“You’re too young to be interested in politics or know what you’re talking about.”
As a seventeen-year-old girl in rural Texas with a passion for politics and government, this isn’t a foreign phrase to hear.
My interest in politics began when my dad ran for the house of representatives seat in the most recent primary race. I was able to help on the campaign and get the smallest bite of what is really happening behind all that arguing on TV. As the primaries melted into the general election I watched the presidential race closely, tuning in for every debate and voicing my opinions in high school conversations. As my interest in politics grew, I got involved with Turning Point USA, an organization that spreads the message of small government and capitalism throughout college campuses across the country. The organization introduced me to major people in the conservative movement such as Ben Shapiro, Tomi Lahren, and Carly Fiorina. Soon after I got involved with the organization, I also began writing for a student ambassador program through PragerU (the folks with all those super cool videos with graphics on Facebook). I’ve been honored and blessed to be involved with these programs and am looking forward to the opportunity The Flash has given to me.
So now that you know where I’ve been and where I’m at, let me tell you who I am. I’m a 17-year-old conservative who writes and argues for what I believe in, whether that be what the Republican party sides with or not. I play basketball out at Huckabay and I stink at math. I’m a teenage girl that’s lucky enough to have my beliefs stabilized at such a young age. While I am increasingly passionate about America, I love my Jesus even more. My views are always opinionated with Him first. He is the one who guides my life and my opinions and my decisions. If that’s not your cup of tea, I’m not forcing you to be here. Jesus was the foundation our country was built upon. I can only hope it will return to Him. He is the one that will keep us afloat as long as He is our captain.
I am grateful to The Flash for trusting a high school student with a column and giving me another outlet for my voice that others may want to silence. I look forward to what’s in store and can’t wait to see what the future holds.