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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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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’

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Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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Jocko Willink: Discipline = Freedom

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PragerU has a new video from Jocko Willink on Discipline on the hard road to inevitable success.

In this year’s 2019 PragerU Commencement Address, Navy Seal (Ret.) and best-selling author, Jocko Willink, offers some hard-learned, practical advice. It all starts with Discipline. That’s what will get you on the road to personal fulfillment and success – and keep you there. Watch and find out why.

We cannot do justice to this short [5:43 min] Commencement Address, so this will just be summary of the main points:
[Our emphasis]

One of the best things I’ve learned is that anyone has what it takes to travel the hard road – to walk The Path that leads to success. That includes you. It won’t be easy. It will demand everything you’ve got to give. But you can do it, and I want to give you three key principles I’ve learned that will help you to get it done.

Principle number one: Discipline. Equals. Freedom.

That’s not a contradiction – it’s an equation. Discipline might appear to be the opposite of freedom. But, in fact, discipline is the path to freedom.

Discipline is the driver of daily execution. Discipline defeats the infinite excuses that hold you back.

Some people think motivation is what will compel them to get things done. But motivation is just an emotion – a feeling, and like all feelings, it’s fickle: it comes and goes. You can’t count on motivation to be there when you need to get through truly challenging times.

Principle Number Two: Stay. Humble.

In life, you are going to have to do things that you don’t want to do. Maybe things that you don’t think you should have to do – things that offend your precious ego.


Now, being humble does not mean that you shouldn’t be confident. You certainly have to believe that you are a capable person. But don’t let confidence turn into arrogance. So keep your ego in check and stay humble.

The third and final principle: Take. Ownership. Of. Everything.

I call this “Extreme Ownership.”

In the military, the best leaders and the best troops were the ones that took ownership of everything in their world – not just the things they were responsible for, but for every challenge and obstacle that impacted their mission.

So: be disciplined in all that you do. Don’t subject yourself to the whims of motivation. Stay humble and be willing to do what needs to be done.

And: take extreme ownership of your life and everything in it.

Then: choose the hard path – the path of responsibility, hard work, and sacrifice. The Path of discipline, humility, and ownership that ultimately leads to freedom.

If you follow these principles, then nothing in the world will stop you.

I’m Jocko Willink, host of the Jocko Podcast and author of Extreme Ownership, for Prager University.

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Liz Wheeler: Shocking California sex education classes

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Indoctrination. There’s no other way to explain what’s happening to our children in the public school system in California. They are being indoctrinated into a progressive worldview on a daily basis, and sex education is arguably the clearest example of institutional, systematic indoctrination into this worldview.

Should children be taught at an early age age transgenderism? Should students at any age be taught by schools about bondage, anal sex, oral sex, or anything that many Americans still view as improper sexual activities? These are discussions that should be between parents and their children, not schools. But parents are incompetent in the eyes of progressives, especially those who have an agenda to subvert faith-based beliefs of abstinence, chastity, and traditional sexual relationships through marriage.

OAN’s Liz Wheeler is spot on, as usual, in pointing out how the methodical indoctrination into progressive sexual worldviews is pervasive and required in the California public school system. Parents, be warned.

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