My Voice: Making a Difference

As a Teenage Republican I’ve been often told by my friends, “What’s the point of being in politics at this age? You can’t even vote, your voice doesn’t even count.” It doesn’t dishearten me. But it allows for a very teachable opportunity. What makes a republic so incredible, is that anyone from any walk of life can make a difference. Can make a positive difference. Even a teenager. 

In 2012, I was a volunteer on the Presidential Campaign for Governor Mitt Romney. I spent about 100 hours of my summer vacation going into my freshman year of high school at the Republican Head Quarters. I called voters, sold t-shirts and bumper stickers, put together signs, and went door to door. I was recognized for that work. I was afforded the opportunity to have breakfast with our Governor, Rick Scott, then with the opportunity to serve as a Messanger in the the State House of Representatives, and then to serve as Political Director for the Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans. Over seeing PR and club services for the largest youth auxiliary for a political party- in the nation. Going on radio shows to spout off about TARs and our work to educate, insipire, and involve young people in this American Expiriment of ours.

In 2014, a special election was held for Florida’s 13th district for the U.S. House of Representatives between Republican, David Jolly, Democrat and Former Gubernatorial Candidate, Alex Sink, and Libertarian, Lucas Overby. The race was on to keep the seat Republican and it was close. So my dad and I drove to Pinellas Country and we went door to door convincing the township why their participation in the special election was imperative to their daily lives. That if they didn’t participate and then things don’t go the way they’d like in Washington, they’d only have themselves to blame because they let someone else decide the future of our nation for them. 

And that is not what this republic is based upon. That is not what our founders died for, that is not why we defended the union in the Civil War, that is not why we defended our allies in the two world wars, that is not why our young men and women defend the promise of America when they’re sworn into the United States Military. It is our civic duty to be involved in any way and every way possible. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our neighbors. We owe it to our families. We owe it to those who protect us everyday at home and abroad. We owe it to our future generations. We owe to those who aren’t alive yet, but will feel the effects of what we did. 

After David Jolly’s victory, I interned on Governor Rick Scott’s Re-Election Campaign and did the very same work. Knocking on hundreds of doors, if not 1,000+, and having that same understanding. Will my countrymen and women elect a candidate who works everyday with the people of Florida in mind? Or will they elect a career politician, only interested in reclaiming power? How could I make a difference? I went out door to door getting people registered to vote, getting them to the polls, and getting them educated on the candidates in the race and the issues of the day. In my county, Polk County, we carried Governor Scott by 20,000 votes. The Gubernatorial election was carried by just 70,000 votes. 30% of the Scott victory can certainly be acredited to our efforts. I’m proud of that and I didn’t even get to cast a ballot. But I was apart of the process and I made a difference.

Recently, a young man named CJ Pearson has been making national headlines for being an outspoken young man. He reminds me of… well, me when I was in middle school. I’m equally impressed and proud that young conservatives around the nation have paved the way for youngsters like CJ to become national talking heads. Although he won’t be able to vote in a Presidential election until 2020 or even 2024, he’s an influential person among his peers and elders. 

(Addition: As of December of 2015, JC Pearson has seen fit to follow a different course. Pearson has left the Republican Party, endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for President. Pearson believes Senator Sanders better addresses the concerns of the African-American Community than the current Republican Field, including the only African-American candidate—Dr. Ben Carson. Bique no longer admires Mr. Pearson as a leader of the Generation and is saddened by Mr. Pearson’s change of heart. But with further study and a better understanding of basic economics, CJ will return to the party of Lincoln and Reagan.)

This is an exciting time to be a Republican. This is an exciting time to be a Conservative. This is an exciting time to be a lover of Liberty. This is an exciting time to be a fighter for freedom and free enterprise. This is an exciting time to be an American. 

And this is my voice. I am ready to take back this great land. I’m ready for revolution. Not a revolution of arms and bloodshed, but a revolution of men, women, and ideals. Ideals that made this country a shinning city upon a hill. Ideals that made America the great nation ever erected by man. 

The Case for America

We are told that our country is too strong. We are told that our freedoms are indispensable and subjective to the whims of the loud minority. We tell ourselves that this is the way it is. That’s it. Theres no way to turn back the clocks and undo the wrongs. The mistakes.

We forget we are a Representative Democracy. We forget that if we are educated and proactive in the well being of our nation, that we can bring about meaningful change.

I’m one of the few teenagers who gave their volunteer time to state and local political campaigns. 256 volunteer hours confirmed and logged, probably leaving out a few minutes here and there.

Why did I spend my summer going door to door, talking to voters, hearing what the people had to say, getting out the vote, and getting them the tools they needed to participate in our democracy?

Although it wasn’t as exciting as it seems on paper, I gave my time and efforts to this cause of representative democracy because I was raised with a deep sense of pride in my country and engrained with a deeper sense of civic duty from my father and his father, both having served respectively in the Air Force and Navy.

