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If Conservatives Want to Win Over Young Voters, They Need Some Fresh Ideas

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2022
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If you are not a liberal at 20 you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.

The above quotation, or some version of it, has been attributed to figures as disparate as Edmund Burke and Winston Churchill. That it has been used by so many public figures for so long is a testament to the fact that in politics, going back to at least the French Revolution of 1789, there has always been a tendency for the old and cynical to reflect on the naivety and idealism of the young. It is hardly revolutionary then to find concerns among Republicans and American conservatives about the voting habits of their children and grandchildren.

 After all, the young have always wandered off. It is only where they have wandered, and when they return, put down roots, and take their places in a conservative order that should be of concern. Here lies a real problem.

While failures in American education are without a doubt exacerbating the ideology of younger voters, the idea that there is some easy “fix” or that somehow inculcating the young with the conservative canon would produce different electoral outcomes is foolish.

The main threat is that American society increasingly holds out little ability to settle down for those who wish to do so, and as a consequence is extending adolescence by years and even decades for millions of young people. Without answers to this problem, conservatives risk finding themselves facing an electorate which votes that way as well.

Conservatism requires having something to conserve. The language of self-sacrifice for the greater good, the idea that voters should embrace capitalism, free-markets, and conservative social values because it is better for other people is ultimately an anti-conservative argument. It is the left that advocates placing some intangible future above the present and the interests of abstract, more deserving, “other people” ahead of oneself. If politics becomes a mere competition between rival theories and idealisms, then Marxism can always promise more. Conservatism can merely promise a more efficient version of the present. Marxism can promise utopia. Human intuition and nature, not biased teaching, ensure that in a mere battle of abstract ideas without any concern for practical consequences, one side will win, and it will almost always be the left.

What should always shift the balance toward conservatives is experience and reality. For those without a place in society, where their own future is up in the air, Marxism will appeal. For those with a home, a family, children, and a job, then conserving and defending those institutions matters—and not abstractly, but in concrete, practical ways. Younger voters, nomadically migrating year to year, without families or children, and without property, have little to tie themselves to any one community or much to preserve.

Especially for the children of the middle class, this has meant that they have been able to dream of a far-off future without too much concern for what is happening today. As they age, responsibilities multiply. A childless 20-something who rents with roommates will be far more concerned with keeping the rent down and the police from raiding their party than they will be with property values. When they have children and own their own home, they will become concerned with the quality of the local schools and the values of their property. This is how conservatism tends to win over the long term.

This natural progression, which occurs in almost all “healthy” societies, is why the tendency of younger voters to cast ballots for Democrats should not worry Republicans or conservatives per se. There are structural reasons why this evolution happens, and generally when it has not historically, it has been because something is grievously wrong. In Weimar Germany, the Nazis and communists drew their strongest support from young voters, a constituency which saw no future in the Weimar system and therefore cast ballots for its enemies. What should concern every American, not just Republicans, is whether the wider sickness in the American economy and society are going to prevent the problem from self-correcting.

There is a tendency on the right to see these problems first and foremost in cultural terms: the reason young voters are left-wing is because they are indoctrinated to be so. The last two weeks have seen a host of articles on left-wing indoctrination in education, building on concerns that have developed over the last two years, especially regarding sexual education in schools. While teachers undoubtedly lean left of their local communities, and the professional education establishment reflects the leftward drift of academia, the effectiveness of state education in instilling political loyalty to any given system throughout history is limited. The Weimar Republic’s education failed to instill loyalty to the regime, and the Soviet Union did not exactly build a generation of committed communists. The reason was that they saw the contrast between what they were taught the system promised them, and what it was doing for them.

If the willingness of young voters to express favorable views of Socialism is a product of schools failing to adequately teach the atrocities of the 20th century, the lack of faith in capitalism is more organic. What precisely has the  “system” been doing for them? The very factors that Churchill observed drove voters to become conservative as they aged, such as buying homes, raising families, and laying down roots in communities, have been in decline. Rates of marriage are falling. Home ownership is in decline as property values are seen as assets rather than homes. For all the talk about millennials returning home to live with their parents, many do not have homes to return to, as their parents have sold them. The result is that younger Americans often find themselves adrift after college, renting with friends in large cities distant from where they grew up, burdened with debt, with an unclear road to the stability that is a perquisite for conservatism.

