My Last Post Before The Election: For A Young Conservative


After just about two years of campaigning and two years of very interesting politics, its about to come to an end, and I’m actually pretty happy. I can’t wait for all of the political street signs to come down and just have a year away from the whole election process. The last time that we really had a break from election politics was 2005, after the ‘04 election and between the ‘06 midterm election.

For a while now I’ve been pondering the roll of younger people in the conservative movement. Because generally speaking most young people tend to lean leftward. I don’t know if that is due to the young persons not being in touch with the real world or because they are indoctrinated by their leftist college professors. Nonetheless, being a young person myself, I have desires for the conservative movements role in politics and the young people that take part in it.

If there is one thing that is different about today’s society for a young person compared to the society that my parents grew up in, its that being a conservative and a young person is not nearly as lame as it was in those day’s. Today, conservatives don’t necessarily fall into the stereotypical mold that they might have in the 60’s and 70‘s. It is very possible to be young, cool and conservative.

How can we, as young conservative’s, allow conservative ideals to penetrate the minds of our peers? It can be summed up in one word, respect. Respect the other side. There is so much disgusting junk that has come out of the far left and those on the sane side of conservatism need not sink to that level. A level probably reached by teachers in high school and college and activists on campuses and elsewhere that do a better job of silencing opposition than they do allowing it.

From the looks of the country at this time Sen. Barack Obama has a very good chance of winning this election. If Obama wins the election we must recognize that even though we do not agree with him, he is our president and we need to respect him. If he does something that is commendable than we should commend him. If he does something that we do not agree with, which he more than likely will, we should sanely voice our dissent without attacking the mans character.

We can’t take the route that The Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, and Moveon.org frequently take when it comes to their dissent with President Bush, dissent that often turns into hatred.

But please don’t let me be mistaken, just because we respect the other sides right to freely speak, doesn’t mean that have to be pacifists when it comes to our words. If you have a viable and truthful critique of another human there is nothing wrong with attacking their political/social beliefs and actions, but that can be done without attacking another persons character.

Young and old conservatives alike need to hold politicians accountable. It is imperative that the Republican party clean up their act and get some better politicians that have better PR. Hopefully we can do this in the 2010 midterm election. The Republican party is really the only place conservative politicians can be heard, but a lot of those “Republicans” that have been in and are right now in congress don’t have conservative values and have greatly damaged the image of Republicans. And as far as President Bush goes, he has done a fairly bad job communicating to the American people. Had he communicated better with the people during his time in office he would have a better approval rating and he wouldn’t be such a threat to John McCain during this election.

The last thing that needs to happen, is we need to figure out what our aim is. If our aim is becoming more conservative than let that be our aim. But if our aim is to continue down the path we’re on, by allowing the politicians in the Republican party (again the only place where conservatives have a voice) to continue being fiscally irresponsible, with us advocates of more conservative government floundering somewhere in between, we will never live up to our conservative name. Being a conservative is not only a social issue.

So young conservatives out there, go out tomorrow and vote! I know I’ve just written about how we need to be more conservative, and I know that voting for McCain seems like a step away from that goal. But you must realize how much greater damage can be done by doing the opposite or doing nothing at all. We will have time to fix our message, but I’d rather do the repairs under McCain than Obama. So lets hopefully get McCain in and then lets get to work by holding him accountable. I am not thrilled with the condition of the Republican party, obviously, but I am not at all comfortable with the state that the Democrat party is in. If we allow them to get in to office far more than the Republican party and conservatism will be damaged, so don’t for a minute think that inaction will only be punishing the Republicans. This election is important and before you sleep tonight, pray for our country and pray for our future President.

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One Response to “My Last Post Before The Election: For A Young Conservative”

  1. Karen Sessions Says:

    Very well said! Proud to be your cousin!

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