Why am I conservative? Is it cliche to say because of my family? That’s only partially true. I was actually very liberal all throughout high school until I got into college. I started listening to different points of views and it took a while for me to finally cross into the conservative mindset but when I really learned the facts about all different parties and sides my heart felt right with conservatism. What really pulled me in was views on healthcare. As a woman with a congenital heart defect and having my insurance ripped away from me it’s something that is very important to me.
To me conservatism is sticking to tradition even if it means being open to new ideas. For example, some views I still hold true are: I don’t dare who you are. Straight, gay, trans, black, Hispanic, liberal, socialist, etc. As long as you are willing to talk respectfully and be respectful to me, I have no issues with you. Unless you provoke otherwise. It also means looking out for the best interest of everyone. Other political parties/outlooks seem to have angles to cater to certain ideologies just to get the vote and then fall through on those promises once elected. With conservatism you say what you mean and mean what you say. No matter what. To quote one of my favorites, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” It’s always alarms people when they find out I’m conservative because I’m a woman of color with a medical condition/disability. But unlike people who are shocked I chose not to be defined by any of that. I’m a proud Latina woman and I’m proud of what I’ve overcome and continue to overcome medically. But I don’t use any of those as crutches. I always fight and earn everything off my hard work which is how it should be. So I’m very proud to be a conservative and I don’t care who knows.