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Millennial leftists aren’t stupid. They’re just gullible.

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Millennial leftists arent stupid Theyre just gullible

There’s a great misconception among conservatives today that needs to be dispelled immediately. I often hear from fellow conservatives that Millennials are stupid. That may be the case for some, but the right-wing has its fair share of stupid people as well. Here’s the problem with that mentality. If we go forth believing that our task is to fight stupidity, then we’ll be ill-prepared to give a righteous explanation as to why conservative philosophies are invariably superior to progressive ones.

We have to assume that the radical progressives who are rising in ranks are not stupid. They’re just gullible. The ones who truly are stupid cannot be reached by reason, therefore we shouldn’t bother trying to reason with them. Instead, let’s focus on the thoughtful hyper-leftists who are simply misguided and the rational moderates who are ripe for conversion to the conservative viewpoint.

To do this, we have to understand the education system from which the Millennials of today recently emerged. I remember my high school journalism teacher who was a remnant of the hippy generation. To her, anything the even remotely smelled conservative was an abomination that wasn’t worth the newspaper it was printed on. Thankfully, I was properly prepared to handle her attempts at indoctrination even at an early age, so it had little effect on me other than one important issue: teachers’ pay.

I fought along side her and the majority of the student body to pass a piece of legislation that would increase pay and decrease classroom sizes by hiring more teachers. It all made sense at the time. Even though I was a conservative, I was made to drift from my still-developing principles on this issue because it was one that hit close to home.

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This bill was a huge deal at our school. We even held a widely-covered debate between the governor who was in favor of the legislation and a local conservative pundit and businessman who was against it. The debate was organized by our chapter of Young Conservatives, for which I was Secretary. It was the proudest moment for our chapter to have such important people accompanied by the state press, all sitting uncomfortably in our hot auditorium.

Unbeknownst to our chapter’s President, I had a series of questions prepared for the conservative that were intended as “gotcha” questions. I don’t remember what they were, but I was proud of them nonetheless. They were intended to put this businessman in the shoes of the teachers and corner him into admitting that if her were a teacher, he’d have to consider moving to a different state where the pay and conditions were better.

Our chapter’s President wasn’t having it. Mine were supposed to be the last questions of the night, just as I planned. But before I could ask my second question, my student “boss” jumped in and thanked everyone for attending. Time was up. My “gotcha” moment was spoiled.

As my mind drifted towards the wording of my next editorial in which I announced I was leaving Young Conservatives because they’d denied me my freedom of speech (yes, I was adorable back then), the conservative businessman approached me. He wanted me to finish asking my questions even if it wasn’t going to be on television. What happened next was the moment I realized that being a conservative is a mindset for which there can be no compromise. There’s no need to take policies case-by-case in which one can be selective with their conservatism. In the ten minutes I talked to him and the days of reflection that followed, I realized that proper conservatism is about consistency. Without consistency, conservatives can fall for he same selective righteous indignation that plagues leftists.

Was it unfortunate that teachers in my state were paid less than teachers in other states? No. Cost of living was lower in my state. Tax dollars were more localized as well, meaning the state took less but the cities and counties brought in more. This is why the average wage of teachers in the state was lower but in some districts it was higher than in neighboring states. I don’t recall the reasons he gave me for why the bill was bad for my state, but I vividly remember the change in heart they created.

I wasn’t just a right-leaning “free thinker” as I liked to think of myself at the time. I was a conservative from that moment on.

I was lucky. Between my journalism teacher’s manipulations, the indoctrination I was put through in college, and the massive progressive media blitz that followed through the Newt Gingrich years, it’s very possible I could have ended up being a moderate at best or even a leftist with conservative social leanings. But one conversation at 17-years-old changed that forever. Like I said, I was lucky. Or blessed.

Based on my experiences as the recipient of a conservative message in high school and the deliverer of conservative messages since then, I’m a firm believer that many leftists or potential leftists are one conversation away from seeing the truth. This applies to Christianity, conservatism, and patriotism, all three of which can advance through firm intellectual wake-up calls. But for that to happen, we must stop treating these impressionable Millennial leftists as stupid and start talking to them as if they’re simply gullible.

Everyone is gullible to some extent when we’re young. The problem with the 15-25 year range is that we’re arguably at our most gullible, yet we think the exact opposite.

Our current political atmosphere has degraded to petty insults and tribal allegiances as the left focuses on angering the masses while the right focuses on scaring them. Millennials are often the primary target for both sides. I believe the sooner conservatives are willing to stop throwing our hands up and calling them stupid, the easier it will be to bring them over to the right philosophies. Until then, our insults will only push them deeper into the clutches of the radical progressives.

Whether we like it or not, Millennials aren’t just our future. They’re emerging quickly as the present representatives of activism and political direction. They need guidance which comes through respect, not insults. Let’s start guiding them down the right path.

 


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  1. Public Citizen

    March 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Rhe realization needs to be made that most people, regardless of what generation they belong to, who live in cities have no rational concept of how things actually work outside of the City Limits.
    AOC and her proposed Green New Deal is a perfect example of this. After the stockpiles of foodstuffs run out, The Cities Will Starve, as there won’t be enough energy available to produce or transport the required amounts of foodstuffs to keep the current population levels provisioned. For the rest of us who do survive, we will be living a lifestyle that will look very similar to the way the Amish and Mennonites currently live.

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Good Trump: Free speech on college campuses! Bad Trump: ‘Student loan debt, I’m going to work to fix it.’ Huh?