This in turn has left them increasingly dependent on government support championed by the left. Republican criticisms of Obamacare allowing young people to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26, or of student loan forgiveness as a redistribution that does nothing to solve underlying problems, are all correct. But they are also beside the point. Neither party is presenting real answers to those problems. The Democrats offer money to mitigate their impacts, ruthlessly targeted for political advantage. The GOP offers reproaches. But those reproaches oddly enough echo the left-wing arguments on “wokeness.” There, Democrats alienate voters by telling them they are bad people for not being “woke.” Here, the GOP all too often tells younger voters they are lazy, bad people because they cannot afford a home, struggle with rising health insurance premiums, and incurred debts to earn degrees that almost every Republican employer still requires to even apply for jobs.

The failings of this message would be apparent if the message were actually aimed at younger voters. But all too often it is not. The messaging is aimed at attacking the failures of young Americans in order to contrast them with the success of other, often older Americans, as well as the minority of younger voters who have escaped this trap.

The drawback is that as a result of these attitudes, the GOP frequently neglects to engage with those who do not support them. This is apparent when it comes to many GOP candidates, who, with a few exceptions, tend to campaign by explaining how unlike everyone else in “Gen Z” they are.

The result is that American conservatism has become heavy on criticism, and short on answers. Often, the response to recent challenges has not been to confront them but to retreat. Rather than confront crime in the cities, it has been to write it off as an inevitable consequence of Democratic government, and use these cities as terrifying examples to hold the loyalty of voters in the shrinking number of safe communities. For all the talk about “woke-ism” in academia and the takeover of higher education, conservatives have neither tried to help students who were saddled with debt, nor challenge this paradigm, but instead have used the student debt crisis as some sort of illustrative moral lesson.

Support for school choice, which is a life-saver for some families in some communities, has been conflated with efforts to save the public schools in a way which has suggested conservatives believe “indoctrination” is a reason to abandon them. On economic messaging, the GOP has become obsessed with asset values, the value of the stock and housing markets, to the exclusion of whether companies employ American workers or houses are actually built to help people. If the conservative message to young people is “sucks to be you” it is no surprise if they think conservatism sucks.

This is why blaming bias in schools is a dead end. What precisely would the “conservative” message be that should be taught in schools? That redistribution is “wrong” or “inefficient?” That it is better to purchase your own health insurance? That it is in principle wrong for the government to regulate to help renters? That the government should take money from young people to subsidize their parents? How would these win over the intended audience?

A classic refrain of communists whenever the failures of their ideology to work in practice are highlighted is to insist, well it has never been properly tried. When it comes to the rejection of conservatism by young voters, too many have adopted the explanation, it has not been properly explained. The reality is that for too many young people, the status quo is not working, and they can see it is not working for them. The irony is that unlike communism, there is an extensive history of conservative values and free-market principles working to make life better for young people throughout human history. In fact, there are plenty throughout American history.

The reality is that such explanation is largely irrelevant. What Churchill highlighted is true. If Conservatism is properly implemented, which means in a way that allows young people to grow up, form families, raise kids, and buy homes, then they will become conservative by default. If, instead, it is impossible for them to purchase homes, the answer to rising crime rates is to abandon cities to anarchy and flee to gated communities, and the response to suboptimal educational outcomes is to urge parents to send their kids to private schools, then it offers no answers for a vast number of people. In which case the lack of appeal to the young should be no mystery.

If Republicans want a fresh look from young people, they need some fresh ideas that address the very real challenges young people actually face in the modern world.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.

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fritz baier
fritz baier
1 year ago

troll

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Well I waded through this vacillating article hoping to see something very specific and useful articulated at the end of the article by the author. Something practical, that could be put into practice by either the average person or in combination with our so-called representatives in Washington, D.C.. Needless to say I was disappointed. Another vague, wishy washy “We need to change _____ (fill in the blank)” in order to attract the younger voter filler article. The type of article that I’ve literally seen routinely pop-up for decades after an unexpected election loss from the inside the Washington beltway types who write this sort of stuff. It is always us who have to change, rather than acknowledge the real circumstances associated with the loss. It is a convenient out that absolves the D.C. crowd of any responsibility associated with the loss. Perhaps next time the author will write a piece on how the left has been effectively shifting the Overton Window, and thus the definition of what is “normal and acceptable”, consistently leftward for the last 60 years. At least that would touch on something concrete that explains things and what would be needed to correct the situation.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 year ago

