations with friends, then we’d find faults in all of them. You cannot be pissed off by something he SAID years ago when Hillary’s husband actually ACTED and cheated on her in the physical White House. Let’s not forget about all the women silenced by the Clintons when they tried to speak out about Bill Clinton sexually assaulting them: Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Kathy Shelton to name a few. You cannot sit there and call Trump a sexist for things he’s said and accusations that have now been cleared, when you had a woman running as the Democratic candidate who is married to a man who also has sexual assault accusations against him and an affirmed affair. You also stated that a ton of people are living in “fear” because Trump is in the White House. Don’t speak for the entire Democratic party, because that’s a ridiculous claim. He has not signed any executive orders or passed any bills that would drastically change anyone’s life. Unless you’re an illegal immigrant or a terrorist- you don’t have much to worry about.
Number five: Your conclusion contradicts your entire article, so thank you.
What in the hell did I just read? You are kidding, right? Was your article satire? When have you ever heard a young conservative say, “Gays are icky”? We already covered this above, so now you’re just beating a dead horse. You just made an entire post about how our opinions are bigoted and ignorant, then you contradict that by making an arrogant response in your conclusion.
“By electing Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and allowing them to put Nazis and racists and bigots in their cabinet, and then filling Congress with those same people, the Republican party has become the same as the people they elected.” Besides showing off your horrible grammar, this entire sentence is pure ignorance. Are you saying that Nikki Haley who works hard everyday as U.N. Ambassador and was very respected as governor of South Carolina; James Mattis who runs our military effectively and protects our country; Betsy DeVos who is working towards school choice to better our education systems; Neil Gorsuch who is highly qualified to be on our Supreme Court, and the rest of the qualified people Trump has appointed are bigoted Nazis? Do you even understand how large of an accusation that actually is? Can you give me a legitimate example of what makes each of them a Nazi? Doubtful. Can you give me an example of why you think they’re unqualified or bad cabinet picks? I think you should take the time to do your research on Trump’s cabinet; their backgrounds, what they stand for, and how they’re working hard every day to Make America Great Again- even for you.
We are all proud to be millennial Republicans. Proud of our choices to be millennial Republicans. Proud of the votes we have placed. Proud that we can handle ignorance, like this article. Take your own advice and look at yourself, how you tolerate others’ views, and how instead of bashing Republicans, you could respect our differences of opinion, gain a new perspective, and maybe even learn something.
Find original post towards Conservatives by Hannah Martian here
[ Odyssey article towards Conservatives]
Written by: Delainey Trost, Madison Smith, Jasmine Morgan, and Ali Harrison.