Isabel Yagerman

Townsend Harris High School

In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, my high school held an election simulation. As a New Yorker, I'm a political minority in my school, making me a target for intense criticism and even hatred.

As the only vocal conservative in a US.. History class debate, I saw mocking smiles and heard smug snickers as I spoke. When I posted on Instagram explaining my conservatism, I received cruel backlash. When I attempted to discuss politics with my liberal friends, they shut me down and were even asked by other leftist students how they could be friends with me.

In all those situations, I simply stated facts, evidence, and statistics. That is why I am so proud to be a conservative, because conservatives have more than just emotion behind our arguments. We find a balance between human empathy and the logical truth.

I am a conservative because I believe people should work hard to gain success. I am a conservative because people should be allowed protection through proper gun ownership. I am a conservative because I love this country and want to keep its citizens safe first and foremost.

However, people hear “conservative” and condemn me without having the faintest clue as to the many facets of my opinions. Conservatives are feeling, breathing people who are often wrongly profiled as self-preserving and “deplorable.” That is why I am a proud conservative, and I emphasize proud because if I am silent the stigma continues.

In addition, being a conservative does not mean I think women shouldn't be equals; on the contrary, conservative women should run the show.

In the words of the strong and brilliant Margaret Thatcher, “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

We have unique duality of motherly instincts and iron-fisted leadership. From one proud conservative woman to another, I urge you to be fearless. Let's make pink the new red.

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