By: Amy Lutz
I remember as a young child clinging to my father’s hand as we made our way through the packed Fourth of July parade in my hometown. I was enthralled by the brightly colored floats and noisy fireworks, but as I grew up, this celebration became something much more. I came to learn that the annual event was not just an excuse to grill and run from my brother as he chased me with roman candles; it was a celebration of our nation’s heritage and character. My heart swelled with pride in my nation as I learned about the brave sacrifices of my ancestors and the strides America has made in preserving freedom all over the world. In my young eyes, America was a land of hope, freedom, and endless possibilities.
Now that I am 21, my youthful idealism has faded. I’ve come to realize that while America is still the last sanctuary on earth for freedom and her people are still virtuous, I’m uneasy about the future I see before me. I see a nation where the job market is depressed for people my age and where liberty fades more every day. I’ve come to realize that is no longer my America. Our nation is slowly morphing, rather, into Obama’s America and I don’t see that as a hopeful trend.
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By: Amy Lutz
In 1964, Ronald Reagan gave his now-famous “A Time for Choosing
” speech, perfectly articulating conservatism. The platform he detailed is still powerful today. However, few are able to articulate it as well as The Great Communicator. Forty-eight years later, we are once again at “A Time for Choosing.” The economy was far from perfect in 1964, but it is in even worse shape today. We must recognize the dangers we face economically and politically and then make sure conservatism is still clear in the Gipper’s absence. President Obama as destroyed freedom right and left and our nation is more polarized than ever. It’s time for us to make a choice once again.
In May of 1964
, the unemployment rate was 5.1%. In May of 2012
, it stood at 8.2%. The national deficit
was a mere 311,712,899,257.30 in 1964. Now the deficit
is nearing 16 trillion. During his speech in 1964, Reagan mentioned that the US had not balanced 28 out of the last 34 years. Balancing a budget is now merely the pipe dream of every Constitutional Conservative. At least Congress had a budget in 1964.
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By: Amy Lutz
“It is a simple fact of science that nothing correlates more with ignorance and stupidity more than youth. We’re all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young.” Jonah Goldberg
, May 2012
Goldberg continued, claiming that young people are “so frickin’ stupid about some things.” Many people in my generation (I’m currently 21 days shy of my 21st birthday) were immediately offended by that statement. I can certainly see their point. Being called “frickin’ stupid” isn’t really the highlight of one’s day. However, I can’t help but agree with Mr. Goldberg. Yet, I’m more inclined to use “ignorant” rather than “stupid.” Twenty-somethings are far too often motivated by feelings, not fact. We’re caught up in a state of blissful ignorance, a state few proactively try to escape. A large majority of my generation, therefore, remains ignorant and easily swept up by our pleasure-seeking, morally corrupt, liberalized culture.
I don’t mean to say that I have escaped the youthful curse of ignorance. I’ll admit, I’m just as ignorant as many of my peers. However, there’s a difference between acknowledging your own ignorance and accepting it as reality. I accept the fact that 20 years is not enough to learn everything the world has to teach me. Heck, 70 years isn’t even enough. I accept the fact that I’m still naïve and time is the only cure. However, I try to educate myself as much as possible to counteract my own shortcomings. Yet, I can’t say that many people my age have gotten past the “I’m invincible and know everything” stage. I only know that because I’m guilty of such a mindset from time to time. This is exactly what Jonah Goldberg was talking about. For example, too many young people today are inclined to support socialism or Marxism over capitalism because it “feels good.” They’re wrapped up in the meaningless fluff words like “social justice” and “inclusion.” Few people in my generation move beyond superficial emotions. We’re inclined to believe the liberal capitalism-hating culture around us and rarely take a second look at ourselves.
Similarly, we are very capable of being swept up by the culture all around us. Far too many students are liberalized and good morals are all but forgotten For example, last night I was flipping through the channels and stumbled across the MTV Movie Awards. After being bombarded with raunchy humor, several bleeped expletives and drug-promoting, women-bashing rap music, I had to turn the channel. And yes, to answer your question, I am twenty going on thirty-five. However, a large segment of my age group is swept up by this dangerous culture and our morals are going down the tubes. It’s no wonder that “YOLO” (For those of you who have been living under a rock, that stands for “You Only Live Once”) has become a common phrase in recent days. I know it’s natural for young people to be reckless and stupid; sometimes we have to learn lessons the hard way. Yet, it’s important to realize that this country’s future stands on our shoulders. If we’re going to save the republic, my generation needs a large heaping of character and common sense.
