West Chicago American Government Legislative
Christina W. - Republican
I was born in Winfield at Central DuPage Hospital on the twentieth day of August. These past four years, I've kept myself busy with schoolwork and activities such as Student Council, Math Team, Pep Club, SADD, Track and Field, and Cheerleading. I'm always so busy with school and work, that I rarely have time for myself. So, every chance I have to relax, I take advantage of it. I haven't traveled outside the borders of our country besides my grandparents' island just a few hours outside of Toronto, Canada and parts of Mexico. However, I've done much traveling with my family throughout the US. I work at Eddie Caruso's hair salon in St. Charles as an assistant. It has no relations to what I want to do in the future, but for now the benefits are great. In the future, I see myself walking down the streets of Chicago as a proud owner of a Masters of Science in Business degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I hope to be a powerful businesswoman that will have a posit ive effect on tomorrow's society.
I am a Republican. As a young American, I find myself concerned with many issues and the way our government is going about dealing with them. Several serious issues that surround us are put off or solved with short-term solutions. We are to caught up in foreign affairs that we don't realize the problems around us. In able to effectively help others, the role of the government is to first help Americans. In the past few decades, our national debt has sky rocketed and we just keep digging ourselves a bigger hole. More people need an appreciation for every thing America has done to help their standard of living. I feel that we as a country need to pull together to help decrease our crime and poverty levels of America. Every year the streets of America are filled with more crime and violence. The government needs to take an active role in increase our punishment system to buckle down on our criminals. Things will only get worse if we keep putting these issues aside. I find myself concerned with our economy and seek to it that our government is using our money wisely. I feel that taxes today are too high and give the federal government too much power. I believe individuals should have the right to economic freedom and the government gets in the way of that. I also think that individuals have a traditional right to defend themselves. States should have the right to make gun control laws for their populations and have more responsiblity to keep individuals in their state with tougher penalities on criminals and more regulation of welfare. The federal government should concentrate on keeping our borders safe.
Personally, I don't trust and or support all of the organizations which are funded by our tax dollars. As American citizens we should be able to choose which organizations we want to financially support. I don't believe an American should be forced to give money to organizations that they feel strongly against through their taxes. I also believe in flat tax. It's only fair that everyone has to pay the same percentage of his or her earnings. One of my strongest viewpoints is safety. I look forward to a brighter future where everyone can walk down the streets without any threats of violence. If these desperate measures call for more police order, then so be it. I am willing to let go of some of my rights as a citizen to insure safety and a better life for our children. We need to put terrorists and other criminals to a halt. The government needs to increase border control for national security. I do agree we should limit assault weapons, but people do have a right to defend themselves.
Carly A. - Republican
My name is Carly A. I was born in Winfield, Illinois, and I've lived there for my entire life. I also have a house in Wheaton with my mom. My hobbies include music, art, and doing stuff with my friends. I have two cats- Simon, and CJ, and no, I'm not named after Carly Simon, and Carly Simon played no part in my desicion to name my cat Simon. So. That seems to be the required gist of this. I play lots of instruments (four being a lot) and I'm currently in marching band (later to be symphonic band and pep band), jazz band and the orchestra. I play the flute, the baritone, the string bass, and am currently learning the bass trombone. I'm planning on going to college next year, and I'm thinking it'll be in Iowa (I like to live on the edge) with (I guess) a double major in foreign language and education, with a minor in music (this will probably change). I generally try to stay out of politics, but I do have some strong beliefs, I just don't like to argue with people about them. So, that's a general overview of what you need to know.
There was really only one major reason I chose the Republican Party. I found my opinions divided on many of the major issues that are supposed to help define where you lie on the political spectrum. So, when party declaration day came around, I was in a bit of a panic. But, my eventual reason was, when I stepped back and looked at one of the major beliefs of the party, which was smaller government. I decided that I agreed with that over the democratic belief in a larger government. I think the govenrment should be limited and not try to "equalize" things in society. It is the role of the government to keep the nation safe, not re-distribute wealth. A strong defense is the best offense against terrorists. There are several political issues about which I feel strongly. I am a strong supporter of freedom, and I feel that we have minds of our own, and that we should be able to make choices for ourselves, instead of the government making choices for us. That is what makes me moderate. People should have the right to do what they want with their bodies. On the other hand, people should also be able to decide if they want to have a gun, or eat a happy meal. The states should have more power than the federal government in our everyday life, the 10th amendment is pretty clear on that. It is the job of the feds to keep us safe from harm and regulate the economy.
I am pro choice as far as abortion goes. I don't condone it, but I feel that even if I don't like it, that's not going to be the case with everyone. And I respect that others have different views, so I think that with an issue as important as this, the individual should have the right to choose their own course. I think that something should be done to aid the poor of our country, but I believe that it should not be done as a penalty to those more fortunate (Be punished for getting ahead?!). Another issue I feel strongly about is gun rights. I am against making more laws that restrict the purchase and use of firearms. I think that before we start on another volume of ineffective gun laws, we should at least try to enforce the ones we have. Studies have shown that when gun laws are enforced better in areas with a lot of crime, the crime rate goes down. I also feel it's a bad idea to make more gun laws, because these mainly hinder the law-abiding gun owners, who follow all these laws. After all, if I'm going to commit a crime with a gun, do you really think I'm going to go out of my way to follow gun laws? I think not.
Elizabeth D. - Democrat
My name is Elizabeth, Beth for short. I know a little bit about computers, a lot about squirrels, and I like to take pictures at Reed Kepler and the elementry school near my house of squirrels. I have different views on different subjects. I base my opinions on what I learn and hear about instead of which way is Republican and which way is Democratic. I like to look outside the box and yet still not be so obsured that people don't want to listen or follow.
I knew I was a Democrat at the beginning of the class. But I thought I was just a Moderate Democrat. After the spectrom test and scoring an 11, turns out I'm a liberal after all. I think the government has a responsibility to help the poor. I think the government should keep us safe from violence and limit gun ownership and punish hate crimes. I think people have a right to choose what they do with their bodies and have total privacy. As an artist, freedom of expression is very important to me. The federal government should take an active role to make sure things are equal from state to state. While the state should regulate things like marriage licenses and schools, the federal government should make sure marriage rights are equal from state to state. The federal government should make sure that there is "equal protection under the law" as it says in the 14th amendment.
I'm a Liberal Democrat because I believe stem cell research is far more benofical than what most people are thinking it is. With the ability to use embryos, lots of people's lives could be saved and they could live comfortably for the rest of their lives. I'm also strong about being pro-choice and I believe every woman has the choice whether or not she wants to have an abortion or bring and unwanted child into the world. Ever since I was younger I've loved the environment. The environment, to me, is more important than oil drilling and theme parks. The importance of the environment has pushed me to the left greater than any other reason. We need to ban assault weapons and handguns. No one hunts with these weapons. They are only used to hurt people.