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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Hi everyone!

To those of you looking at this blog I wanted to inform you that I have made a new website which is why this blog has not been updated in a few months. I have switched platforms and will no longer be using this one. But for job purposes I will be keeping it up.

If you’re interested in reading any of my more recent work, in addition to anything I write in the future, please visit: http://alissanlopez.wixsite.com/elephantintheroom

Thanks so much! 🙂

 


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I Promise You America, I Will Never #StandWithHer

This past weekend I decided it was time I sit down and watch the movie 13 hours. I had been putting it off for too long, and I thought it was about time I see it.

Not only was I awake at 3 in the morning on my couch, my blanket pulled up to my nose, silently crying. But I was deep in my thoughts about what really happened in Benghazi, how part of the left so mercilessly brushes off this tragic event, and the role that Hillary Clinton played. I had to rant a little bit about it on The College Conservative.

I was and am still not planning on voting for Mrs. Clinton. Her beliefs do not reflect my own, and her actions are not what I want to see our next president portray. Her history is too murky, marking her as an untrustworthy and unfit representative for this nation. And honestly, I’m sick and tired of people trying to convince me to vote for her in order to keep Donald J. Trump out of the White House. So let me explain to you people the following:

Just because Hillary is a woman does not mean she is entitled to be President, I’m sick and tired of all you feminists out there using that argument.

“A vote for Hillary is a vote for equality.” 

“You should vote for Hillary because she’s a woman.” 

In all honesty, I don’t care what gender she is. If she is not fit for the job, she is not fit for the job. Putting your agenda in front of what is good for this nation will get you and everyone else, absolutely no where. I mean, look at what happened in Brazil when they elected a woman, who was clearly not capable of being productive, to be President.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from office pending an impeachment trial over accusations that she illegally manipulated government accounts…

According to a Datafolha poll (in Portuguese) released on 11 April, 63% of respondents across the country said her government was “bad or terrible”, with only 13% saying it was “good or excellent”.

Please tell me what are Mrs. Clintons actual qualifications. What experience does she have in terms of representing a large body of people? What does her track record of helping American citizens look like? What has she done to benefit this entire or even a portion of this country? Please, tell me.

And spare me the “she was Secretary of State” argument because that position does not mean she is even the slightest bit prepared to be president.

And this is where I bring in the two typical, but extremely legitimate arguments: Benghazi and her email scandal.

Just for you knowledge, no one should have been in Benghazi to begin with but –

“there was a covert weapons scheme going on in Libya, Benghazi. We had been supplying radical Islamists with weapons against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, effectively supplying the enemy and destabilizing that country. And it seems that there was a CIA weapons buy-back program, the aim of which was to ship the retrieved weapons out of Libya through Turkey, and to the Islamist forces in Syria.”

If you want a time line of the events, BBC News reported one. But that’s not the point. Four people died in Benghazi: US ambassador Christopher Stevens, his state department colleague Sean Smith and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

And to this day Hillary shows absolutely no remorse over the fact that this happened under her watch back in September of 2012 while she was Secretary of State. She went so far as to say “what difference does it make?

I can tell you what difference it makes Madame Secretary: four people would still be alive today. People would probably be able to trust you. But hey, you made your bed now you have to sleep in it.

She consistently blamed the attacks as a result of a video,  lying to the faces of these victims families.

Breitbart reported:

Tyrone Woods’s father reported that she [Hillary Clinton] told him, “We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son.” Sean Smith’s mother recently repeated this, saying, “She said it was because of the video.” Glen Doherty’s sister said she chose “in that moment to basically perpetuate what she knew was untrue.”

In public remarks Clinton said, “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”

On September 11, 2012, she told her daughter that the “officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group.” On the morning of September 12 she told an Egyptian diplomat, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”

She was asked about this during a Democratic debate. CNS News reported what Mrs. Clinton responded:

Ramos followed up: “But Secretary Clinton, what they’re saying is that — what the families are saying is that you told your daughter Chelsea one thing and a different thing to them.”

