In a Townhall piece that got quite a bit of traction, Kurt Schlichter says:
There is a whole group of potential allies out there – the Millennials who grew up familiar with technology but chafing at their helicopter parents and the politically correct hypocrisy of the education establishment. Many of them think of themselves as “liberal,” but they have little use for bums who want to lay about sponging off producers. Their liberalism is more about affectation and cultural posturing than about political positions – they reject the idea of the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-sex conservative boogeyman they’ve been taught in the media, not conservatism itself.
These young folks have bought into the notion that conservatives are somehow obsessed with other people’s sex lives, which is false – conservatives are obsessed with their own sex lives, as the CPAC meat market demonstrates. But the wacky notion that some conservative is going to climb in their bedroom window to interrupt their trysting by making them pray has convinced this huge demographic to support an ideology that leaves them burdened with student debt and living in their parents’ homes – and thus unlikely to ever have sex to begin with.
The key to defeating this residual cultural affinity is twofold. First, conservatives need to avoid feeding old stereotypes with boneheaded maneuvers like making idiotic pronouncements about rape and writing jerktastic articles about how being a gay conservative is the result of a Marxist conspiracy. Remember, these young people grew up being taught to be tolerant. They’ll be tolerant of anyone – including hardcore Christians – who are themselves tolerant. We don’t have to accept anything we consider immoral – we just have to not be jerks about it.
Second, conservatives need to emphasize the pro-freedom agenda that both demographics share. Millenials have no desire to be dictated to about their snack options or hellfired by some drone either. Nor do they want to get arrested for jailbreaking their iPhone or sued for a $100,000 for downloading the latest terrible Mumford & Sons song. And for the few who have found jobs in the Obama economy, the tax bite on their pay stubs is just as unwelcome.
The first thought that ran through my mind was how difficult a prescription this is. In an age where the mere setting of standards is considered “intolerant” how does on have standards and remain tolerant? Well, if you read that carefully, it means standards have to be internalized rather than externally imposed.
On top of that comes this from McKay Coppins:
When the great Republican resurrection comes to pass, will conservative Christians be left behind?
Some leaders of the religious right are openly worried this week after a sprawling 98-page report released by the Republican National Committee on how the party can rebuild after its 2012 implosion made no mention of the GOP’s historic alliance with grassroots Christian “value voters.”
Specifically, the word “Christian” does not appear once in the party’s 50,000-word blueprint for renewed electoral success. Nor does the word “church.” Abortion and marriage, the two issues that most animate social conservatives, are nowhere to be found. There is nothing about the need to protect religious liberty, or promote Judeo-Christian values in society. And the few fleeting suggestions that the party coordinate with “faith-based communities” — mostly in the context of minority outreach — receive roughly as much space as the need to become more “inclusive” of gays.
To many religious conservatives, the report was interpreted as a slight against their agenda and the hard work they have done for the party.
I am thinking maybe people, especially Christian people, need to familiarize themselves with the history of Jerusalem and Christianity in the first century. The Jewish authorities worked pretty well, to a point, with the Roman overlords. They certainly worked hard to ingratiate themselves with that authority. However, stiff about their rules and regulation, the Jews eventually revolted and were crushed in the worst possible way by the Romans. Jerusalem was leveled – completely. The Romans tried to wipe the Jews from the face of the earth.
Christianity survived because between Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem (roughly 70 AD) it had spread its wings beyond Palestine and included the gentiles in the faith. While it prescribed to the same moral/ethical code as its Jewish ancestors, Christianity was far less stiff-necked, far less rigid that the Jews of Jerusalem and environs.
Christianity was indeed persecuted by the Romans for a while, but it eventually won the day.
Right now it seems Christians find themselves in a similar squeeze as the Jews under the Roman occupation. And if we behave like the Jews, we will likely be destroyed. But if we behave like those Christians of old, we will find a way to survive. So what was the essential difference?
The Jews were interested in ruling. The Christians were interested in souls. Christianity eventually became the official religion of the Roman empire – not because it conquered the empire militarily or governmentally – but because it converted so many souls in the empire that the rulers had little choice.
Who is to blame if the Republican party and the nation generally feel like they have a choice?