In my opinion, Sarah Palin is the perfect role model for someone who stands up for what they believe in. She has had an unbelievable amount of verbal attacks on herself and her family. In spite of this, she still holds firm to the truth and does not let pressure from the other side sway her from doing the right thing.
In today’s world, the choice to stand up for what is right, like Sarah, is becoming harder and harder. If you say anything that does not fit the “politically correct” category, then I can pretty much guarantee that you will be bashed for your beliefs, race, gender, appearance, or anything else they can use against you. The media usually only reports a one sided view point. More often then not, they are reporting the “popular” view, rather than the truth. Many times, schools are doing the same thing. If you ask too many questions that they don’t want to answer, they will bash you for being to inquisitive. I have found that in that situation, usually, they have something to hide.
I know how hard it is to go against the crowd. It would be much easier to shrink back and say nothing. Think about this though… Would you rather say nothing and be popular now for a short period of time, or speak out and be maybe unpopular for a little while but help make a better future for yourself as well as future generations? Genesis 4:7 says,
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
For me the choice is clear, I want to help educate our generation, so we do not make the same mistakes as past generations. Edmund Burke once said,
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
Let me encourage you, to also stand up for the right thing, and not to back down when evil is attacking. We need to choose to stand up for what is right and true!
Anna Jarratt is a 16 year old from Illinois. She has been involved in politics since 2005 because of a local school board referendum. She has not been able to keep away from politics since. Anna loves music and hopes to become a professional horn player/teacher someday.