I’m Ashley, a 22 year old republican born and raised in New York and I write politics to let my voice be heard and to educate others. I graduated in May 2013 from Niagara University with a bachelors degree. I majored in luxury hotel management with a dual focus in meeting and event management and spa and resort management while minoring in Spanish. It wasn’t until the end of my junior year, leading up to the 2012 election, that I began becoming interested in politics. I recently began a blog and Twitter account, called The Constitutional Beat, after realizing how little most of my generation knows, or even cares about what is happening in our nation. I understand that at my age the last thing most people want to do with their free time is sit down and watch the news, boring (for most)! We tend to be a bit preoccupied establishing ourselves in school, our jobs, and financially supporting ourselves all while retaining a social life. But the problem is, all the political issues and decisions happening on a daily bases will be affecting our generation’s future the most! The way our country has been heading these past few years under President Obama, and the policies himself and our government are trying to pass, make me terrified for our future. I want people to understand this terror of mine so they can help turn this country around. The United States is experiencing the biggest divide in decades among its people. It is not the great country it use to be and it is slowly working its way to becoming weak and dysfunctional. I have began writing politics in hopes that I can educate and inform people about the nation’s issues and controversial debates so they too will want to step in to stand up for their beliefs and exercise their right to vote. This is our future and we need to understand what is happening, how it will affect us, and why our voice is important.
1. How did you get started writing for Turning Point USA?
Back in November 2013, I began writing a politically based blog called ‘The Constitutional Beat’, which was geared toward my generation. It soon escalated as I also created a Twitter account to better update and inform my generation on today’s political issues. After a month or so of having my Twitter account, Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, tweeted me encouraging me to apply to be a columnist writer for Turning Point USA. I contacted TPUSA to further inquire about the columnist program in which I then seized the great opportunity and applied. I was gratefully accepted and now here I am!
2. What do you enjoy about being a columnist?
What I enjoy most about being a columnist is not only having the freedom to write about what I want, but also being able to write something that informs people and gets people thinking. So many people don’t know enough about the political issues happening everyday in our nation or understand the affects they will bring on us. It’s the voice of the people that ultimately influences the decisions of the politicians, or in other words, our future lies in our hands. Being a columnist gives me that chance to educate others so they will want to help in the fight for our future.
3. Why should others write for Turning Point USA?
Writing for Turning Point USA is an opportunity to let your voice be heard and it’s an opportunity to take a step in making a difference in our nation. You hear so often that you should never talk politics and are so often scolded when you try to express your political views, but how are people to learn, educate, understand, and converse when the discussion of politics is never brought to the table. Writing for Turning Point USA is a chance to do just that while being able to express exactly what you want.
4. What are your political goals?
My first and foremost political goal is to continue to inform people about the current issues in our nation in a way that will make them understand how important it is to stay politically educated, and also to influence others to want to take a stand and make their voice heard. I also want to pursue becoming even more active in the political community as I hope to one day join the Young Republican National Federation. I hope I can continue to progress in making a difference and help lead this country back to the ethical, hard working, and prospering nation it once was with an end to the current war between the political parties.
5. Who do you admire in politics and why?
Ronald Reagan will always have my heart as the person I most admire in politics. Simply put, he is a conservative icon, a legacy that loved his country and the people in it. From the start, he was determined to restore traditional values and was committed to success. His accomplishments changed America for the great, with one of my favorite accomplishments being the success of his economic policies, dubbed ‘Reaganomics’.
Check out some of Ashley’s previously written articles!
The tinkerers on the political left seem to believe that more government spending and regulations are the answer to all of our problems. They’re not. Data show that higher taxes to support greater government spending hurt growth and make all of us poorer.
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MARCH 7, 2014 BY
The United States Constitution is the definitive principle in which our country was founded on. For the first time since the Magna Carta, had a document established not only the rights and liberties of a people, but this time also restricted and established the foundations of a limited government. Sadly, forces have been working to dismantle the Constitution for nearly half a century, attacking the civil liberties of Americans and establishing a bigger, more centralized government than our founding fathers intended.
Yesterday sparks were flying during the NSA panel! Check out Charlie Kirk’s comments in this very entertaining panel!
MARCH 6, 2014 BY
Amidst the media frenzy about Putin’s power grab in Ukraine, the common, yet anticipated chant from the left is how evil and aggressive America has always been, that somehow this unrest is detached from reality, it predates the Cold War, and well, of course how could we possibly forget, it undoubtedly remains Bush’s fault. Read More
Today Charlie Kirk interviewed Congressman Allen West!
My biggest problem with fiscally conservative style ideology is that it places the sanctity of the free market above the basic welfare of human beings
Oh no no no… Pull up a chair.
Son, I’m disappointed in you.
Your statement presumes that the free market and the welfare of human beings conflict. However historical evidence proves this false. If we look back over history, the very poorest places are the places with the largest government control. Inside our country this is Detroit, outside it was the Soviet Union and China for the most of the 20th century. In 1990, 47% of the world lived in extreme poverty, which is defined as living off less than $1.25 per day. Now 22% of the world live in extreme poverty, half of the people in 1990. This is due to two of the worlds largest countries taking major liberalizing (classically liberal) changes to their economies. India and China have shifted to more open, market economies. As I direct result, India went from a 51% poverty rate to 22% projected next year. In 1981, 65% of China lived on less than $1 per day but by 2007, it had fallen to 4%. Free trade and free markets are the greatest system to raise the standard of living for the greatest number of people.
This is excellent.