This generation has no world war, and nothing on par with the Great Depression. Instead, we have a creeping, insidious social upheaval threatening America. How we deal with this issue of our generation will prove how mature we are, and whether our young people deserve to carry the mantle of responsibility into the future.
To that end, we need to examine the sociopolitical status of the most important core group of voters; the ones who will turn the tides come election time: young people. More specifically, we need to look at the difference between young democrats and young conservatives. The former are in general more open about their beliefs, who they support, etc. The latter are just the opposite in a disproportionate number of cases: they are timid, unwilling to voice opinions in public for fear of ridicule, and they may not openly identify as conservatives, much less Republicans-with-a-capital-R. Now, a distinction must be made before we move any further. I said that a disproportionate number of cases do not openly exclaim that they are Republicans, which leaves several subcategories of what I call the “covert conservative”.
First, there is the level above the classes of covert conservative – those who are as open about their political stance as they are about their eye color – we’ll call them “conspicuous conservatives”. These are the young people who bravely start conservative clubs on their college campuses, who hand out literature, and who actively participate in the sociopolitical scene. They are not my main focus, because they are already doers – I would be preaching to the choir if I addressed them, visible as they already are. So, let’s discuss the next tier: those who are not socially open about their views, but are active in them.
“Closet conservatives”, as we’ll call them, are more numerous than society gives them credit for – and that is exactly the point. They may furtively wear an elephant-shaped lapel pin, or subtly display a miniscule, gold dollar sign on their car’s bumper, but unless pressured or directly questioned, will never admit to their acquaintances and colleagues their political state. This social camouflage has its advantages, as I can personally attest. Especially in certain work environments, where liberalism is the norm, and any deviation is seen as grounds for discouragement and even punishment, such blatant actions as the conspicuous conservatives are wont to display may be unwarranted, even dangerous to one’s career. So, the closet conservative becomes passive-aggressive, cunning, a master of subterfuge. One example of a closet conservative’s modus operandi is to use anonymous means to spread conservative thought. In the last election, everyone from visitors to bathrooms on college campuses to grocery store shoppers would sometimes find sticky notes pasted proclaiming, “$5.79 a gallon? Obama’s gotta go!”, and similar messages (Sources:http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2011/04/29/update-sticky-note-campaign-gains-momentum/; http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2012/02/22/florida-drivers-shelling-out-nearly-6-a-gallon-at-some-gas-stations/). That’s all well and good, if you’re a savvy conservative trying to wear a social mask, but what if the liberal machine has truly invaded your sense of value?
Then, you become a “clinical conservative”. Clinical in this sense means detached, and that is the characteristic of this group. They may have an “R” on their voter registration card, but you wouldn’t know it by meeting them in person, talking with them, or looking at their social circles. In short: they only vote Republican, if they can be bothered to vote at all, and do little to nothing beyond that. They are the final goal of the liberal establishment machine, the faithful acolytes to Saul Alynski’s Rules for Radicals. They have been cowed, tamped down by social forces all around them, so that they are compliant, afraid of expressing their beliefs for fear of becoming pariahs.
Now, for those of you reading and evaluating, putting yourselves into neat little mental boxes based on the subjective categories I have described, please do not think that I am berating or condemning those who I deem clinical conservatives – everyone can change, and the goal is not to remain in your box, but to have your pick of boxes. Someone who is a closet conservative at work may be a conspicuous conservative outside the workplace, or vice-versa, or any other number of combinations. With that in mind, clinical conservatives, especially those who are Millennials (anyone under 40), are a growing liability to the Republican Party. Why? Simply put, they contribute little to nothing to the Republican agenda. The sad fact is that the Democrats are better at mobilizing, getting out the vote, and winning elections than we are. They’re smarter, less scrupulous, and willing to claw their way to victory any way they can. I’m not publicly advocating abandoning all of our morals and willingly taking up the banner of Whatever-It-Takes, but I do recommend taking pages, heck, even whole chapters, from the Democrats’ playbook. The only reason their tactics work is because we let them work.
My next entry will delve deeper into the mindset of the younger generation of republicans, conservatives, and libertarians, so we can learn a little more about their viewpoints and opinions. If you would like to contribute your perspective, please comment and/or contact me.