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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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Why forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans makes sense

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Why forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans makes sense

The cries are already coming in from the purist wing of the conservative movement as President Trump signs an executive order forgiving student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans. They’re saying this is a precursor to student loan forgiveness across the board. They say this opens the door for a future Democratic President to do the same thing, only so widespread it’ll damage not only the country but forever change the way education is handled in America.

But there’s one important caveat about forgiving student loan debt for permanently disabled veterans that reactionary conservatives missed. It was already done. This isn’t introducing a new stance on student loans. It’s expediting the process because as of now, about 1/5th of the eligible veterans are taking advantage of it.

Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans

The memo Trump signed directs the government to develop an “expedited” process so veterans can have their federal student loan debt discharged “with minimal burdens.” Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.

Under the current process, disabled veterans can have their debt forgiven under a loan forgiveness program, called Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, or TPD, as long as they have a VA service-connected disability rating of 100 percent. As of July, however, only about 20 percent of the eligible pool of veterans had taken advantage of the program due to the complicated nature of the application and other factors.

This is a political move that will affect thousands of Americans at a relatively low cost, especially when compared to the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of loan forgiveness being proposed by many Democrats.

But the bigger reason nobody should be balking at this is because these are people who have served their country and are actually deserving of the “free stuff” offers being made to everyone by Democrats. And by “everyone,” I mean literally everyone. Democrats want free education for illegal immigrants, and some are balking because the President wants permanently disabled veterans to have their loans forgiven? Fiscal conservatives (of which I am one) need to find another battle to fight.

This is a smart move by the President and turns the chants of “free college for everyone” by Democrats on its head. Loan forgiveness for permanently disabled veterans is pittance compared to the sacrifices they’ve made for this country.

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Bernie Sanders blames high cost of college for seniors going bankrupt

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Bernie Sanders blames high cost of college for seniors going bankrupt

To all of you 68-year-old college freshmen out there, Bernie Sanders wants your vote. He feels your plight. He recognizes the crushing effect of the high cost of college and how it’s making your go bankrupt. All you want is a degree so you can get a job to pay for socialism in your golden years, and the system is against you. But not with Bernie. Bernie will save you.

All snark aside, it’s true that seniors are going bankrupt, but it’s not because of pensions being cut (something that was essentially cured over a decade ago) or high cost of college. It’s true that healthcare costs are a driving force. Bernie got that one right. What he doesn’t indicate is how the five-fold increase in bankruptcies is a direct result of Obamacare’s cost-driving effects on health insurance and medical costs.

This is why the greatest lie the Democrats are seemingly being allowed to get away with is that their plan is what will fix the broken healthcare system. Medicare-for-All and the other proposals are all advancements on Obamacare. They take things further to the left. After seeing what a little progressive healthcare can do, why would Americans want to double down on it? Who wants twice the failure?

It’s hard to tell which is worse: That Bernie blames high college costs for senior citizens going bankrupt or that millions of Democrats are nodding their heads instead of scratching them.

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Gen Z needs a real history lesson Mom and Dad

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Generation Z, ages 13 through 22 are genuinely confused. On one hand, many polls find they are quite conservative. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation found the majority of Gen Z voters identified as Republicans in a poll of 50,000 14-18-year-olds in 2016. Other measures show they are more fiscally and socially conservative than either Gen X or Millennials.

The Center for Generation Kinetics found Gen Z are avoiding student debt like mad. They plan to work through college and keep clear of personal debt. Twelve percent are already saving for retirement and 77% earn their own spending money. Their attitudes toward work, the American Dream and the fact that life is not fair, mirror their Gen X parents. A whopping 78% say the American Dream is alive and well. They also recognize that success is not always in direct proportion to how hard you work.

Yet in recent polling conducted by Young America’s Foundation and Eschelon Insights and given exclusively to Townhall, some strange trends occur. According to the article, a survey of 2004 students aged 13-22 found:

  • 46% admit to self-censoring in the classroom, half of the time due to peer pressure
  • Yet 74% feel their teachers encourage a variety of opinions during class discussion

It is unclear from the write-up what is driving self-censorship in the remainder of cases. However, nearly half of students in this age range say there are times they don’t share their views. One-quarter of respondents also feel that diverse views are not encouraged by those educating. Neither one of these outcomes leads to complete learning. As parents, we need to demand open learning environments and encourage our Gen Z’s to use their minds and their voice. Then be prepared to support our children if they experience negative consequences for sharing their ideas.

In terms of basic economics, the results really make very little sense. According to the poll:

  • 80% have a favorable view of small business
  • 73% view entrepreneurs in a positive light
  • 61% have a favorable view of free markets
  • Only 40% have a positive view of capitalism

It is as if they do not comprehend that capitalism is the free-market system that supports business ownership and entrepreneurial activities. It also allows for more income mobility than any other economic system which aligns with their belief in the American Dream.

Given Gen Z’s favorable view of elements of free-market capitalism, 40% of college students have a positive view of socialism. Overall 35% of participants held that view. However, they can’t define what socialism is. Twenty-seven percent who viewed it positively said they did not know or were unsure. Ten percent simply defined it as free stuff.

So my Gen X cohorts, it is time to get to work. It is imperative we contrast the oppression of socialism with the freedom to pursue the American Dream for these kids. We need to get comfortable speaking about the experience of our Cold War childhood. What it meant to us when we saw the Berlin Wall fall. The final symbol of the evils our grandfathers fought crumbling. The millions of young men that died defending their freedom to pursue their dreams and speak freely.

It is clear the school system is skipping over the sacrifices we have made as a nation to keep the authoritarians from our shores. They are also not accurately characterizing the oppression and inequality in socialist societies that are crumbling before our eyes. Cuba and Venezuela are full of modern-day horrors because of socialism. Protestors their age in Hong Kong risking their very lives trying to keep from coming under mainland China.

So as I have said before, it is up to Gen X to save the world. It’s time to bridge the gap in history our children are not being taught.

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