Eagle Forum Collegians http://www.efcollegians.org The Next Generation Standing Up Today Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Word From An EFC Scholar On Representative Louie Gohmert http://www.efcollegians.org/a-word-from-an-efc-scholar-on-representative-louie-gohmert/ http://www.efcollegians.org/a-word-from-an-efc-scholar-on-representative-louie-gohmert/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:31 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=877 Representative Louie Gohmert is always a favorite at the Eagle Forum Collegians Summit. Laura Z., one of our scholarship recipients, wrote this about Representative Gohmert:


One of the best speakers at the 2015 Eagle Forum Collegians Summit was Rep. Louie Gohmert. He told story upon story illustrating our elected representatives’ utter lack of intestinal fortitude, and called for them to demonstrate courage and be accountable to their constituents. He also talked about judicial integrity and gave reasons why Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan should be impeached (related to their personal involvement with gay marriages). While on the topic of gay marriage, the congressman made a humorous but pointed illustration:

“We could take four heterosexual couples, married, and put them on an island where they have everything they need to sustain life. Then take four all-male couples and put them on an island with all they need to sustain life, take four couples of women, married, and put them on an island, and let’s come back in 100 to 200 years and see which one nature says is the preferred marriage.”

It was a quick, effective way to make his case against same-sex marriage. It wasn’t anything radical or nonsensical. But apparently, some in the liberal media thought otherwise.

Louie GohmertWhen I got home from the summit, I searched online for news and commentary about that speech. Titles such as “GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Weird Fantasy About An Island Of Gay People Has Me Puzzled” and “Louie Gohmert: Gay Islanders Would Die Out, Proving Gay Marriage Is Wrong” appeared at the top of the search results. As I read the articles, I was amazed how a speech I had heard with my own ears could be so grossly misrepresented by these so-called journalists. There were lots of petty, snide remarks in these articles that annoyed me, but one glaring error stood above them all: the authors seemed to miss that Rep. Gohmert was making a joke. They honestly thought he wanted to launch a long-term, federally-funded scientific experiment to see if gay men can reproduce with each other. They seemed unable to imagine that a conservative congressman from Texas could be intelligent enough to use a hypothetical scenario to make a broader point. People who disagree with them are simply incapable of cogent thought— if they were, why on earth would they have an opinion that differs from the liberal consensus? It’s inconceivable!

If I hadn’t been to the summit and heard Rep. Gohmert’s speech in person, I would’ve been discouraged be these biased commentaries. Conservatives in the public eye are constantly belittled and misrepresented. Being a young conservative can be particularly hard at times since so many of our peers tend to mindlessly go along with whatever talking points the liberal media happens to be feeding them at the moment. When I see older conservatives maligned by the media, it doesn’t give me much hope for my own future. But when I attend events like the EFC Summit and see all the good they’re doing despite the media’s jihad against them, it gives me hope and reminds me that our principles are truly worth fighting for.

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A Word From An EFC Scholar On Representative Jeb Hensarling http://www.efcollegians.org/870/ http://www.efcollegians.org/870/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:03:15 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=870 You don’t have to necessarily be interested in seeking a political office to enjoy the Eagle Forum Collegians Summit. Ryan S. is one such person. Here’s what he had to say:


America is heading toward a crossroads where decisions will be made that will set a permanent bearing for the future of the nation. What will that future be? This summer at the Eagle Forum Summit I learned that the direction in which the United States travels in the next few years heavily depends on my generation’s involvement in the political realm. But while the next crop of voters are ripening for the harvest, things in D.C. are getting almost too out of control before we even have a chance to get into the fray. That is why we who stand for true freedom are so grateful to have men and women already in the battle for liberty there to hold our places and if possible make room for more of us in the positions of authority which will be passed down to our generation. Some of those men and women came to speak to us at the Summit.

