WW II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said “if you’re not a Liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a Conservative at 40, you have no brain.” What exactly did Churchill mean? That’s what this brief Post is about.
At 20 years old, people are usually idealistic and usually believe what their mentors (teachers, professors) inculcate into them. However, the parents of teachers and professors in most of today’s universities and colleges became Liberal in the 1960′s when draft dodgers fled there to avoid the Draft and Vietnam. Consequently, students today hear only one side of national issues and further, are discouraged to even listen to both sides, because the other side is characterized as being racist or sexist or whatever.
At 40 years old, people are usually much more settled down, often with a spouse and children, and begin devoting much more time following public issues. Moreover, they have lived long enough to become much better at recognizing the lies and deceit engaged in by many politicians. And because many at age 40 now have children, issues take on much greater importance with the realization that many Liberal/Progressive policies not only don’t work, but actually do great harm to the people that they supposedly are intended to help.
I’m 50% Conservative and 50% Liberal. That does not mean 50% Republican and 50% Democrat. What’s Liberal or Conservative about $16 trillion in National Debt? What’s Liberal or Conservative about health care that is a confusing, disorganized, and unaffordable the way it is configured? What’s Liberal or Conservative about a weak military or a foreign policy that punishes our allies and rewards our enemies?
At 69, I’m in the last years of my life, and I’d love to leave this world knowing that the US will be OK, but I’m not there yet. Most young people scare me because they can vote but know less than nothing about the issues…less than nothing because much/most of what they think they know is misinformation.
I don’t mean to sound critical, because it’s natural for the young to spend their time pursuing mates, getting an education and starting a career. However, on November 6, 2012, America will either turn around and become vibrant again, or finish its journey onto the trash heap of history. Which scenario plays out might depend on the young, which is the group whose future would be the most devastated by President Obama being re-elected.