“Jorge, that makes my point. At the time I e-mailed with my daughter, a terrorist group had taken credit for the attacks on our facility in Benghazi. Within 16, 18 hours, they rescinded taking credit.”

I call bull crap on that one. She knew she was blatantly lying, and now she has to cover her tracks in order to ‘appeal to the American people.’

Now for her email scandal. Hillary Clinton has been under FBI investigation for approximately one year for the mishandling of classified information on her email server. Now although her case has come to a close, and James Comey proved that this career politician is in fact above the law, he did label her actions as “extremely careless.”

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

I’m sure that people who get drunk and get behind the wheel of the car don’t intend to injure or kill people, but sometimes they do. And they still get sentenced to some time in jail/prison. So for Hillary, she may not have intended to break the law, but she still did. And for some reason she still got off scot free.

James Comey, you’re a joke. You had the opportunity to go down in history as ‘the guy‘ who took down Hillary Rodham Clinton. But you ruined that. You tanked your reputation along with the FBI’s reputation. *slowly claps*

President Obama went out and campaigned with Hillary shortly after Comey’s speech, and stated that the next U.S. President can’t be “reckless.”

Oh the immense and consistent hypocrisy of these two never ceases to amaze me.

And last but not least, there’s the Clinton Foundation scandal. Which, if you’re interested in learning more about it, feel free to purchase Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash. But to sum it up for you, the Clinton Foundation once had a ban on accepting donations from foreign governments. This was put in place in 2009 under President Obama’s request when Hillary took on the position as Secretary of State. But after she left in 2013, the foundation suddenly started taking millions of dollars worth of donations from governments in countries like Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

But as it turns out, the Clinton Foundation was actually accepting this money during the time that Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State.

Violating laws aren’t an unusual thing for this woman to do, if you haven’t realized that already.

To conclude, I could go on and talk about how she’s lied and flip-flopped over the years. But it’s not worth it because most of you can come back at me and use the “she’s changed” argument.

The three things I discussed above are the most important things to highlight when explaining your own reasoning for not voting for Hillary. Her gender doesn’t make her above anyone else or more qualified to do anything. I can be just as critical of her and expect just as much from her as I would a male presidential candidate. She doesn’t get cut any slack. And her scandals…. well that just makes her untrustworthy. And don’t you want to be able to trust your next president with their finger on the nuke button?


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Why ISIS is a bigger threat to us than “climate change”

 

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I’ve been talking about this a lot recently and even wrote my final Philosophy paper on the refugee program. Both come hand in hand, but I’ll be talking more in depth about ISIS and briefly about the refugee program in hopes of getting you to understand the security risks our nation faces.

I believe that the people who continue to support this program do so because they are ignorant of the facts. It’s time to put an end to that now. At a time like this we all have to remember, the government has a responsibility to the people of this country, not other countries.

You would think that everyone would be aware of what/who ISIS is considering how often they have been talked about on news channels. Maybe I give too many people the benefit of the doubt. I just recently watched a video released by Fox that showed Jesse Watters interviewing New Yorkers about ISIS. Feel free to watch the video here. 

Just so you know, it made me feel ashamed of being from New York.

One of the girls interviewed said she believes taking out ISIS before they take us out would be “just the wrong thing to do”. Say what? Does she or any of the other people involved in this interview understand how serious of a threat ISIS is? She’s probably too busy fighting to free the nipple but come on!! If ISIS takes us out you definitely can’t free the nipple then!!

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First and foremost, ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The girl who stated in her interview with Mr. Watters that taking out ISIS wouldn’t be the best idea also said that the jihadist group could be affiliated with any religion. Wrong. ISIS is Islamic. I will repeat, Islamic. They follow the law of Islam called Sharia Law. 

According to the Sharia law:

•  Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand (above).
•  Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
•  Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
•  Criticizing or denying Allah, the moon god of Islam is punishable by death.
•  A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
•  A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
•  A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
•  A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
•  Girls’ clitoris should be cut (per Muhammad’s words in Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
•  A woman can have 1 husband, but a man can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
•  A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
•  A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
•  Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
•  A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
•  A woman’s testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man’s.
•  A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
•  A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
•  A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
•  Meat to be eaten must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be Halal.
•  Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.
•  The list goes on.