Jeb HensarlingOne of these people was Representative Jeb Hensarling of District 5 in Texas. He caught my attention with his strong stance on finances in the American economy. He is currently the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and strongly opposes the Dodd-Frank Act. According to him Dodd-Frank is a restriction of freedom and also chokes the economy. His motivation to leave America better than the way he found it is contagious and his actions support his words. His resolution is to end the Dodd-Frank Act and usher in transparent, innovative markets that are policed for fraud. As a representative and especially as the Financial Services Committee Chairman he will continue to fight for our economic freedoms and diligently work to heal the American financial system.

While I cannot say that I necessarily want to get involved in a political office after the Summit, I will say that I now believe it is very possible to turn America around from the direction it is headed. All it takes is a little faith, and through this experience I saw that true faith is very much alive in the political offices of America (in much higher quantities than I expected) and also in the American population. If I had the opportunity to go to the Summit again next summer, I would jump at the chance. D.C. itself was incredible to visit, and interacting with such politically active people was quite a treat. If anyone is interested in politics and stands for true freedom they need to come here first because it really is the inside scoop on the whole shebang. It is a great place to get a foot in the door politically. The 2016 presidential election looms ahead and one can only hope that America moves in a favorable direction towards true liberty and justice. I will do my part and vote for who I think will take us there and then do what I can to continue the fight in the years following.

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A Word From An EFC Scholar On Senator Jason Chaffetz http://www.efcollegians.org/864/ http://www.efcollegians.org/864/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:03:13 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=864 Our Collegians scholars had a lot of great things to say about the speakers at the EFC Collegians Summit. Here’s what Natalie K. had to say about Senator Jason Chaffetz:


jason chaffetzSenator Jason Chaffetz gave an excellent talk on the workings of the Federal Oversight Committee, and the principle of having checks and balances to ensure that each branch of government does not overstep its bounds. The Federal Oversight Committee is an important part of that system and was set up to make sure that the Executive branch would stay in check. He also discussed that the reason the Constitution turned out the way it did was because of the vigorous debate, and even fist fights, that went on during the Constitutional Convention. Today we don’t have problems with fist fights, but as he suggested maybe we should! Without checks and balances and opposition in debate, corruption runs rampant. Lately we have been seeing this in situations such as the recent IRS scandal involving the Tea Party.

Senator Chaffetz posed the question, “What happened to the Tea Party?” Several years ago, the conservative group had just started up and filed for tax-exempt status. Their application was looked at by the IRS and then completely ignored for over two years, along with the applications of other conservative policy organizations.

Another problem the Oversight Committee has been looking into is the gross oversight of the Office of Personnel Management. This office keeps track of the personal information for all Federal employees, but had a terribly outdated system that experts warned was very vulnerable to hackers. Unfortunately the warning went unheeded and just a few months ago, the data of 21 million federal workers fell into the hands of a foreign government.

Both of these examples of incompetence and corruption at the hands of government officials is absolutely unacceptable and needs to be stopped. This is why whistle blowing organizations such as the Eagle Forum, as well as committees in government such as the oversight committee, need to continue working to inform the public of such outrageous atrocities so that these branches of government can be kept in check.

I’m very grateful that I was able to attend the Eagle Forum Collegian Summit and hear speakers such as Senator Chaffetz report on current issues and how I as a college student can be involved in defending liberty and fighting big government corruption.

The summit was a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded conservative students from other states and to feel their support. Knowing that there are many of us and I am not alone is a great motivator to continue this fight for freedom. I hope to share the things I’ve learned with other students and activists in my state, so that together we can make a difference!

