How Conservatives Can Create A Cultural Renaissance Among Today’s Youth
This is an excellent column by Demetrius Minor that we are confident you will enjoy.
On Sat, Dec 1, college football was the center of attention in many American households as the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs squared off in an intense battle for the SEC Championship. During the game, Marco Rubio, the 41 year-old GOP senator from Florida, sent several tweets related to the game. I thought to myself, ‘This guy gets it!’ Not that a college football game resembles politics, but sports do reflect culture, and culture is essential into making political gains in the ever so changing demographics.
Making politics acceptable, in part, is realizing that most voters do not live in a political space but yet are immersed in culture. Therefore, even politicians, especially politicians must reach out to that culture in whatever means available and Rubio’s engagement on social media and football is part of that effort. Whether it’s keen knowledge of sports, music, spirituality, or the arts, the intertwining of culture and politics will produce a renaissance in the 21st century.
Nothing irritates me more than seeing old, half-bald men, who are only accustomed to phone banking and door knocking in an election year, trying to lead the narrative on engaging the youth. It’s not to say that there isn’t wisdom to be gained from seasoned activists, but new voices must emerge. Millennials should be the most active, energized and engaged and advocate for cultural appeal among the conservative movement. Politicians are a synopsis of their society. Culture is a synopsis of society. If we want more politicians elected that inhabitant a moral conscious and a law of ethics, we must be willing to change the cultural environment.
Many youth are reluctant to obey rules that are set before them, it’s why I’m positive that they would be hesitant to embrace a nanny-state America if they truly understood what liberties were at stake. Letting young people know what the power of free markets and individual liberty looks like and how it can empower them will enable them to boldly tell the government “hands-off” of their freedoms. …by