Young people today are smart, energetic, tech savvy, and engaged. Because of this they’ve become the ideal breeding ground for an intelligent, well-articulated, conservative youth movement centered around values and lifestyle.
The movement has already begun and is quickly spreading among thinking young adults.
If you spend time looking over their shoulders at emerging blogs or watching YouTube content, you’ll see that there’s a dramatic shift in thinking taking place over the past year.
The more young people learn about far-left social and economic policy and unsustainable spending and debt being heaped on their generation, the more they "fall out of love" with the philosophy they recently fought so passionately for.
Despite “MTV town halls” and left-wing ideologues assuming they own them for life as a block, they are fast losing their grip on many young Americans.
The push back from the worldview they’ve been so completely marinated in speaks well of their generation.
As a whole, young Americans have grown up in a relatively affluent culture and are disheartened that, just when it’s their turn to participate in the lifestyle they’ve come to expect, they’re being asked to give up the hope of affluence in favor of a lower-class, collectivist experiment.
Even with the left’s attempts at revisionist history, many young people are smart enough to know that their generation’s “required sacrifice” is a road to nowhere, that this socialist ideology is a purely academic theory that has failed miserably on a practical level each and every time its been attempted throughout history.
Theirs is the first generation of Americans being asked to sacrifice comfort, style and safety on the freeway for tiny, fuel-sipping European-style automobiles.
They’re being told that their generation must sacrifice and pay for “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices so that their earnings can be redistributed around the globe.
They’re being taught to downsize their financial expectations, along with “carbon footprints,” in order to become more responsible citizens of the world, while they watch hypocritical green movement leadership exponentially increase their carbon footprints and personal wealth.
They may be young, but they’re nobody’s fool and they’re beginning to feel co-opted and used.
Many are beginning to understand that “spread the wealth around” actually means a global redistribution of their hard-earned future success, resulting in three very distinct classes; the high caste-political ruling class, the low caste-working class, who must "sacrifice" what precious little they have left with an ever-growing entitlement class.
Popular young blogger, speaker, and proud advocate for free enterprise, Katie Kieffer, frequently quotes Ayn Rand who said, "The man who speaks to you of sacrifice speaks of slaves and masters, and intends to be master."
To their generation, radicals from the '60s are not “radical” at all. Rather, they’ve become predictable, old school flower children of a distant generation — the insipid “norm” in both the classroom and the newsroom.
To today’s youth, liberal authority figures have replaced “the man” of our generation, forever insisting how they should and should not dare think.
Many students couldn’t possibly be more tired of bleeding-heart ideologues, political correctness, and a perceived lack of social justice.
To the chagrin of many educators, an increasing number of young people actually prefer individual responsibility, independence, freedom and personal success. Undaunted, liberal educators only press on with boring and repetitive rhetoric, serving to further aggravate and awaken a generation.
As evidenced by the nearly unanimous booing at a University commencement speech earlier this year when a rank and file progressive professor used the incredibly inappropriate platform to bash Arizona’s immigration law, they’ve had just about enough liberal doctrine being shoved at them on every possible occasion.
So where does this bright, energetic and enthusiastic new breed of young conservative go from here?
Several years ago, Dr. Tim Elmore, in an indepth thesis study on Generation Y, made a number of important observations: First, despite growing instability around the world, they are surprisingly optimistic. Unlike their “Gen X” older siblings or parents, who tended to be loaners and are alarmingly nihilistic about the future, Gen Yers actually believe they can change the world.
Their generation runs in a large, market-altering pack that, thanks to new technologies, are extremely well networked like no generation preceding them.
This remarkably cohesive and powerful young demographic believes theirs is the generation that can finally bring about true and lasting change, and especially now that they’re wiser about the kind of “hope and change” far-left, professor-types-turned-politicians turned out to be advocating for.
Our generation must help them with the necessary tools. We must meet youth culture where it is; online, on mobile platforms, and in their own emerging, user-created pop culture.
Remarkably, there is not a single meaningful, center-right traditional media or new media destination for Generation Y. However, the technologies are in place as are the time-tested principles and ideas that made our nation under God the most exceptional nation on earth.