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A Word From An EFC Scholar On Representative Diane Black http://www.efcollegians.org/a-word-from-an-efc-scholar-on-representative-diane-black/ http://www.efcollegians.org/a-word-from-an-efc-scholar-on-representative-diane-black/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:52:22 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=860 The EF Collegians scholarship winners had a lot to say about the Summit and the people who spoke there. Here is what Christiana S. had to say about Representative Diane Black:


Although all of the speakers were very motivating, my favorite speaker was Representative Diane Black.  The most intriguing aspect in her political career to me is the way Rep. Black is so devoted to the pro-life movement.  The moment she started talking about her work in trying to end abortion, she really caught and held my attention.  It was interesting how she made the point that abortion has to be treated like every other surgical procedure as well as follow the same heath regulations, but it doesn’t.  An abortion is done today without abiding by the rules of signing forms, leaving a 24 hour “thinking” period or having the operation done with other emergency options available.  If you were to have any other surgical procedure done, like removing a toenail for example, you would have to follow the rules and regulations and abortion shouldn’t be treated with any exceptions if it is going to be legal.

Diane BlackDiane made the point that no facility should be funded that performs abortions, not just Planned Parenthood.  I didn’t actually realize that $500 million dollars is tragically given to Planned Parenthood each year.  Diane also brought up the heartbreaking fact that Planned Parenthood is selling the precious parts of babies.  She pointed out that there is no way we can sell the organs of unborn babies without hurting and killing an organism itself.  Pro-choice people are refuting what they originally “okayed” abortion by in the first place.  It’s not just a clump of tissue if you can sell what makes up “tissue” for profit.  The act is inhumane and revolting and anyone in their right mind should be able to see that, whether they are pro-choice or pro-life.  Overall, Diane really struck me as a powerful speaker as well as an inspirational and influential person involved in our government. I admire her a lot!  Thank you Diane for all you do!

I want to thank you so much for giving me the wonderful opportunity to attend the Collegians Summit in Washington D.C..  I had an amazing experience that really expanded my knowledge of current events and issues happening in the United States today.  It was an unforgettable and wonderful experience.

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The Collegians Summit 2015 in Quotes, Part 2 http://www.efcollegians.org/the-collegians-summit-2015-in-quotes-part-2/ http://www.efcollegians.org/the-collegians-summit-2015-in-quotes-part-2/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:03:58 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=856 As promised, here is Part 2 of our recap of the 2015 Collegians Summit in quotes. Last time we were only able to cover the morning session on the first day; this time we are going to cover highlights from the afternoon session on Thursday:

EFC71014RW-125Congressman Rand Paul – “The time is now for the government to say ‘You know what, taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for Planned Parenthood.’”

After a delicious lunch, we got the chance to hear from Kentucky Senator and Presidential candidate Rand Paul. He gave a practical and down-to-earth speech about the impact of the recent abortion videos that are being published by the Center for Medical Progress. He also talked about his vision for economic policy and gave a clear argument for smaller government.

Congressman Jeb Hensarling – “We are losing the rule of law to the discretion of legislators.”

Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s position as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee made him the perfect man to speak about Dodd-Frank and the burden that it places on the American economy. He broke down a complicated banking law from a conservative viewpoint and strengthened attendees in an area that they might have been weak in.

Congressman Dave Brat – “Ethically, our side, the free market side, has the advantage of morals.”

The witty and eloquent Congressman Dave Brat gave a laser-focused speech for young people by talking about how the bad decisions being made by our government will eventually come back to haunt our generation. He ended on a very positive note by talking about efforts that have been made and are being made to ensure the future of the free market system.

Congressman Jim Jordan – “We’ve got the truth on our side; we might as well go have a smile going into it”

Similar to Congressman Brat, Jim Jordan’s speech was a very upbeat yet realistic speech. Having come under criticism before through the media, he made a point of talking about how to handle criticism and personal attacks from others.

Diane BlackCongresswoman Diane Black – “This is not the way that we should be behaving as human beings.”

This quote from Congresswoman Diane Black is referring to the horrendous acts perpetrated on the undercover Planned Parenthood videos. She talked about her history of fighting for pro-life causes in the state of Tennessee and a bill that is currently in debate in the U.S. Congress to defund Planned Parenthood temporarily pending an investigation into their potentially illegal activities.

These are just a few of the many speakers that came to the 2015 Eagle Forum Collegians Summit in Washington DC. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our YouTube channel and this blog, because we will be releasing lots of videos from the Summit so that you can catch the action for yourself.

