This past weekend I attended Smart Girl Summit, an event geared towards conservative-leaning women. The object of the weekend was to discuss and exchange ideas on culture, politics, policy, and how we can grab the steering wheel of the country and jerk it out of its perpetual left turn. One of the many panels held was on youth.
There is always a panel on youth at these types of events – whether it’s BlogCon, Western Conservative Summit, CPAC, or Smart Girl Summit. The question is always the same: what’s the problem with youth in conservatism? I should clarify, that I am using “conservative” to encompass such ideologies and constitutionalism, libertarianism, Republicanism, the Rand Paul Fan Club, Federalism, TEA party, and others – but that’s a long list to go through every time.
Usually, the panelists, who are members of “the youth,” will all eventually say that messaging and branding is the problem conservatism has with youth. Well, the panelists this time were barely out of the gates when the messaging and branding bomb was dropped. I swear to you, I almost lost my giblets.
My first article on Standard Excellence was about how we need to grab youth before college, when they are school-aged. Because, by the time Youth reach college, they have actually been conditioned to think Socialism and Progressivism are good. Not only that they are good, but that being a Socialist or Progressive makes you a good person, and the alternatives make you evil and a bunny-killer.
The young ladies on the panel were bright and seemingly well-meaning people. However, during the Q&A an interesting tidbit was revealed. All of these Youth had been raised in homes and by parents with conservative values. None of them was the conversion story of a Tammy Bruce or an Andrew Breitbart. This just bolsters my point about when we need to reach the youth. Read the rest of this entry »