In the 20-plus years that I have worked as a conservative activist, I’ve spoken on almost 200 university campuses — usually to Republican and conservative groups. Over time, I have observed changes in attitude among many young Republicans — and I believe these shifts help explain the rise of Ron Paul. Where young Republicans once had a sense of purpose and traditional values, now many don’t want to hear about “values” such as marriage, life, or family–just talk about the economy.
The New York Magazine headline reads: “You Can Thank a Few Rich Libertarians for Gay Marriage.” The story is that a $1-million contribution by several rich Republican hedge fund operators, ” inclined to see the issue as one of personal freedom, consistent with their libertarian views,” was key to legalization of same sex marriage in New York. But this counterfeiting of marriage does not expand freedom but rather seeks to redefine a fundamental truth. It’s been said that when words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty. It’s something all of us, even wealthy libertarians, should keep in mind.
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 opened in 300 theaters this past Friday. Fortunately, I had the chance to see it twice over the weekend—and I’m glad I did! The movie opens with clips from futuristic newscasts in the year 2016. The clips show an America that is eerily similar to today. The stock market is tumbling, oil shipments from far away lands are disrupted, and the economy and unemployment are out of control.
If the conservative movement which has come roaring back to life in the past couple of years hopes to survive and prevail, it must be united under a solid platform, not divided by conflicting ideologies. I have written previously about what I call America’s great unbridgeable divide. It’s a division of massive proportion between lovers of God, family and American freedom and haters of God, family and American freedom. It really is that simple, and the contrast between the two sides could not be more stark.