So, I’ve got a stake in the game. In politics. It hits me at home because my father has stage four synovial sarcoma that developed in his foot and then metastasized into his lung. Furthermore, he goes to the VA and Moffit to receive medical treatments.

Floridan Governor Rick Scott is a champion of Cancer Research and honors our Veterans who served our nation and deserve utmost thanks and gratitude from those of us who have not served our countrymen in such a capacity.

When we vote, it must not be based on this week’s fad, but based upon our goals for the next ten years. We don’t save money in order to spend it away tomorrow. We save today for our needs next week; next month; next year.

It is with such diligence and stewardship that our countrymen should vote and participate. For it is often said, “Those who chose not to vote, choose not to have a voice.” No words could be more true.

In the age of partisan media, if you can say there wasn’t partisan before now – In the culture of partisan media that has endured as long as the republic itself, we are told that our only choice is simple. Left or Right.

Friends, I would suggest too, like then actor Ronald Reagan in 1964, we we have a different choice. Up or down. Liberty or death. Economic freedom or slavery to the welfare state. It’s that simple.

We can find the remedies to our social problems without the hand of big government and we can do it even more effectively. We need to be our own brother’s keeper, like the members of my family, my church, and my community have been to my father and our family. 

Our country is waiting—no, thirsting for a revival but we must act on this now. We must open up our hearts and look to our fellow countrymen instead of big government.

I believe in America and I believe in the resilience of her people. When we set our minds to great causes there’s simply no stopping us because there is no cause greater than our cause: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

July 21st, Statewide Day of Prayer for Floridians.

Bold Move? Or Political Suicide?

Yesterday evening, Governor Rick Scott, released a statement declaring this Sunday, July 21, as a Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity.

So what’s Bique’s opinion? I think it’s both.

It’s very bold, in my opinion, of Governor Rick Scott to step out like that, having upset many, to offer prayers for both families involved in the Martin-Zimmerman Trial will defiantly leave a mark on his Governorship.

I also believe this is a double edged sword.

As “bold and unafraid” that is, it might spark some push back and controversy.

The topic of Trial has already sparked a lot of controversy, but that’s an understatement to say the least and it has many taking to the streets and to social media to with their views of the trial. Many accuse racism toward Mr. Zimmerman and many accuse Mr. Martin of being a delinquent.

Some even threaten harm to Mr. Zimmerman. Notably the Black Panther scare.

But tell us how you feel about the Governor’s Proclimation?

Florida Teenage Republcian Convention 6/8-9/2013

Our convention will be held June 8-9, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Governor Rick Scott will be our keynote speaker and TARs will have the opportunity to speak directly to the Governor of their state! TARs will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded leaders from across the state, learn new club strategies and ideas, and hear from guest speakers who are leaders in the Republican Party. It will be a great event and you do not want to miss it. Cost is ONLY $45/student ($90/person for parents or sponsors who would like an individual room) and includes the hotel, all meals, and all activities, so register NOW before space fills up! Registration link can be accessed below. If you are registering as a parent or sponsor and would like a room on your own or if you have any allergies or health concerns, please make this known under the “comments” section. The event may also be found on Facebook at this link but submitting a RSVP under Facebook does not constitute registering, so you must register below. Republicans ages 13-19 who are part of a Teenage Republican Club or who are interested in starting one or learning more about it are welcome to attend. Graduated Seniors are also encouraged to attend as well as opportunities to stay involved with the Republican Party in college and beyond will also be discussed.

Convention 2013

UPDATE 6-10-13

Florida Tars Coverage

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Polk County Delegation

Why I am Running for Executive Director of FFTARS

This is the statement I made in my decision to run for ED.

“I’m looking to run for the position of Executive Director to ensure we can properly mobilize and strengthen our organization’s presence in the state. I’d keep a constant contact with the clubs and assist them the best I can. Not only that but I would promote our organization to schools. As Executive Director, I would make sure to work closely with the political director to share the positive things we do at FFTARS with others. I believe it is important that we have a closer relationship with starting clubs until they are comfortably mobilized because I know how difficult it can be to gain traction. I give my word if I am elected by my peers I will serve with honor, humility and humbleness. Right now with the transition our party is making, we should do our best to remind our fellow TARS that we have to look forward and put any grievances behind them. As Abraham Lincoln said “With charity to all and malice towards none.””

We have a hard task up ahead and it’s going to take a lot of dedication. 2014 is a critical election following the last Presidential let down. We can’t let that happen again here in Florida. We also must fill our State and Federal Congress with conservatives who are going to kick butt, take names and get the job done. But we can only do this if we have republican majorities.

It’s a team effort and it will take everyone to get this done right.

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