My Political Philosophy

Born Republican in one of the most liberal states in the country. That’s how I would describe myself.

At face value, Minnesota would strike someone as a small-town, small-government type of state, the kind with residents who would rather handle things on their own, without government involvement. In reality, the last time my home state voted for a Republican president was 1972, when it narrowly voted for Richard Nixon. What a shame.

As for myself, I have yet to vote. Considering the fact that I’m only 17, that should come as a relief. I was born in 1995, in the midst of Bill Clinton’s first, disastrous tenure in the White House. Until about 4 years ago, I was generally uninterested by politics. The 2008 Presidential election changed all of that. I watched hours of Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. I was at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis cheering, “Drill, Baby, Drill!” I was the epitome of the fire-breathing, no-nonsense conservative. I wanted to deport illegal immigrants, slash government spending, cut taxes, drill everything in sight, and gosh darnit, give everyone a gun! Let’s just say that I wasn’t a big fan of compromise .

Over the last four years, though, I’ve changed. Today, I find myself in an awkward position that many Republicans share. I want to be conservative, but at the same time, I want to be moderate. I don’t like the Tea Party, I don’t like Sean Hannity, and I most definitely don’t like Rush Limbaugh.

In some ways, I haven’t changed. I still consider myself a fiscal conservative; less government regulation, less spending, and lower taxes are the best way to encourage private sector growth and growth in the economy. However, I am not conservative on every issue. I believe in an amnesty program that would legalize all non-violent illegal immigrants. Although I’m a proponent of a large and powerful military, I also think that there are many places that cuts in funding would make sense. On top of that, I supported the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy earlier this year.

These, and more, are examples of issues on which I don’t see eye-to-eye with the conservative base. To me, and many others, that’s okay. That, readers, is why I’m here. I want to reach out to people across the spectrum of political belief and show them that you don’t have to be fiercely partisan in order to consider yourself a member of the Republican Party. I share many opinions with the Tea Party; others, I share with some of the most liberal people in America.

You don’t have to fit into a mold; in fact, I urge you not to fit into a mold. The only way our nation is going to continue moving forward is through compromise, with Republicans and Democrats working together. That’s what I want to represent with this blog. A Republican who wants to bring America together and show everyone that compromise is possible.

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