Republicans have been facing major losses in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia the past few weeks amid infighting among young conservatives regarding conservative principles and the Republican Party itself.
Generation Z and Millennial conservatives are currently facing an identity crisis, as many are trying to figure out what being a conservative really means. I can tie this to a lack of political education, as the premier organization for spreading conservative ideas to young people is more concerned with flashiness than content. It is also connected with many far-right moral degenerates coming out of the woodwork, and wide-eyed young people are giving them attention. Some are too wrapped up in the hot button topic of the day, that they have no clue what they believe or why they believe it.
In addition, there is this constant fear of ceding cultural ground to the radical left, which is a real and present danger to the fabric of this country. Except, some young conservatives are only playing in the culture, instead of bringing attention to problems Americans are facing. As a result, we are getting into the habit of creating and consuming meaningless content. Plenty of “influencers” out there are too busy trying to get a cheap laugh, a like, or follow that they are no longer concerned with spreading conservative ideas, but about promoting themselves. They are making mind-numbing content in order to get instant gratification and popularity. It may work in the short term, and give people temporary entertainment, but I can guarantee that nobody has ever voted or changed their party affiliation because of a meme. Unfortunately, the focus is on shock and entertainment value, as opposed to educating the masses.
Memes and pointless debating are not winning elections, and we are seeing the effect of that on the Republican Party. A governorship was lost in Kentucky, we gave Democrat John Bel Edwards another term as Governor of Louisiana, and Virginia has now gone deep blue. This is because many conservatives are getting distracted and complacent, which consequently becomes laziness. The real work is done on the campaign trail. Do not get me wrong, having a social media presence is important because a major part of the battle with the left takes place on the digital front. But there are ways to be benefitting candidates with an online presence. Instead of selfishly being an “influencer” with political undertones, we need to take a page out of the left’s playbook and make our messages clear, convincing, and substantial. The aforementioned identity crisis is that there are plenty of young conservatives who are completely oblivious to the specifics of the ideology, and are only involved in politics or label themselves “conservatives” for the sake of shock value, and to take part in the “counterculture”.
We must get into gear and get to work, otherwise, President Trump will not win a second term, and we risk having the legislative and executive branch occupied by the increasingly socialist Democratic Party. Yes, we believe the left is ridiculous and we know that their ideas are dangerous, but plenty of voters are vulnerable to falling for these bad policies. Americans are constantly being fed propaganda on their television and social media, and conservatives need to effectively and intellectually breakthrough in order to convey their message.
America is at a crucial point, where we are on the brink of fundamentally changing the style of how our government operates. A radical expansion of government is no longer a fringe idea, and many candidates running for office have outwardly condemned successful political and economic systems, like the electoral college and free enterprise. The next generation of voters does not have the time to be distracted, because American freedom is at stake. It does not matter what minor policy differences we each have on the right, because we need to defeat the greater evil. The left is laughing at us because we are too busy caring about semantics and making memes that we are getting distracted from the real issues at hand.