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I call it ‘common sense’
Feb. 18, 2012
By Ramsey Fowler
This week when I read the Tribune’s website, emails and Facebook page, I encountered more attacks than usual from liberal readers. There was “Ramsey Fowler is a joke. He hides behind his youth to promote right wing radicalisms ... I will continue to ridicule this imbecile every chance I get ... If this is what Lees (with no apostrophe) Summit Schools are turning out, we are wasting our money.”
I’ve been writing this column for several months now and consistently receive personal attacks on my character. I think it’s time to reintroduce myself. I’m Ramsey Fowler, and I’m a politically driven high school senior. I come from a divorced home and live with my mother and younger brother. I go to school Monday through Friday then rush home to change clothes and head off to work. I’m employed as a teller at a local bank Monday through Saturday and I’m off on Sundays. I also work part time at night with my mother who runs a catering company.
I’m on the honor roll and a member of the Varsity debate team, The National Forensics League and Student Senate. I also participate in the Lee’s Summit Youth Court System as a judge and attorney. On Sundays, my family and I attend mass, where I volunteer as a Eucharistic minister. Last, but certainly not least, I write a weekly political column for The Lee’s Summit Tribune.
I was shocked when I read “If this is what Lees Summit schools are turning out we are wasting our money.” I can’t imagine what more I can do given the current number of hours in a day. I feel that a majority of Lee’s Summit residents can appreciate my challenging schedule. I’m amazed that this democratic gentleman feels like his tax dollars are being wasted because all high school students don’t share his personal political agenda. School should lay the foundation for all who are willing to pursue their goals to achieve. Education is for teaching the basics and not intended to endorse or promote one central belief system. This, after all, is America and not a Communist nation.
I’m always surprised when I read posts from liberals referring to me as an “idiot” or an “imbecile.” Am I an idiot because I care about the national debt, the future of all generations and am sickened with big government’s wasteful spending? Does it make me an imbecile when I look to our current administration to uphold our constitution and make sound, fiscally responsible decisions? What I currently stand for and always will is the responsible governing, strengthening and unifying of all America. If that is what some choose to call “right wing radicalism” then so be it. I choose to call it common sense.
I will tell you that I am a conservative, but I don’t blindly follow the Republican Party. I will be the first to admit in hindsight that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, but we can’t continue blaming the past and ignoring today’s predicament. I would hope that current Independents and Democrats are able to admit that the Obama administration has not successfully turned this country around as promised. I am also hopeful that they will be willing to explore alternative leadership options in the 2012 election.
I am proud that I was elected mayor of Weyer City in The Boys State program by both Republicans and Democrats. I was honored in Jefferson City at the Youth in Government conference to win the “Best Bill” award for making Missouri a right-to-work state. I was the only participant to receive this award, and I did so with bipartisan support. I am encouraged when great ideas are recognized, promoted and passed without ugly partisan politics.
I work multiple jobs, study hard and volunteer because I have set high goals. I want to become an effective political leader, live life to its fullest and simply be the best person I can be. It is counter intuitive for me to ever believe that the government has bigger and better dreams for me than those that lie deep within my own heart.
I find it interesting that some readers choose to spend their free time online calling me names, defaming my character and twisting my words. I’ll be honest: I’m too busy to check comments on the web and Facebook on a daily basis. Those conservatives who do log on to defend fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and the preservation of our constitution are greatly appreciated.
Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Basically anyone who supports big government spending, continued high unemployment rates, government mandated healthcare, the trashing of our constitution, the promotion of class envy and the false promise that we can spend our way out of debt, should cast their vote for Obama in 2012. You’ll be voting for the continued decline of America and that is not only sad, but completely insane.
God Bless this Country!
Ramsey Fowler is a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School. Write to him at email@example.com.