While it is true that some things need to change, the youth must not throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water. Our Founding Fathers were very forward thinking. Moreover, they were not old geezers either with many of them quite young. Their timeless wisdom enshrined in our founding documents must be passed on. If we fail to pass the torch, I see a dystopian future ahead for our children and grand children. I’m encouraged to see concerned parents running for school boards to get the “progressive” Marxists out of education but that is only scratching the surface. The far Left had a very long head start and it will be a herculean effort to catch up. There is a fierce battle raging right now for the hearts, minds and souls of our young people. We must quit playing defense and take the fight to the enemy. Stop wringing your hands or waiting for God to fix it. Until the Master returns to kick butt, we must hold the line and FIGHT BACK.

InsanitySquared
InsanitySquared
1 year ago

Conservatives don’t necessarily need fresh ideas. They need smarter leaders to deliver the message. Conservatives had a big problem ever since Ronald Reagan.

The only good, intelligent, principled Conservative leaders I can think of would be Ron Paul in the States, to a much lesser degree his son Rand, and, across the pond, Nigel Farage in England.

We need a few people like Farage here in the States. Time to move away from Trump and crazies like him. Trump won in the 2016 because he was not Clinton but he was effing thing up ever since. His administration was a disaster – at least as far as the majority of Independents see it. That was the case with Bush II as well. So Conservatives need to find good, mild mannered, intelligent people who will appeal to the American Mainstream.

ADM64
ADM64
1 year ago

What needs to be done is, in a sense, to co-opt the left’s argument but to note that our current system is not in fact the conservative one. For a century, we’ve moved towards the Progressive worldview and the problems we now face were extensively predicted. Where conservatives err, both rhetorically and in practice, is assuming that the current system is an actual free market, small government one, when in fact it is neither. It is a heavily politicized, mixed-economy welfare state. Its programs and policies are simply earlier steps on the way to an even worse, more explicitly socialist or fascist system. What the young need to hear is that the present system needs extensive reform and that it is the ideologies towards which they lean that in fact got us to the present situation.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

The article in essence describes the success of the left in manipulating a whole generation but offers nothing other than vague generalities as to how to counteract their obvious success. Since its not possible to outpromise the left that leaves some version of ‘pick yourself up by the bootstraps’. The millennials arent the democrats of 1980, eager to respond to common sense. They really are conditioned by a poisonous educational system. They never heard of the liquidation of the kulaks or the cultural revolution so they’re totally cool with Bernie saying all we need to do is heavily tax high net worth people and corporations and jollyness will ensue for all. Perhaps the author can enlighten us as to concrete steps that would appeal to millies on a mass scale. In the mean time for heavens sake get your gkids out of public schools even if it entails providing monies from your heirs inheritance.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

To reach young voters:

More Outreach
Role models IE TUPA
Incentives
Real time
Use media & animaion
Educate
ID issues They Have
Or lose 2024

Andrew P
Andrew P
1 year ago

The young voters turning out for the Democrats in 2022 wasn’t a matter of messaging. It is pretty simple – the young are sexually active and want their abortions. The Democrats are the pro-abortion party. The same thing will be true in 2024.

Gloria
Gloria
1 year ago

How about ‘conserving’ God? Abortion is anti-God. Sexually active outside of marriage is anti-God. So, it’s hearts that motivate towards free sex anytime with anyone, and murder of their own children that base the continued need to be the impetus of young peoples desire and, why they vote democrat? How did selfishly killing babies become the main reason for young people to cause them to vote for death? We know the democrats also cheat on all elections. The Red clearly out votes the Blue, and yet, the blue fills the spots of universities where the majority is young people, who will only be there 4 years and then gone. Life is not respected, it is not considered sacred or valuable.It’s all about selfishness, even if it means murder of innocent life.

JR Fox
JR Fox
1 year ago

Until social media platforms and leftist TV news channels are neutralized there is no hope of regaining the youth of our country. Diversity is divisiveness and waters down our national will. The Dems have control of our schools and colleges which have been indoctrinating our children in socialism, racism (anti-White), and gender identity. Many Dem programs and bills are nothing more than bribes to get votes. “Keep voting for us and we’ll keep giving you things.” The Dems focus on non-White citizens (unless they are Dems) and illegals which is the true definition of racism.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

The left has been trying to erase history in schools and everywhere else they can do it. If young people have no access to history and what works and what doesn’t, all they know is what’s going on right now. Socialism or Marxism probably looks pretty good to them. Maybe a good place to start for the Republicans and the conservatives is to somehow stop the left from erasing history. The midterms resulted in the election of a lot of conservatives in local school boards. That may be our only hope to possibly reverse this trend.

