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Missing In Action: America’s Youth

In 2006 I attended a Tea Party rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, put on by Curtis Wright and Freedom Works. My wife and I were the only 20-somethings in the audience. There did seem to be a larger 40-somethings presence than what I have seen since then, but the majority of the audience were Seniors. “How can it be that Seniors, who have the most to gain from massive government spending, are the only ones showing up to protest it?”, I thought to myself. Where were all the young people, the young workers, the college students, and the young moms? Where are the people who will suffer the most under President George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s spending and debt?

I guessed my generation was simply disenchanted and disengaged with government and politics. Then in September of 2011, we saw the rise of Occupy Wall Street rallies; and there they were. Young people, twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, and college kids, engaged, active, loud. What was going on that had them so riled up? Was it government spending? The destruction of the work force through illegal immigration? The overwhelming threat of inflation due to the Fed’s quantitative easing? NSA Spying? A radicalized EPA? The Justice Department spying on journalists? The nationalization of health care and student loans?

Nope. They were protesting the top 1%. There was no clear message or political agenda. There was no concrete purpose. They just seemed angry that there were rich people and seemed to assume that rich people had ruined America. Interviews began appearing where young people chanted on about how corporations were controlling the government and how the government needed to crack down on corporations. So, they thought that the politicians were bought off by corporate elites, but instead of protesting the politicians, they protested the elites. The politicians were happy to join them.

If this is what’s become of my generation, we’re doomed. I felt like C3P0. Everything seemed so gloomy and impossible. How could my generation be so blind to what our government was doing? These Occupy Wall Street people are in the streets stealing from each other, raping each other, smoking pot, and fighting to secure their unconditional obedience to The State. Maybe they smoked too much pot and had become confused. Maybe the pot was laced. Maybe their recycled, biodegradable non-plastic water bottles weren’t as healthy as they thought.

Last Thursday I had the awesome opportunity to attend an event for Dr. Dave Brat, our best chance of changing the leadership in Washington D.C., and I didn’t see anyone in their 20s or 30s. I’m not sure there were more than six people in their 40s. Again, it was our Seniors that showed up to support a candidate who has more to offer my generation than theirs. I’ve been thinking about this every hour since then. What can I do to get my generation involved? How can I reach out? Should I start a website? Should I try organizing college kids?

But then I thought about all those Seniors at the Wilmington Tea Party rally and at Dr. Brat’s campaign event in Mechanicsville, and I thought about their kids and their grandkids. Clearly our Seniors have seen enough change in our government to understand how dangerous our current regime has become. Are they talking to their kids and their grandkids? Are they educating their family? Are they inviting their kids and grandkids to campaign events, to let them hear what our young leaders can offer? It’s my generation that needs to hear Dr. Dave Brat. It’s my generation that needs to get involved with Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity and Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty.

And why does Ron Paul have so many young people following him? Why has he been successful where Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell have failed? Maybe we should be considering just how important Ron Paul could be to the Republican Party and the future of American Liberty. If he is doing something right, then shouldn’t our politicians be following suit? Look who the young people are impressed by: Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin. Young people like the Republicans that the Republican Establishment is seeking to destroy.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we don’t have time to waste. I will talk to my friends. You need to talk to your children and grandchildren. Encourage your elected officials to tap into the freedom movement that Ron Paul started and to engage those youths excited about liberty. We need a Republican Party in full fledge freedom-movement mode. Let’s talk about freedom baby! That’s how you’ll get young people on board. But we can’t just talk about it like Cantor and Boehner do. Lip Service and hypocrisy won’t fool my generation. We’ve got to mean it. We’ve got to run candidates like Dr. Dave Brat, Sarah  Palin, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. We’ve got to support Justin Amash and Thomas Massie. These are the leaders of our freedom movement. Let’s get behind them. Let’s get this thing moving!


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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