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Sharia Law does not coincide with our Constitution. And this is something that I would hope each and everyone one of us can agree on right now. Sharia Law has no place on American soil. 

ISIS has been developing for years now and it’s unfortunate it has taken us citizens and portions of the government this long to even pay even the slightest attention to this foreign threat.

I will provide with you a link to a Wikipedia page that provides a list of just a few of the known murders ISIS has been responsible for since 2014. This doesn’t include the bombing in Paris, the San Bernardino shooting, and a number of other recent attacks. Feel free to do more research (you can also click some links I have provided for you below) so you can get an even further understanding of how evil and immoral this group is.

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Beheading of kurdish fighters 

ISIS extremist kills his own mother in public

Killing of children with down syndrome

ISIS throws gay men off of buildings

‘Jihadi John’ beheads 5 British ‘spies’

Missing Vienna teen beaten to death 

And no, Bernie Sanders, climate change does [NOT] cause terrorism.

As a side note, for Wikipedia to say “incidents”they make it sound like all these murders were some sort of accident. They weren’t “incidents” in that case then. They were purposeful actions.

This radical Islamic group uses extremely aggressive tactics in hopes of converting others to the Islamic religion. To get an idea, those who identify themselves as a Christian have been forced to either convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, flee their homes or be killed. Many have said that we are starting to see the end of Christianity in the Middle East.

Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, told BBC Radio 4 that Christianity is coming to an end in the Middle Eastern country. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is forcing Christians out of towns and into isolation.

“Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing,” he said. “We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. The Christians are in grave danger. There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go.”

“Are we seeing the end of Christianity?” he continued. “We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.”

A couple of weeks ago I actually came across an article that covered a mass beheading of Christians that ISIS was responsible for.

“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” revealed Christian Aid Mission. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.”

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It makes me sick. It makes me even more sick that the President we currently have can continue to put an emphasis on how Muslim refugees have to flee the Middle East because they aren’t safe… what about the Christians? What about what they have been experiencing? Do their lives not matter at all? Barack why in the world have you been completely silent on these tragedies? Why have you been quiet MSNBC?

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Because it doesn’t push your liberal agendas. The emphasis Barack and maybe even some of the democrats in office have been putting on bringing in these refugees is all just a tactic to gain more votes for the Democratic party. If the Democrats are the ones fighting to bring refugees to the United States, and additionally the “right” for illegal immigrants to vote, who do you think these people will vote for? THE GIANT LIB WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR THEM!! If you don’t see this then I really suggest you pull your head out of whatever hole it’s in.

Let me just give a shout out to Dinesh D’Souza who pretty much predicted everything Obama was going to do when he was elected into office. This is a great movie and book, if anyone ever wants to take the time to watch/read it.

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Anyway, there have been a number of even more attacks that I would hope you, my lovely reader, are aware of.

ISIS executed a bombing in Paris which resulted in the death of 153 people.

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Lets move on to the shooting in San Bernardino. The female shooter Tashfeen Malik pledged her allegiance to ISIS before going out with her husband and killing 14 and injuring 21 people. Tashfeen actually came in on a K-1 “fiancé” visa, she had given a false address believe it or not. According to an anonymous official, they could have done a more thorough background check on this woman.  Additionally, a neighbor even noticed this suspicious behavior but did not want to report it because he did not want to be seen as a racist.

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Not only is political correctness killing people, but we are suppose to trust that the vetting system works. The vetting system that Obama and all the democrats have been saying will work, don’t work and won’t work as they should. And this shooting made that very clear. So now we’re suppose to trust that this Syrian refugee program won’t have repercussions? FBI Director James Comey made the following statement during a House Committee meeting:

“We can only query against that which we have collected,” Comey said in response to a line of questioning from Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson .

