Let’s Talk Politics

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Thomas Hill, Michelle Obioma, and Kate Foutch

The Conservative Moment

Let’s talk politics. Three small words that strike fear into most kids and, frankly, most adults as well—specifically, the conservative ones. In today’s deeply divided and hyper-sensitive nation, saying the wrong thing can get you canceled, ostracized, or even fired. This threat has led conservatives to become silent and reserved, and as a result, conservatives are losing. Even worse, kids have no interest in politics because they believe it doesn’t affect them. The lack of interest in politics means that my generation is receiving their political influence not through the news, but through culture—and conservatives have lost the culture war badly.

After that first paragraph, I’m sure I’ve already lost a lot of readers. But for those who are still here, let’s discuss why politics matter and why they should matter to people of all ages and generations, from Gen Z to Boomers. In simple terms, politics matter because they shape every facet of our lives. Every decision made at all levels of government—local, state, and federal—has an impact on your life. As Allie Beth Stuckey says, “Politics matter because policies matter because people matter.” Every policy passed affects people and those policies are rooted in politics.

So, why should teenagers be interested in politics when they can’t even vote? Because we are the most influential generation right now. We’re on the cusp of voting and will make up larger percentages of eligible voters in 2022, 2024, and beyond than ever before. It’s important to know where you stand on important issues before Election Day arrives. Additionally, we have huge influence on social media, much greater than any generation before. We can more effectively communicate with and influence people who can vote than any other generation. We grew up with technology and we know how to use it to promote ourselves—so why not share and defend our beliefs as well?

Social media isn’t the only avenue to get involved either- you can join an advocacy group (like Students for Life or Turning Point USA), help local candidates by campaigning for them, or even attend events, marches, or protests in support of your cause. There are national and state marches put on by a variety of groups for a variety of causes, including the March for Life in January. These are all ways that you can be involved and express your beliefs in a positive way.

That brings us to the fear that many conservatives feel nowadays, which discourages them from standing for their values and beliefs. Speaking up will most definitely lead to name calling and social consequences, which only complicates the already difficult teenage years. But there’s value in learning to defend your opinions. If we can’t even stand up to our peers and colleagues, how do we expect to stand up to people who intend us real harm? Conservatives must become comfortable with defending our values. The Left has no problem pushing their worldview, and neither should we. This is the conservative moment, our opportunity to push back and speak out.

And that’s why I’ve started this column. Every week, a new article will be released on the Spartana’s website (www.hhsspartana.com) under the Let’s Talk Politics column. It’s time for conservatives to take back culture and to stand up for what we believe in. As the Teen Conservative, I’ll cover everything from current events to Critical Race Theory to pop culture, all with a conservative answer to the Left’s “woke” ideology. And I encourage readers to get involved—leave a comment, or send me an email at [email protected] Now, I’m turning it over to my opposition: the Liberal Ladies. They’ll be (trying) to disprove my arguments and represent the liberals. But that’s all from me this week, so stand strong and stay true out there, conservatives.

Let’s Talk Politics is an opinion column. The views and opinions reflected here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Spartana, Homestead High School, or Southwest Allen County Schools. Any content provided by our opinion authors are of their own opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone and anything.

 

On the Other Hand…

Outside the box. That would be me, Kate, and my fellow Liberal Lady™, Michelle. As you can imagine, being liberal surrounded by so many conservatives during some heated discussions can be difficult and we know that it can be hard to stand your ground when people are constantly berating your opinions. The trials and tribulations of the last year alone—especially the election—have sown division all through our small community at Homestead, and, of course, the nation.

As our Teen Conservative™ himself stated, many young people are not interested in politics. This political column is here to break that stigma. I’m sure you’ve all heard one of your classmates or even an adult say the dreaded phrase, “If you’re not old enough to vote, you shouldn’t be talking about politics,” but no matter how controversial politics can be, it is the core of our country. It’s important to talk about politics to gain a better understanding of what shapes the world around us. It is crucial for teens—especially those who are turning eighteen soon—to know what they stand for. Even if you cannot vote right now, you will have the opportunity to at some point in your life. Understanding the realm of politics is essential for exercising your right to vote and being an informed member of your community!
As our generation becomes of voting age, we need to be educated in the issues that are facing our country. Gen Z has the power to change the course of this country. You can use your voice for change. Focusing in on local and state matters, you can email or write a letter to our representative, Jim Banks, and our senators, Todd Young and Mike Braun, about the issues that you think are pressing our community. To write a letter to Jim Banks go to, https://banks.house.gov/. To write a letter to Todd Young or Mike Braun go to either, https://www.young.senate.gov/, or https://www.braun.senate.gov/ respectively.

Another way to use your voice as a teen is to get involved with organizations committed to making a change! Organizations like the American Civil Labors Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) focus on a number of different issues that are facing our world today. You can become a member of these organizations and participate in different events that push for societal change. With the midterm elections coming up, try and seek out local campaigns that you align with, and reach out to see if you can canvas for them or volunteer in other ways. Being active within your local government is just as important as being informed about the federal government.
Every week, we’ll aim to add a left-wing perceptive to Thomas’s many arguments. As aforementioned, these articles will cover a range of topics that we can’t wait to share with you. A big part of being well-rounded politically is hearing opinions from people that you may not agree with. Upon hearing these differing opinions, you can begin to reinforce your existing beliefs and maybe refine and gain a different outlook on another issue. We hope that by reading both of our takes on the subjects at hand, you will cultivate a better understanding of complex political topics and that the information that we both provide will hopefully inspire you to go on a political deepdive of your own. If you have any questions please direct them to our emails at [email protected] and [email protected] That’s it from Kate and Michelle! Hope to see you back next week!

Let’s Talk Politics is an opinion column. The views and opinions reflected here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Spartana, Homestead High School, or Southwest Allen County Schools. Any content provided by our opinion authors are of their own opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone and anything.