I am excited to start Lone Conservative’s first column series that answers questions from our supporters and followers. Every Monday, Lone Conservative will post on either Twitter or Instagram so you can submit your questions that you want answered. It can range from issues on campus to general life struggles.
After growing up in a small town, I decided to attend Penn State Altoona and major in political science. I am certainly not an expert on any topic, but great advice doesn’t have to come from some far-away expert. Often, the best advice comes from those struggling through the same thing. I’ll also get a little help from other members at Lone Conservative, who do have some expertise. Enough about me, let’s get to the questions you guys submitted on our Instagram this past Monday.
Anonymous – What can I do to be more educated in politics and conservatism?
I would suggest three things: read, watch, and discuss. Read the news, books about modern political issues, and books from the past about philosophy and politics. If you want to learn specifically about conservatism, you should read the Founding Fathers, William F. Buckley, and Charles Krauthammer. YouTube videos and movies are also great tools. In fact, YouTube is where I first started learning about politics. Lastly, join a group who is interested in politics and conservatism, like Lone Conservative, so you can discuss these issues with your peers.
Anonymous – How to get out of a toxic relationship?
Everyone’s situation is different, but there are some general tips that apply universally. Don’t believe a person when they say something you want to hear, judge them by their actions. A toxic person will repeat their sweet musings and ignore serious conversations to keep you hooked. However, their actions will never add up to their words. Once you notice this, you have to keep telling yourself that it is not your job to fix them. When you go to end the relationship, do it in a place you feel safe. After the breakup, don’t feel obligated to be there for them. Ignore their social media and delete the memories if you need to. The longer you stay, the more difficult cutting ties becomes.
Chris – Right now, who do you think will be the Republican nominee in 2024?
Anything can happen in 2024. If the GOP wants to get the party back on track, they will need a principled conservative as the nominee. They will want someone less polarizing than Trump to get the conservative message across and to help heal the divide in our politics. Many conservatives are feeling disenfranchised by the Republican party right now, and if they don’t nominate someone in 2024 who can win them back, the party will be in trouble.
Anonymous – Any advice for new relationships?
Make sure you line up on core values. A relationship will be very hard to maintain with someone who doesn’t share your deep-seated beliefs. I’m not talking about tax policy, but religion and lifestyle. Once you line up there, your relationship has a better chance at lasting. Besides that, have fun. Don’t lose the giddy “Honeymoon phase” you have right now. Always treat each other like you do now.
Anonymous – It’s difficult being the only conservative I know. Any advice?
Get to know more conservatives. It is very difficult having nobody who shares your values. Join a conservative group or website. Get on Twitter and try to make friends. There might even be more conservatives around you than you think. Do not stay isolated. It will hinder your growth as a conservative and more generally as a person.
These are all the questions that I can answer this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If your question wasn’t answered, don’t worry, you still have a chance to get it featured in next week’s column! Or you could resubmit your question on Monday on our Twitter when we post about it. You can check back next Friday to see if it has been answered. Hope this advice was helpful and I’ll see you guys next week.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.