“And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey speaks at a global cyber security symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on November 18, 2015 in New York City. During the event Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. called for a better way for government agencies to access private data in an effort to fight crime. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

I think when the FBI Director says we are unable to properly vet the 10,000+ Syrian refugees Obama is trying to bring into our country, we should probably listen to him. Additionally Comey said we are only capable of vetting using the information we receive. So that also means we are suppose to trust the “Syrian government” to provide us proper information on each of these refugees?

I will leave it here: What even?

I think this statement by Representative Steve King (He endorsed Ted Cruz!!! #tedcruz2016) sums of the situation with the refugee program perfectly.

“Who we are? We should not be a suicidal nation,” King said. “My wife said this morning, ‘If you had 100 grapes and you knew that two of them were fatally poisonous, would you sit there and eat the grapes until one of them killed you? Or would you decide, I’m not going to take that bunch of grapes at all?’ That’s what we’re dealing with here with the Syrian refugees.”

Let’s talk about the two refugees were arrested just recently based on terrorism charges. Turns out, the Iraqi refugee arrested in Texas was planning on bombing two separate Houston malls.  The Syrian refugee was charged with providing assistance to ISIS.  These two refugees came in through the vetting process that Obama has continued to say works…

Does anyone notice a trend here yet?

I could go on for pages about the damage ISIS has caused. This is sadly only a small portion of what they have done. This is a serious issue and it can’t be ignored. We have a Commander in Chief who has completely and utterly failed us all. He continues to ignore this threat. And you know what they are doing in the mean time? Not only are they laughing at us, but they are getting stronger. If our Nation doesn’t step up, if the next Commander in Chief doesn’t handle this situation, I’m genuinely terrified for what will happen to our country. And while there is this lingering threat of the bad guys stepping foot on our soil, Obama has passed a completely illegal and unconstitutional executive order in order to push his gun control agenda.

He said the following sentence in his announcement about the executive order.

“We understand that there are some constraints on the freedom in order to protect innocent people…”

Sorry Sir, the Constitution doesn’t work that way. You don’t limit the freedom of the people ever. No where in the Constitution does it say that you can do that. So no. Just no.

“The specific proposal the president has put forth may be more narrowly tailored than, say, his illegal executive amnesty — which, by the way, is still on hold through a court order — but it isn’t any less unconstitutional,” Black told TheBlaze. “For a president who bragged in his speech about having taught constitutional law, he ought to at least understand that Congress makes the laws, not the president — that’s elementary civics.”

Oh man all this stuff makes my head spin.

One last thing… just two days ago Iranian forces detained 10 US Navy guards. They even released photos of this. Also a video of a sailor apologizing for entering Iranian waters. What..?

It is so very important at a time like this for everyone to pay very close attention to what is happening overseas. Personally, I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat. But we all need to realize the facts. We need to wake up.

I will quote Senator Ted Cruz… we need to utterly and completely destroy ISIS. Before they destroy us.

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Innocent People are Dying and Where is Obama?

Israeli Zaka volunteers carry a body following a shooting attack on a bus in an east Jerusalem Jewish settlement adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber on October 13, 2015. Two attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem, leaving two people dead and five wounded in two separate incidents, Israeli authorities said. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Zaka volunteers carry a body following a shooting attack on a bus in an east Jerusalem Jewish settlement adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber on October 13, 2015. Two attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem, leaving two people dead and five wounded in two separate incidents, Israeli authorities said. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

So other than today being the 240th Birthday of America’s Navy (Yay! Happy Birthday!) there has been a series of unfortunate events over in Jerusalem. Israel is our ally, right? Right. But recently with The Iran Deal it seems like the relationship has been slightly strained… and considering there has been little to no concern from our own President and even some of our own citizens over the last 30 or so hours about these terrible events really shows a lot (Hey.. MSNBC, where’s your coverage of this? OH THAT’S RIGHT! No where.). Yeah, it’s not our country and technically not our people. But these are our allies. We’re suppose to have their backs. Protect them. Step up if and when they need us. We have a common enemy here people… wake up and smell the terrorists please.  Considering the amount of Syrian refugees we’re taking in (mind you we have no idea who these people are), what happened today can happen on our own soil. So do we wait until that day.. or do we do something now? Do something Barack.