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The Collegians Summit 2015 in Quotes, Part 1 http://www.efcollegians.org/the-collegians-summit-2015-in-quotes-part-1/ http://www.efcollegians.org/the-collegians-summit-2015-in-quotes-part-1/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:41:53 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=851 The EF Collegians Summit 2015 was a huge hit in Washington DC and all of our attendees had a blast! The speakers were fantastic, the food was great, and just connecting with fellow conservative students was such an encouragement. Our conference attendees had lots of fun making friends and checking out the National Mall at night, but I want to take some time to focus on some of the highlights from our speakers during the day. Each of our speakers said a lot of great things, but I picked out my favorite quotes from Thursday morning to share with you:

Congressman Scott Perry – “Think about the facts, and the consequences of these facts.”

We started the day with a history lesson from Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. Rep. Perry expertly pointed out the similarities between the hotly debated deal with Iran and the United State’s recognition of the Communistic USSR in 1933.

Congressman Mark Meadows – “The line between victory and defeat is narrow.”

Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina gave a cautionary and encouraging speech about never quitting in the conservative cause. Using Captain John Paul Jones as an example, Rep. Meadows explained that small acts of perseverance at the right time can be the difference between complete victory and absolute defeat.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz – “I’m not buying any of this liberal garbage that says you need to go along to get along.”

jason chaffetzRepresentative Chaffetz’s position as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee made him the perfect person to talk about government’s role in protecting privacy rights and how many government agencies like the NSA infringe on those rights. He iterated that the American people should not give up privacy in the name of security.

Congressman Louie Gohmert – “There are so many things that we have done to betray Israel but this deal with Iran is the ultimate betrayal. It cannot stand.”

One of the great things about the Collegians Summit is that the Congressmen talk about the issues that are being addressed on Capitol Hill that very day. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas talked about how Iran can’t be trusted with the privileges given to them in the Iran nuclear deal and that America should stand with our allies like Israel on this issue.

Congressman Jim Bridenstine – “It is your job to get to know these issues and make these arguments.”

Representative Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma delivered a passionate speech about defending the Constitution and getting involved in the political process so that we can confront those that do not know what the Constitution really says. He shared his own story about how he got to his current position and the motivation that he draws from his faith and a desire for a future for his family.

Congressman Jeff Sessions – “Judges have a responsibility to interpret the law fairly.”

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions spoke on several different topics, most notably the Iran deal and the gay marriage decision. The arguments against gay marriage are the same ones that we use at Eagle Forum: that unelected judges don’t have the ability to make laws and that the survival of the family is directly linked to the wellbeing of this nation as a whole.

That is just a glimpse of what some of our speakers had to say. If you want to hear more from the Summit, take a look at what Iowa radio talk show host and political commentator Steve Deace had to say about the qualifications of a good presidential candidate by checking out his full speech on our YouTube channel. Keep checking back, because there will be many more highlights from the Summit in upcoming posts.

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Liberals Target Religious Charities In Wake Of Obergefell Decision http://www.efcollegians.org/liberals-target-religious-charities-in-wake-of-obergefell-decision/ http://www.efcollegians.org/liberals-target-religious-charities-in-wake-of-obergefell-decision/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:00:07 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=835 The country is still reeling from the gay marriage decision of Obergefell v. Hodges and everyone is still trying to figure out exactly what the ruling will mean for America. While we can’t be sure yet what shots the liberals will take with the ammunition that Obergefell gave them, we can be sure that there’s a huge target on our churches.

In an article in Time Magazine, Mark Oppenheimer is already calling on the IRS to take away tax exempt status for religious organizations because of the Supreme Court decision. You might think the logical next battle for liberals is to target those churches that oppose the gay lifestyle. However, Oppenheimer suggests skipping this step altogether and abolishing tax exemption for all religious organizations. This shows just how bold liberals are getting as a result of the Obergefell decision.

