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By: Amy Lutz

Three weeks. 21 days. That's all the time we have left before Americans head to the polls on November 6th. We're down to the wire and now is the time to put in our best efforts? What have you been doing to ensure that Barack Obama's presidency is truly a one-term proposition? 

So you have a twitter and Facebook. Good for you. Social media is important, but sending the occasional tweet or posting a news story on Facebook is simply not enough. You can't save the country if all you do is sit behind a desk. Maintaining an online presence is key, however. Write blogs, post news stories, or even correct your friends when they get the facts wrong. Sure you don't want to be THAT person who is so active on social media that you get defriended several times daily. But, hey, this is the future of our nation we're talking about. Isn't that more important than maintaining weak online ties with people from high school who you didn't even like that much at the time? Use your power of persuasion online, but don't let that be the only part of your contribution to this fight.

Make sure your elected officials know who you are. Don't agree with something your representative has done? Call them. If they're running for re-election, campaign for their opponent (provided you agree with them). If you have a large amount of respect for your Senator, Representative, Governor, etc, make calls for them, knock on doors. Do whatever you can to help within your power. And most importantly, vote. And know what you're voting for. Make sure you're educated on your choices before you pull that lever on November 6th.

Politics can be annoying and frustrating at times, but if you really want to make a change, you MUST get active. You will regret it if you don't. So, please, pick up the phone, drive down to your local Victory center, or start talking to your friends about the election. We have wonderful rights and freedoms in this nation, but it's our responsibility to make sure that those are preserved for the generations to come.  

 
 
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By: Amy Lutz

I was unaware that, as a Republican, I had declared a “war” on children, Sesame Street, the poor, etc. I’m still confused how I, as a woman, am declaring a war on my own gender, but I digress. However, since declaring a fictional “war” is the thing to do, I’m making a declaration here and now. I’m firing the first shots in what I’ve dubbed the “War on Political Correctness.” A sampling of my intended skirmishes is below.

1. Climate Change (n): A term used to explain any sort of weather phenomenon that can be exploited by Al Gore. Government regulation usually follows. (Synonym: Global Warming.)

2. Workplace Violence (n): Term used to label any sort of violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists shouting “Allahu Akbar.” These episodes are not affiliated with extreme religious sentiments; rather, they are secular and rare. (Synonym: Act of Terror)

3. Undocumented (adj): The name for people from other countries, who through no fault of their own, were “crossed” by the border. Saying “they crossed the border” or “they broke the law” is racist. (Synonym: Illegal)

4. Holiday (n): A secular celebration designed to preserve the feelings of progressive atheists while maintaining every American’s “right” not to be offended. (Synonyms: Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan)

5. Tolerance (n,v): The acceptance of all left-leaning ideas regardless of any hint of radicalsim or moral corruption. Right-leaning ideas, however, are not to be tolerated. Rather, conservatism is labeled as “bigoted.” (Synonym: Intolerance)

6. Social Justice: A touchy-feely term designed to act as a chameleon on our psyches. It means what you want it to mean. Often is synonymous with redistribution of wealth. (Synonym: Marxism)

7. Reproductive Right (n): An imaginary right invented by liberal feminists like to ensure that abortion is universally available. Also serves as Sandra Fluke’s excuse to beg for free birth control. (Synonym: Social Liberalism)

8. Economic Patriotism (n): No definition provided. Used to make tax hikes sound warm and fuzzy. (Synonym: Whatever the heck Barack Obama wants it to mean.)

9. Pro-Choice: The right to choose to murder your unborn child. Not applicable in cases of diet nannyism. (Synonym: Pro-Abortion)

10. Fair Share: The amount of money paid by wealthy job creators designed to punish them for their success. Often used alongside “class warfare.” (Synonym: Whatever those in power determine as “fair.”)

I’m throwing out the dictionary of liberal “politically correct” terms. In my newly declared War on Political Correctness, my weapon of choice is rhetoric; accurate, forceful rhetoric. The influx of political correctness into our daily lives has taken the teeth out of the English Language. Instead, we’ve become a nation so afraid of offending someone else that our language has become more vanilla than Ned Flanders. We cannot progress without an accurate exchange of ideas and if we’re allowing the left to determine our narrative with their own language, we’re bound to lose. Thus, I urge you to put the backbone back in our language. Rhetorical cowardice is not becoming.

Originally Posted on the Hot Air Greenroom


 
 
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By: Amy Lutz

“No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” ~C.S. Lewis

During times of immense grief and tragedy, people experience and react to a variety of emotions such as fear, anger, or powerlessness. As we mourn the victims of the Sikh temple shooting, those emotions not only are reverberating through the hearts of all Americans, but are also splashed across television screens all across the nation. While we battle a collective sense of grief, some have acted out on their emotions by turning to politics, rather than prayer or introspection. While I understand how we all want take action against any future tragedies, we need to understand that politicizing tragedies is not only ineffective. It also cheapens the tragedy and distracts from the time of mourning we all need to experience.

