I have recently been reading articles, posted on the Internet by young Republican pundits, claiming that the Republican Party has forgotten about the younger generation -- the Generation Next as they are called. One article went so far as to say that Republicans are talking down to younger people and too oriented around Reagan. I beg to differ.
What we are experiencing is a new kind of generational gap between younger and older Americans. Let’s face it; a generation gap has always been a part of the American culture. For instance, in the 1950’s, many parents refused to allow their kids to listen to Elvis Presley. Presley, whose music is tame compared to today’s gangster-rap and heavy metal music, was seen as a threat to the social mores of the time. The American generation gap has simply synthesized due to modern technological advances -- primarily the Internet.
It is ironic that some young Republicans say they can’t relate to Ronald Reagan. It was Reagan who made the explosion of technology possible by breaking up the AT&T monopoly and ending the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine policy. Since then the rise of new media formats have exploded, and with it conservative media.
So what if the old Republican establishment is resistant to change? So what if the young generation can’t relate to Ronald Reagan? It is our job as young conservatives to convey Reagan to them. It is our responsibility to blog Reagan.
Conservatism is centered on preserving or conserving the values that our nation was built upon. When conservatives oppose liberal judicial activists who desire to rewrite the Constitution at will, they resist a change in a very necessary way. This means change must be worthwhile. Therefore, it is possible and even vital, to embrace a change in the message delivery without necessarily changing the message itself.
Let’s not forgot that conservative values stand the test of time and do not go out of style. Just as our founding fathers needed freedom from the external controls of government, so do we today. Think about what would happen if Internet traffic in America were taxed, or even tracked by the government, which is what Democrat Senator Chris Dodd has called for? What would happen to the freedom of speech?
Clearly, the values spoken of in the Constitution of the United States apply to people today as much as they did in 1787 when the Constitution was first written. In as much as culture and society changes, human nature does not. People still need freedom from government control.