The Difficulties Associated with Being a Teenage Conservative by Spencer Manning

I am an 18-year-old political science major currently attending Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Earlier today the University Conservative twitter account sent me a direct message, and immediately sparked my interest. Upon reading the home page of theuniversityconservative.com I was completely and utterly captivated by the idea of making a website where I can read, interact, and relate with people who are similar in age and share a lot of the same ideas and beliefs as me.

For as long as I can remember I have always been very interested in politics. I have always had conservative views, and that has gotten me into a fair amount of heated debates and even some unwanted attention. Now, for the most part (with a handful of exceptions) I am convinced that a lot of the political beliefs of my former classmates stem from the fact that they have been indoctrinated by their parents, or their political beliefs have been swayed by their friends. I personally believe that high schoolers are old enough to gather their own information and base their opinions without help from their parents or friends, but that’s not always the case.

I am very open to having bipartisan discussions with anyone, and there was no shortage of liberals wanting to debate policies and the Trump administration in my Government/International Relations course last year. Unfortunately, 99% of the discussions I was involved in, left me with a feeling of confusion. Time and time again liberals refuse to produce strong and influential rhetoric. Instead, they provide false uneducated accusations, with some insults mixed in.

As many of you may know, it is by no means easy to be conservative, especially in this day and age. On numerous occasions, I have been cussed at, yelled at, and sometimes ostracized by my peers for my conservative beliefs and views. Just last week I was confronted by a man at McDonald’s who said, “Kill yourself, you racist homophobe,” simply because I was wearing a shirt I recently purchased from the Trump Tower in New York City. The assumptions made by liberals that every single one of President Trump’s supporters is a racist homophobe are mildly upsetting, but it is just something that has to be accepted and dealt with. I completely understand that people will disagree with me. I also heavily encourage people to have their own opinions, even if they differ from mine, because that is what makes this country great.

I am a proud Republican. I am a proud supporter of President Trump. Most of all, I am proud to be an American citizen. These are things that I will never shy away from or deny, and no amount of yelling, cussing, or hate can ever change that.

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