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Can Millennials Become Conservatives?

In an interview with Nick Gillespie of ReasonTV, Kristin Tate, who bills herself as “The Libertarian Chick,” offers seem reason for hope that young voters can be steered rightward, however unlikely that seems.

Tate notes that most of her generation has swung Left, supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders because of his message of compassion. So millennials have to be convinced of a different message – actually the one all liberals need to understand.

She says:

Getting people hooked on the government and not go sing them pathways to become self-sufficient obviously is not compassionate.

And there’s something baked into the way America’s youth think that might abet the process.

We like freedom. I mean, that kind of comes with the whole internet age. We like having a lot of control over our lives. So this Big Brother idea of government always watching us, trying to control every aspect of our lives, is a big turnoff.

Yeah, well, if you’ve ever tried to get a millennial to do something, then you know quite well they love their liberty.

Unfortunately, the game is rigged at the university level where the Left has done a great job over the last 50 years ensconcing itself.

You have all these professors who are in my classes, they were kind of brainwashing the kids.

Truly, conservatives need a project, a vast, right-wing conspiracy, to counter what the Left has been able to achieve in terms of taking over academia, so the next generation gets to hear a range of opinions in mainstream universities and colleges.

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy some insight from a conservative who seems pretty thoughtful and wise for her age. Her website is and her book is Government Gone Wild.

21 Responses to Can Millennials Become Conservatives?

  1. This is kicked around constantly on Fox at least–they usually end up saying wait’ll they see what the govt takes out of their first paycheck. But I would say it’s more than that–several memes have been allowed to define the Rep party–selfish, old, mean, contrarian…What young person wants to think of themselves as this-even if it’s in their long-term interest.

    • Didn’t you listen to the video ?

      “What young person wants to think of themselves as this-even if it’s in their long-term interest.”

      Maybe it’s because the young people are seeing the light and are demanding a change back to non-socialistic policies.

      • I did not listen to the video bec I don’t have the patience, but I gather this one person was not feeling the Bern. My remarks are aimed at what remains a young problem with the Rep Party.

        • Parties be damned Star.
          Both of them are complicit in taking this Country down the tubes.

          We need new thinking.
          Commonsense thinking.

  2. Great find Keith, I like her thought process.
    I listened to it twice, just to make sure that that I’d heard what she was saying.
    I agree with her wholeheartedly.
    It’s nice to know that there is some hope out there brewing in the minds of the youth in this Country.

    • My brother’s son brought his first paycheck home and showed it to his dad.
      He said, why do I make this much and only get this much ?
      My brother told him,….welcome to the real world.

  3. We’re all familiar with that old bromide: If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain.

    Problem is…we can’t afford to wait til the current crop of Obama Millenials grows up. And don’t forget about the anchor babies that have been weaned on welfare.

  4. IMO, they already are conservative, but don’t realize it yet.
    My grandchildren are upset with the taxes they have to pay from their puny paychecks. They think everyone should share the burden, not sit on their duffs waiting for handouts.
    They don’t really like abortion – all children should be welcomed. They don’t like to think that their parents would have even considered aborting them or their siblings.
    They believe in ‘live and let live’ for all people, no matter what their lifestyles.
    They resent the government making what they consider stupid rules that keep them from their kind of happiness.
    They don’t like discrimination of different peoples and think racism is a bad thing – just like the old Repubs who voted for the Civil Rights Act.
    They just can’t see it yet. They will.

  5. Not with crap like this going on. One person decides to remove state flags in the Capitol because they reference the confederate flag. I don’t care what people think of the confederate flag, this destruction, and removal of America’s history is wrong. Other countries do that and it does not end well. No matter how innocent this looks.

    And since when does one person get to do this? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  6. In my humble opinion, the worst mistake this country has ever made (besides Owe-Bama) was to do away with the draft. Eisenhower tried to establish Universal Military Service for all graduating high school seniors (men and women). Combat-capable men would serve in the various armed services, and women and conscientious objectors would work in hospitals, schools, and other government agencies to fulfill their two-year tour of duty. As a Vietnam draftee, I can truthfully say that my tour definitely got me on the right track as I graduated with two majors, and went on to a satisfying career in banking.

    Our children are spoiled rotten and irresponsible because momma and daddy let them get that way. There is no excuse for all the drama, etc. that we see on a daily basis with all these snowflakes and their “isms” and safe spaces, etc.

    Anyway, I feel the country is past the point of redemption unless a “messiah” comes along and gets things straight again. Owe-Bama certainly was NOT him/her.