It’s no surprise that politicians scramble for the youth vote. Far too many people my age are swept up by the liberal, emotional culture all around us. We’re enthralled by the countless celebrities who support liberal policies instead of agreeing with the educated opinions of those who have been in the “real world” for years. We’re a big voting bloc because we can be easily swayed by something shiny and new. Stick a celebrity in a political ad and we’re sold. We’re more inclined to follow what we feel rather than what we know. Now when I say “we,” I mean the majority of young people. There are a few of us in the trenches fighting for our nation and accepting the reality around us. However, we are currently in the minority.
Perhaps I’m coming across as cynical. That’s probably because I am cynical about my generation. I’m frustrated because I see the seemingly insatiable stupidity that rages all around me. How many college students plan on voting for Obama just because Carrie Bradshaw
told them to do so? How many actually fell for the feel-good “hope and change?” I too am young. Reagan was out of office before I was even born. I was actually feeling old because I remember using floppy discs and cassette tapes (*shudder*). However, I may be young but it doesn’t take years to acknowledge the turmoil our nation is in right now. My generation will be hit the hardest. We can kiss the idea of receive Social Security checks goodbye. We’ll be the ones who have to pay for President Obama’s reckless spending. We should be the generation that cares the most. Too bad many of us don’t take time to exercise our common sense and foresight. Our nation is in a tough spot. The generation that needs to be the most active is mostly too ignorant to remain proactively vigilant. Sure, it’s a fact of life that young people are usually blissfully ignorant. It has been like that for generations. However, we simply can’t afford to wait for this generation to mature. I urge my fellow young people to snap out of it. Follow reality, not Rhianna. Get your act together. America needs us now more than ever.
By: Amy Lutz
I guess it’s time for women to duck and cover, at least according to the mainstream media. For months now, left leaning news sources and politicians have been preaching the existence of the GOP’s “War on Women.” In actuality, it’s nothing but a blatant attempt to pander to women voters. Under the liberal version
of “war,” Republicans have been busy targeting women by “denying” us free birth control, aiming to restrict abortion, and defunding Planned Parenthood. However, if that’s what war means these days, then call me a pacifist. Fighting against a socially liberal agenda isn’t exactly the textbook definition of war. However, that does not mean there isn’t another version of “war” going on in our society against women. The real “War on Women” is a horse of a different color, and it’s not coming from the GOP.
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By: Amy Lutz
The smooth-talking, supposed consensus-building, “thrill up your leg” inducing President Obama sure knows how to ruffle a few feathers, doesn’t he? As we approach what will likely be an historical election, political passions have, like Joe Biden’s hairline, receded slightly, at least comparatively speaking to the last few months. Americans have gotten a chance to gasp for breath as the turmoil of the gay marriage controversy falls from its fervent pinnacle. Whether it’s health care, religious freedom, or marriage, Obama’s policy decisions, speeches, and opinions are often sources of great controversy. Sure, he’s the president and he’s going to create controversy wherever he goes, but like many of his policies, his controversies go to the extreme. He has frequently made controversial decisions and statements without regard to their impact upon public opinion. The president seems to forget that his authority is not infinite nor is it based upon his charm and personality. Political authority is contingent upon the consent of the people which hinges upon our approval/disapproval of his job performance. We voted for you, Mr. President, and we can vote you right out again. Please read more at The College Conservative
By: Amy Lutz
A few weeks ago, President Obama made headlines with his “flexibility” comment to President Medvedev of Russia, claiming that he would have more freedom to “get things done” after he is reelected in November. Well, that is if the election goes according to his plan. While “flexibility” is now synonymous with the arrogance shown by our Commander-in-Chief in Russia, I believe that there is a different sort of “flexibility” we should be worried about, a kind perhaps even graver than what Obama said to Medvedev.
