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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Myths of the Conservative
A few weeks ago I was in the Adirondacks with some friends trying to enjoy my vacation. We were all college students, sitting around a campfire at night, talking about our majors and school work etc. Someone asked what major I was and I replied Economics. To this, an oh-so-intelligent British Literature major, responded, "Yeah, I used to be an Economics minor, until I realized that all the people in my class were cold-hearted republicans." Around the campfire I heard some others mutter in agreement. It was hard to keep myself from picking up a block of wood and throwing it at them. This is the kind of stereotyping that conservatives are always accused of, but very often they are the ones being attacked. This was by no means the first time I have been called names because I am a republican or because I am an economics major. I usually don't tell people my political affiliation to avoid the looks of pure hatred. I asked Mr. Brit Lit why he felt that way and he really couldn't come up with an explanation
A cold-hearted republican? I deeply resented that statement. I consider myself a kind, compassionate person always willing to help others that are in need. I was co-chair for Relay for Life at my school, an event that raised over $100,000 for cancer survivors and research. I am a huge advocate for animal rights, being a vegetarian for many years, which may come as a surprise to many liberals. I've worked with handicap children, teaching them how to play sports. But because I am an Economics major and because I am still conservative, I am cold-hearted. So, I would like to know, why is it that conservatives are viewed as cold-hearted and selfish? Is it because we don't believe in throwing money at people to cure the ailments of society? No, I do not think raising the minimum wage or giving endless amounts of money to the poor will help them get out of the hole they are in. Instead we should create free programs that help teach basic skills and job placement so they can have a chance to help themselves. Or is it because we are against national health care? National health care would only serve to decrease competition and create a system in which everyone would get the same crappy health care, while only the very rich could keep their current insurance plans and receive the better care. My point is that I am compassionate in nature and want to help people and because of this I am a conservative. I want solutions that actually work and not just ones that sound good.