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I’m 17, and I’m a Conservative

August 12, 2009

I’ve grown up my whole life in the state of Michigan, so I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like to struggle. I’ve seen others struggle and I’ve witnessed it in my own family. In the past, I’ve seen my dad become an unemployment statistic several times. Most recently, back in November. This time was the hardest (for me anyways). I was at the age now where I could fully understand the gravity of the situation. I remember my mom telling me after school and I broke down in the hallway, I knew how much it meant to my dad to be working and providing for our family and now all of a sudden he couldn’t. My immediate (selfish) thought was “What are we going to do about Christmas.” Quickly, I realized that this Christmas was going to have to be about what I needed not necessarily about what I wanted. Christmas was scant this year, but I wasn’t disappointed. I learned a valuable lesson during this time: thankfulness. It’s a shame something like my dad losing his job had to happen for me to realize all that God has blessed my family with. Not once was my family without food or shelter. God provided for our needs and he has continued to provide for them.

Since that time my dad has started his own DVD business. I’ve learned from my dad what it means to work hard and never give up. I’ve watched my dad work his tail off to get new customers and stay up until 4am working on a project. Anyone who has started a business knows that the first year is the most difficult, and that has proven to be true for my family. He had a part time job selling power chairs and scooters, but that fell through this summer because of the changes going on with Medicare. My dad continues to search for a part time job until he is confident enough that his business alone can bring in sufficient money for my family.

My mother is doing her share as well, in addition to teaching during the school year she started a part time job doing data entry. She’s been working 3x a week this summer, and will continue to do so during the school year, going from teaching all day to working about 5hrs at night. Life hasn’t been easy, but we were never promised it would be. Not by God, or by government. God tells us life won’t be easy, but with His help we will make it through. Neither the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence promises the American person success or complete happiness. We may pursue happiness, but whether we end up happy or not depends on how badly we want that happiness.

I’ve attended a private Christian school and a Baptist church my whole life, so I’ve been taught what is right and what is wrong. I’ve been taught to have good morals and obey authority. But I learned a lesson from a teacher this past year that I hope I never forget. The lesson is: regardless of your great upbringing, family background, and the fact that you call yourself a Christian does not mean you are exempt from failure. Whether it be failing God, family or yourself. All of us are liable to becoming the scum of the earth no matter what our history or how wise we think we are. That is why I feel it important as a young person to nail down what I believe and WHO I believe in, God. Every night I pray that I stay on the right path, not just the right spiritual path, but the right path for my life.

Since I am still in high school my life experiences are limited. And it has become increasingly apparent to me that I’m one of the few teens in this country who has a passion for what is happening. I have found it difficult to relate to teens my age, since none of them know what is going on, nor do they care when I try to explain it to them. I usually get a response like “Haha, Obama is the Antichrist” or “Obama’s so stupid”. That is not the point I’m trying to get across when I tell my peers that our freedoms are being taken away from us! I believe I get these responses because first of all, they probably don’t understand what “cap and trade” is or how big of a deal “nationalized healthcare is,” and secondly, they don’t think it will have any direct effect on them and a lot of kids haven’t read important documents like the Constitution so they won’t know when freedoms are being taken away. When talking to my peers I’m not asking them to have the sudden urge to run for political office or sit around watching the news all day. I simply wish they would take the time to educate themselves instead of sitting in front of the computer or Xbox all day.

I also find it hard to relate to some classmates during the school year. I don’t know what I have in me that has wired me so differently, but I cannot for the life of me get some of my classmates to understand why I study, do homework, and actually read the books being assigned to us. Do I think myself any better than these people because I do my homework? Absolutely not. But these are the people I fear will be sitting on the side of the road one day if they don’t get their act together. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve seen what great results come from working hard. I wasn’t blessed with a 4.0 brain but I was blessed with a work-ethic. And I think work ethic will get you farther in life than a 4.0 brain or an Ivy League degree. I’m not the kid who sits in class and doesn’t take notes, doesn’t study, then takes the test and gets an A. I’m the kid that sits in class, takes way to many notes, studies her butt of and gets the excitement of seeing that red A on her paper. For me that is more rewarding than the first kid I mentioned. I never have been nor do I want to be who person that gets everything handed to her. I enjoy working hard because I enjoy seeing it pay off.

I believe the above explanations help shape why I’m a conservative. My values, traditions and outlook on life have helped me realize what it is that makes me a conservative versus being a liberal. Being a conservative or liberal is a choice YOU have to make for yourself-you aren’t told what you are-you decide. I think that is something the youth in America is struggling with. In todays society it’s become more and more popular to be a liberal. Suddenly having morals is “uncool”. It’s cooler now to follow the crowd, and become someone you are not. That is why it is imperative that you find out who you are, who you believe in, what you believe in and why, and at a young age.

