More Conservatives Every College Conservative Should Follow On Twitter

10 More Conservatives Every College Conservative Should Follow On Twitter

Times change, people change. So, you should probably follow some new people too.

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A little less than a year ago, I wrote an article titled "10 Conservatives Every College Conservative Should Follow On Twitter." The article did pretty well, and one of the people on the list (Kassy Dillon) even tweeted the article out. It even started a small trend where people tweeted out their own top ten because a lot of people were not happy with my top ten (which is fine, but it was just my opinion). However, it has been almost a year since that article and my time in politics has grown significantly. With that said, so have my opinions. Here is my updated list of the top ten conservatives all college conservatives should be following.

(For a fresh new list, I've excluded anyone who made the list last year).

1. Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley)

President Trump's former United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley now has her own personal twitter after giving Trump the two years she promised him. We are all very eager to see what the future holds for Nikki Haley, and silently pray it holds a presidential run.

2. The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire)

The news source ran by Ben Shapiro has continued to time and time again prove to be the most reliable source to me. I know when looking for news on something, it will almost always be there on the Daily Wire. The new source is a conservative news source, so don't go there looking for opposing views, you probably won't find too many.

3. Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom)

Joe Walsh is a former Congressman and now hosts a radio/TV show based out of Chicago. Joe Walsh and I don't agree on everything and he is definitely more libertarian, but opposing views are good especially when you both claim to be on the same side.

4. Future Female Leaders (@FFL_of_America)

Future Female Leaders is an all-female organization focused on empowering young conservative women and giving them resources to achieve their dreams in politics. They also have an amazing merchandise shop (stickers!!!).

5. Ben Sasse (@BenSasse)

Ben Sasse is a US Senator from Nebraska. He was rocketed into the select group of people that the conservative groupie follows around after his blow up around the Kavanaugh hearings. Since then, he's released a book about fixing the divide between the left and the right. He is personally one of my favorite Senators.

6. Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles)

A writer and host of his own show, "The Michael Knowles Show" at the Daily Wire, Michael Knowles has made a name for himself on twitter with his quick wit and humor. He has great opinions and is awesome at calling out others.

7. Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX)

A Congressman from Texas, Dan Crenshaw is a former Navy Seal who has now dedicated his life to changing our nation through legislation. He's an inspiration to everyone, and definitely someone everyone should look up to regardless of political views.

8. Dave Rubin (@RubinReport)

I can hear it now, "hE's NoT cOnSeRvAtIvE." I know, he's a classical liberal. But even though we may agree on a couple issues or more Dave Rubin has always done a great job at hearing all sides and explaining his own in a calm and collected way. I always find myself tuning into the Rubin Report whenever I can, and watching his speaking events.

9. Leadership Institute (@LeadershipInst)

The Leadership Institute trains conservatives. Through providing resources, speakers, and training, LI helps to teach young conservatives professionalism and how to host speakers, correctly compose a resume, and find internships/jobs.

10. Kimberly Corban (@Kimberly_Corban)

Kimberly Corban's story as a survivor of rape is inspiring. However, her message is much larger now since her story was politicized and used by lobbyist groups. She keeps it real and tells it how it is, and anyone can learn a thing or two about class from her.

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

SEE ALSO: What I Mean When I Say I'm A Young Republican

“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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