For decades the Republican Party has been known as “the party of old, rich, white men” and the Democratic Party has been known as “the party of the middle class.” I don’t know about you, but I see both of these stereotypes defied every single day…. Yet these mottos are still thrown around as if they are the truth. The worst part is that they are accepted to be the truth. So, Americans often feel they have to vote for the Democratic Party because that is who they’ve been told has their best interest in mind. For years lies have been spread that the Republican Party is against women, LGTBQ individuals, minorities, and non-Christians. This is absolutely NOT the case. Open your eyes, do research, and read about both parties. Don’t stick to the status quo.

If you do some research you may discover that many of those in the Democratic Party are not the angels the media makes them out to be. For example, did you know that as a Senator John F. Kennedy voted AGAINST President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act of 1957? So, a Republican president wanted to pass a civil rights bill and a beloved Democrat senator voted no. Shocking, yet most of you didn’t know that. Remember back in 2004 when Hillary Clinton was against gay marriage? Because I do. Remember when her husband signed the Defense of Marriage Act? She stood by him and supported it. Now all of a sudden she’s totally supportive of the LGBTQ community. Both of these individuals are considered to be liberal icons….. Not “flip-flops” as so many Republican candidates are called when they change their mind on certain social issues.

Now, some of you may be thinking:

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And I don’t blame you, because:

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Republicans have it rough in society. We’re often criticized more than our Democrat counterparts, and that’s okay because it makes our skin thicker. We often get judged, especially those of us who are younger or female if we voice our conservative opinions. But, you’re in good company. After acting, Shirley Temple spend a long time in politics. Lynn Swann, a 4x Super Bowl champion ran for Governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican in 2006. Clint Eastwood is a longtime Republican. Stephen Baldwin has been known as one of the most outspoken Christian conservatives in Hollywood! Stacey Dash, the not-so-clueless actress, is an outspoken conservative as well! Lauren Conrad is also a Republican! There is so much diversity even in this short list of Republican celebrities…. The party of old, rich, white men… Says who? Ha!

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While Republicans aren’t perfect, they do not get nearly enough credit for all the remarkable things they have done. The first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was a Republican. Not only did Eisenhower desegregate schools, he also signed the 1960 Civil Right’s Act……. After it survived a long filibuster by Democrats. Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts helped create a massive surge of jobs, economic growth, and prosperity. George W. Bush selected Condoleezza Rice to be his Secretary of State, making her the first black woman ever to hold that position.

After reading all that, I bet you’re feeling all kinds of mixed emotions:

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You may have always felt inside that you were in the wrong place, but you were just going with the status quo because it was comfortable. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there:

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You may even be thinking about changing your political affiliation for the upcoming election:

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I don’t blame you because:

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Don’t stick with your political party just because it’s the status quo. Explore all the possibilities. There are more than just two political parties. There are more than just social issues. There are more than just one news network. Absorb ALL sorts of information. Go against the status quo!

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