Bill Carson
Bill Carson
1 year ago

No chance whatsoever of winning over the young. Most are communists by various names.

JR Fox
JR Fox
1 year ago

As long as McConnell and McCarthy lead the GOP there is no hope. Weed out the RINO’s like Romney, Kinzinger, et al. McConnell’s wife Elaine Choe was under scrutiny for dealings with her father’s and sister’s Chinese shipping company in which she attended meetings in China. She resigned her post in the administration soon after Jan. 6th as the cause of her resignation in gov’t. but it was probably to avert an investigation on her CCP connections. “Me thinks something is rotten in Denmark.”

Gloria
Gloria
1 year ago

The need is great to put God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) and His values according to His Word, back into our society and into our schools. Get rid of the “woke” teachers grooming kids in the classrooms, and in our government. The biggest part of doing that is with the churches and with the parents. When I was young and TV started to get popular, on the bottom of the screen were always the words “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord”. That should be renewed along with good Christian teaching by pastors and bishops of what it means to have God as Lord of our nations, and our families. First and foremost in every heart to love God above all things. In other words – what happened to the 10 Commandments. Put them back up.

Larkenson
Larkenson
1 year ago

I have a question for the anti-White academics:

– African-American studies celebrates blacks.

– Asian-American studies celebrates asians.

– Chicano studies celebrates hispanics.

– Whiteness studies denies that White people even EXIST, and that these White people (who don’t exist) have unearned “White privilege” and that embracing their own White Genocide is good and moral.

Here is my question:

Who do you think you are kidding anti-Whites?

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

ezed2109
ezed2109
1 year ago

Totally agree. There are no simple issues with simple solutions. Republicans need to select a couple priorities and put together a strategy and plan to address these; formulate messaging and actions and then EXECUTE. Not just a lot of talk – do it!
The only things keeping Conservatives as a relevant force is the fact that Democrats and the Socialist Left can stick together and execute on their agenda; and have been doing so for decades… but it is a bad plan with action producing bad results – but it’s the fault of others and we’ll make it better – we promise.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

DICTATOR Beijing biden does NOT DEPORT 90% of his ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST INVASION.
That’s TREASON and Violation of Oath of Office and Violation of U.S. Constitution which clearly states the government MUST SECURE ALL BORDERS.
DICTATOR Beijing biden thinks he’s above the law.
What was it that SWAMP QUEEN pelosi said? The president is NOT ABOVE THE LAW.
So where are the Impeachment’s of DICTATOR Beijing biden?

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

A lot here I agree with, some I don’t and a lot I need to think about. I don’t think of myself as a conservative or a liberal. Nor am I a dedicated Republican, Democrat or independent. I’m an American. I don’t follow anyone’s party line and don’t vote a straight ballot. I’m not blinded by Reagan or Trump, nor Obama or what’s his name – Biden. Give me something or someone worth voting for.

Deplorable Mike
Deplorable Mike
1 year ago

Make Atlas Shrugged required reading. Problem solved!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

We might try telling the youth that (1) social security will be bankrupt before they reach retirement age; and (2) the national debt is so high (and growing) that their dollars will be worth about 15 cents each in 15 years!

Jeri
Jeri
1 year ago

The GOP needs to get a backbone, stop being nice and condescending and stand up for truth and facts and learn to say no. Stop being friends with everyone. Much like parents who are miserably failing their children.

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

I disagree with a few issues in this article, but I’ll concentrate on this.

“What precisely would the “conservative” message be that should be taught in schools? That redistribution is “wrong” or “inefficient?” That it is better to purchase your own health insurance? That it is in principle wrong for the government to regulate to help renters? That the government should take money from young people to subsidize their parents? How would these win over the intended audience?”

First, what conservatives want taught in schools is a moot question, since the School Board Associations comprise mostly democrats. Without strong and persistent support from parents who demand education based on a rational, structured, non-partisan curriculum, public education will continue to churn out mindless takers. It isn’t a choice between teaching conservative or liberal principles, but rather teaching economics that work in our society, how the government functions based on the Constitution, factual history, and the rest of the courses that give our children a “well-rounded education”. That’s non-partisan, or it should be.

