Why I Love Being Conservative
Meaghan O'Brien

While I completely respect your beliefs, I would like to offer a few counterpoints. I hope you do not take this as me being assertive, simply trying to explain myself as a Democrat.

I understand where you are coming from as a conservative, however this election the Republican presidential nominee does not represent classical Conservative values, in fact he hardly represents any of the values you have stated above.

Looking at the point of caring more about voting polls, if you don’t need to engage in social media fights, look to your candidate first. Donald Trump repeatedly slams people on Twitter and Facebook, whether it is a Saturday Night Live imitation (which every major political figure has faced at some point), or random fights with John Stewart. You want him to control our country? To basically be the most powerful person in the world?

You follow your morals. I am so glad to hear you say that. But what is moral about supporting a nominee who has repeatedly degraded people of different races, of a different sex, of a different belief system. Donald Trump makes me, as a brown woman, feel like a piece of trash. He makes my parents, who are legal immigrants, feel scared to live here. He makes them feel like they might not be able to live here. That to me is unacceptable. And the worst part is, they’re not the only ones.

I sat on a lovely man on the plane ride home, who as soon as seeing me whipped out his “Make America Great Again” hat and proceeded to glare at me for the next 6 hours. When I finally couldn’t take it anymore and asked him if he needed anything, he asked me who I was voting for. When I responded with Hillary he asked me if it was because I was a terrorist. When I said no, he said it must be because someone in my family was. I didn’t even begin to try to explain that I wasn’t a Muslim. I didn’t even know how to. That is what scares me about the Republican supporters this year. And when you say that we on the Left are blindly falling behind a candidate, I feel like saying the same for my friends on the Right. Where are the morals in that. How is verbally attacking me on a plane, when I was just trying to sleep moral? How does this show tolerance, which according to your article is the quintessential conservative trait? Supporting these ideals, which, whether you deny it or not, are ideals Donald Trump has promoted, does not make me, an American, feel safe. Supporting these ideals does not make me feel supported by America. This is NOT fighting for my right at life, or my right to feel safe. Do not kid yourself.

Thus, in my opinion, conservatives do not fight for all Americans. I am an American, and Donald Trump does not fight for me. Not at all. Fighting for me would not make me scared to check out of a Barnes and Nobles because the cashier was wearing a “Build the Wall” shirt. Donald Trump is not fighting for me, or for any person of color. There is so much I would love to discuss with you, but I see no point because the aggression that you have been calling us “Dems” out for is what I see in your article. So while I respect that you have an opinion that is different from mine, take a second to step back and realize that while you spent an entire article calling out Democrats for being too rude, or to active in social media, you have just done the same thing.