Thursday, May 31, 2012

"To the Stars through Difficulties"


“Can’t we all just get along?” is what every Kansan is feeling this week, as news that the once a decade legislative restricting debacle will be settled in court, instead of the legislature, reached kitchen tables across the Sunflower State.

This is childhood backyard bickering at its best, only to be settled by the parent, or in this case the courts. Kansas is officially the last state in the union to compose a redistricting map and the process is not yet complete. Three federal judges will now decide the fate of two million Kansans instead of their duly elected officials.
Gerrymandering at its best; almost worse than Illinois District 4. One Senate Map placed 2 Senators and a declared candidate in the same district; a district gerrymandered to be 15 miles wide and 75 across.
Many state legislatures are putting their political future above what is best for Kansas citizens by drawing out potential political rivals. Kansas has become the laughing stock of the nation.
People don’t get involved in politics because of this political side. There are many qualified every-day Kansans that should and would run for office if it weren’t for the smoke filled back room deals.

Dalton is a conservative teen in America's heartland, follow him on Twitter @dglasscock

Kansas is sure living up to part of its motto of “Ad Astra per Aspera” (To the Stars through Difficulties). Just hopefully we don’t have the same difficulties in ten years.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"It's the Soldier"

Many consider the start of their summer to be Memorial Weekend, yet they completely skip the true meaning of Memorial Day itself.
We have seen the continuous commercialization of every American holiday. Halloween Décor shooting up on stock room shelves as early as August. The eve of Halloween each and every store is transformed into a winter wonderland. And as soon as we celebrate Easter, people are already pitching “Memorial Day Sales."

 
But when the last Monday of May rolls around few stop and celebrate the day to honor those who died in the line of battle.

 


Americans are fortunate enough to express our freedoms everyday, yet rarely take time to think of how they received those freedoms.
One quote by Father Dennis Edward O’Brien expresses this clearly.

It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.
It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.
This Memorial Day, I urge you to take a moment and think about those who have given their lives so you can live in the greatest nation that has ever been.  I wish you and yours a blessed Memorial Day.

Dalton is a Conservative Teen from Kansas follow him on Twitter @dglasscock

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Liberal Media goes Michael Vick on Conservative Women


It has been said that being a conservative is the hardest job anyone can have, but it would be more accurate to say the toughest job in the world is to be a conservative woman. They have been introduced on nightly television with negative songs and epithets such as Congresswoman, and former Presidential Candidate, Michele Bachmann was in late November 2011, with the song “Lyin A*s B*tch” by Fishbone. Or being slammed by John Stewart, as Sarah Palin was on national TV. Stewart attacked her by saying "she said that small towns, that's the part of the country she really likes going to because that's the pro-America part of the country. You know, I just want to say to her, just very quickly: F*ck you." Critics often show double standards and use sexist jokes in an effort to degrade conservative woman. This can be seen even as recent as yesterday with Hustler posting an fake explicit image of GBTV host, S.E Cupp  in their magazine; now ask yourself what would happen if Cupp was a liberal radio host?

Society’s treatment of conservative woman is reprehensible. Fear and defamations have obscured the positive qualities of many groups. The media, politicians, and elitists of any era have used three tactics to keep down rising forces; continuation of the status quo, religious fallacies, and propaganda. It is our right to stand up for the truth and stand up for the underdog, especially when it is a simple attack on their beliefs. 

Women have come a long way since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States Constitution. Females continually are taking celebrated steps toward acquiring power as they become City Leaders, Representatives, Governors, Senators and even Presidential Candidates. Take the women who chooses life above killing her unborn child, and day after day raising her children to become honest, pure, and faithful young men and women.

One word can change the way opinions are formed in a split second…Propaganda. Propaganda can be as simple as distorting someone’s words. One of the most bought uses of propaganda was Saturday Night Lives’ (SNL) Tina Fey’s dramatic spin of Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential Race, “I can see Russia from my house!” It’s been a proven fact that those words never actually left Palin’s mouth. This phrase, punned by Tina Fey, was in response to Sarah Palin’s CBS interview with Katie Couric where she discussed her Foreign Policy experience as Governor of Alaska. This four-part interview was originally two hours long, yet the CBS crew edited the two hour long interview down to a mere 40 minutes, making sure to edit out anything that showed the Governor as a credible candidate. These attacks would not happen if the candidate was Hilary Clinton, Geraldine Ferrero, or even Michele Obama. Propaganda against conservative woman is nothing new in the past election cycle. With the rise of new conservative women, we must not forget the liberal’s first punching bag, Lady Margaret Thatcher, “For more than a decade, Margaret Thatcher presided over vicious attacks on the working class, wrecking the lives of millions. She was resisted by mass, militant struggle by the miners and printers, and Liverpool city council, among others, before her downfall at the hands of 18 million poll tax non-payers, only for her mantle to be picked up by “New Labour” ”  (Socialism Today). Propaganda has been used as a ploy to exploit the positive contributions that certain groups can bring to discussion. When will we reach a day where when the media reports the truth with no bias, hopefully one day soon.

Today’s society should applaud the front the conservative women are backing. In “First they Came” by Martin Niemöller he describes the importance on why we need to speak for those attacked by the elite.

First they came for the communists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

The conservative women of today stand up for the heart of America. They challenge the status quo, fight religious fallacies, and continually bat down propaganda. Conservative women are attempting to pave a new path, free from fear, oppression, and discrimination; in the words of Sarah Palin, “Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.”

May God bless Conservative women and may God bless the United States.