Note that he isn’t merely calling for tax exempt status to be removed from churches, but “all religious organizations”. He cites the 1983 case of Bob Jones University v. United States in which the Supreme Court ruled that the IRS could revoke tax exempt status from religious organizations if they prohibit interracial dating/marriage. I’m not going to take the time to delve into how gay marriage and interracial marriage are vastly different (which they are), but let’s take a look at the societal implications of a policy shift like this.

hand-serving-soupOf course, religious groups are responsible for a significant portion of charitable organizations, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc. According to a 2013 study, 73 percent of household charitable giving went directly to congregations or to religiously-affiliated charities. Oppenheimer grudgingly acknowledged the predominance of religious charities, but nonetheless calls for a restructuring of the tax code for nonprofits; his solution: bigger government. He suggests that we tax churches and religious charities and use that money for government-issued soup kitchens and homeless shelters. As he put it, “We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens.” The horrendous inaccuracy of this gross misinterpretation of the nature of charitable giving can’t be understated. I’m sure that Michelle Obama would have lots of fun coming up with super-healthy menus for all of the soup kitchens, but clearly this isn’t the way that our country should help our needy. You don’t have to look any further than the healthcare industry to see that whenever the government gets involved, things quickly get more expensive and of worse quality.

Our response to this should be two-fold. First, we need to vocally oppose government control over any religious institution by means of taxation. That may seem obvious on paper, but in the massive battle going on in America for religious liberty, taxation can easily become a “back burner issue.” Don’t let it. Second, we need to continue to prove that individual charitable contribution is the best way to help the needy. You can do this by personally giving to charities that you feel passionate about. If you don’t have any money to give, donate your time to a charity that could use a hand. Not only will you be helping people who are in need, but you will also be reaffirming the longstanding Christian and American tradition of a strong society through voluntary religious charity. It may sound cheesy and overused, but charitable giving really will make you feel as good as the people that you help. That is something that an involuntary tax can never do.

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EF Collegians Summit Will Feature Top Conservative Speakers http://www.efcollegians.org/ef-collegians-summit-features-top-conservative-speakers/ http://www.efcollegians.org/ef-collegians-summit-features-top-conservative-speakers/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:04:29 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=823 The 2015 Eagle Forum Collegians Summit is just around the corner and we’ve got some speakers that you don’t want to miss! Many Congressmen are going to speak, including Jason Chaffetz, Dave Brat, Alex Mooney, Steve King, and Jeff Sessions. We’ll also be hosting a number of authors and other conservative speakers including Ann Coulter, Ryan Anderson, Steve Deace, Kevin Jackson, and John Solomon. The event is totally free, so come join us at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC on July 23 and 24! You can register now at www.efcollegians.com!alex-mooney ann coulter jason chaffetz jeff sessions Kevin Jackson Ryan Anderson steve king steve.deace_

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An Etymological Tribute To Justice Antonin Scalia http://www.efcollegians.org/an-etymological-tribute-to-justice-antonin-scalia/ http://www.efcollegians.org/an-etymological-tribute-to-justice-antonin-scalia/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:32:41 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=817 The Supreme Court has dealt two hefty blows to conservatives in the past few weeks, but one man on the bench is exposing all of the jiggery-pokery surrounding this argle-bargle. I’d like to take a moment to write a little bit in tribute to the Supreme Court’s most eloquent justice: Antonin Scalia. Friend and foe alike are dusting off their dictionaries to get the full scoop on Scalia’s scathing dissents to the recently-released King v. Burwell and Obergfell v. Hodges cases. To save you from flipping through yours, here’s a list of Justice Scalia’s greatest etymological highlights from the two cases:

justice scaliaJiggery-Pokery

This is without a doubt the most famous line of Justice Scalia on either of the Supreme Court decisions. Jiggery-pokery is defined as “dishonest or suspicious activity.” Justice Scalia uses it in the context of the Supreme Court’s “interpretive jiggery-pokery” in King v. Burwell.


