Author: Sydney Phillips

Newtok Moves: Struggle, Survival, Recovery

Often, the government ignores a seemingly small issue because there is a bigger picture they are trying to ignore. The people of Newtok, Alaska, may seem like a small, remote group of people, but they are people nonetheless, and also part of a much bigger Native American controversy that has been the pattern in the United States for the past 150 years. Newtok, Alaska, is a small village of Yup’ik Eskimos that live on the western coast of Alaska, just 300 miles from Russia’s coast.  Newtok sits atop melting permafrost on the Ninglick River.  But the causes of the...

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Biden Gaffes and The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy: One and the Same

Joe Biden is the laughing stock of the Obama Administration.  His awful case of foot-in-mouth disease makes it irresistible for conservative media to publish articles like “The 41 Biden Expressions You Must Know,” and even Time published an article entitled “Top 10 Joe Biden Gaffes.” Everyone slips up once in awhile, mixing up words or saying what they don’t mean. Congressman Ryan poked fun at Biden last night, “As the vice president very well knows… sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.” The vice president responded that he always says what he means. Why is...

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First Principles For My First Election: A Book Review

“They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin Recently one of our contributors at TheCollegeConservative published a book entitled First Principles For My First Election. The author, Alan Groves, breaks up a few core American values into six chapters, explaining the importance of intellectual independence, moral courage, entrepreneurship, self-reliance, American exceptionalism, and civic duty– from an 18 year old perspective. During a time when their leader hasn’t kept his promises, but is still the “cool” person to vote for, Groves explains why these six values are important and...

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Glenn Beck’s “War on Glee”

A couple weeks ago, we witnessed yet another classic example of the mainstream media’s misinterpretation of the English language, and the American people’s lack of proactivity and responsibility.  Towards the beginning of June, Glenn Beck spoke at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., reminding Americans of the nation that once existed – one of opportunity, freedom, and Christian morality. Beck presented a variety of original historical documents that contain ideas that have determined the course of American history, such as an original copy of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Beck emphasized the impact that spiritual awareness and virtuous...

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Why Is This An Issue?

There are several stories in the news as of late that leave me wondering why they’re even controversial in the slightest, but one confuses me beyond belief. This week, a story surfaced about a man in Texas who beat his four-year-old daughter’s molester to death when he found an acquaintance pinned on top of her in the family barn. Of course, the father is now facing charges for the defense of his daughter. I don’t understand this; maybe I am just a simple person without an extensive formal education in the law, but I don’t know why the defense of another from...

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