Clocks were not the only thing springing ahead this weekend,
young conservatives showed their eagerness to restore conservatism
and the ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility.
This past weekend thousands of young conservatives
descended upon the Washington, DC area for CPAC. Enthusiasm
and energy ran high among the crowd throughout the conference
showing millennials' desperation for real hope and change-longing
for Obama's last day in office.
As youth unemployment, student loan debt, and the national debt
soar, the real economic impact is felt by our nation's youth.
The Obama administration's economic policies are hurting an already
downtrodden millennial generation. Many young people see the
American Dream slipping from their grasp as their financial burden
grows and no hope of employment exists.
Many of the wide-eyed, twenty-something's who attended the
conference clutched posters of their coveted conservative
champion-Ronald Reagan. Reagan's legacy is far from dead
among this generation of young people if anything it is
experiencing a revival. Young conservatives view Ronald
Reagan as their hero, a man who truly lived out his
Liberals should fear the strength of the Conservative Movement,
as more and more young people are attracted to its principles of
limited government, free markets, and individualism.
Thousands of young people were willing to give up a weekend to
attend CPAC then they were to enroll in Obamacare-as we have seen
with only 25% of young people enrolling. This administration
is struggling to attract those that were among its most
enthusiastic supporters. Today's young people crave to be
independent both financially and personally. The expansion of
big government programs does nothing to empower youth or benefit
them. Disenchantment and frustration with the Obama
administration and its broken promises are pervasive among
millennials with over two-thirds "less favorable" to the
Nationwide polling conducted by Young America's Foundation shows
that forty-eight percent of young people between the ages of 18 and
24 believe that the federal government is too big with only four
percent believing its too small. Limited government and
accountability resonate with millennials. The future of
conservatism looks bright; millennials left feeling inspired by the
speakers and seminars-tasked with the mission of spreading the word
to their disenchanted peers.
For too long young people have been reduced to a mere
demographic by the Left and they are now making their voices
heard. Millennials are more than just a demographic, they are
the ones burdened by reckless Washington spending and
policies. Millennials are treated like children by this
administration believing that they know what is best for them.
Nothing proved this to be truer than when Michelle Obama
called young people "knuckleheads". This administration views
young people as a permanent dependent class, one that they can
What happens though when young people have had enough?
Young people across the country are coming to terms with the fact
that big government equates to big problems-Obamacare being the
clearest example of government inefficiency. The botched
rollout of the website launch and the enrollment process only
increased the unpopularity of Obamacare. Young people quickly
realized that they were expected to subsidize healthcare for the
older and sicker generation and were not willing to enroll despite
ridiculous public relations efforts from the White House.
Millennials are smart, much smarter than the Left gives them credit
for. They know that they were lied to when they were promised
free healthcare and now they are the ones expected to pay for
The sad reality is that one in four young people are living at
home and are struggling to find employment as they try to make
their monthly student loan payments. Young people don't need
the federal government acting like a parent, telling them what to
do. They are fed up with the federal government's intrusive
involvement in their daily lives. They are eager for the
future and for restoring America back to its greatness through
restoring individual liberties and reducing the size and scope of
the federal government.
Ashley Pratte is the Public Relations Officer for Young
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