In a piece on the immigration bill, Stanley Kurtz offers a nutshell version of the real problem facing Republicans today:
Republicans have been in a funk ever since Obama’s re-election. I’m the first to agree that there’s a deeper problem, but it’s got more to do with under-thirties and what education and the culture are doing to them than with anything a path to citizenship will fix.
When I listen to my non-Republican twentysomething friends talking about the GOP, I hear an image of a party drawn from Democratic talking points and college professors’ prejudices. Few are aware of the ideals of liberty and civil society that have stood as the guideposts for the conservative and libertarian thinkers who have defined the basic philosophy of the Republican Party since Reagan.
Many, as Arthur Brooks sagely observed last month in the Wall Street Journal believe Republicans are indifferent to the poor. Republicans need to change that faulty perception. They have to show the “under-thirties”, as Kurtz described this demographic suffering the most under Obama’s policies, that conservatives are aware of — and sympathetic to — their plight and will, if elected, put into place policies which will make it easier for them to find jobs commensurate with their talents and their training, allowing them to prosper as did young people in the Reagan Era.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Cactus Bill gets it:
There has been a bastardization of the language for some now. When compassion is defined by how much government can provide instead of what you can provide for yourself the notion of pursuing your own happiness is turned on it’s head. Real compassion is allowing an environment where a business of any type can actually HIRE someone. A real job is more compassionate and rewarding to the soul than all the government provided resources have ever been able to give. (Of course that is after it has been taken from someone else.)
True, conservatives and republicans have done a less than stellar job of communicating that basic information. But asking that the educational system to actually provide the real definition of the constituent parts of the language may have become a Bridge too Far for all of us.