Oh. Wait. Something like this has. On multiple occasions. But no one seems to bat an eyelash anymore. Because Bush did 9/11 right guys? It’s our own fault and we were definitely asking for people to die. And the Chattanooga shooting was in no way shape or form terrorism (The shooter’s blog post from a few days before the shooting is a little suspicious…). Iran even has a National Holiday to express their discontent for Israel and our’s existent. Boy Oh Boy how exciting! Many of these individuals have made their hatred very clear for many many years. It’s seriously time for everyone to wake up and realize that terrorism (ISIS included) is a problem and it needs to be dealt with before more lives are lost (and I mean innocent lives).

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So anyway, back to what happened today just in case some of you watch The View all day. Unless you stay up to date with current events then gold star for you! If you want to check out the live blogging go for it.

Four terrorist attacks in the span of 12 hours on Monday have brought Jerusalem to its highest state of alert in years…police briefly shut the entrance to the city after a Palestinian man on an Egged bus stabbed an IDF soldier before being shot dead…A 13-year-old Jewish boy remains in critical condition after two Palestinian teenagers stabbed him nearly a dozen times in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood… a Palestinian woman was shot after stabbing a Border Police officer near the capital’s police headquarters… a Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed near Lion’s Gate, in the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, after attempting to stab a Border Police officer.

Way too much blood being spilled here out of hatred.

Three people have been killed and as many as 17 others injured – some of them seriously – in two near-simultaneous terrorist attacks in Jerusalem.

There is a video of the second attack that occurred today. Watch it here.

Just horrible.

Just discovered: check out this video of a Palestinian  who accidentally set himself on fire when trying to throw a firebomb at Israeli Forces -> Watch it here. Maybe not so much of an awesome fail, but karma is definitely…

Anyway due to these attacks, Israel has decided that it will loosen its gun policy and allow citizens to arm themselves with guns, in order to protect themselves.

And yes, Palestinians are also fearing for their lives.

 Palestinians say they worry they could be victims of revenge attacks.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – OCTOBER 13: Ultra orthodox relatives and friends attend the funeral of Isheayahu Krishevsky on October 13, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. Krishevsky was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man earlier today. Multiple stabbing attacks have occurred in Jerusalem and central Israel leaving at least three Israelis dead and many others injured, escalating a monthlong wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

This is an understandable fear. But the effects of the immense amount of terrorism over the years, including these incidents, has instilled fear in everyone else. What else are people suppose to do?

Who do we trust anymore? Who can Israel trust? Who respects our country and who doesn’t? Who wants us all alive? Who wants us all dead? No one can be sure anymore. These are dangerous times we live in with terrorism a looming threat worldwide. This is an all out war against terrorism and we need to be ready to protect ourselves.

I mean… let’s talk about how many ISIS members probably exist.

Scary… right?

The head of the FBI told Senate lawmakers on Wednesday that more than 200 Americans have tried to join Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

I am genuinely scared and worried for the future of our country, our people, for Israel and it’s people and for other countries and their innocent people as well. We can’t trust just anyone anymore. We can’t even trust our own president to do the right thing… his genius Iran Deal violates Federal Law and he has yet to make a statement about the tragedies that took place on the soil of our ally. 

Get out of the White House Obama. You’re not doing your damn job.

UPDATE: I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and came across this article talking about the reasoning behind the terrorist attacks in Israel. I’ll be looking more into it later but I thought I would provide this article for people to read. -> Read it here.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – OCTOBER 13: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Ultra Orthodox ZAKA volunteers clean up the scene of a bus attack on October 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Multiple terror attacks have occurred in Jerusalem and central Israel leaving at least three Israelis dead and many others injured, escalating a monthlong wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – OCTOBER 13: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout from the Israeli GPO, Ultra Orthodox ZAKA volunteers and security forces attend the scene of an attack at a bus stop in Malchei Yisrael Street on October 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Multiple terror attacks have occurred in Jerusalem and central Israel leaving at least three Israelis dead and many others injured, escalating a monthlong wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. (Photo by Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)


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“YAF Under Fire For Wanting To Exist”

Wow! My blog has been blowing up this week! Thanks for the views guys!