Rather, liberals tend to be more “flexible” on their definition of “rights,” than those on the right, putting our personal liberties at stake. It’s clear that conservatives and liberals have different conceptions of “rights.” Conservatives tend to adhere to the natural law conception that rights are either given by God or inherent in all humans. Either way, they are unalienable and irrevocable. This tethers the rights to a stable foundation. How can anyone take something away that has been so deeply ingrained into humanity? This gives us a sense of security in our rights and protects against the selfish passions which prey upon people in power.
The liberal conception of rights, however, tends to be one of “flexibility.” It seems like every week, they are “creating” a new right. Congratulations America, you now have the “right” to healthcare, housing, proper food, etc. Yet, where do these rights come from? Often they are simply the product of political opportunism. Thus, they are not tethered to anything solid and can be easily revoked. Laws protect rights and should be solid. We must be able to have faith in our legal system. Without this common sense of adherence to law, the legal system is inefficient.Please Read more at The Blaze
The Freedom of Letting Go
By: Amy Lutz
In a recent interview, President Obama commented, “This is a great great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades.” The President used this statement to emphasize the dire need for us to return from the brink of economic destruction. Yet, he failed to cite why exactly the “competitive” spirit that built our great nation has faltered in recent years. The omission of this important fact was not one of forgetfulness; rather, it was one of intentional suppression. The main culprit behind America’s “softening” and decreased competitiveness lies solely in the liberal policies of the President and his like-minded predecessors, Democrat and Republican alike. The forces of political correctness and welfare dependency have lulled Americans into complacency and laziness. We have no change of retaining our capitalistic competitiveness and free market liberty if these concepts continue to blur the psyche of the average American citizen.
As political correctness sinks infects public dialog like a toxic disease, how is it possible to truly say what you mean and mean what you say? It’s no longer to bluntly state the truth when you are forced to subscribe to the left’s “inoffensive” “inclusive” vernacular. How can we face the concept of terrorism head-on if we are stuck discussing an “overseas contingency operation?” Is it even possible to critique global warming when the ambiguous “climate change” is Al Gore’s newest catch phrase? Liberals are so concerned about offending anyone that they have shrouded their own indecisiveness in moral relativism and created a bland public discourse exempt of any threat of opinion or controversy. No wonder America has gotten “soft.” Our society has become so afraid of rocking the boat that we’ve stayed on the shore and halted any chance of creating positive change through competitive rhetoric and discussion.
Just like our vernacular has morphed over the last couple decades, so have our mindsets. At the dawn of our great nation, the federal government weighed lightly on the minds of early Americans. The free market and individual responsibility thrived because they were not yet impeded by an over-bloated bureaucracy. People learned how to take care of themselves and their neighbors. When Americans faced crises, they picked themselves up and did not turn to the government for a handout. As our history progressed and politicians got their hands on our system, that mindset began to change. Government presence in daily life increased and personal innovation and responsibility faded away. As more and more Americans became dependent on welfare programs, we came to expect more of our politicians; and less of ourselves. When crises strike, the question is now: what is the government doing to help? It used to be: What am I doing to help? Pure initiative and individualism, the bedrock of our capitalist society, are now rare. They’ve been slowly replaced with “social justice” and “wealth redistribution.” The American resolve, hardened through years of work and entrepreneurship, has weakened and become not a present example of greatness, but a distant nostalgic memory. Sure, many citizens still retain the American resolve and personify the American character, but this is an example our liberalized and politically correct culture no longer supports.
So, President Obama, I hate to say it, but you’re right. Americans have gotten soft, but that does not mean that we cannot reintroduce American determination into our vernacular and collective state of mind. Yet, if we ever intend to do that, you must step out of the way. We will not be able to retain our competitive spirit if the federal government is suffocating the free market. We can’t have an honest debate if every other word is deemed “offensive.” The restoration of the American character cannot come through AstroTurf movements or political rhetoric. It comes from the hearts and minds of individual citizens. Mr. President, you can’t save America through stimulus packages, political grandstanding, or efficient Teleprompters. In order to restore our nation, you only need to do one simple, uncomplicated thing. You just need to let go.