My son is a most impressive young man. Raised in a split and then blended family, he never succumbed to the typical rebellion and misbehavior found among children in today’s anti-traditional family world. No “me” phase, no “you ruined my life” phase, no “I’ll do what I please” phase.
And yet, for all of his self-discipline, his drive, and his respect for others, my son is a rebel of the highest order. Because unlike many of his peers who talk a good rebellion-game but are really just products of the public education system and the lame-stream media, he is not prone to be the sheep that the government demands our schools produce. My son is a self-thinker – which probably makes him an enemy of the State.
I’ve discovered to my surprise that my son is not alone in his rebellion. I have spent time with several of his close friends, and to my surprise found them to be well-informed beyond what their teachers and the media feeds them. Instead of being Obama-puppets, as they describe the overwhelming majority of the rest of those in the under-21 crowd, they feel self-motivated to seek out original sources when teachers and TV tell them how to think. While most teens are spouting the “Obama iz so cool!1!!1!!” party line, they retort “what’s so cool about $16-trillion in debt, out of control spending, and stomping on the Constitution?”
Most students today think the Constitution is just some old document that is as irrelevant to their lives as the Bible. But my son and his band of rebels know that our Founding documents and the Scriptures are central to our way of American life. And while their classmates are down on Conservatives because they think they are just old out of touch relics, these self-educated young men and women ask them if they’ve heard of Marc Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Bobby Jindhal – Conservatives not much older than they are who listen to the same music, see the same movies, but know the difference between fiscal responsibility and mortgaging the future to play Santa Claus for votes today.
I used to despair for the future of this nation. When I am out in the stores or the movie theater or a fast food joint, I hear the prattle of the teens who have no concept of the work their parents had to do to buy them those cool iPhones and designer sneakers, and it breaks my heart. But the cure to that is time spent with my son and his friends – high school and college students who think on their feet, with their brains, and a big spaghetti-strainer between themselves and the State-led noise machine. These are “kids” that I can talk about football, movies, and politics with and know that I am not talking to a liberal clone. It warms the heart.
I encourage you Conservatives out there to find yourself a band of these thinking merry rebels. Cultivate their minds by allowing them to search out their own meanings and decipher their own answers, and you will be pleasantly surprised to find that good thought leads to good potential for the future for the Conservative movement.
Now that’s the way to start the New Year!