The new cool
J. Matt Barber
once were the counterculture. Liberals were the nonconformist rebels,
boldly wearing unwashed anarchy on tattered sleeve. They loudly and
proudly raged against the establishment machine.
Today, they are the
of our ruling-class institutions - academia, courts, government, media
and entertainment industries - are teeming with closed-minded,
hard-left ideologues who seek to “fundamentally transform
that, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, self-identified
liberals outweigh their conservative counterparts in the mainstream
media by a 5-1 margin.
all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means
doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case,
the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. – C.S. Lewis
Is Conservatism the new
Comedian Jim Wiegand -
aka “Jim Wiggins, the last hippie in
- is a throwback to a bygone era. The hilarious 70-year-old wisecracker
is known for, among other things, a quite liberal worldview. He’s also
known for raising Joe Wiegand, his rebellious, good-for-nothing son.
Apart from sharing both a sharp sense of humor and mutual love and
admiration, father and son see eye to eye on little else.
a good friend of mine, isn’t a rebellious good-for-nothing in the
conventional sense. He’s a 40-something Illinois-based GOP strategist,
a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator without equal and a buttoned-up
evangelical Christian. The
elder Mr. Wiegand can’t figure out where he went wrong. He jokes that
when Joe was a youngster, he once discovered magazines hidden under the
boy’s mattress. He was shocked to find his son looking at such smut: National Review.
Likewise, a 1999 North
American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) of students, faculty and
administrators in colleges and universities throughout the United
States determined that five times as many college faculty members vote
Democratic as Republican. In fact, 72 percent described themselves as
“to the left of center,” while a mere 15 percent identified themselves
as “right of center.” One can only imagine that in
the ensuing decade, the ideological disparity has increased. Ask any
kid in the halls of academia, and he’ll tell you, with few exceptions,
that professor so-and-so is a liberal so-and-so. Still,
liberals - or “progressives,” as they prefer to be called - persist in
laboring under an embarrassing misconception: They honestly believe
they remain the nonconformists. It’s precious.
Cultural socialism is a
club for groupies
fact, today’s liberals are nothing of the sort. They compliantly
conform - like little windup, patchouli-daubed lemmings - to a
carnival-prize caricature of what they imagine nonconformity to look
like. You know, the usual stuff: neo-Marxism, environmentalist
activism, sexual relativism, big-government nanny statism, an
actions-without-consequences rendering of reproductive rights, and
other such populist nonsense. Simply put, today’s progressive
nonconformist conforms. Indeed, the “Stepford
Wives” have become the “Stepford Lesbians.” The prudish, judgmental
church lady has swapped spots with the easy - yet somehow
self-righteous - birth-bashing feminist.
So what is a young person -
brimming over with that instinctive, defiant impulse to rebel against
“the man” - to do?
in this up-is-down, spend-money-to-save-money world, conservatives have
become the contemporary nonconformists. Today’s rebellious youth are
telling the progressive establishment to put its moral-relativist,
redistributionist party-line pig swill in its well-used chamber pipe
and smoke it.
Kids: Really want to get under
obnoxiously “tolerant,” Volvo-driving, MSNBC-watching folks’ skin? Try
this: Go to church, abstain from premarital sex, join the Young
America’s Foundation, attend a Tea Party rally, enroll at Liberty
University, listen to Rush Limbaugh and vote Republican.
You’ll have them writhing in
BHO may be a mixed
blessing, in the end
often said that President Obama could either be the best thing to
happen to America or the worst. The best insofar as this man’s policies
are so radical, so extreme that, in keeping with Newton’s third law of
motion, the “opposite reaction” might well trigger Republican rule in
bad news: So far, Mr.
is the worst. Now, the good
news: I believe he has
awakened a sleeping
giant in the millennial generation (ages 18 to 29). Today’s
counterculture is rejecting the tired progressive policies pushed by
this president and his secular-socialist sycophants.
instance, a 2010 Marist Institute for Public Opinion poll determined
that nearly 60 percent of millennials believe abortion is “morally
wrong,” a nearly 10-point increase over the more progressive
baby-boomer generation. The tide is turning.
a recent survey from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics found
that millennials are worried sick about their futures. Yet President
Hopey Changey and Democrats in Congress continue to play back-alley
dice with their lives via incomprehensible deficit spending and a
national debt that swells annually by the trillions.
Do you think these kids won’t
rebel as the clouds quickly darken?
Churchill once observed, “If you’re not a
liberal at 20, you have no
heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.”
Liberalism is emotion-based and rooted in soaring, knee-jerk notions of
“social justice.” Conservatism is logic-based and rooted in reality.
youth have the heart part down. I’m glad to see they’re
developing some brains.
© 2011 Matt Barber (Mr.
Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law.)