Facts are frivolous things for those who rule in feelings. That is how my well-intentioned liberal friends, and all those who aren’t my friends, operate. They ignore the rule of law until it suits them. They ignore facts and logic. They claim all Republicans are heartless and want to kill everyone, and when they lose, everyone is either racist, sexist, homophobic, or all of the above. Now, I have had my fair share of insults hurled at me, and it reminds me of one thing; when conservative ideas are better than liberal ideas, the only thing left (no pun intended) for them to do is attack us personally. But, this is nothing new; most of you already knew this. The thing that surprises me is that there are not more Republicans telling the American people this. Republicans are not sticking up for the rule of law, for the Constitution, and the people. This is why nothing can get done in Congress. We have squishy Republicans and hardcore conservatives who cannot agree on ANYTHING!!!! The American electorate chose Donald Trump in 2016, giving Republicans control of the House, the Senate, the Oval, and the Supreme Court. Yet, nothing is getting done!!! Republicans are finding it hard to govern after seven years of being the minority and merely complaining about everything. We would have thought that seven years would have been enough time to figure out what to do if they got control again, like they asked the American people for. Congress made promises, and they need to be kept. President Trump is keeping (most) of his promises; it’s now time for all of Washington to follow suit. One of the most important promises Trump made, and, arguably, what helped him win, was his stance on immigration; upholding the laws and protecting the American people. When the President announced that he is ending the program for children who came to the US at a young age illegally either with their parents or alone to not be deported; more commonly known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there was an uproar.
That being said, there is a lot of false information flowing out there about what DACA is, mainly from the left, what the termination means, and how it can be fixed.
So, let’s straighten some things out:
These points are facts, and this is why liberals ignore them. They are going insane, saying that Republicans are heartless. Wait, have we heard that before? Of course. But, like Press Secretary Sanders said, it is not heartless to uphold the rule of law. We are a nation of laws, not a nation of emotion. We have laws that can allow every person in the world to realize their own American dream, but you have to follow the laws.
I am a millennial. Whether that intrigues you or disgusts you, it is what I have to live with. Sometimes, it is great. Other times, it is dreadful, dragging around stereotypes of entitlement, egoism, and emotionality. The worst of the millennials? Liberal millennials. The worst of the liberal millennials (if that’s possible)? Those attending college. I am not implying that I cannot handle other opinions, or tolerate their ideas. I am saying the opposite; these liberal millennials are the most intolerant people in America, yet they claim to be the most tolerant. They fail to realize this, and they will be hurt by it, as we can already see.
On college campuses across the nation, liberal students are protesting speakers that do not agree with them. And they are winning! College executives are caving to this pressure, cancelling speakers and banishing different ideas. College students are no longer being challenged, but are being babied. College is about challenging your comfort zone, not coddling craziness. When students, who cannot handle different opinions, shut down speakers, they are losing out on the most important part of college. To make things worse, colleges have created “safe spaces,” where ideas seen as racist, sexist, or discriminatory are not tolerated. This, in effect, is creating a place where no one is challenged, where no one can speak their mind. Proponents call safe spaces a place for all ideas, but in reality, it is a place where only liberals can express their ideas, and conservatives are shamed. This separation of ideas and people is exactly what Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against. Yes, that’s right: segregation.
The Civil Rights Movement is the most important social activism cause in American history. We have erected statues, dedicated museums, and set aside days to remember our past and how we can learn from it. Ironically, liberal students seem to have forgotten the past, because they are taking us right back. When you feel the need to separate yourself from people or ideas you disagree with, you are losing. Big time. Learn to challenge, to argue, and to agree to disagree. You don’t always have to win, and not everyone deserves a trophy. If your ideas really held any weight, you would stand up for them, and make sure that you are heard, because you believe in these ideas.
When you have no backbone, no ounce of self-respect, you merely become a puppet, being controlled by those who masquerade as protectors of your future. It is dangerous, and very, very real. As if safe spaces weren’t enough segregation for liberal students, Harvard University is actually going to hold a separate graduation ceremony for black students. Erm, what? Seriously? Not only is this segregative, this is racist. Unbelievably racist. And, yet again, the students won because the college caved. Now, I do not place all the blame on these students, but also on the teachers, professors, college executives, and parents. They have raised a generation incapable of self reliance, hard work, and, most importantly, tolerance. Looking on from the inside, it is dreadful. It is scary. Those who call themselves the progressive party are fundamentally regressive, segregating each other, unable to handle other ideas, and feeling entitled to everything, rolled out on the red carpet, with a butler and a silver platter.
Community College of Aurora
16000 East CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
Office of the President
February 26, 2017
To Whom It May Concern,
The Community College of Aurora recently released a statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order to prevent foreign terrorist entry into the United States. The statement by the college highlights the fact that “All students continue to be welcome at CCA, regardless of immigration status or county of origin.”
