School choice and reform, Atlas Shrugged, Ronald Reagan, Ann Coulter, intelligent discussion, conservative ideals, and snarky comebacks.
Just be there, vocally. I see too many young conservatives (some of whom have messaged me here) who struggle with being afraid of speaking their views because they are worried what their friends will think or some other issue. If you know what your beliefs are, you need to speak. Every voice counts when it comes to changing their perceptions.
I keep trying to figure out where this concept of me being a “self-loathing closet case” or having “internalized homophobia” comes from.
I mean, why the hell would I announce I was gay in my URL if I was self-hating? Wouldn’t I pull a Rick Santorum and act aggressively heterosexual? (Katie if you are reading this, you are laughing at that phrase again, I know it).
Why would I date women and really really enjoy it? Why would I admit to being gay at all if I hated myself so much? Why would I generally be a happy person if I was self-loathing? Wouldn’t I be loaded with guilt and loathing every time I had sex or had a fantasy, wouldn’t I feel the need to apologize for my sexuality?
But I don’t and I’ve never had a conservative ask me too either. I’ve never had a conservative tell me I should be celibate because I’m gay or that I should just “choose” to be straight or say I’m not welcome in their party because of my sexuality. They don’t judge me based on my sexuality, it’s always the liberals who do. It’s always liberals that want to dismiss my views and tell me they know what’s best for me because of the fact that I’m gay.
It’s like magic, liberals just know gay conservatives better than they know themselves, amazing right? All the gay conservatives everywhere, our entire set of political, moral, and ethical beliefs can just be dismissed so easily by liberals if they use the magic words “internalized homophobia”. I guess it makes it easier for them to ignore that not everyone buys their shit and being in a certain minority doesn’t mean they hold sway over our thoughts and beliefs. If they had to face up to that and try to make sense of it…well their heads might just explode.
Also, remember what Greg Gutfeld says about that phrase “Calling someone a compassionate conservative is like calling someone a naive liberal”.
It’s really pretty simple.
I have conservative ideals, like wanting small government and low taxes and fewer regulations and a strong military etc. etc. etc.
I am attracted to women, not men.
Put the two together and
I’m glad that they vote the way they do, but I have little time or respect for them. They are the sort who will vote based on tradition or emotion, rather than logic…which means that they have their opinion set one way (whether based on incorrect or illogical data) it’s nearly impossible to change it.
For instance, I’ve argued often (and sometimes loudly) with one of my family members about the fact that their is no difference between a company refusing service to someone for being gay and a company that has a policy that prevents women from nursing their child in the store. In both cases this is simply a case of a business having the right to set their own policies…however she thinks the first is fine and the second should be illegal. This isn’t based on law or logic, just emotion.
This frustrates me because it’s not consistent.
I agree, we need to do some rebranding. As Andrew Breitbart said “If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck!”
Our ideas are great ones, we just have to sell them to people in a way they will understand and buy.
Of course while I understand that rebranding is the key, I suck at it. I’m a nitty gritty, semantics, hair splitting, minutiae of politics type of person at heart and that’s hard to sell to people. So I do my best and encourage others to find the right packaging.
(This post got a bit away from me, I apologize for the rambling nature and probable spelling errors…in my defense I’m ranting and I don’t care if my grammar is perfect in a rant)
I don’t know what we did before we had Common Core to blame all our education woes on, I really don’t.
I don’t remember my parents saying “look at this Prentice Hall math problem my kid had to solve” or “look at…