Conservatives have an inherent flaw. We tend to underestimate our political rivals. It may be that we feel our ideas are far more logical, so therefore, more intelligent. We see liberals as either hippies, bleeding hearts or troublemakers. Although we do see them as relentless, we have failed to see them as strategic in that resolution. This is a huge mistake, especially when they keep winning engagements with our elected representatives.
As a political class, Republicans have ignored or mocked the small, subtle changes that the left kept pushing, successfully or not, on our country. Likeerosion, those continuous minute modifications have reshaped the political landscape greatly over a long period of time.
The left has been building the foundation for their current efforts since the '60s. This is how they have gotten their followers tearing down our statues, erasing our history and condemning our Republic as a mistake.
The biggest concession to this "long con," by generations of Republicans, was yielding our country's education systems to the left. For decades, they ignored the indoctrination of our colleges, and the eventual trickle down to high school and elementary schools.
Hindsight is 20/20, but it should have been recognized that the leftist teachers being produced by liberal institutions would take that same ideology into the lower schools where they were assigned or hired. Eventually, as conservative teachers retired and were no longer being replaced by like-minded, newly hired educators, leftist ideology became the vastly dominant political philosophy of our education system.
Thankfully, there has been some pushback. If there is one thing that we can count on in our younger generations, it is rebellion against authority. With those in power being leftists, groups like Turning Point USA, Campus Reform, Young America's Foundation and many others, are pushing back. We conservatives must support and encourage these organizations. Our leadership must embrace the roots of conservatism and not shy away from promoting those values.
Donald Trump has brought life and excitement to the Republican Party. If fellow Republicans do not follow his lead, it will not survive without him. Conservative governors and congressmen must engage the public and stand up to the media, while following and praising our ideals. Trump conservatives will stand behind you if you do, regardless of what the media or pollsters try to tell you.
Every year it seems, we see news stories about changes in curriculum that make parents irate. It is not coincidence. We have seen pop culture and fringe ideas being slipped into textbooks gradually. Now, many people are somehow surprised that the Founding Fathers are seen as villains and the "right to Keep and Bear Arms" is believed to apply only to the National Guard. ("Right of the people" is stated damn clearly!)
That leads me to praise another example of a solid effort to right our educational ship. It is from one of conservatism's loudest and prominent voices, Rush Limbaugh. His "Rush Revere" book series is a huge hit, entertaining children while telling of the founding of our country and other American history.
The books also extol the belief system and values that made this nation. Millions of young children in this country have been introduced to information that had been previously brushed over, ignored or twisted in our public schools.
These examples, and others, are out there. Conservatives must follow their lead. We must think long-term, and stop ignoring what the Democrats, their PR department (the media) and other leftists are attempting in our schools and universities, no matter how small.
After all, the future of our country truly is in the hands of the future of our country … the children.
John Cylc is a conservative Christian and eight year U.S. Army veteran who primarily speaks out on the Second Amendment, gun rights issues, and contemporary topics. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he currently resides with his wife and youngest son in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in beautiful East Tennessee. He is the founder of ThirteenFox.com and a former contributor to LifeZette. Read John Cylc's Reports — More Here.
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