New Book Equips Teens for Conservatism

Monday, 06 May 2013 10:59 PM

By Greg Richter

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Unless conservative teens take a stand they could be "the last generation to fully live the completely unique American experience."

So says a new book aimed at equipping high schoolers to boldly share their beliefs with friends and challenge the liberal status-quo that the author says most young people advocate.

The author, Steve Belonger, wrote "The Goliath Agenda: The Attack on Individual Effort" because he says he knows teens will "be exposed to a lot of liberalism" when they go to college, so he wanted them to have a grasp on the principles of capitalism, free speech and "big government" with more than just boring definitions.

"Abstracts can only go so far. Stories stay with young people," Belonger told Politico.

The 318-page paperback tackles subjects such as group vs. individual identity, liberty vs. equality and capitalism vs. socialism. They are told through short stories and discussion of the issues.

"The stories reveal how an intrusive government and political correctness have become a Goliath to them," the website for the book says, a reference to the biblical David who faced down a huge warrior with a sling and stones. "They are encouraged to face it as an individual, stand firm and join the conservative movement."

Former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert lends his name as a contributor.

"We as conservatives must always argue and live out our positions and beliefs strongly and never give up the right to speak freely," Hastert writes, "but we must preserve that right for others as well."

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