This may be strange for most people to hear from a young, skateboarding-obsessed Latino…

But I love Trump and consider myself a conservative in the truest sense of the word.

I wasn’t always this way…

But punk rock music and self-education converted me from a self-ascribed anarchist to a full-fledged Constitutionalist.

First off, my name is Johnathon Miranda. I am a 24-year-old competitive skateboarder, punk rocker, and journalist from Los Angeles, which is located in arguably the most liberal state in the nation — California.

I’m also a brand ambassador for conservative student organization Turning Point USA, as well as a media personality for the Conservative-Latino organization, Bienvenido…

And I’m a Trump-supporting political loudmouth.

If I were gay and Muslim, I would be the Left’s worst nightmare … but this will do for now.

Punk rock, skateboarding, Latino, and conservative…

I guess my existence is sort of like that of a unicorn…

I shouldn’t exist — yet I do! And here I am, explaining how my father’s reading material and his insistence that I read them — along with punk rock music and skateboarding — is what ACTULLY shaped my political views into what they are today.

But again, it wasn’t always like this…

My Normal Wasn’t … NORMAL

See, as a child, my father strictly played Christian music and Rush Limbaugh on the radio 24/7…

So while kids my age were all listening to Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, or Eminem, I was listening to President Bush’s first State of the Union address where he vowed to expand the fight on terrorism…

I didn’t think much about it…

It was my normal. I didn’t think it was weird or out of place … I just assumed that’s how things were done.

And I kept that same attitude up till I made it to middle school when I got a weird but impactful piece of advice from one of my sixth grade teachers. She said, “Johnathon, as a common courtesy, never talk about politics or religion with others.”

This suggestion made my 12-year-old brain implode!

Why? Because those two subjects were the ONLY thing my family talked about daily…

But her statement made sense. I didn’t have a lot of friends at that age. I mean, I didn’t watch the latest cartoons, nor listen to the newest rock or rap artist nor wear the trendiest of clothes.

How could I talk to others when we came from different worlds? We didn’t speak the same language.

While I was mulling this over, another life-changing moment happened for me when my dad brought home the video game “Guitar Hero” for me to play.

It was a later edition — “Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock” — and I didn’t know the artists on the back of the box … but when I started playing it, it changed my life.

The Punk Spirit IGNITED

I never heard ANTHING like the songs that were coming out of my TV. Bands like Mountain, The Rolling Stones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers were awesome … but the song that I couldn’t get enough of — the one that started to shape my young mind — was “Holiday in Cambodia” by Dead Kennedys.

I didn’t know what they were singing about, so I looked it up and was totally blown away by what they were saying…

Which took me down the rabbit hole of what I call “instrumental activism” — what most people know as “punk rock.”

Most people who aren’t fans of this kind of music will be surprised to know that the genre is heavily inspired by and embedded in politics, social issues, and government…

Each individual band would write songs about issues that were important to them, but they all had one thing in common…

THEY ALL HATED GOVERNMENT!

It didn’t matter what country the band was from — they all had a disdain for EVERY form of government. Democracy, socialism, communism … none of it was safe from their derision…

The ONE form of government that they all seemed to think was the solution was NO government — just ANARCHY! To punk rockers, the absence of government meant absolute freedom of the individual, and is regarded as a political ideal.

Punk rock actually made me care MORE about the political scope…

And listening to it from the ages of 12 to 18 inspired me to personally research history, modern events, and new bills … while fostering a distrust of my teachers and most adults.

In my head, if a person believed in an idea so much that they would write a song or make a riff for it, practice it with the band, pay for the studio time, put it out for the world, and repeatedly play it live for their fans…

Then to me, that idea was born through passion and not the love of a paycheck — like the adults and teachers in my life.

So my musical influences became my guides in life…

They inspired me to read historical books and study political ideologies which lead me to find the TRUTH about the Democratic party — that it was and IS rooted in racism.

But just because the Democrats were wrong, didn’t mean the conservatives were right. So I kept my anarchist ideals…

That is, until I watched a video about George Washington and how he was OPPOSED to political parties because he felt that they posed a significant risk to the government…

This was something I wish I had learned in the public school system … but I guess they chose to leave it out.

Patriotism AWAKENED

However, this discovery led me to read more about George Washington and, much like the Dead Kennedys led me down the rabbit hole of punk music, he brought me down another rabbit hole…

Only this time it was about the Founding Fathers, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution…

And that’s when I made the connection that would shape me into the man I am today.

In 1775, a group of farmers and political rebels fought against the world’s most powerful nation and army in the name of liberty and freedom…

Meaning that the Founding Fathers and all the patriots that fought to create America were the first PUNKS!

They collectively shot a HUGE middle finger to the British and, after winning, developed a body of fundamental principles or system of laws, according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged or to be governed.

The U.S. Constitution was built around the idea of limited government, one where the people controlled it — not a tyrant 3,500 miles away!

This was the moment my anarchist ideology was shattered.

Like a Red, White and Blue PHOENIX

The concept of having no law and order slightly faded as the idea of natural law was looking more pleasant and logical.

One of my favorite quotes comes from one of our most famous Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin…

Coming out of the Constitutional Convention, Ben was asked by a group of citizens what sort of government the delegates created, and he answered: “A republic … If you can keep it.”

I like that…

The only problem is, America is on the verge of losing its republic and the ideals that made this nation great.

To see it be attacked by posers in the punk scene who advocate for communism or socialism makes me both sad and angry that my community completely fell for this false narrative.

Well…

Not on MY watch.

I am going to fight tooth and nail to make sure that republic’s ideals are not only remembered, but upheld!

I was an anarchist…

But I was reborn as a PUNK ROCK PATRIOT!

I will continue to fight for this country, and I hope you plan on doing the same…

No matter WHAT kind of music you listen to!