Trump is a political phenomenon. After he went down the escalator in June 2015 to announce his 2016 Presidential campaign, the political climate in America has not been the same. The two political sides are more heated than ever, and rhetoric has become stronger and increasingly informal. The Trump presidency threw political correctness and etiquette out the window, and you are either cheering or jeering at the results. For young Americans and political activists, we have minimal knowledge of the political climate before the Trump (or Obama) presidency. For Generation Z and Millennial Republicans, many of us are only focused on today’s world and have not put any thought into the past or future of politics.
A significant cornerstone of conservative activism today is “Winning the Culture War.” The concept is insanely vital because culture supersedes politics. However, some young activists are only participating in the culture, which is dangerous. Social media “influencers” are creating and posting meaningless content that lacks substance and fails to deliver the conservative message. While many influencers are changing minds and educating people on digital platforms, a mass of them is in politics for attention and shock value. For many of these influencers, their platforms are founded on bumper sticker politics and the Trump Administration. If you dissect Trump’s policies, he is moderate, with a slight conservative lean. Of course, lots of young people do not realize that and base their “conservative” activism entirely on his presidency. Whether he leaves office in 2021 or 2025, he will be out of office eventually, and these “influencers” will be lost and misguided because everything they knew would be swept out from under them.
Young Republicans should not be complacent right now, yet we are. Many of us believe that making Tik-Toks and funny videos are going to further the Conservative movement and garner more votes. It’s not, and it makes us look ridiculous. If we have no understanding of what we believe and why we think it, then we are going to lose to the radical left. It is an entitled and elitist belief to believe that real lives are not being impacted by the actions we take through our activism. If you like politics because you think it is merely “funny” or a “great way to get followers,” then you are in the wrong field. All political issues boil down to the basic necessities of a job, family, health, and shelter. There will be a President after Trump, and it can be anywhere from a conservative to a socialist, and we must be prepared.
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