Seemingly within moments that the news of the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin broke yesterday, the phrase “gun control” was plastered all over the news and social media sites. I cannot tell you how many times I heard the phrase “America: Where it’s easier to get a gun than it is healthcare.” Despicable. However, the politicization wasn’t isolated to the dark recesses of twitter anonymity. Pseudo-Newsman Piers Morgan’s twitter feed blew up this morning with tweets praising gun control while criticizing conservatives. I particularly enjoyed this gem: “And before the pro-gun lobby scream ‘Too soon to talk about gun control’ – let me remind them it’s been 17 days since the Aurora massacre.” Trust Piers Morgan to use a tragedy as an excuse to bash conservatives. Knock it off. A tragedy which took the lives of 6 people is not to be used to further your political agenda, Piers.

Yet, the politicization doesn’t stop there. In one breath, Nancy Pelosi said she was “devastated” by the tragedy and then turned to complaining that Congress will be unable to make any changes regarding gun control. Translation: Blame the Republicans. This isn’t a time to include a not-so-subtle jab at your political opponents. Very classy, Nancy. Pelosi went further by claiming that this is a perfect time for a national dialogue on gun control. I believe the opposite. Right now is the worst time for a discussion on gun control. People are still raw with grief and emotion from both the Colorado and Wisconsin tragedies. Decisions made when emotions are high are often impulsive and wrought with erroneous justifications. If Nancy Pelosi wants a national dialogue on gun control, maybe we should wait until the police have finished their investigations and the families of the victims have had the time to mourn.

Perhaps I’m fighting a losing battle against the politicization of nearly every tragedy in the United States. On a basic level, I understand the motivation to turn to politics. Tragedies like the one in Wisconsin expose our powerlessness over great evil and tragedy. As we see control slip through our fingers, we flail wildly, trying to find any way to seize it back. In order to control the uncontrollable or to rise above our own powerlessness, we turn to the fingers of blame. Or we seek the power of a national platform to ease our collective sense of fragility. It’s part of the human character to desire an explanation for all great tragedies, even if there isn’t one. Now isn’t the time to shout “gun control” or “tolerance,” or whatever the political solution of the moment may be. Leave the explanations to the police as they conduct their investigation and we’ll leave the national debate for a later date after we’ve all had time to mourn.

This is not a time to turn to politics or elected officials for an answer. Look instead to your churches, your families, and/or your selves. Grief, cry, pray. Take time to properly mourn the victims of the recent tragedies and leave politics for another day. Since when did we become a nation where everything is political? Perhaps it’s just the ideological young person in me talking, but I challenge all Americans to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Politics isn’t everything. If you want to have a national discussion right now, why don’t we talk about the heroism of the police officer who was shot as he put his life on the line? Respect the heroes, mourn the dead, and leave the words “gun control” for another day. This is a time for prayer, not politics.



 
 
 
 
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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

Congratulations, young America, you’ve reached the threshold of academic perfection. Recent studies have shown that an “A” is now the most common grade for college students in the United States. It’s nice to know that my generation is so well educated. Or perhaps not. Based upon a mountain of contradictory evidence and the environment I see all around me as an American college student, I hesitate to declare victory too soon. When you dig deeper the facts show that grade inflation is what really fuels our college students’ higher GPAs, and A today might be equivalent to a C forty years ago.

Despite the outward appearances of academic perfection, today’s students are not on an upward trajectory toward academic success. Last year, a USA Today report showed that college students make little academic progress in their first two years of college. In fact, 45 percent of students showed no significant gains, a figure which contradicts academia’s goal of educating students. College Students are more likely to focus on their social lives rather than their academic record. Professors caught up with their own research are less likely to pay attention to such habits. Additionally, students spend 50 percent less time studying now than they have in past decades. Fifty percent of students also said that they had never taken a class in which they wrote more than 20 pages in a semester. Good study habits must be developed early through hard work and challenging courses for academic success to be achievable. Even though grades may superficially be rising, good academic habits which produce long term success are lacking among today’s college students.

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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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The birthers are coming! The birthers are coming! And here I was thinking they had faded away like crocs and silly bands. Apparently I was wrong. Recently, claims that the President was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief have been brought to the forefront yet again. “Birtherism” was seemingly put to rest in 2011 when the President released a “Certificate of Live Birth” showing that he was in fact born in Hawaii in 1961. Unfortunately, that was not enough for the small number of people still waving the birther flag. Recent events have done nothing but refuel the movement.

The seemingly unquenchable fire of birtherism was reignited this month when Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett petitioned Hawaii to verify the certificate released by the White House in 2011. Breitbart.com released a 1991 booklet from the President’s literary agent which stated that Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” In addition, a 2004 AP story was recently discovered which referred to the “Kenyan-born Obama.” That whirlwind of birther fuel was certainly enough to rally the movement. Yet, these claims still stand upon shaky ground.Please read more at The College Conservative


 
 
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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. 


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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.

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