Eye opening piece in this morning’s Post regarding the next wave of “young conservatives” poised to take up the mantle of the nearly dead ideology known as conservatism.
My favorite quip comes from this young, freshly scrubbed, “go-getter” on illegal immigration.
“When [Daniel Lipian, chairman of the College Republicans at Bowling Green State University] wanted to spark a debate about immigration, he and other College Republicans club members put up a fence in the plaza and hosted a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day.” On one side of the fence, he kept out club members wearing T-shirts that said “Illegal Immigrant.” “We were attacked over and over again by the left,” he said.
I’m sure the sophomoric and idiotic theme “to catch an illegal” had nothing do with his “being attacked” at all.
More importantly, the young, mean squares seem split over whom to support in ’08:
“Nationally, young Republicans are pretty well divided. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted at the end of last month, 37 percent of Republicans younger than 35 favor former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, 21 percent back Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), 13 percent support former senator Fred D. Thompson (Tenn.), 7 percent are for Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) and 5 percent are for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.”
Like the ideology they are clinging hopelessly to, the Republican party is in disarray and nearly extinct.
But people do change, so I suppose we shouldn’t be too hard on them. Truth be told (and baring my soul for a moment), I really identify with the confusion and tunnel vision expressed by the kids in the piece because I was in the College Republicans back in the 80’s. Yes…heresy! And voted for Ron Paul, a Libertarian, in my first presidential election (before moving left as I got into my 30’s).
There’s hope, in other words, for these kids.