Second, asking the questions doesn’t go far enough. There is no chapter that will explain the beauty of the capitalistic system. This is something that should be taught each year, with growing complexity, so the students learn that government programs cost money and that the taxpayers–“your parents and you”–will be paying those bills. Instead, the idea that you should “get what you can get when you can get it” mentality has become pervasive in this country. “Take it all, if possible, whether you need it or not.” If there were any accountability and decency, they might think twice about taking advantage of those free programs, grants, subsidies… We have become a country of takers, thanks to the liberal mindset.

The dems have found the golden goose, and they know how to get that thing a layin’! They think in similar fashion–together, united, with a singular purpose–and they don’t stop until they get what they want. It doesn’t seem to matter that they have to lie to get there, but, hey, the end justifies the means. For them, that’s legitimate. “Noble”, some have said.

And that’s where the Republicans fail time after time. Sure, there are some great speakers in Congress saying what conservatives want to hear. But then the RINO’s step in and muck it all up. Or the good, sensible, but lonely voice gets lost in the crowd…fading into oblivion as attention passes to the next shiny object (loan forgiveness, Obamacare, full-term abortion, climate change). What R’s must do to win back this country for The People is to unite under a superbly written national manifesto that describes what living in this country means, how each of us contributes in a manner that preserves individuality, how rewards come to those who work hard, and how those who do not have the ability to contribute won’t be left in the gutter to rot. We need a strong narrative that is timeless and cannot be argued against. And we all need to be on board.

RDPence
RDPence
1 year ago

There are a few things that turn off young voters in America, and here are some fixes~ GOP needs to stop trying to criminalize all or most abortions. They need to stop hating on gays and lesbians (LGBTQ) people, folks who were made that way by God himself. And stop trying to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare. And finally, stop the tax breaks for people who don’t need them.

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

It’s pretty silly to contend that modern-day conservatism has anything to do with property values. That is just…. silly.

Look at where property values are the highest and appreciate the most. Not in conservative areas populated by conservative people.

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
1 year ago

This article seems to mostly be a smoke screen to hide reality and actually suggests that Republicans (who are not usually conservatives) need to work with problems created by the left rather than eliminating the problems.

fritz baier
fritz baier
1 year ago

why are young people more left and older folks more conservative ? for starters young folks usually are at the beginning of their work life , they are not making much money because they have not advanced in their carer yet , they dont have money saved or invested and usually dont own a home much less raised kids, as a result they have not experienced the consequences of the policies they support , its easy to support higher taxes if you dont pay taxes and get a heavy tax refund every year but once you actually make $80-100K a year and made some good investment decisions than things look different

fritz baier
fritz baier
1 year ago

i worked at UT as a research engineer for quite a while , i have seen many students just out of HS pursuing a BS that were all invested in democratic policies and supporting the democratic party when i talked to them later on after graduating and holding a $100K job they were more republican than democrats

Rhh0nda
Rhh0nda
1 year ago

The “Conservatives” the “Right” the “Republicans” offered a fresh set of ideas. We called it, MAGA.

  1. America 1st.
  2. school choice
  3. tax cuts
  4. manage illegal immigration
  5. fair trade
  6. deregulate the regulators to unleash our entrepreneurial spirits
  7. stop the spread of poison, foreign and domestic
  8. M>Y>O>B and S>T>F>U I never promised you a Rose Garden.
  9. Learn to manufacture, build something, make something right here in the USA.
  10. Stop the destruction

63 mil. and then 74 mil.”Conservative” “Right” “Republicans” citizens offered a fresh set of winning ideas to all Americans.
Bill Barr and the RNC violently rejected us and our ideas. stabbed each and every one of us in the back. I’m not moving on. I’m not going to forgive or forget. And I’m not voting for my abuser. Get the idea now?

Clyde
Clyde
1 year ago

Agree generally with what you are saying but you are missing the number one issue and that is corruption. We can have all of new ideas in the world but if the corruption is not corrected the next election will have the same result as the last 2 elections.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

There still seems to be some confusion. Republicans and conservatives are not interchangeable. The real problem with the GOP is that they do not support conservative principals. If Republicans followed a truly conservative agenda, they would be unstoppable. They are smart people, so why do they not do this? Answer, because they are not conservatives, and still have this notion that they are power sharing with the increasingly leftist and anti American Democrats. So they purposely subvert themselves (by NOT supporting a truly conservative agenda) to maintain the 50/50 split in the country, which allows for greater power for the governing class, as it only takes a nudge one way or the other to push through desired policies; policies that benefit the so called “elite” at the expense of the rest of us. If this does not change we are doomed. Trump is a threat to this system, which is why both sides are trying to destroy him.

