Author: Elissa Roberson

Dare to DREAM? Expect to Wake Up to a Nightmare

Tweet Why do people with ethnic backgrounds scream “Foul!” and people in high positions of power jump on the issue “to protect their rights,” yet ignore the needs of law-abiding citizens?  Today, there is a new kind of discrimination looming in this great nation. With the implementation of the California DREAM Act (or the Equal Opportunity Act), citizens have been grossly violated and subjected to discrimination. In a nutshell, the bill provides financial assistance for higher education here in the Golden State to undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States illegally by exempting them from paying the...

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This Is Not My America: Protests Are Ruining My Country

I happened upon an interesting depiction of everyday life for OWS protesters in Zuccotti Park called “The 99 Percent: Vanguard” on CurrentTV.  This documentary tries to show that OWS protestors are striving to promote a brotherhood for America of sorts and bring down the rich corporate systems while promoting globalization. To an uninformed person, the Movement seems like an innocent, humanitarian mission. However, the film is subtly promoting an anti-American way of life. The first flaw in the movement is a failure to recognize actual corruption. The over-regulation and crimes committed by government officials concerning Wall Street and the economy devastate the United States monetarily and ethically. An overly involved government squanders economic success, but this concept is never presented in the documentary. In his book Throw Them All Out, Peter Schweizer tells of the many behind-the-scenes dealings in the government.  He proves that government officials buy certain stocks and trades knowing what legislation will be presented on the floor concerning the specified shares ahead of time to gain personal wealth.  It is not the fault of Wall Street, but that of the elected American officials during the first two years of the Obama administration, the ones the protestors have be trained to want to reelect. The second, and most grievous flaw of Occupy Wall Street is their desire to make globalization a way of life in America. They demand that...

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Mitt Romney: The Next Candidate or Party Flop?

The Iowa Caucuses saw an upset in the polls last week as the GOP campaign season kicked into full gear. Although the outcome was in Romney’s, the voting margin between him and Rick Santorum was only by 14 votes. The upset?  The projected winners at the beginning of the day were Romney and Ron Paul running neck and neck. And it wasn’t just CNN projecting that Romney and Paul would be in the lead. So why the change? Two words: Flip flop. Many will remember this term from the 2004 election when then-Democratic nominee John Kerry was deemed a “flip-flop” when confronted about his voting for the war before he was against it (amongst his many other flip-flopping shenanigans over the years). Voters are starting to realize that Romney has too many skeletons in the closet and has been nothing but inconsistent. Just take a look at his voting record.  He was for gun control before he was against it.  He was for abortion before he was against.  He was for mandating healthcare (and even took pride in Obama using a system that was similar to the one he implemented in Massachusetts) before he was against it. And the list goes on. As a result, there is a clash between the Romney that ran four years ago and the Romney that is running today. In fact, it’s so bad...

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Homeschooling: A Risk?

As a homeschool alumnus, I have heard many cases from across the world where parents were unjustly arrested or had their children taken from them simply because local school and government officials thought home-schooled children were being “mistreated” or are not being “properly educated.”  In fact, many European countries have laws intending to make homeschooling difficult for parents and therefore hurting the parents’ rights.  In Sweden, a law for education reform was passed to ensure that government determined in the types of classes and curriculum that were to be used. The effects of this law on home schoolers are simply despicable.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It only gets worse. In some cases, the fight for homeschooling rights is being won. For instance, in Slovakia, parents have been able to legally homeschool their children since 2008. However, these rights constantly face the threat of being revoked by the government. When government is involved in child education, there is nothing to prevent parental rights from going down the drain. Parents lose the ability to decide what sort of education the child is to have, especially if the parent is considering homeschooling. So how does this effect America? Every year, my parents filed an affidavit to be an acknowledged private school, as is required by California state law for homeschoolers. However, that didn’t stop the local unified school district from sending...

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Why I (Don’t) Love My Generation

Tweet So what exactly is this whole “Occupy” protest about?  Why are people calling for the destruction of Wall Street—an ultimate symbol of our free economy?   These protesting individuals calling themselves “revolutionaries” (in the same manner as the Founding Fathers did) need to be slapped upside the head with a history book. The term “revolutionaries” was given to the Americans by the British out of spite.  Calling someone a ‘revolutionary’ was another way of calling the Americans, who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today, dirty rebels.  Why were they rebelling against the British crown?  They wanted to live their lives without having to deal with social classes, taxes, and being told how they must worship and acknowledge God.  When the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence (and when Congress later constructed the United States Constitution), these men took into account Great Britain’s governmental history.  As Thomas Jefferson said during the first Inaugural Address: “A wise and frugal government shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.” This form of government is what our Founding Fathers created. Because of these...

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