The young conservative. Perhaps no other demographic group has been under the relentless siege and the target of the Democratic Party’s move to sensationalize and mobilize than the youth of America. This is no surprise, considering WE, the youth of America, are simultaneously the future of America. In sports terms, we are the farm system; trained, conditioned, and raised so in the future we can carry out the work of the higher power structure.
But amidst the political and social hysteria are the young conservatives, perpetually under siege by voracious character assassins, shunned on many college campuses across the nation, reduced to a special section in the political box by the left as either hypnotized by the former generations or simply misguided by our spiritual beliefs.
As a young conservative, the rough trail we tread are felt on a daily basis. My four years at a small liberal arts college were some of the toughest times of my life. No young person wants to wrongly be labeled as a racist, a homophobe, a sexist, or a bigot, because none of those are true, and all of those are damaging.
It is my hope to dispel those wrong labels and arm the young conservatives of America with what it means to be a conservative in America. And it is my hope that people of all walks of life and the political spectrum read this with an open mind.
What does it mean to be a young conservative? The answer is simpler than you might think. To be a young conservative in America is to be an American that believes in America.
The left wants to paint all conservatives as bigots. Sadly, millions of people have bought into that. But what’s stopping someone from being a conservative; believing in free markets, low taxes, small government, and a sense of patriotism, and being tolerant of all people? The answer…well, there isn’t one.
We cannot, and should not, reject history. It’s true that at times, American history has its bruised, battered, and just plain ugly past. But being an American means we move beyond our past failures, as a writer for the BBC recently observed of baseball and how it relates to American culture:
“But tomorrow Harper, the rest of the baseball team, and millions of their fellow countrymen will dust themselves off, pick themselves up – and start being American all over again.”
The first step is to remember who we are. We are American, we are persistent, we never give up, and we most certainly don’t let the past bring us down. When we fall, we get back up, and we get back up because we have the ability and the freedom to do so, because our Framers ensured we would ALWAYS have that power.
The second step is to look for guidance. Who are we? The answer is in the Founding documents of the United States of America.
We all know the words. Certain rights are endowed by our Creator, the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We need not go any further. If we believe in these words, then we can define what it means to be a young conservative.
The abortion discussion is understandably a touchy subject. And as a conservative, before you can even utter the words “pro-life”, a liberal will cut you off and throw incendiary remarks your way. This is not about waging a “war on women”. This is about believing in LIFE, the first promise of our unalienable rights.
The next idea is liberty. The only way to achieve real liberty is to reduce the size of the government. Many on the left complain about certain things they want, that are absent from the Founding documents…but, they are left out on purpose. America was born out of the belief that the government is our servant, and that big government equaled small individuals. As a young conservative, we should believe in that idea of limited government. Stop the waste, stop the overburdening of taxes, and let the people live as a free people.
The third prong of the unalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness. If we, as young conservatives, are to believe that every life has the right to pursue his or her own happiness, then who are we to tell a FREE people how they can live their lives? We should hold our values and principles close to our hearts. We should believe in America. But we have a duty to fight for the right for our fellow freemen to live their lives in accordance to their pursuit of happiness.
We must carry the torch of these unalienable rights first lit by our Founding Fathers, and the young conservatives will always be unalienable from the future of America.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” -Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776.
Rob Sydney is a proud American citizen, whose resolve is strengthened by his dual-citizen status and foreign birth. Born in Japan he is now a current resident of the Sunshine State (FL) and pursuing a career in law. Guided by the Founding Fathers, and strengthened by the belief in universal human principles and values, his purpose is to put conservatism back in the realm of America’s youth. It’s cool to be young, and conservative! Follow him on Twitter @RobbySydney.