I Am Not Ashamed To Be A Conservative
Left and right I’m being told I should be ashamed that I’m a conservative, that I should stop acting like I am so marginalized, and that I should stop playing the victim card.
Let me first establish that I’m not nor do I ever plan on playing the victim card nor do I believe that I am marginalized.
I recognize that I am very lucky to live in a country where it’s ok to hold whatever beliefs I want to on the political spectrum. Every day, I’m extremely thankful that I live in a democratic republic where I can openly express my views and speak out when I feel something is wrong. It’s a rarity that we really don’t acknowledge enough.
Because of the opportunity, I have to be outspoken about my beliefs, I’m given the opportunity to own them and be proud of them. And, you know what? I’m a conservative, and I’m proud of it.
This doesn’t mean I hate liberals or think they’re crazy. They have the same right to exercise their views that I do, and if that’s what they believe then they should own it as well!
But, at the end of the day, regardless of what I’m told, I have the same right to believe whatever I wish to believe, and I’m going to take advantage of that.
I’m proud to sit in class with my laptop sticker that reads “keep your dreams big and your government small.”
And when people ask me about my Ted Cruz sticker that is still proudly placed on the upper left-hand corner of my laptop, I’ll happily tell them why I wanted him to win the 2016 election, and I’ll also happily hear them out on why they wanted someone else to win.
Despite what society tells me, I’m happy and proud to be a conservative.
I’ll own the title of an Originalist any day, and I’ll also hear you out on why you believe the Constitution is meant to be interpreted.
This doesn’t mean that I’m right on everything, and the other side is wrong—or vice versa. But, it does mean that I’m proud of who I am and what I believe, and just as I respect you for your views, I expect respect for my views.
I’m proud to say I helped start a chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women on my campus and will continue to be involved with the College Republicans.
I’m never going to be ashamed of who I am or what I believe.
I’m a female, a college student and a proud conservative.