Since I know a majority of people will continue to be looking at my blog, I would like to share a little article written about YAF by The Liberty Standard. It’s quite amazing to be getting so much outreach on what is happening on our campus! And the amount of support we are receiving is amazing. I am so blessed to be a part of Young American’s for Freedom.

Thank you everyone for all the support!

Conservative Student Group Not Welcome – Gettysburg College YAF Under Fire For Wanting To Exist

Warning: Don’t be conservative at Gettysburg College. You’ll be run out.

Conservative students at the Pennsylvania liberal arts school are under fire for wanting to start a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter. Their posters are being torn down, their messages are being censored, and their members are being labeled fascists.

The controversy began when YAF members put up posters using standard day-to-day conservative rhetoric. The posters read “Calling all Conservatives! Do you enjoy hugging babies vs killing them? Obamacare not for you? Do you realize socialism doesn’t work? Can you manage your email account better than Hillary Clinton? Anchor babies…and you’re not afraid to say it #notpc Is fixing the country more important than your golf game? BEST PART if you disagree…come for the debates!”

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Yeah. Pretty generic stuff. But somehow this standard rhetoric caused leftist students to lose their minds, as if they’ve never heard a political argument before in their sheltered lives. One minute watching Fox News, listening to talk radio, or viewing a conservative video on YouTube would have exposed them to some of the more common refrains of the right.

Chalk art was also employed by the conservative students, but leftist students were caught washing those away:

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These “activists” claim that the “racial slur” “anchor babies” was included in the chalk art, and not simply “protect our veterans.” YAF denies this, but regardless, why does it matter? “Anchor babies” is not a “racial slur.” It’s race-neutral, and applies to anyone of any race who enters the United States for the express purpose of taking advantage of birth-right citizenship. These leftists likely believe it applies only to Hispanics, which of course is extremely racist on their part, as it does not.

Ultimately, the generic conservative messages YAF put forward was met with the following posters:

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Nice Reagan silhouette in the background! Was the 40th president a fascist or something? I don’t get it.

More to the point – calling anchor babies anchor babies = insensitive and over the top. However, calling half the country fascists = ?…  Just how contemporary left wing student think I guess.

Furthermore, in the Gettysburg student paper, a girl named Isabel Gibson Penrose penned a piece critical of YAF and their posters. Fair warning, it reads like the textual equivalent of a teenage girl’s eye-roll:

“If you’re like me, reading this particular combination of words may have initially given you a small rage stroke or caused your eyes to fall out of your head as a precaution for never having to read something that ridiculous and gross again. Fortunately, I regained my composure (along with my eyes) and realized an article composed of only “??????” would not make for a very compelling read, so I calmed down before drafting this. I reread the posters a few times, first to make sure they were not some kind of sleep-deprived hallucination, and then to really think about what they were saying. I guess I get it: these posters were meant to spark strong reactions. I am absolutely playing into the hands of the Young Americans for Freedom by responding – but I am going to do it anyway.

Let us get a few things out of the way. First, on a mostly nitpicky level, why is every sentence but one a question? “Anchor babies…and you’re not afraid to say it #notpc” is not even really a sentence! It is a weird, racist fragment complete with a hashtag that Donald Trump probably uses on a regular basis. Second, and more importantly, I do not care if they are meant to “incite debate,” or if they are satire, or if they are using extreme rhetoric on purpose – these posters are awful.”

We get it. You think they structured their message poorly and you don’t like what they had to say. But those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. In other words Isabel, you aren’t exactly a modern day Mark Twain or Aristotle yourself.

