Gabriella Hoffman

Aristotle once opined, “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”

Not surprisingly, millennials bought the Left’s redistributionist policies and class warfare rhetoric again in 2012.

What explains this disturbing trend? How can it be reversed? The answer: making the moral, convincing case for conservatism to our peers.

A new College Republican National Committee (CRNC) report on why Republicans lost the youth vote in 2012 was released last week. Although well-intentioned, the report -- 95 pages in length -- fails to offer tangible solutions to the problem.

The report covered the following topics: student loan debt crisis, entitlement reform, health care, taxes, “climate change”/environment, defense/foreign affairs, immigration, abortion, and gay marriage. It also proposed five suggestions for “successful” youth outreach.

The first suggestion says economic issues that directly impact young voters -- the student loan debt crisis, unemployment, and health care -- should be emphasized. The report says, “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer a hand to help you get there” (85).

There are two problems with this talking point.

One, it fails to articulate why economic freedom is morally superior to socialism.

Earlier this year, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed this in a Washington Post column by suggesting opportunity conservatism. He wrote, “Republicans should conceptualize and articulate every domestic policy with a single-minded focus on easing the ascent up the economic ladder.”

He added, “Free-market policies expand opportunity, produce prosperity and improve lives, especially for those working to climb the economic ladder.”

Senator Cruz is right. The moral case for free enterprise must be made to voters, especially young disillusioned voters.


Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman works at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.