by Brad Nelson 2/3/15
Pedro Gonzales has another interesting article at American Thinker: How to Make Young People Conservative. Even though he asks a good question (or at least Mark Levin did), and even though he seems to have a good general grasp on the ideas of conservatism, I’m not sure he has the answer for how to attract yutes. All that he says makes sense. And yet at the end of the day, I think he answers his own question:
So which appeals to you more – unlimited condoms, or a thriving job market?”
In some respects, I’m going to agree with Jonah Goldberg (at least the old Jonah Goldberg, before he started to slip further left). Appealing to the youth movement is what the Left does. There are no politics of the right that are inherently “hip” and there’s no changing that fact. That is exactly why the Left wants to keep yutes eternally dumb, young, and dependent — to keep the juvenile mindset (which, as we look around us, we notice in many adults as well). The Left works hard to keep that answer “condoms” instead of “jobs.”
That’s a very rough synthesis of Jonah’s and my own thoughts. The question perhaps is really: How can parents assure that their children grow up and face the lessons of life like mature adults instead of reaching for vapid, Utopian false promises?
Anyway, it’s good to see a new thinker on the scene. Pedro has had three good articles in a row now, at least that I’ve noticed. He certainly may have had more.
By the way, on a totally different topic (but I didn’t want to have to write a new blog post just for it), you heard it here first: The new menace on the roads is young women and cell phones who are texting themselves into fender benders all over the place. The old menace (young men who drive drunk and/or too aggressively) is still there.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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