Words by Caelin Mills
Tomi Lahren has been viciously criticized by the left since her videos for The Blaze called ‘Final Thoughts’ began to go viral. Twitter trolls notoriously share sensationalized pictures of her and call her ‘Tammy’ or lost their minds when she appeared with Trevor Noah, saying she got “dragged.”
Which is fine, Twitter is a ridiculous place and the left are ridiculous people. Lahren is a political firecracker, unabashedly sharing her brutally honest opinions on the internet for everyone to see and complain about.
She’s 24. On the right side of politics, with IMMENSE success. It’s not surprising that people are intimidated and critical of it.
This all made sense from the left. The left that is only supportive of women who share their politically correct agenda.
Recently, Lahren has come under fire from her conservative base as well. It all started with her appearance on The View. When describing that she is a conservative leaning libertarian, she said, “[I am] someone that loves the Constitution. I am someone that’s for limited government. And so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies … stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
This statement has caused a complete upheaval from conservatives, who are overwhelmingly pro-life. I get it.
However, this doesn’t discredit her success or her drawing attention to issues that matter. This doesn’t discredit her ability to draw young voters to issues that impact them. Young voters traditionally vote for Democrats. In my experience, both in society and on a college campus, a lot of young voters have no idea what they’re talking about.
She’s doing important work. Work that she now isn’t able to do because she has been suspended by The Blaze.
Since when are conservatives the ones to restrict free speech? Since when does being a conservative mean you have to think the same way as all other conservatives and not stray from those ideas at all?
I’ve been saying for years that the Republican party is evolving. If it wants to stay afloat, it needs to get past some of these hard limits, especially same-sex marriage.
But this is about abortion. Growing up Catholic, I’ve heard all of the arguments against it. And they are all valid. However, I’m also living in the real world. Abortion will never be illegal in the United States again. You don’t have to support it or agree with it, and the federal government should in no way be funding it (or birth control, I’m looking at you Planned Parenthood). You can personally oppose something and not agree with the federal government enacting laws against it (which comes back to same-sex marriage as well).
I don’t morally agree with abortion, but it’s much more of a complex issue. It’s not black and white. It’s not realistic to tell people not to have sex. Even when all precautions are taken, things happen. And for those without the monetary means to support a child, there are more people likely to live off of government assistance for part or most of their lives. Either way, it’s a loss. It is a tragic topic to discuss and everyone has their own opinion on it, whether passionate or not.