I’m a conservative because I believe in freedom, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, the power of the individual, freedom, the free market, small government and most of all RESPONSIBILITY. As a conservative I understand what a tremendous blessing it is to be living in the United States, but I also realize the huge responsibility that comes along with it. The Bill of Rights is where we find things that are considered “rights.” But the 10th Amendment reminds me that we don’t all have a right to everything, like healthcare. Healthcare is a responsibility, just like owning a car or house. I believe competition is good for the country and for the American. I’m a soccer player so I’ve got that competitive drive in me and I think if Americans get used to just being handed things our country will become less competitive making more people lazy, which will harm this country greatly.

As a teen what scares me the most about the direction our country is headed is when I hear men well into their 60s-70s say things like “Well, I’m just glad I’m old and won’t be here much longer. It’s the younger ones I fear for. They’ve got a lot coming.” I see where this country is going and I realize that the youths future is being decided for them and that should scare every teenager. I know history and I know “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” -Edmund Burke. So my message to teens is: KNOW YOUR HISTORY. Educate yourself, learn about the Founding Fathers, learn about paths other countries have gone down and how it’s failed them. Learn about the Constitution. That way you’ll be able to see when someone is taking something away from you that they don’t have the right to do. I’ve got my whole life ahead of me but I’d like to have the ability to make my own decisions in the future.

I’m 17, I’m proud to call myself a conservative, but even more proud call myself an American!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2009 5:16 am

    Glad to see you got your blog up. You’re amazing and I like your style.

  2. Caroline permalink
    August 19, 2009 7:43 pm

    Found your blog through Robert Fleckenstein. Your statements makes me so proud! Not because they agree with my personal stance, but because they are those of an informed individual. Like you said, very few people under the age of 18 actually care about what’s going on in the world. I was one of those teenagers, myself. I’m only 23 now, so I’m still young, but I’ve realized the importance of being informed in today’s world. We cannot inspire change in this country if we don’t know what needs to be changed (gotta know your history for that)! Keep up the good work and trying to reach your peers!!

  3. August 24, 2009 4:11 am

    Boy, you ain’t nothing like my Grandson. 18
    Just graduated, of that I’m proud. First one in the Family, btw. But he has swallowed all the Pablum Obama has spit up, hook line and sinker. Nothing I say can convince him otherwise. To him, I am the radical, because he says I’m Racist.
    I grew up in Broolkyn, there ain’t a Racist bone in my body, but I do HATE lazy good for nothing black or white people living on MY Nickel and saying hey, we’re poor, we need the help. Bullcrap! GET A JOB! JS

  4. kyle permalink
    November 20, 2009 5:00 pm

    barf

  5. Dark Eden permalink
    November 20, 2009 5:29 pm

    You just hit the Rush Limbaught show, congrats! But he did say you were 14. Other than that pretty nice coverage.

    “Its pretty hard to go up against a 14 year old, especially one who knows more than you do!”

  6. November 21, 2009 2:47 am

    I agree with you 100% all these people need to check out my blog and get happy I dont know what the world is coming to. http://happycritter.wordpress.com/

  7. Sloan permalink
    November 21, 2009 8:14 am

    I very much admire your dedication to politics, and I think it’s important for young people to be involved in the life of our Republic. I disagree strongly with the conclusions you have drawn from your experience. I do not see any problem with implementing social insurance, as long as it’s administered well. Health care may not be an enumerated right, but what’s wrong with Americans working together to achieve a common goal?

    If we know that life has its ups and downs, why not create a minimal common safety net to help people get back on their feet in times of crisis?

    Why should a 9 year old girl with a chronic illness suffer for lack of health insurance because her father lost his job when, for example, his a corporation moves overseas (thanks to trade laws instituted by political elites, no less)? The U.S. is wealthy enough to ensure that no one ever has to suffer this way.

  8. November 23, 2009 8:26 am

    Well done young lady.
    You might point out to your friends that it is not a President, but Congress that raises taxes and spends that money. It is also Congress that enacts legislation such as Cap and Tax and Healthcare. If you are not aware of the scope and limitations put on the three branches of the Federal Government by the US Constitution, you end up being like Sloan.
    Sloan, the issue is that the Federal Government has NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to implement social insurance, regardless of how it’s administered.

  9. Mr Blifil permalink
    November 23, 2009 2:35 pm

    Dark Eden // November 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    You just hit the Rush Limbaught show, congrats! But he did say you were 14. Other than that pretty nice coverage.

    “Its pretty hard to go up against a 14 year old, especially one who knows more than you do!”

    Well, we all know it’s no fun for Rush unless the subjects are underage.

  10. November 24, 2009 3:11 am

    Way to go. There is hope for the future.

  11. Polly Anna permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:29 am

    You are such a kool-aid drinking tool! You think you’re educating us with your ignorant drivel? All you’re doing is showing the world just how brain washed you are. After Nora O’donnell stipped away your rhetoric you couldn’t come up with any words to explain what you truly like or expect from Sarah the liar. You have been suckered by her beauty pageant way of speaking. She is an empty skirt. You’re so smart, why don’t you look into the facts proving that Palin faked her pregnancy? THIS is the kind of person you think should be president. You need to get your head out of your keyster. Grow up little girl.

  12. Polly Anna permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:57 pm

    And now I see Jackie-the-tool doesn’t think global warming is real. Are there any Republicans out there who have any brains?

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