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Standing by my convictions

Posted Sept. 12, 2008

Susan Acker
Managing Editor

Self-sufficiency, responsibility and the importance of having convictions: these are all things I have learned from my life in college.

What I have spent much time thinking about and questioning are my convictions. And I have come to a conclusion.

I am standing by my convictions. I am a right-wing conservative. I am a registered Republican. I am pro-life, and I am planning to join the National Rifle Association.

There, I said it. I am standing up for what I believe.

I have to give some of the credit for my confidence to Sarah Palin—once the little-known governor from Alaska; now the republican candidate for vice president of the United States.

Though many have verbally slammed her and said she was chosen by McCain to win over women voters, she has not wavered in her beliefs and convictions.

I like that she is a proud member of the NRA, and that she is not afraid to tell people. What I like the most about her, though, is that she is who she says she is. She is pro-life and even though she knew her fifth child was going to have Down syndrome, she did not have an abortion.

Standing for what is right and what you believe in is hard to do when the right thing is often wrong in the eyes of those around you.

Many of my views are not very popular in today’s climate, but one thing I have learned throughout the past few years is the importance of having convictions and standing by them.

That does not mean I am going to shove my ideas down the throats of everyone I meet; it just simply means that I am not going to be a pushover.

My education has taught me to be open to discussing ideas with others without getting defensive and upset.

I used to hate the idea of discussing politics with democrats.

To be completely honest, I used to hate to discuss politics with anyone who did not share my beliefs and ideas. I used to find it difficult to even spend time with others who had different views and ideas.

Now I understand that just because someone does not share my beliefs or ideas that does not mean that I cannot learn from them and have a meaningful conversation.

When I am open to listening to someone else’s opinions and ideas, that often strengthens my convictions.

I have learned to stand for what I believe and not to waver just because what I believe is not “en vogue.”

The most important thing that I have learned though, is to have convictions and to really stick with those convictions.

I’m not saying that I never change my mind or have a change of heart; I’m not pigheaded. I just feel very strongly that believing in something is important.

If you believe in a cause or an issue, don’t be afraid to really stand for what you think is important.

Don’t sit on the sidelines hoping that someone else will stand up and fight for what is right.

On that note, I will get up on my soapbox and remind you to vote in the upcoming election.

Voting is one simple way to make your voice heard. Read about the issues. Find out what is important to you. If you choose to sit on the sidelines, you have no basis to complain.

Who knows? Maybe your vote will be the one to make a difference.

Susan Acker, a senior journalism major, is managing editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at susan.acker@laverne.edu.