I am a millennial. Like most of my peers, I own a smartphone, am active on social media, and spend more time watching television and Netflix than I should. Unlike a majority of my fellow millennials, I am a Republican. Recently, a Pew Research Study discovered that among millennials, 51% identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 35% who identify with the GOP or lean Republican. Why have I chosen to identify with a conservative ideology and the Republican party? Not necessarily for the reasons you might hear or think. Sure, my parents are conservatives. From a young age, I have been taught ideas of limited government, capitalism, and personal freedoms. Sure, I have attended church and have heard that all life is precious. Attending church service every Sunday was an important part of my upbringing. While these things have influenced my political beliefs, I am a Republican because I have compared and contrasted the differing ideologies of progressivism and conservatism. I am a conservative because I want to conserve the ideas which have made America so prosperous—ideas of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility.