A Californian

No laws were in effect to protect those involved with assisted suicide. So, she did it alone, without telling anyone of her plans.  I wish I could have been there to hold her and love her during her passing.

A Massachusettsan

When I was a little girl I found out that George Washington and I share the same birthday. In my kid mind that meant I got to run around and tell people that I was going to be President one day! “Girls can’t be President Sam”. Well. Dreams crushed. From then on I ran around telling people that I was going to the first female President, because I shared a birthday with the first male President.

A Pennsylvanian

My parents had me at 18 and 19, and by all odds they weren’t supposed to make anything of themselves.  However, they worked impeccably hard to overcome the hardship of being young parents, and to provide a good life for me (and now my brothers who are much younger than I).  My parents both graduated from four year colleges, and my dad went on to get his masters. He now runs his own business and my mom works from home doing his billing.  Twenty seven years later, they are still married and have had two other children.  My parents built an incredible life for themselves, and my brothers, and I based on hard work, and conservative American values.

An Illinoisan

My father came from a small mountain village in Greece near the city of Tripoli. Both grew up without wealth, and were not middle class by American standards. By the time the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, my parents split to opposite ends of the spectrum.

My mother, who as an Assyrian and Christian had serious beef with Saddam and concerns with Islam (having faced discrimination in Iraq as a Christian), chose to serve as a contracted translator for the U.S. Army, and so now my parents are split.

A Pennsylvanian

Here’s the thing, after all this, I haven’t lost hope for every part of me, because I love every part of me. I love being a woman. I love my culture. I love what I study. I love my country, and I love the planet that hosts my country. I love my fellow Americans, even the ones that deeply disagree with every part of me. This love is what drives me every day. I will not stop fighting for my loves, no matter how much they are met with hate.

A New Jerseyan

So, fine, he won. I’m not out protesting and chanting in front of his million dollar buildings. I’m home, sitting on my bed, trying to figure out where we went wrong. Why hate won this time. Why I am not allowed to own my body like my brother can own his.

A Pennsylvanian

In regards to the broken two party system, the two lackluster presidential candidates, the division of our country, and especially the mistreatment of Mother Earth, you might think that my excitement for politics would be fading away. Wrong. Things like this actually motivate me to help make our world a better place, and to help educate people about how they can do the same. The future is on us.

A New Yorker

My grandparents came to this country from Italy with only one goal: to build a better life for their children and grandchildren. They succeeded. Despite all odds, despite knowing little English, despite having to work for pennies on the dollar, they succeeded.

A Marylander

At least if we were honest with each other, if everyone is a "little bit racist", let's figure out why a little bit, has suddenly become a lot. I surmise that this is more prevalent on both sides of the aisle, and is probably why a lot of guys who were quick to say #ImWithHer, still make jokes about me being black, when we're in the gay bars on the weekends.

A Pennsylvanian

I have sat through many lectures at college, not speaking because of the predominantly liberal atmosphere that is encouraged in the classroom. I sat there and knew I felt different and never spoke because I knew I would be name-called. Not challenged, but name-called. Graduation is now only two months away, but I have decided I don’t want to remain silent anymore—because my opinion is just as valid as anyone else’s.

A New Jerseyan

I am politically Conservative- that just means that I want you to have and exercise your individual and civil liberties. I’m almost 60 years old. I’m on my second career. My second career is one I could have and should have entered quite some time ago, had I known that it was an option.

A Pennsylvanian

Status quo sucks.  I have $140,000 worth of student loans.  I delivered pizza for 2 years after college, hoping I could find a full-time job to support my now three-year-old son and his mother while balancing $900 a month interest payments.  I get why people voted for Donald Trump.  I was pissed off as well.