Difference between radical, real change

Brandon Lindstrom

Brandon Lindstrom

Change: We’ve heard that word so many times this election we’re ready to puke. Obviously, we need something different from what we currently have, what with a presidential approval in the low 30s and a Congress with an absolutely dismal approval rating of nine percent. But in these rough times, I would ask you to think very carefully about what kind of change you want. There’s a difference between radical change and real change. I think most of America’s frustrations stem from the fact that the people we send to Washington to run our country don’t reflect what we believe. Let me throw some numbers at you:

-57 percent of the country would prefer less government services and lower taxes.

-72 percent of Americans think that people moving to this country should adopt our culture.

-69 percent of Americans feel the income tax system is unfair in that it taxes earnings rather than spending.

-62 percent of Americans feel the country is fair and decent compared to 27 percent feeling it is unfair and discriminatory.

Looking at these polls (all done by Rasmussen), I don’t see anything in Barack Obama’s liberal agenda that falls in with what mainstream America believes. Conservatives and Republicans stand with the country on those issues. Here are some areas where we Republicans and conservatives feel change is desperately needed.

Some high schools will spend a week teaching you how to put a condom on (the directions are on the wrapper), but will barely give two weeks to fiscal responsibility-God forbid an entire YEAR-teaching students incredibly important real-world things like how to do your taxes, manage a personal budget and use credit responsibly. And everyone wonders why we have a 10 trillion dollar national debt and we’re in the middle of a financial crisis. Nobody knows how to manage money responsibly! I guess that English class semester on Greek mythology was more important. Speaking of fiscal responsibility, maybe we should send our bills to Washington D.C.? Ridiculous suggestion, but where do we draw the line on bailouts? Oh wait; there shouldn’t be a line, because there’s no place in the constitution that says it is government’s responsibility to give money to companies when they’re having trouble. That would be liberal, activist lawyers/judges who have milked the “general welfare” clause of the constitution for all it’s worth.

Why is a picture of Jesus in a flask of urine (“P*ss Christ” by Andres Serrano) award-winning art, yet a political cartoon of Muhammad with a bomb for a turban is completely taboo? Both are figureheads of widely followed religions, but with the liberal agenda, Jesus degradation equals free speech. Muhammad degradation equals offensive and divisive.

Education is key in our country. America spends the most money in the world on education but with mediocre results. Why? I’ve had some incredible professors, and I want their pay to reflect that. Keeping lax educators in the system (thanks to Obama-supporting teachers’ unions) just drags down pay and incentives for quality educators and robs students of the best instructors they could possibly get. When did teachers’ job security and tenure become more important than student success and quality education?

I agree, this country does need change, but I believe us conservatives reflect the attitudes of the country as a whole and offer real solutions and the right change to get this country heading the right way.