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Young Cons Versus Young Republicans

This reader from Purdue makes a very good point:

Jonah,

I agree with you that the Conservative movement needs to make no concessions to or “special attractions” for young conservatives. My favorite quote – a

paraphrase from one of your G-Files – is that “In conservatism, the first

consideration of an action should be inaction.”

On the contrary however, the Republican Party should make special effort to

attract young people – particularily young conservatives and LUGs (the

Libertarian ones, though personally I think attracting some of the better-

looking Lesbians would also liven up the party). On my campus, which I think

is typical of many midwest campuses, the majority of the student population is

conservative. The problem is that so many students fear joining the Republican

party because of the negative media portrayal. In the words of Peter Griffin

(Family Guy) “Hey look Lois, it’s the two symbols of the Republican Party: An

elephant and a fat white guy afraid of change!”

At any rate, I would love to see a G-File on how the GOP can attract these

young conservatives (and perhaps convert some LUGs) in the 8 months you have left as a “youth.” At any rate, I have great hope for my generation fixing the mess that the Baby Boomers left behind. Also, I much prefer “Millenial”

to “Gen Y” – we may not be united politically but there are still a lot of common events that bind us together.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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