I haven’t written for a while now, and that’s mostly because of the unpopular words I have to say. I started Rouser News, formerly known as The Rabble Rouser based on the idea that my publication would stand to resist leftist insanity by publishing incendiary articles ferociously defending traditional conservative values. What more does a young college student want than something to fight for?
Yet, after two years of fighting in the conservative movement, I cannot hide that which I believe is wrong. Ronald Reagan once said, “We are often told that we need to choose between a left or a right. I’d like to suggest there is no such thing. There’s only an up or a down.” Often touted by the right-wing as the best president to ever live and the face of the movement, claiming most conservatives today carry on this belief is simply a farce.
Don’t get me wrong, there are several organizations which are doing excellent work in preserving our liberties, but our driving ideology has become fragmented—a shadow of the excellence we once hoped to preserve.
I call for a return to Reaganism, and that begins by taking up the belief enshrined on his tombstone:
“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”
To many of us, the idea that man is inherently good seems to be common sense. To others, however, this is considered a Christian heresy, an unrealistic characterization of humanity, or simply childish optimism. I argue, however, that knowing deep down you are good, is the basis for self-confidence and self-reliance.
I’m not sure where the idea that man is evil began, but I can say from personal experience that all people doubt themselves from time to time. Think back to the peer pressure you felt in school. People would do nearly anything to fit in, surrendering their individuality for acceptance from the collective.
To believe in your inherent goodness, however, means that your beliefs are no more or less valid than those of another. As soon as you let someone else tell you that you are wrong, that is when you are opening the doors for someone else to control your mind. This isn’t to say that you can’t grow and adjust your beliefs over time, but to surrender your way for the way of another is how you lose yourself, no longer a leader, but a follower. And to the person who is arrogant enough to devalue the ways of another, you are truly a hypocrite.
If you turn on any news channel these days you’ll find some commentator generalizing the entirety of the left or the right as evil, depicting them in the worst way possible. That’s, of course, the first thing we learn as commentators—to artificially enflame the narrative that one is right and another is wrong. I’d like to suggest that the only real evil in this world is tyranny.
Whether in public or private matters we must all accept that our own way is just as uniquely beautiful as another’s, and the government’s only purpose is to defend our liberty to be who we want to be.
Since rebranding the publication, the mission of the Rouser has been to awaken readers to the battle of ideas going on around them with real news, and honest commentary. Together we’ve accepted the torch of Reagan’s legacy, fighting for the peaceful coexistence and prosperity of all.