|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – Conventional wisdom is that the Millennial generation is unilaterally liberal on cultural issues, and superficially this wisdom is accurate. But if we delve deeper, we see that my generation is filled with cultural conservatives, even if we do not all realize it yet.
We are the internet generation, the social media generation, and we face the cultural challenges of those things on a daily basis. Our parents divorce at a higher rate than any previous group of Americans. One out of every four of us was aborted. Drugs and alcohol are glorified in the popular culture in music and movies. The Biblical concepts of marriage and love seem to be rarer and rarer. Yet in a seemingly oxymoronic twist, this is precisely why we should be conservative on these social issues.
We see the economic devastation that comes from broken families. We see how a degraded culture leads to broken families. We see how misplaced priorities in sports, entertainment, and music promote this degraded culture. And the more I talk to my peers, the more we realize that we must change our perspective.
More and more young Americans are beginning to realize that a strong culture is the backbone to a strong economy. I once heard Rick Santorum describe the etymology of the word “economy.” It comes from the Greek word “oikos,” which means household or family. The first economy is the family unit, and before the economy can be strong, the family can be strong. My generation is beginning to understand it because we are living in a time when the family is not valued.
The media and entertainment elite want us to believe that the American dream is the life of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, not Andy Griffith in Mayberry. We are beginning to understand en masse that this understanding of success is fatally flawed. Success should be finding a good job, building a stable family, and leaving your children with a better life than you had. The vast majority of us are beginning to feel disenchanted with Big Entertainment definition of success, and return to the tradition that made America the envy of the world.
The great statesman-President Teddy Roosevelt once said,”The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
President Roosevelt was exactly right – we have accepted all of these things under the guide of multiculturalism, popular culture, and political correctness. We have been told that the traditional way of life does not have a place in modern America. And while this lie may still have a foothold among millennials, far more are beginning to recognize the benefits of cultural conservatism.
No, the largest generation may never fully become culturally conservative. Disastrous Supreme Court rulings like Obergefell v. Hodges may well stand. Popular culture may continue to lead us in a reckless direction. But every day, more and more of us reject the radical liberal definition of the American dream promoted by and for Big Entertainment and move toward the stability, economic security, and moral sanity of cultural conservatism.