Why we back red

Republican students stick with GOP party

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Sophomore Olivia Huckabee, senior Graci Henard and sophomore Macy Maynard remain loyal to the Republican Party because of its stance on issues, such as gun control, abortion and biased media.

Story by Graci Henard, Macy Maynard, and Olivia Huckabee

Because of the recent events, the Republican Party has faced several blows to its reputation. However, not all Republicans supported this violence, and there are some of us who still cling to the Republican morals because of their stance on controversial issues. 

While our support resides with the Republican Party, we are thankful that we live in a country that allows its people to voice their own opinions, thanks to the First Amendment. We may not agree with the person in office but will always respect America and the president, regardless of which party they represent. 

Abortion 

Abortion is the “spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation,” according to Merriam-Webster. The definition acknowledges that abortions are available the first three months, however, abortions can occur throught the whole pregnancy in some states.

Under the administration of President Donald J. Trump, red states increased laws on abortion to where they become more situational and less easily available. In an interview on Oct. 24, 1999, Trump stated, “Im very pro-choice, I hate the conept of abortion, I hate it. I hate everything it stands for, but I still believe in choice.” Trump acknowledged that women have a choice but believes abortion is morally wrong in itself. 

On the other side, President Joe Biden plans to continue “The Affordable Care Act” started under the Obama administration, which will lower the cost for preventative care and contraceptives. This act makes the abortion process easier and more convenient for women in the future. He plans to make a law based on the Supreme Court case Roe v Wade, protecting a woman’s “constitutional” right to abortion with limited government interventions, including state governments. 

In doing so, Biden is enlarging the role of the federal government and minimizing the power of the states, which is the exact opposite of the idea America was founded on. The authors of the Constitution wrote the document to minimize the power of the federal government, but the democratic party is doing the opposite; giving themselves more power over the states.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              According to a Californian newspaper, “There is no record of [Kamala] Harris or President Biden saying they support taxpayer funding of abortion until the time of birth, though anti-abortion activists point to congressional votes they say illustrate Democrats’ reluctance to bar such abortions.” The Joe Biden administration plans to make abortions more available under the Affordable Care Act and repeal the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment states that no federal funds should be used on abortions. It was introduced in 1977 by Congressman Henry J. Hyde and once had the support of Biden. His stance has flipped, however, and he now plans to repeal it according to his quote, “If I believe healthcare is a right, as I do, I can no longer support [the Hyde Amendment] that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.” This amendment has full support of the Trump administration and Trump fought to keep this policy in place, while the left continues to fight against it.

Of course, there are always cases where medically, the pregnancy is hurting the mother or the baby. In these cases, and these cases only, should abortion be allowed. Republicans stand by their values and believe that abortion laws and restrictions should not be mandated by the federal government, but by the states.

Gun Control

The issue of gun control is a topic where the left and right have never agreed. According to, “The Biden plan to end our gun violence epidemic” the Democratic Party, among other plans, will fight for the ban of high-capacity magazines (anything with 10+ rounds) whereas the Republican Party aims to protect the people’s right to own guns.

Conservatives, as a whole, are against the ban of these guns and believe it is 100% unconstitutional, going against the Second Amendment which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This amendment preserves our right to protect ourselves from the government if deemed necessary and is also a way to defend ourselves. 

Gun control is also illogical because it will result in the creation of more gun-free zones, leaving more and more people defenseless. Evil people with evil intentions will always find a way to get weapons; just because something is illegal doesn’t mean it can’t be smuggled in or sold illegally. Gun control is taking away law-abiding people’s defense while enabling criminals to cause more harm.

Dr. John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “More Guns, Less Crime” said, “I think the irony is, that we pass gun control regulation and they make it so that victims rather than killers obey the laws. Rather than making people safer, they make things riskier.”

Not only could these laws cause more harm, they also further prove the Democratic Party’s plans to take power from the states and out of the hands of citizens. The Declaration of Independence highlights that all citizens have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The “pursuit of happiness” expressed here could be anything that makes one happy, including property, according to John Locke. The Democratic Party goes against the basis of this country: everyone is entitled to the “pursuit of happiness.” This plan, just as Bidens plan for abortion, is taking power from the states and its citizens. The Republican Party stands for states rights and the idea of a federal government with less power than the states. 

Biased Media

In ‘We The People: An introduction to American to American Government,’ it states, “A paradox of modern communication is that, although political information is now more widely available than before, it is also less trustworthy than before.” A recent University of Maryland study concluded that “false or misleading information is widespread in [today’s] information environment.” Media bias is not only hiding facts from the public, but it can also be exaggerating certain facts to make a specific person or thing look bad.

Former CBS News reporter and paid Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg wrote an article about the media bias coming from his own former coworkers. The article “In the age of Trump, media bias has come back into the spotlight,” shows that not only is the media heavily biased, but that too many journalists have an alliance with the Democratic Party and its liberal values

Many talk show hosts, bloggers and websites routinely slant information to fit their purpose while burying contradictory facts. Every news station, whether biased toward the Republican or Democratic parties, seems to only show the stories that fit their narrative. As a result, the American public is left with contradicting news or with only half the story. News stations no longer simply state the news and facts while letting the public make their own opinion, they are publishing parts of stories which convey their bias and opinion. 

For example, when Tara Reade went public with an accusation that Senator Joe Biden sexually assaulted her while she worked at the Washington office in 1993, “ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all invited Biden on their airwaves for interviews, but they refused to confront him even once about these allegations,” the conservative Media Research Center reports. “Out of 77 questions, not a single one asked the former Senator and Vice President about Reade’s charges.” 

This is one of many examples where the media avoided getting answers that would damage the name of the party. In the age of Trump, the media no longer tries to hide biases; they embrace them. The so-called mainstream media has joined “The Resistance.” The worst part is, they’re not troubled by it. 

The stance the Republican Party has taken on all of these issues solidify our allegiance. Because of this, we remain red.