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Column: The future of America

Staff member shares her opinion on the upcoming election
Parker Nolan
Freshman Lily Hager believes that the president should be one of high moral character and big dreams.

Wise. God-fearing. Caring, respectful and self-aware.

These are qualities needed in a president. The election has been crammed into our daily lives. It dominates the news, conversations and social media, and we watch it spiral out of control this year because we face people who are unfaithful to the law, their family, and unable to commit to relationships. Because many of us can’t vote, it’s easy to feel powerless and frustrated, and many of us want to back away.

However, we are living out a crucial role in our lives. During formative teenage years, we are gaining experience and beliefs which are soon to become the driving ethics of our country. Teenage years are when we learn what’s worth fighting for. So many of us are ignoring this precious time to discover, but we still fight.

If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.

We follow this natural instinct to fight for what’s right, but a lot of us don’t know what we’re fighting for. For example, I have chosen to be pro-life for countless reasons. Many of us don’t know that a baby’s heart starts beating 18 days after conception. Many of us don’t know that we are allowing 250,000 babies to be ripped apart every day in the safety of their mother’s wombs. Many of us don’t know that more than 1,200 babies have suffered from failed abortions, are born alive, and left to die in just one year.

This is what I fight for.

All of us will be eligible to vote next election. Because I try my best to inform myself politically, I have chosen to believe that someone who will address big political issues is more valuable as a president than someone who will ignore those to make sure all personal needs are met.

This is what I look for.

I carefully watched the candidates this year, and I believe neither of them have dream qualities. However, I’m preparing myself to be able to model the leader I do believe in. I desire to be a person that is wise, God-fearing, caring, respectful and self-aware because that is the leader I want to follow. I do this so that when I can vote, I will vote to make the country a place that represents myself, because it is “we the people” who decide what America is.

This is what I prepare for.

Our history has decided it is “in God we trust,” and I pray that we would continue to reflect a people who believe that.

My generation tells me to do what’s best for me and not to let others affect me. “Be different! Be bold!” they say, but I’m starting to believe that it’s bolder to say that I don’t agree with what they tell me. To an extent, this concept can be great encouragement, but I advise you to be different and bold; find out what you stand for, and encourage others to do the same.

This is what I write for.

You have the power to change the world. You can spread your opinions like wildfire with your words and actions, but it’s a responsibility that you must be prepared to take.

What do you live for? I encourage you to find out. Research about immigration, abortion, and how our culture has changed. You may be surprised by what you find.

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About the Contributors
Lily Hager, Editor-In-Chief
With the coming of her fourth and final year of high school, Lily Hager eagerly awaits the senior perks that accompany all who suffer from “senioritis”–including off periods, senior overalls and dual credit. Her freshman, sophomore and junior years were occupied by marching band, newspaper, several AP classes and leadership positions (including being drum major of the band and editor in chief of The Red Ledger junior year). Hager thrives any day that involves journaling, bible studies, time spent with friends or family, and ice cream. Her time at home is largely spent in her room, which she so carefully designed for the past several years into a safe haven. She fills her (rare) free time by cleaning, writing, reading, planning or talking (whether that be to her parents, her friends or her pet bunny, Boots). Despite her burning excitement for college at A&M, she is committed to enjoying her last year as an editor, conducting her last show, and living her last year in her childhood home. Last, but not least, she is certain to take advantage of one last year of writing, editing, and loving TRL.
Parker Nolan, Section Editor
Senior Parker Nolan joined The Red Ledger in ninth grade and is now the paper’s Multimedia Editor. His hobbies include making music, photography, and borderline dangerous escapades (some consider him an adrenaline junkie). Parker is currently dual enrolled at Collin College for Emergency Medical Services education to become an EMT. His favorite movie is “The Italian Job,” and his favorite genres of music are alternative rock and rap. "Be the change you want to see in the world,” a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, is a phrase that Parker tries to live his life by. In his spare time, Parker enjoys working out, hanging with friends, and exploding fireworks. Parker can be described as sometimes chill, sometimes adrenaline filled, and a little too confident in his abilities.

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