Proud to be a conservative

Jacob Ginsberg-Margo, Opinions Editor

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When you think of conservatives, what do you imagine? A heartless old crotchety man, who sold his first born for a few more dollars, and despises that women can leave the house? Well sorry to break it to you, but that’s pretty inaccurate, mostly.

Actually, 36% of the political make-up, according to Gallup polls, isn’t as cookie-cutter nor evil as you may think. The Republican party, and conservatives in general, have kept consistent in their policies and ideology. They keep their same beliefs of low taxes, small government, and staying, well conservative. Many myths have popped up about the conservative party you probably noticed some in the first paragraph. Many, if not all, are just not true ,and as someone of the party, I think it’s my job to debunk some liberals with facts and logic, or maybe just explain conservatism, and why I agree with it.

The common belief is that conservative is synonymous with Alt-Right, and although that Alt-Right simply stands for and is understood as, alternative right-wing politics, it has been given an evil, despicable name, by the frequent support of neo-confederates, neo-nazis, and other white supremacist groups. My right-wing is something completely different, and should not be conflated. Just so my words are understood, the Alt-Right is despicable and is home to some of the worst our society has to offer. So why am I conservative? Well, simply put, I was pushed there. I’d like to explain some reasons why.

Firstly, alienation. I am a white man, I am okay with being a white man. My culture is diverse and full. I am proud of my race. Those few simple sentences could get you expelled from college or could land you in prison in England, according to the telecommunications act. I am so proud of American values that I truly and wholesomely believe that this country, the country that I am able to say all of this without fear of prosecution from the government, is the greatest country in the world. But I can not be proud of who I am. When the phrase, “It’s okay to be white,” becomes a hate symbol and “hate speech,” I feel like a stranger in my own skin and my own life.

Secondly, I’d like to talk about the stigma of the left, and what I see coming from it on a daily basis. I see screeching harpies banging on the doors of the Supreme Court. I see students and teachers in Brown University scared to speak their feelings if the ir feelings are not the leftist status quo. I see a teaching aid, a liberal teaching aid, being sent death threats, and being fired for showing a lecture from, conservative and psychologist, Jordan B. Peterson because The Leftist school did didn’t like what he said. I see the hysteria of left, and I want nothing to do with it.

Thirdly, in my opinion, the country is stuck in a system of victims and oppressors, when there is none. People who call themselves liberal feel oppressed, and I can be empathetic to them. But I cannot be empathetic when the solution is not to build the poor, the huddled masses, the broken. It is to tear down the rich, the prepared, the smart and the strong. I can not sit by while the margins of who they go after, shrinks to include everyone I love, everyone I know, and everyone I respect, yet no one who deserves it. This all comes in the form of Neo-Marxism, which is evil. For an example, Adolf Hitler, a fascist socialist, killed about 13 million people. Joseph Stalin, a communist, killed 80 million. Mao Zedong, another communist, killed 45 million. All three of the worlds most evil men ever to exist, were ruling with the ideals of Karl Marx.

Fourthly, the current mainstream media is ruled by a those who swear to not be racist, or biased, but are increasingly taking a biased, anti-white stance (which if you didn’t know is racist). Don’t believe me? Look at some of the posts on Twitter from New York Times editor Sarah Jeong tweeting #CancelWhitePeople, or Don Lemon on CNN calling all white men “The biggest terror threat in the country.” Or finally “diversity quotas” forcing businesses to hire not on merit, as it should be, but on gender, sexual preference, and race, entirely excluding whites. That is actual racism, not some guy in Scotland showing his dog how to “Seig Heil.” 

Fifthly, policies. Arguably the most important reason I am a conservative. I don’t like the government. I don’t like the system. I don’t trust either. In the conservative party, the government is to be controlled by the people, not the other way around. I don’t like debt. I don’t like the country’s debt. I think we should tighten our belt and balance the budget. I love Israel. As a practicing Jew, the state of Israel is the second most important country to me, and anything we can do to keep a stable, well functioning, strong ally in the middle east is imperative, as well as keeping a Jewish state alive and well. Lastly, I don’t believe in the greatest political fallacy ever to exist: the government should do things. The government should keep its people alive, and the country free. 

Lastly I am religious, and when a story breaks that a Christian student senator, Senator Isabella Chow, from Berkeley had her religious beliefs denounced as not beliefs, it pushes me further to the right. Teddy Lake, the student senator who put forward the original resolution to condemn trump’s language concerning LGBTQ+, that senator Chow abstained from, said this, “Perhaps what most offends me, though, is Senator Chow’s outrageous ask that we, as a Senate class, respect her “beliefs” as she does ours. To that end, I’d like to clarify that what Senator Chow expressed tonight were not beliefs at all — they were hateful prejudices that deserve nothing less than the strongest condemnation from myself, my community, and my colleagues.” I remind you that Senator Chow abstained. She did not vote down, she did not condemn the resolution, she simply refused to vote for it.

I am a straight, white, cis, hetero, male, and I refuse to join a party that is actively against my existence, or commanding me to “check my privilege,” I refuse to believe that just because I was born with a certain amount of melanin in my skin I immediately am handed a White-Card that lets me not get shot by the police, because statistics from Statista, say that in 2018, 158 African Americans were shot and killed, and 318 White Americans were shot. That is 2 whites for everyone 1 Black. This  tells me otherwise. I refuse to believe that my race is the issue with this country. I would bet all of my money that mainstream conservatives, Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, Gavin McInnes, or Milo Yiannopoulos, do not advocate for political violence, racial violence, or systematic censorship, yet once again I am, and my party is, racist, violent, sexist. I just can’t buy it.