Richard Saurman
Richard Saurman
1 year ago

I do not think it is new ideas, but new ways to discuss them. Freedom and liberty are timeless but may need new way to demonstrate them.

We could use a new issue that pre-empts the games of the left. I propose a move to take the Native Americans out of their dismal, concentration camps and give them new life. Why don’t we give the reservations over to the Native Americans and let them govern themselves. Why should the US government own the land and “give ” these people their needs? Give control to the indigenous people within a new framework (similar to counties) where they have self-government within the US freedoms.

We have great people that could help them get their feet on the ground. The US rebuilt Germany and Japan after WWII and they are now world leaders! Why not do the same for our native peoples? We would be promoting freedom, setting an example for the world, and reduce government oversight by reducing work for the Dept. of Interior and eliminating the bureau of Indian Affairs!

Sam Fuller
Sam Fuller
1 year ago

TRUMP / NUGENT 2024

William C Smith
William C Smith
1 year ago

Accentuate the positive. Promote productivity and the joys of working towards and creating a life worth living.

BobA
BobA
1 year ago

Young people coming out of school have been indoctrinated (brainwashed) by the majority of their teachers for the past 13 – 17 years. Until they can start working & thinking for themselves will they realize that they only get from life what they put into it and that the nanny government is not their friend, they’ll live and think as a socialist.

Jeffrey Moore
Jeffrey Moore
1 year ago

We cannot simply state our values and expect people, especially the young, to discover on their own that those values are good or that they actually work. The Left is telling everyone that conservative values are evil, while promising them free stuff to keep them listening.

We’ve made the mistake of thinking the Left has the same goals we have but that they’re incompetent or going about it in the wrong way. No, the Left does not have the same goals we have! They want the elite (themselves) to have everything and the rest of us to have nothing. They want total control over everyone but themselves.

Why, for example, haven’t they addressed the homeless problem? Because they want homelessness.
Why haven’t they prosecuted those who burned and looted cities? Because they want that destruction.
Why have they held Capitol protesters in solitary for over a year without trials (and for misdemeanors)? Because those Capitol protesters threatened them! Threatened their power, their authority.

If we’re going to win people over, we must educate them. We must explain to them how conservative values work and Leftist policies don’t. It’s neither kind nor loving to relegate people to discovering that Leftist policies don’t work only after those policies have destroyed them and their dreams.

We must point people to examples in history that show the results of conservative values and Leftist policies – how easy it is to destroy and how hard it is to build anything worthwhile – how horrible destruction is, how it ruins people’s lives, and how building something good greatly blesses people and makes their lives better – how it’s impossible to bring about good by doing evil.

We must teach people to think – to look honestly at proposed actions, to see what similar actions have caused in the past, and to logically conclude what current proposals will do in the future.

And we must show and teach people true compassion, not the make-yourself-feel-good, fake compassion of the Left. People need to know how giving something today may actually hurt people in the future but showing people how to do for themselves will benefit them their whole lives.

We don’t need “fresh ideas.” We need to teach people timeless values and why they work.

Liberal at 20, conservative at 40? No! If you’re a Leftist at any age, either you haven’t thought things through and you’re not looking at what will happen in the long run, or you want to control people – to rule over them – to believe you’re somehow better and more deserving than they are.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 year ago

Branding for one but the fact that most of the Republicans “in charge” are in their late 70s and 80s doesn’t help! Republicans need an infusion of youth who can inspire new voters like JFK did. Enough with the Boehners and McConnells!

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
1 year ago

The problem is pigeon holing political parties as being liberal and conservative. As humans, we need to be liberal minded at times and conservative minded at other times. We need to be the proverbial Renaissance citizens.

tempus
tempus
1 year ago

Berman does not offer much in the way of a positive program for conservates other than to speed up the aging of young people.

Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

I agree with your many points, but it is true as you age and have more and more responsibility you may be more conservative but also been brainwashed by mom and dad. The biggest problem isn’t the Liberals or democrats it’s the lack of showing your children thru church. If your children know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil you just might see different results. I have and they were taught much of the good and evil. Happy New Year

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