The other day I responded to a post on Conservative Blogs Central and needless to say I was shocked by the visceral response I received in kind. I am innocent of nothing when it came to instigating the debate, but I do not believe I ever stooped to the level of name calling and ad hominem attacks. I apologize to everyone if you can find an instance of me lowering myself to such intellectually bereft levels. I was inspired to write this post because of the aforementioned interaction. Yes I was angry, but my anger was caused by blame being placed upon my whole generation without what I to believe to be any warranted reason. I will agree to the fact that my geneartion, the Millenials, voting overwhelmingly for our President. This I cannot dispute, but I will not let the blame be placed soley upon my generation for the near entirety of the current mess we find ourselves.
One claim I must respond to is that the Baby Boomers voted overwhelmingly conservative in the past elections. This claim is not true as seen by the chart provided by Fox News below, As you can see the bulk of the Boomers (50-64 or those born between 1948-1962) were almost evenly split, seprated by only five points. And those in the older cohort of Generation X (another group accused for our current malase) hardly votedly with wild enthusiasm for Mr. Obama.
In conclusion my central point in this response is that anger at our youngest generation will get us no where. Yes I myself have said my generation is shooting ourselves in the foot, but I do not believe we are beyond hope. In order for conservatives to win the youth vote in future elections or I should say the middle aged vote very soon we must tinker our messaging. We cannot resort to the us versus them tactics that have characterized both sides of the debate as of recent. The Republcian party I am sorry to sar, just like Obama in 2008, must come off as all encompassing ready to accept everyone and ready to help everyone. Ronald Reagan was the same way.
As much as some other people on these boards will not admit, marketability and yes this means "coolness" sometimes, is a big factor in winning elections. If you do not think Reagan won partially because of his coolness and likeability you are kidding yourselves. Politics as much as I would like it to be is not all about ideas. Politics I hate to say for those idea people out there is mostly about common appeal. Most people do not start their weeks off by wathcing the Sunday talking head shows and most people do not continue to surround themselves with such talk throughout the week. The majority of Americans tune in to politics every four years and then they go about their everyday lives. If Republicans wish to take back power and pass conservative policies we must once again, just like one of our favorites Mr. Reagan, attempt to master the art of common appeal.
|Source: Fox News|
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