I am so proud to be your daughter. If given the chance, I wouldn’t have picked another two people to be my parents. I hope you are proud of my sister and I and all the things we do. You raised us to be strong, independent women who push aside negativity and focus on love and acceptance. That is what I have loved about my childhood: everything was always done with love, respect, and caring. These are values I carry with me today and after last week, I hold them even closer. We’re two very public people with liberal views & internet presences. Over the course of the last few weeks, we have received a lot of hostility because of it. It will likely continue.
These people have blamed you for raising us to be “gullible” and “uneducated.” They have blamed you for coddling us, for feeding into the “everyone gets a trophy” vision society has of millennials. I know you know it’s false. If anything, you have done the complete opposite for us. You fed us to the wolves in the best way possible. You taught us how to stand up for ourselves and fight for what we believe in whether it be a stance on an argument between friends or something much bigger than ourselves. You gave, and continue to give, us all of the tools we need to form well-rounded and moral opinions. You are giving us incredible educational, career-oriented, and experiential opportunities. I want you to know how grateful Rachel and I are for this.
And when it comes to politics, we all don’t agree on the same things. However, no matter how heated the discussions get, or how differently we view certain topics, we are always able to love & respect one another. This is arguably one of the most important lessons you have taught us. I’m using it now more than ever. You empowered us to be young women unafraid to face adversity. You gave us a voice at home so that when we leave the house, there is no hesitation to share our beliefs. It hurts me to see people talk about you the way they have, Mom & Dad. You are two of the most amazing, giving, intelligent, hard-working people I have ever met. I have so much love and respect for the two of you and all you have done, not only for Rachel & I, but for yourselves and the life you’ve created.
All my love always,
And to anyone else who made read this: my views are not a result of ‘bad parenting.’ My views are a result of incredible parenting that has given me the strength to share my own, independent opinions. Please, if you have something to say about what I have said, know that it is a result of my thinking alone and do not attack my parents. Do not say that they failed to raise me in the “proper way.” Thank you.