Recently, a good friend of mine lamented
that her son was becoming (gasp) conservative. A lifetime
liberal, she is
truly wondering what went wrong. Here is my letter to her
son. - TA
Remember those bad fashion days of the 80s?
Big hair. Spandex. Spiked hair. And those silly 70s? Platform
suits. And glitter. Lots of glitter. The 60s? Nehru jackets.
Bell bottoms. Granny glasses. Flowers and beads. Truly
hilarious. America has seen big-hoop skirts, stovepipe
corsets, poodle skirts and zoot suits. You name it, we’ve
Remember, all these embarrassing ideas were
once cool. Yet every time a bad fashion trend has expired,
most of us
eventually admit we looked stupid, laugh, we went back to
what worked. Jeans. Nice suits. Good shoes. The very best
designs never go out of fashion.
Politics shares a lot with fashion. Especially
American politics. Originally, America was founded with
of individual freedom. But all along, we’ve tried different
political fashions. In the 20s, Communism was fashionable.
Then came 30s socialism, flowed by 50s “progressives.” In
the 60s, liberalism became the latest fad. Each time, the
political fashion of the moment looked interesting, but later
faded as old fashioned conservative politics proved much
more attractive. That’s why, since 1980, America has
been moving steadily back to the right. We just look silly
That brings me to your parents.
Apparently, they are horrified that you are
becoming a conservative. After all, they have lived a life
expected you to do the same. But like all parents, they
prepared for the day you began to think for yourself.
I’m guessing It may have started when half of your
first paycheck went to the government. Could be that annoying
algebra teacher who wasted half the class ranting against
George Bush, then graded you accordingly. Maybe you couldn’t
figure out what’s wrong with freeing 80 million people
from evil America-hating terrorists. Or perhaps every time
you talk with liberals, there’s something about them
that makes your skin crawl. And unfortunately, when Mom and
Dad talk politics, you start itching.
And here’s the kicker. it’s not a revolt against
parental authority. It’s because you discovered their
liberal legacy is awful. The Welfare State? Failed. Social
Security? Failed. Medicare? Failing. Public schools? Miserable.
All these fabulous something-for-nothing schemes waste gargantuan
gobs of money. And they’re sticking you with the bill.
But your conservatism will be cemented when you get married
and try to raise kids through a society and entertainment
media that convinces your kids to be decadent drunks and
sluts, all courtesy of the liberal crusade against morality.
There is one difference between coonskin
hats and Communism, however. During the 20th Century, over
150 million people
died in the name of Communism and socialism. And from Pol
Pot to Josef Stalin, from the Sandinistas to Saddam Hussein,
From Marx and Lenin to Chairman Mao, the American Left
has always ignored socialist horrors and defended our enemies.
Why? Because American liberals have much more in common
Fidel Castro than George Washington. Yet liberals make
it fashionable. See those idiots running around wearing
red and black Che Guevera shirts? Your Mom & Dad vote
with them. And that's a lot worse than wrap-around sunglasses.
But enough about the follies of American
liberals. Why are you thinking about conservatism? That’s
the question. Certainly, the right-wing record looks fabulous
limelight of history. Whether it was Ronald Reagan, George
Gingrich, or any conservative pundit, Republican philosophy
has always worn well. Our tax cuts always created a better
economy. Our stands against an overbearing government proved
well founded. Our defense of morality actually looks sensible.
And our battles against Americas enemies have always looked
It’s a classic showdown. One-piece
or two-piece? Tux or suit? Casual or dress? In political
think the individual should have freedom to make decisions.
Liberals think the government can run your life better
you do. Which fashion looks good to you?
And that takes us back to your parents. Why
do they cling to a clearly failed political philosophy?
about fashion. Your folks bought into liberalism when it
was trendy. Popular. All their friends were doing it. But
like those 90s kids who got tribal barbed wire tattooed around
their wrists, your folks spent a lifetime having liberalism
tattooed deep into their brains. They may have tossed away
their bell-bottoms, but they just can’t part with their
precious liberalism. See, changing clothes is easier than
changing politics. They don’t make zoot suits anymore.
But someone’s always selling something-for-nothing.
And someone’s always buying.
That’s why Mom and Dad have they have a hard time
changing. They don’t even realize their liberalism
looks more like a political leisure suit every day. And why
you are leaning towards conservatism? Probably because you’ve
figured this out. So, while you may be disappointed with
your folks, even embarrassed, the least you can do is help.
Offer them some fashion advice. Get hip. Liberalism is out.
Conservatism is cool. Get with it. tRO