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When I read the initial headlines, I was very pleased with President Trump. His push to prevent schools from quashing conservative voices on campus is a long-overdue move that gave me hope we might actually start seeing the stifling of free thought coming to an end.

Then I read the articles and had to scratch my head.

“Student loan debt, I’m going to work to fix it. Because it’s outrageous what’s happening. You’re not given that fair start. You’re too far down. It’s not right and we’re going to work very, very hard to get it fixed,” the President said.

If these exact words were spoken by a Democratic candidate for President, most Republicans and every true conservative would be up in arms talking about personal responsibility and the necessity for students to acknowledge the agreement they willfully entered into by going to a college they couldn’t afford. But since the words were spoken by President Trump, I’m hearing radio silence on social media.

Hundreds of conservatives have seen my Tweet, but few dare acknowledge it for fear of being seen as critical to the President.

But, that’s the minor part. As an optimist, I’m inclined to focus on the positive.

We absolutely need the government to stop funding institutions that refuse to allow freedom of thought on their campuses. It’s our lot in life that conservatism is spurned by educators and administrators in these progressive indoctrination centers, but that’s partially our fault. While conservatives were busy applying their knowledge to the real world, leftists filled the void to teach about it. It’s our long-running mistake that we allowed the halls of learning to become leftist reprogramming institutions. Now, our only recourse in the immediate future is to bring conservative perspectives in hopes of reaching those who haven’t had their logic and reason dismantled by university life.

The President’s actions are a great step towards making that happen. Just as funding Planned Parenthood is idiotic considering the political divide in which they operate (they donate millions to Democrats while receiving money from the government), it’s equally dysfunctional to pay schools while they work feverishly to subvert the very concepts that built this nation, including the Constitution, free speech, and the American exceptionalism that once relied on personal responsibility to hold account to our success as a nation.

Let’s hope nothing comes from the notion that schools are to blame for student debt. Instead, we’ll focus on schools being to blame for stifling conservatives and indoctrinating children. That’s the good news in all this.

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‘Academic’ journal editor Roberto Refinetti tries to explain why they published absurd hoax papers, fails miserably

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An under-reported story last year revealed multiple “academic” journals, where only the highest levels of academic thought leadership is allowed to publish, put nonsense hoax articles in their publications simply because they perpetuated radical progressive thought. These peer-reviewed journals were willing to publish utter garbage as long as the garbage smelled like the hyper-leftist garbage they normally publish anyway.

Libertarian pundit John Stossel tried to interview the editors of these prestigious journals which were hoaxed, and was only able to find one willing to go on camera. Roberto Refinetti from the academic journal Sexuality and Culture came on air to discuss the hoax and the problems with academic journals. But even he was unable to come up with a valid response about why these journals were so easy to fool.

Stossel read some of the reviews from “experts” in the field that were used to determine whether or not the papers should be published. When Stossel noted that one of the reviewers was an idiot, Refinetti rushed to the defense by blaming the hoaxers and said, “They made up data that he or she [the reviewer] wished he had but he didn’t, so when he sees, ‘Wow, these people did this study that I wanted to do and they got the results that I thought should be there, this is great!'”

In other words, Refinetti came to the same conclusion as the hoaxers and Stossel: Some if not most of those who review these papers make their decision based on whether or not the conclusions fit their worldview, not whether or not the papers were actually correct.

This is just one of many examples of why leftist academia, which is the vast majority of all academia, operates with the sole goal of reinforcing their biases rather than informing students or giving the education system proper facts about the world.

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Why free speech is so hated by college students

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Why free speech is so hated by college students

You’ve heard the stories. Free speech isn’t actually a thing on college campuses around the country. There seems to be certain types of protected speech, such as anything that embraces the leftist narrative of these progressive indoctrination centers, but any views that are considered to be too conservative for the delicate eyes or ears of college students are quickly stifled.

But it’s not just the administrators, professors, and other far-left employees of the colleges. The students themselves are opting out of free speech willingly. Sure, they’d probably complain if anyone intruded on their rights to espouse hyper-leftist ideologies or spew out progressive talking points, but that won’t happen. Why? Because those who may be opposed to their ideas are the same people who embrace limited government, free speech, and our rights as Americans. Therefore, the people who have an incentive to quash leftist notions are the very people who are against quashing anyone’s notions at all.

It’s a conundrum for conservatives because the same courtesy is not paid to them. Free speech (or any of our rights, for that matter) is neither appreciated nor sacred to leftists. So we’re stuck trying to protect our own rights to free speech while defending the left’s rights to the same. Meanwhile, they don’t have to defend their right to free speech because nobody’s trying to deny them of this right, but they’re busy trying to prevent any conservative ideas from seeping through to the collective conscious of their precious university environment.

This video by Campus Reform shows leftist students doing everything they can to prevent conservative ideas from being seen, let alone appreciated. This is important to them to stop ideas from being observed and potentially discussed, but they believe the reason they do it is to stop “hate speech.” The definition of “hate speech” on college campuses throughout America has become anything that’s contrary to their own progressive philosophy. Therein lies the real reason free speech is so hated.

We appreciate everything Campus Reform and their parent organization does. We strive to deliver strong conservative perspectives for college students as well, which is why we remain a crowdfunded publication powered by donations of our readers. The only way to stop the censorship of conservative ideas on college campuses is to continue to spread the word. We have reality on our side, so the more we push the message, the easier it will be to break through their indoctrinated defense shields.

The bottom line for college leftists is deep down, they realize their arguments are wrong. Their only defense against thoughtful conservative perspectives is to prevent as many people as possible from hearing them. Why? Because they have no defense against the truth.

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