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Hi, my name is Victoria Pedigo. I am a Senior Biology and Psychology major at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. I am an aspiring lawyer, proud Republican, and now, a Republican Leadership Victoria 1440600847Initiative (RLI) Fellow.

When given the opportunity to really make a difference, we have two options: we can step up or sit on the sidelines. I decided  I didn’t want to be a spectator. I decided I wanted to be part of important change. That’s why when I got accepted to the RLI program; I knew I had to follow through. For me, that meant driving seven hours through the night from the mountainous heart of Southwest Virginia to reach Fairfax for the first class.

And, it was more than worth it. The Republican Leadership Initiative has empowered me to directly impact my community, make valuable connections, and build personal relationships with people working towards change.


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Supreme Court Justice Scalia: The Constitution, Not Bill of Rights, Makes Us Free.

To hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tell it, America’s freedoms don’t come from freedom of speech or freedom of the press. It’s not the right to bear arms that keeps us free, nor is it the right to “be secure ... against unreasonable search and seizure” or to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” The reason America’s basic freedom has endured for more than 200 years, Scalia said Friday in a speech to the Federalist Society in Morristown, N.J., is not the amendments to the Constitution but the Constitution itself.

“Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.” “That’s not what makes us free; if it did, you would rather live in Zimbabwe. But you wouldn’t want to live in most countries in the world that have a Bill of Rights. What has made us free is our Constitution. Think of the word ‘constitution;’ it means structure.” That’s why America’s framers debated not the Bill of Rights during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, he said, but rather the structure of the federal government.

Read more: The Daily Signal

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