Kim asks a truly sad question, a question to which I don’t think he’ll like the answer.
are we conservatives actually in the minority in this country?
I mentioned this in the comments to his blog, but I wanted to elaborate here. The answer that you seek is yes, yes conservatives are in the minority in this country. When I use the term “conservative”, I mean people who believe in actual conservative ideals, smaller government, less taxation, and individual liberty.
I can’t speak for older generations, and I can’t speak for the experiences of other people. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m a young man; my 26th birthday is in July. I live in a “conservative” community, and have friends who label themselves as “conservative”. I had a sad realization the other day in that save for the people I’ve met through writing and my wife, I don’t know any true conservatives.
All of my friends who call themselves conservative would be happy to throw any number of true conservative ideals right under the bus if it served their interest. They would support a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, or support an increase in taxes as long as it’s justified using the right language, some of them even support gun control “for the children”.
It is quite depressing for me, when I try to discuss my political views with my friends – my “liberal” friends don’t get me, but then neither do my “conservative” friends. At the same time, I know that I can’t actually afford to give up. I may indeed be in the minority in my embracing conservatism, but I can’t just let it go. So I blog, I volunteer, I talk to people. Once I’m done traveling back and forth to Vegas for work, I plan on getting involved with the local Republican party. I realize that nothing is going to change if I just sit around and blog about it, so I need to do something about it.
I don’t think the Empire is falling; but I do think that if you really do care, then you should do something about it. Anyone can go on blogspot and complain about how my generation is full of big government nanny-staters on both sides of the aisle (which it is), but it’s something else entirely to do something about it. You want to make a difference? Teach an 18 year old what liberty really means.
I feel you. I’m a 25 y/o law student. I was raised in the South where I was the most liberal gun toting person I knew. I think the government should assist those who are in DIRE need of it, not people who are unwilling to work and that we should have some type of access to basic medical care for all. BUT, I also believe the government shouldn’t protect us from us. Let law abiding trained citizens carry gun, let people smoke in bars, let people use a cell phone when driving, and limit spending to necessary government programs no pork and no dubious wars.
Then I moved to the PRNJ and turns out I’m the most conservative person because i don’t want the government telling my favorite chicken stand not to cook my dinner in great tasting transfat. Also, I don’t enjoy the idea of paying higher taxes in the highest state to cover the largest budget deficit (where does all the money go…seriously people wake up). We’re in a minority, espically in our age bracket.
That money goes to the people who hold three state jobs and collect three pensions (which the state apparently defunded to pay for some other crap). And the teachers’ union protests for higher taxes…
Hang in there, amigo. Us old farts are hoping you will be able to carry the conservative flag for those of us that have gone before. Yes, it will be hard and lonely but the forces of liberalism must be exposed for the danger that is posed to our constitutional republic. ALWAYS remember that you are NOT alone. “The government that governs best, governs least…”
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