Olivia Kertz

I am a proud conservative woman, because I believe in protecting the liberties and freedoms that our forefathers established for us. As a conservative woman, I am constantly met with opposition from those who are “offended” or “disagree” with my ideals, when in reality I am not trying to argue, I just want to keep the United States as safe and as prosperous as possible. Especially in school, we are swayed to the liberal of politics daily, but I have stood firm in my beliefs. I am not afraid to make my voice heard. I refuse to be silenced by those who can only see one side.

The person who has influenced me most in my political belief system is Ronald Reagan. I did not have the pleasure of living through his presidency, but I personally believe, that he was the greatest president of the 20th century. Throughout his presidency, no matter how many people opposed his ideals, he never resorted to name calling, or to arguing. He truly cared about everyone. Instead of trying to please both the right and left side by compromising, he did what was right for all of us, and in doing that, he saved America. He brought back patriotism, and hope for the future, which is not easily done. The speech that influenced me most was the speech that changed the world, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall!” Some only think about the impact he had on the wall coming down, but I think about the amount of influence he created in another country. He quite literally had the world in his hands and the fact that he used that power for good, shows what an amazing leader he was. It influenced me to do what is best for the greatest amount of people in all that I do.

In the words of President Ronald Reagan, “God bless the United States of America!”