My name's Will.
Can You Decode This Secret Message?
Four eleven I am a man seven in the area of Lexington so we may play soccer. I am going over to the house where I must water the plants. There we will fix the electricity. Four twelve. I am writing on the paper so they can not see it. She is walking to me and I am scared.
Why I Flipped From Beto to Buttigieg
A while back, I wrote an article making a case for why Beto should run for president as a Democrat in the 2020 Presidential election... Since then, he has joined the race gaining traction at the beginning and losing it since. I love Beto with all my heart, I firmly believe he's a good person, I actually met him at the California Democratic Party Convention (2019).
I would consider myself a skeptic. I don't really believe in ghosts, monsters, I don't even believe in God. But that doesn't mean there are some weird occurrences that I have witnessed in my life, and that I can not explain. So to be clear, I don't know. Putting my search for logical answers and scientific reasons aside, here are the stories of the events themselves. I truly hope one day I, or someone, can find an explanation.
Funny Marijuana Story
I talked to people I know who have tried marijuana a few times, smoke it on a daily basis, and everything in between. Here is the first story (hopefully there's more) of one of the people I interviewed about their funny experience with marijuana!
Who's Currently Running in 2020?
With big names such as Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand now running for President of the United States, many voters are already hopping on board to support their favorite candidate. I have my own opinions on people, I even wrote another Vocal article a while back pleading my case for why Beto O'Rourke should run for President (feel free to check out that as well). But he hasn't announced anything, and this article isn't about who I want to run and win. This is my perspective about each and every individual candidate who has already announced they are running by the time I write this article. Obviously, more people will join the race in the next months to come, and I will likely write about them in the future as well... but for now, let's get started. (Note: All the summaries will be short, and are mainly being written to encourage you to do more research on the candidates.)
In the 2016 election, we saw many progressives who supported Bernie Sanders promote the phrase "Bernie or Bust." I myself supported Bernie in the primaries, but when he lost, I saw the necessity to stand with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump. The Bernie or Bust movement arguably hurt our chances in 2016, making many Bernie supporters not vote in the general election. You could also argue that more people who would not have voted in the first place voted for Hillary because they got involved due to Bernie's outreach to audiences that have lower voting records. But this is not the point of this article.
Beto Should Run for President
Like many people on the left, I became consumed with the 2016 presidential election and was devastated by its results. I started protesting, volunteering, and doing anything that I thought could help end the madness our country was being thrown into. I did my very best to kill any urges of discussing 2020 before the midterms. Well... the midterms are over now.
How I Became Atheist
I grew up in a somewhat religious house. My dad wasn't religious, nor was his entire side of the family, but my mom's side taught me religion as if it were fact. My grandmother was (and still is) a minister, and my entire childhood was filled with her telling me stories from the bible, and her taking me to church. I never really felt anything when it came to religion, but because I had grown up in an environment where religion was fact, I didn't question anything.
A Thank You to Bernie
Dear Bernie, I owe so much to you. Before the 2016 election, I didn't feel like I could contribute to what was going on around me. I can't vote until this December, and I felt voting was the only true way to influence who was in charge and what was going on.