If standard conservative rhetoric pisses you off so much that you need to start your article with a long rant explaining just how much you ‘can’t even’, then the political arena isn’t for you.

She continues:

“These responses show some expert employment of delusion. No one is scared of these posters or of YAF as a whole. They are not bursting anyone’s liberal bubble, and they are surely not breaking any new ground. YAF are not revolutionaries, they are not heroes, they are not soldiers and they are not justified in their whining just because the majority of campus happens to vocally disagree with them.

“Freedom of speech! We get freedom of speech,” summarizes a good majority of YAF’s defense of their actions. I have got news for you, YAF: nobody is trying to take away your freedom of speech. Consider that the opposition to your posters, your meeting, your social media posts, the drivel you scrawled on the sidewalk early Thursday morning and your very existence is not anyone trying to attack your constitutional rights – it is simply us exercising ours. If you are going to continue spreading your poisonous rhetoric around campus, as you can, people are going to keep fighting back. “We will not be silenced,” is another commonly employed YAF phrase, and it cuts both ways.

Additionally, freedom of speech does not protect you from the social consequences of your actions. God forbid you live in a world where your actions have consequences, instead of a bizarre conservative vacuum where you get patted on the back for taking the millionth cheap shot at Hillary Clinton’s emails. Really groundbreaking stuff. Complaining about people responding to your detestable claims is equivalent to kicking a hornets’ nest and getting mad when the hornets come swarm you. “Stupid hornets, how dare you fight back, get back in your liberal bubble nest and be still while I harm you!”

My God. How do you define free speech? If you walk around with a political message on a sign and I walk up to you and take it from your hands am I infringing on your free speech? Of course!

That’s what you guys are doing to YAF by ripping down posters and washing away their chalk art. You are censoring their message. Period. Full stop. No debate.

Message to Gettysburg leftists: Let conservatives, who as you admit are a minority on your campus, have their group. It isn’t going to harm you to hear opinions you disagree with and terms that may ‘offend’ you. It will make you more intelligent and worldly to understand what others think. Try it.

Very well said.


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“Do you prefer hugging babies vs. killing them?” Oh. And Anchor Babies.

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Hey guys! I hope everyone has been doing well. Sorry I haven’t posted on here in a while I wanted to enjoy the rest of my summer and actually settle into school.

A lot of good things have been going on. And there are a lot of bad things that have been going on. But I don’t want to dedicate this blog post to talk about things that everyone hears about everyday. I don’t want to be a broken record. What I want to talk about today is something a little more personal.

For those of you reading this, you either go to college with me or have gone to school with me at one point or another. For those of you who do attend Gettysburg, you already know about Young Americans for Freedom. And for those of you who don’t – you don’t really need to know much other than the fact that we are a conservative group that is brand new to the Gettysburg College campus. I am the Vice President.

Sunday night we put up our posters. Approximately 80. By Monday afternoon we had posters removed, dismantled, and destroyed. Someone even drew a Swastika on one. Someone even stole one and thought it would be funny to vandalize it, place it on her wall, and put it on her snap story. We were ridiculed, labeled, insulted, and attacked all over Yik Yak. There was even a personal Yik Yak for ME, and there was approximately a 60 comment long discussion about my personal life and why I have the views that I have. The President and I (Who yes. Is my boyfriend. So the hell what people?) put up even more posters. By this afternoon, all of our “controversial” and supposedly “insulting” posters, were torn down. Tonight we had our first meeting. And let me tell you, I am back in my apartment in utter shock and complete dissapointment with the people on this campus that I am surrounded by.

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People came in who wanted to debate laughed at us. They screamed over people. Had horrible attitudes. Spoke to us as if we had no brains, no logic behind the things we believe. Interrogated us with questions we genuinely could not give a full answer to. I am not hurt by this behavior, it is everything that I expected. I am disgusted. You would think that as adults if someone didn’t agree with another person, a reasonable discussion would be able to take place. No screaming. No insulting. No snarky attitude. No eye rolling. It’s disrespectful behavior.

