Contradictions, Psychological Warfare, and Growing Old
It's hard not to notice comments on conservative blogs to the effect of: "it's over," "there's nothing we can do," "it's too late." I experience such feelings myself as I struggle to maintain a sense of hope and the will to fight. And when I want to throw up my hands in despair, it's hard not to notice the contradictions.
Like many conservatives I resent John McCain and those who, in various battles, "gave up the fight" and "surrendered." Yet when we express feelings of apathy and surrender, aren't many of us doing the very thing we accuse establishment Republicans of?
We cheer on people like Ted Cruz, applauding his relentless willingness to fight. Assuming we don't want to just sit on the sidelines cheering others doing the heavy lifting, how and where are we standing to fight?
Many speak of "we the people," while spinning in circles and taking no political action.
We bless our military for making the ultimate sacrifice. But why is it so hard to make sacrifices of our own to be politically active - sacrifices that would pale in comparison to what our military face every day?
So in my search to dig down and find the fight within, it's impossible not to notice that in addition to the contradictions, the psychological impact of the left's assault against America is powerful. Just reading through headlines on any given day is overwhelming. It feels like the pace of the assault is ever more rapid while our resistance to it is hardly up to the task.
And then there's age.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I just feel tired. I'm not 22-years-old anymore with spunk, nerve, and gumption. I'm at a point in life where I just want to l live my life - to experience small joys before I reach very old age.
It's hard not to notice how the demographic of our team tends to be older than that of the left. You see a lot of white hair in our crowd. The left, on the other hand, has captured the young. While we may have the benefit of the wisdom that comes with age, we need the energy of youth. We also need young people if we are to build our base and carry our message into the future.
So each day, as I take a deep breath and put my foot forward to step into the fight, I try to figure out how to bring a young person along with me. And I take heart that there are seeds planted out there that we need to nurture.
Young Conservatives of America
Voices of Conservative Youth
Young America's Foundation
College Republican National Committee
Students for Academic Freedom