This is worrisome. I understand the desire for people of all origins to want to come to the greatest country on Earth, but we must remain the greatest country on Earth. And to do so, we have to protect ourselves first. The executive order listed above does just that. The intent of the President was to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the citizens of America, and to protect this land that we all share and love.
By directly disregarding and disrespecting the President's constitutional order, the college has made it clear that they have no intention to follow the rules of this country and to protect the citizens of the United States, and, in fact, the refugees and legal immigrants of this country.
Illegal immigration harms all those in this country. By making it clear illegality is welcome on campus, where will it end? Illegal is illegal, no matter the circumstance. America is a melting pot, a nation of immigrants, but one that first and foremost follows the law of the land, the Constitution.
The opportunities in this country are endless. The American dream has never been more achievable for those who work hard. And is starts with doing it the right way.
All are welcome in this country, and all will forever be welcome. We must protect all those in this country first, and that starts with following the law.
I respectfully ask the Community College of Aurora to rescind this statement and ensure the protection of all citizens on campus, in the city of Aurora, the state of Colorado, and in the United States of America.
Freshman, Community College of Aurora
In 1776, 239 years ago, the Founding Fathers of America articulated a dream. It was a dream born from many years of tyrannical rule. It was a dream that dared to be different. It was a dream of many possibilities, but of only one outcome. It shaped the birth of an exceptional nation. It was freedom. This radical idea, calling for civil liberties and the elimination of a monarch, was something our creating documents pioneered for the rest of the world. Freedom wasn’t a new idea, it was just an idea never thought of for the structure of a nation. America is a fairly new nation, but her ideas even more. We, as a country, are the pinnacle of freedom in an un-free world. We are a nation that cherishes freedom and liberty above anything else. We are the definition of freedom, and today we celebrate that, this day on the birth of our nation.
Freedom has many definitions. It means different things to different people. Here, in America, we think of it as doing what we want, when we want to, however we want. It is sometimes referred to as the American dream. Personally, when I think of the American dream, I think of the late 1900’s, right after the GI Bill was made into law. Military men and women were able to go to school, buy a house, live the life they wanted after they served their country so selflessly. I think of the “Levittstown” model. White picket fences, freshly cut green grass. The kids playing in the yard, mom in her apron, fixing dinner. Dad coming home from a long days work, the kids ecstatic to see him. The old cars. That was the life, the American dream of the time. These freedoms enjoyed were made possible by the dedication of these service members. Today, I believe we have lost this dream. It may not be the one from the 1900’s, but still should be recognized.
Today, the American dream may mean many things. Maybe it’s running your own business. Maybe it’s making a million dollars a year. Maybe it’s knowing you and your kids are secure for the future. Whatever it is, I can guarantee one thing. These dreams will not be realized without hard work and dedication. They will not be realized through the government, or through handouts. They will not be achieved through welfare. Now, this may be the definition of the American dream for some people, but I say that’s crap. You can do better. You should not rely on other people for success. You could be so much more successful if you get off your ass and work. There is no special formula, there are no special qualifications. Success is blind but to one thing: hard work. It doesn’t matter your race, gender, education, or monetary status. If you can dream it, you can do it. Steve Jobs was a college dropout. Walt Disney was told he did not have a creative mind. Albert Einstein was told he was the stupidest kid in class by his third grade teacher. Some people will say “it’s a different time.” True, it is a different time, but it couldn’t be easier. We have laws that can secure your future, make sure you are not discriminated against. It proves, as a country, we want to foster the idea of hard work. It proves anyone can do it.
America is the land of opportunity. People from other countries come to America to realize their dreams. They come so their kids can have a brighter future. I believe America’s best days are still ahead of us, but, let me say, that is not guaranteed. America’s future depends on those we chose to lead this country in the best way. Everybody has a different vision, a different idea of who can lead. To me, the most promising and most uplifting leaders come from the conservative party. Of course, not everything they believe in I agree with, but I most agree with them. As Dr. Ben Carson (R), candidate for President, said: “I am not saying one party is better than the other. I’m saying the Republican Party is the one with the most common sense, and I appreciate common sense.” I think, Dr. Carson, we all do.
Freedom is the only American idea that can secure our future. We who live here take it for granted. People selflessly sacrifice their lives everyday so we can live in the greatest country in the world. Today, we celebrate the birth of it. There is no other country like it. And no other country celebrates the way Americans do. We light up, drink up, and shoot off fireworks. We take great pride in our founding, as we should. Let us not forget how we became a nation. Remember, “freedom is only one generation away from extinction,” so fight for it. Live smart, and, most importantly, live with common sense. Everyone appreciates it.
The Supreme Court of the United States is the most powerful and most important branch of the American government. It’s job is to interpret and review all laws passed in the United States, whether federally of locally, and to ensure that these laws are constitutional. There are eight justices, and one Chief justice, who is the “president” of the court. They have the final say in these laws, unless another court ruling trumps the previous one of the same matter, or the Congress and the President passes a constitutional amendment. This is the checks and balances the founders intended to have. This is democracy in action, almost.
