Loyola University student Mathew Lamb has some ideas to make conservative ideals more appealing to fellow scholars.
In light of the massive failure of Obamacare, this may be an easier sale.
Much time has been spent by political pundits and consultants knocking their heads together to decide how the Republican Party can start to win the youth vote. Many of the suggestions involve changing our core beliefs, or becoming more socially liberal: “We’ve gotta support same-sex marriage!” “We’ve gotta become more compassionate towards the poor!” I, on the other hand, would arguing not to change our position, but to pull other people towards our position. If we really believe in what we stand for, than we should try to convince people why our position is best.
And what is one thing that young people tend to desire? Freedom.
Young people generally want independence and freedom. We go to college so we can eventually have a job and provide for ourselves and our families. We like being away from home because we can finally feel like adults who make decisions for themselves. When we start living on our own, renting our own apartments, buying our own groceries, and paying for our own cars, we should be proud of ourselves. We should take joy in every day we can pay for something with our own money.
The Republican Party and conservatives should stand up for the working teenagers. Many of my friends were shocked this summer to find out how much the federal and state government’s take out of their paycheck. In addition, I live in Cook County, Illinois, so even more of my paycheck is diminished through high taxation.
….Conservatives shouldn’t abandon their principles to make youth voters like them. Instead, they should be making the case for why their policies best serve the interests of youth voters: by giving them the greatest opportunity to benefit from their own work and become truly independent.