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Friday, April 19, 2024

Liberals too often have been dubbed whiners, complainers and malcontents. This is something that has become especially frequent after the last presidential election.

Here at the Alligator, we often receive comments and     emails stating that our views are too liberal, that we complain too much and that we need to get over it. These types of comments are ones many liberals across America have faced while voicing their opinions.

These complaints are often misunderstood. Right now, liberals are not whining. They are demanding change, and they are calling their fellow Americans to action.

Our current discontent with the country shows that we are strong. They show that we are not spineless, and that we will not back down and accept the things we believe are unjust. We won’t adapt to our current political climate and let our country become something disgraceful. Instead, we want to fight back.

While a simple column or conversation might not seem like it does much, it has the power to inspire others.

So much of the world’s history came from a single speech or conversation. People discuss what they are unhappy about, and other people join them on their quest to fight the injustices that surround them.

They make plans. They solve problems.

Conservatives want liberals to be quiet simply because their party is not in the Oval Office. They say that liberals lost and simply must deal with it. But what good is that going to do?

In order to stop something bad or prevent something bad from reoccurring, we need to work together and animate America. We can’t do this by staying silent.

Many conservatives believed the women’s marches in January were pointless. Just a bunch of women in pink hats crying about how much they hate President Donald Trump. In actuality, these marches ignited additional feminist movements across the world. The people who were impacted by these marches and protests did not see them as pathetic pity walks. They saw the marches as a call to action.

People started donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood. They started calling their local representatives, asking them to protect their rights. They started demanding equality and pointing out injustices in their everyday lives. Women and men alike became “nasty” in order to show their support for women across the world. People became less alone.

Every time a person makes note of an injustice, they are doing what they can to either end or reverse it. They are not simply complaining, they are offering the chance for change and for others who feel the same way to join them.

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If everyone throughout history kept their opinions to themselves, we would still have slavery. We would still have segregation. Women still wouldn’t be able to vote — or even show their ankles.

All great change comes from great complainers.

Liberals, the so-called whiners, are not the sad, weak or fragile-minded people that conservatives have recently made them out to be. Many of them are strong, social justice warriors calling Americans to act. Change happens when people come together. By acknowledging problems, people become united, and the power of unity is not only brass-bound but undeniable.

The next time you reconsider voicing your complaint, do not back down. The capability of one complaint is unimaginable.

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