SCOTUS is an abbreviation for Supreme Court Of The United States. It is a derivative of POTUS, or President Of The United States. Other derivatives include VPOTUS for the Vice-President and FLOTUS for the First Lady. Justice Scalia said that because the King v. Burwell decision rewrites Obamacare rather than merely ruling on its constitutionality, the Supreme Court should bear the name of the law. As Justice Scalia put it: “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”


A Putsch is a secret attempt to take over a government. This is the word that Justice Scalia uses to describe the court’s majority ruling in Obergfell v. Hodges to mandate gay marriage in all fifty states. Scalia wrote his dissent on the basis that to write gay marriage into the fourteenth amendment as a constitutional right would be judicial fiat. As he puts it: “This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”


This is the abbreviated version of overweening, which means “excessive or unpleasant, especially with regards to pride or confidence.” Justice Scalia used this term in the closing paragraph of his dissent to Obergfell v. Hodges to describe the Supreme Court’s attitude towards itself. He referenced the court’s “o’erweening pride” giving it the confidence to legislate a new constitutional right into existence for gay marriage. He goes on to warn that this o’erweening pride could prove disastrous for the our republican form of government and for the American people.

No matter the case, Justice Antonin Scalia can always be counted on to make sensible decisions, and to express those decisions eloquently. If you want the truth amidst the media firestorm surrounding the King v. Burwell and Obergfell v. Hodges decisions, I highly recommend reading Justice Scalia’s dissents to both of these cases. Hopefully this article has made them that much easier to understand!

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What The Gay Marriage Ruling Means For The Young Conservative http://www.efcollegians.org/what-the-gay-marriage-ruling-means-for-the-young-conservative/ http://www.efcollegians.org/what-the-gay-marriage-ruling-means-for-the-young-conservative/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:44:16 +0000 http://www.efcollegians.org/?p=814 I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m not entirely surprised by the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges; extremely disappointed, but not surprised. This is certainly not the Supreme Court’s first act of judicial supremacy. What has surprised me is the reaction of many conservatives to the decision. The only thing that I’ve been reading from my friends on Facebook  and from many news sources is that the debate is over, the issue is settled for all time, and there is nothing that anyone can do anymore to stand in the way of the homosexual agenda. Some are even saying that Obergefell v. Hodges proves that our nation is irreparably condemned.

marriage-definition-BW_f_improf_249x137Don’t get me wrong, I think that this ruling proves that we’re headed in the wrong direction as a nation, but there is no way that I’m ready to give up on America yet. In a recent article on WND.com, Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum, compared the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling to the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. Think about it, the Roe decision used judicial supremacy to create a new right supposedly in the US Constitution. That’s the same thing that happened in Obergefell. When the Roe decision was passed, people assumed that the debate was over and that people would just have to lie down and take it. That’s the same thing that’s happening right now with Obergefell. The most important parallel to draw is that the Roe decision did anything but end the debate.  It started what is arguably one of the biggest socio-political battles in American history. It is my prediction that the same thing will happen with the Obergefell decision. As Mrs. Schlafly said, “it’s not the end, it’s the beginning.”

Don’t let anyone try to tell you that we can’t engage in this battle that the gay lobby started because it would make us sore losers or something like that. Let’s not forget about 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller and the subsequent 2010 case McDonald v. City of Chicago. In those cases the Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment right to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense. I don’t need to tell you that the decision made in those cases didn’t mark the definitive end of the debate on gun rights. Liberals are just as likely to carry on debates after Supreme Court rulings, the only difference is that liberals like to fight against Constitutionally-guaranteed rights while conservatives fight against rights that the Supreme Court writes into the Constitution through judicial supremacy.

Conservatives should take heart in the midst of this moral and political upheaval. The liberals may have five unelected judges in their corner, but we have God, the Constitution, millennia of precedent, and common sense in our corner. Not only will there be a battle, but I have total confidence that we can and will win. It has never been a better time to be a young conservative; we have the privilege and honor of being on the front lines in the biggest battle for the soul of America.

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