Saturday, March 5, 2011

Generation Y Conservatism: The Answer

A couple years ago, I was asked:
As those of us from Generation Y (born from the late '70s through the mid '90s) are beginning to emerge into the political culture it's time to start the discussion: what will be our role in helping articulate Conservatism? What distinguishes those of us in Generation Y from generations past?
My answer, in a nutshell, was that if conservative principles are true, then they are true for every generation:
We Generation Y Conservatives are the inheritors of an incredible moral & intellectual legacy, and our task is not to remake conservatism in our image, but to faithfully pass it down to the next generation and proclaim its timelessness.
I was reminded of that exchange this morning as I came across this post at Generations for Life:
As teenagers, college students, and young adults under 38, are we fully aware that we are survivors of a genocide that has killed 1/4 of our peers?

Even at an amazingly Catholic school like Franciscan University of Steubenville, peoples’ lives are affected by abortion. There are students here who have stories of how their biological mother considered abortion, but instead placed them up for adoption. There are also students who have siblings who were aborted.

What does it mean to us that our generation is missing a quarter of its members? The people that could have been our classmates, co-workers, and neighbors were never given the fundamental chance to live that we take for granted. 
This. This is the fundamental calling of so-called Generation Y Conservatism.

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