Although the one poster got everyone going offended some people, unfortunately (for you) we’re allowed to say it. It’s our Constitutional Right which liberals and college’s have tried to dismantle and limit for years.

God forbid we offend you, even if it’s not a direct personal attack. Everything Conservatives do is supposedly offensive. I should wear my YAF shirt tomorrow and see how many people say I’m being offensive just by wearing it. What’s funny is that you, liberals, don’t want to be offended. Even though YAF did not call women murders, pro-choicer’s murders, we still somehow managed to offend you. But in your minds, it’s okay to laugh in our faces when we try to make a statement, or when we say we would keep a child at this age. Call us close- minded. Aggressive individuals. If anything every supporter of YAF kept very calm tonight. Let people speak. Did not raise their voices at people. They remained very calm, cool and collected. I, at some point, had to sit down and keep my mouth shut because I couldn’t handle the hostility and hate towards our club from the opposing side. My face turned bright red because I was so furious.

Apart from YAF, as an individual, this meeting tonight made me realize the kind of people that I am surrounded by on this campus. How far people will go to shut a person up. To attack them. To hurt them. To embarrass them and make them look stupid. To push them to their limit, get them angry.

Sadly this atmosphere doesn’t only exist here at Gettysburg. It’s everywhere. Our generation has become so insanely intolerant of other views that I don’t even think “open-minded” exists anymore. I have lost friends because they decided they can’t associate with someone who has opposing political views. I have been personally attacked. I have been threatened. You know liberals pride themselves on being open-minded and accepting, but when someone disagrees with a view of theirs its just attack, attack, attack. “You’re racist. You’re unintelligent. You’re so arrogant.”

What has happened to this world?

The intolerance is unnecessary and cruel. The hate for conservatives is unjust. I spoke to a girl who attended the YAF meeting tonight who I don’t think is a supporter, but approached me afterwards and genuinely felt sorry for how awful people were towards us.

We knew that we would trigger this type of behavior. If it wasn’t now it would have been later. YAF clubs that are present on “liberal” campuses always gets so much push-back from their communities. But it’s honestly so different when it’s actually happening. Hearing about it is no big deal and doesn’t usually sound so terrible.  It’s kind of hard not to laugh at it now that I’m sitting here writing this approximately two hours after this meeting. Because the intolerance is kind of funny. The anger and hate is kinda funny. They judge and assume immediately. Twist our words immediately. And they don’t give us a chance to speak. It’s funny because they try to take our voices away from us and shut us out. But the more they try to close the lid on this little box we’re all in the harder we push back to keep the lid open.

Some girl tonight said that we have only been successful in becoming “the most hated group on campus”, sounds like alienated a group to me. But hey, so what? YAF isn’t popular anywhere they go by their opposers. Will and I did not bring this club to campus in hopes of being the most popular clubs, and being the most loved individuals. The point of YAF, regardless of what so many people think (and a lot of you probably didn’t bother to even come by the meeting to give us a chance) is to speak up for conservative values and to stand up for our beliefs that have been slandered for so long. Regardless of how we go about getting that attention and getting people to listen to us, that is what the point of the club is. We have to stand out in order to get people to pay attention to us. To start talking about our club, and our beliefs. Therefore sparking a political debate. If we didn’t do any of the things we did we would have ended up being another poster on the wall that no one bothers looking at. We are not sorry for the posters.

But of course. I should know this by now shouldn’t I? My opinions don’t matter! I’m dumb and racist!

“If I only had a brain….”

Anyway. Just a random thought too. The President actually complimented someone who had attended the meeting and instead of receiving a polite “thank you” he got an eye roll and a “ugh, okay cool whatever.”

But there is hope for this. YAF will not be silenced. We have strong supporters. People, Soldiers, who are ready to fight this battle ahead. As hard as people will try, we will never go away. But we will be louder than ever. More passionate than ever. More present than ever. You can’t shut us up anymore and make us sit in a corner and keep our views and opinions to ourselves because enough is enough.  We have had it.

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