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Time to admit Conservative campus organizations all suck

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Time to admit Conservative campus organizations all suck

After finishing high school, a student is likely to go to college. In fact, a student is socially pushed into college, but I digress. Nonetheless, students with Conservative leanings assume massive amounts of debt to attend four year universities. These universities are great at allowing students to expand their interests. As Conservatives, we should have been very optimistic about the rise in conservative campus organizations. However, the rise of these organizations brings about a weak form of Conservatism, I refer to as Frathouse Conservatism, because of how perpetuated it is among these organizations.

But there is a more sinister motivation behind these conservative campus organizations. These organizations serve as a foundation for its founders and figures to climb the ladder to promote their own brand rather than Conservative causes themselves. These organizations each allow the narcissism of their personalities to hijack the organization’s credibility. This piece will take a look at handful of these organizations and publications

Human Defense Initiative

In 2018, the latest organization was founded called the Human Defense Initiative. They aren’t a widespread campus organization but they ant to be. The platform was designed to empower millennial (though really Gen Z) pro-life voices. The ambition is fine; however their methods are more divisive than their cause. Abortion is a life or death issue, it is known, but the organization has made an effort to promote a “culture of life”. The organization can find people who can all agree on how abortion is wrong, but defining life affirming reveals a true divide among the worldviews HDI seeks to unite. The goal of promoting a “life affirming” culture is futile, due to human nature. It’s equally as futile as ending bullying, crime or poverty. It also creates a new cause that will inevitably splinter the group because who can truly agree on what is life affirming. Is death penalty life affirming? Are bikinis(yes, serious question) because their founder Devin Sena doesn’t think so. And what about same-sex adoptions? On August 18, HDIs “communications director” Koree Fellows published The Case For LGBT Adoption. This is exactly where the life affirming quest begins to fizzle in controversy. The article is also accusatory:

Openly advocating against same sex adoption turns thousands away from the pro-life movement and our cause. It sends women into the unloving arms of the abortion industry to end the lives of children who could be loved and cared for by people of all sexual orientations.

It’s rather ridiculous to suggest a woman undergoing an abortion made that decision with gay adoption at the forefront of her mind. To make matters worse, the article is accused of being stolen, from an organization’s former member.

The biggest problem with the organization is the redundancy. We have plenty of pro-life organizations. Why create one and say its for millennials? Here’s where we find the biggest problem. Devin Sena fancies himself as the loudest voice against abortion. HDI’s twitter along with the organization is merely an extension of his own voice. The organization serves as a megaphone for himself. This is why the organization is largely inseparable from its founder. The organization is doomed to fall with Sena’s credibility and thus sucks.

Liberty Hangout

Liberty Hangout is perhaps the most annoying of them all. Libertarians are often thought of as confused conservatives. The hyperfocus on weed and the inability of the movement to agree on a necessary function of government are certainly points of inferiority. Liberty Hangout takes these confusions to the next level. Liberty Hangout boast hot takes with very little depth. Take for instance, their main star, Kaitlin Bennett. She is actually less than just mediocre, at best, hot takes. From the desperate plea for attention with the proposition to arm wrestle David Hogg, to the reckless activism for campus carry, she is quite the setback for Conservatism. She is a wannabee model using Conservatives as a backdoor way into the industry. Why else would she post so many pictures deliberately taken by someone else? Personally, I don’t find her attractive enough for this to be a long term strategy, but on a deeper level, it is morally wrong to be so dishonest about one’s truer intentions. Nonetheless, the organization promoted her to such status, likely because she brings them attention in the face of TPUSA, a main competitor. Thus, Liberty Hangout sucks.

Turning Point USA

This is the largest of the conservative campus organizations I am covering. They are also the most sinister and deadly to their own movement. The big personality behind TPUSA is Charlie Kirk. He’s a big time twitter personality. His organization, however, promotes Frathouse Conservatism. When I wrote my piece on Frathouse Conservatism I addressed how this ideology rejects a pillar of the Conservative worldview articulated by John Locke.

Conservative worldview hinges on accepting the premise that mankind is fallen. One need not be religious to accept this premise. Many Conservatives unknowingly accept fallen nature to be true while others fully embrace this premise. The Frathouse Conservative supplements this premise if not outright rejects the notion altogether. Instead of mankind being intrinsically flawed, the state is intrinsically flawed. This substituted premise often results in the same conclusions as far as policy goes, but rejecting a fundamental pillar of the Conservative worldview is the root of Frathouse Conservatism’s inferiority.

TPUSA is a Frathouse Conservative campus club. Charlie Kirk gets to build his own brand of Conservatism, with hardly the need to articulate ideals beyond 280 characters. But I get it, some people are better organizers than orators and writers, take Moses for example. But Kirk’s organization often uses and employs the same organization as the left: identity politics. While the organization isn’t alt-right, because their identity politics aren’t devoted to the white race, they do segment people the same way that the left does. They host a wide array of events celebrating diversity in the Conservative movement, a movement that cares not about diversity of skin color. One of their favorite personalities is Candace Owens. We get it. She’s black and she left the left. We don’t need to hear her life story like it some crappy Taylor Swift song. She’s not a Conservative voice, she just isn’t a Democrat. This isn’t wrong, but it’s dishonest to promote her as a Conservative when she mainly talks about why blacks don’t have to be Democrats and employs plantation rhetoric. They also promote Tomi Lahren as a Conservative.

TPUSA is perhaps the most salvageable of the conservative campus organizations, if only because of its size and ability to bring in legitimate Conservative voices.

Lone Conservative

Conservative college students have even founded their own publications. Young conservatives should be encouraged to write and read. I have admiration for Kassy Dillon for using this experience to develop a thriving career at the Daily Wire. Her publication, Lone Conservative for a while left a lot to be desired. It featured too many people seeking attention for not being leftist on college. After all, how does one “own the libs” while paying out the ass for college. They don’t. Depending on your belief about debt, it appears they are the ones being owned. But for a good while, that’s what the organization came off as thanks to its superfluously titled personalities. To it’s credit, my most recent browsing of the website left me impressed minus Managing Editor Amanda Kemp writing a piece that says parents should teach their kids social leftism.

Whether it be race, sexual orientation, or gender, we need to teach kids that all of these characteristics should be celebrated.

Thankfully, the number of genuine Conservative voices at Lone Conservative seemingly outnumber the phony attention seekers.

Solution

Young Conservatives should be weary of Conservative campus organizations. They exist largely to promote their founding members. They also promote a reckless, fiscally irresponsible, view of a college education. These campus level organizations encourage the youth to treat college like a summer camp and their political leanings like a spectacle. But in Conservatism, merit should take priority over demographical information one cannot control. It doesn’t matter how old your are, what color you are, male or female, or whether you are a natural born citizen. Young Conservatives would do well to network with that in mind. I find reading and writing to be the best way to develop young Conservatives. Publications dedicated to featuring younger Conservative voices are great to have, but I also recommend writing among a more mixed crowd. This is where I invite you to write for NOQ ReportThis publication likely has a larger reader base, thus more exposure than Right Outlook can provide.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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