In recent days, the Supreme Court has ruled on two extremely important cases, one being King v. Burwell, the other Obergefell v. Hodges. King v. Burwell was the Obamacare case, which ruled that federal tax credits can be used through both the state and federal exchanges. This was a blow to conservatives, as it upheld the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If the court had decided the opposite, Obamacare would have fallen apart. That’s not what I am going to dissent today. Instead, the gay marriage ruling (Obergefell v. Hodges), and how this is the wrong ruling, the setbacks, and what Americans who disagree can do.
All throughout history, the Supreme Court has been the last voice in the American law-making process. As stated earlier, there are ways to override these decisions, but it is extremely hard to do either. The court is an unelected form of democracy. Wait, step back. Democracy is when people chose who rules them and makes their laws. The Supreme Court is undemocratic; they are an unelected branch of government. The President nominates the justices, and the Senate approves them. There is no involvement of “We the People” in these nominations. Why is it that two of the three branches of government are elected by the people, but not the third? Ridiculous, but I digress.
In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford. The court ruled that Dred Scott, a slave who had escaped to the North during the Civil War, was not a person. Scott sued the government for citizenship, but the court said that Scott was not a person, only property; therefore he could not sue for citizenship since he is not a person. This was unconstitutional, and never overturned. Abraham Lincoln did not agree, so he just decided to ignore it. I am not suggesting we ignore a court ruling, but one of the most respected presidents did. Another horrible case was in 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson. The court ruled that the clause “separate but equal” was constitutional. This meant the separation of races was law, and couldn’t be different. Fortunately the court overturned this ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The last, and most horrific case, was Roe v. Wade. This established a “right to privacy” situation, where women can have an abortion, on demand. There is no respect for the child living in the women, or the life it would live. This has never been overturned, and never will it be. The court has shown many times that it has, and will, make bad decisions. It has made racist decisions, and senseless decisions. It has proven it can no longer be left alone, that the court cannot be unchecked. We the People have the ultimate power in how our government is run. That is why we need to have sometime of balance of power on the Supreme Court.
We, as Americans, have an opportunity. Better yet, an obligation. We need to reign in the government, and the judicial activism the court is showing. But, we, as law-abiding citizens, must respect the recent court ruling, whether or not we agree with it or not. This is our current democracy. We may not like it, and we can change it. Call you senators, call your representatives. Tell them to draft a bill, respecting the state’s rights. Tell them to leave marriage to the states.
The last and best solution may seem simple. Trust me, thought, when I say, it is effective. Vote. Vote in the next election, 2016. Vote for senators, representative that will vote a judge in that you like. Vote for a president who will nominate judges that will respect the law of the land. Get out there. Tell people about it. Tell people that you can change the way the country is heading towards. Get out the vote. It’s about time we take back the country our founders formed. Do it for our future. Do it for the life of others. Do it for you.
The Confederate flag has come into some controversy lately; South Carolina has continued to fly this flag over the state House grounds, despite the recent church shooting, which some believe to be racially motivated. Many people, even before the shooting, have said that the flag is a display of racism. Now, even more people are calling for its removal from state grounds.
I must concur. The Confederate flag has, and always will be, a sign of racism. Some people will say that this is not the case because the flag represents state’s rights. True, it did represent state’s rights, but let’s backtrack and look at the history of the confederate flag: The flag was created to represent the Confederate States of America, who broke away from the United States during the Civil War. It is a rebellious flag that states, “We will not obey the federal government.” This is a good message, but the wrong timing. This was in response to the election of 1860, which brought us the greatest president America has ever seen. Southern DEMOCRATS believed Abraham Lincoln (R) would attempt to free the slaves. Well, he did exactly that. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued 1862, freed all slaves. So slaves that escaped the south were immediately freed in the North. The south did not recognize this, and so they continued to hold slaves.
Anyways, the Confederate flag was created to represent a racist, slave-holding part of the US. Yes, it may represent state’s rights and the south, but what was the state’s rights fight originally about? Slavery, plain and simple. It’s pretty obvious, too. Slavery is racist. If you need explanation on that, go look that up yourself.
The citizens of America who chose to fly and love this flag should continue to do so. It is their right as Americans, as detailed in the first amendment. I am not telling anyone to stop practicing this right. I simply think you should know what you’re flying, and the history behind. Now, obviously everyone who flies this flag is not racist. They have simply been misled in the meaning. Others, maybe not.
I, along with many others, think the Confederate flag should be removed from the South Carolina state House grounds. Those who wish can freely continue to fly it, but the government should remove it from the grounds of a public building. If you want a rebellious flag to fly, just fly the Betsy Ross flag. That’s about as rebellious and American as it gets.
About a month ago, President Obama unveiled a new plan for education. It is going to revolutionize the education system in America, and make life easier for everyone.