CPAC 2013: Who actually speaks for America’s elderly and youth?

Conservatives need to focus on domestic economic issues if they are to remain relevant. Photo: Who speaks for us? / Associated Press

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2013 ― As America’s top conservative and libertarian-leaning Republican activists descend on the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC meeting next week, the electoral survival of the Modern Right may depend on a simple question: Who speaks for America’s elderly and youth?

Forget all the hackneyed K Street inspired babble you’ve heard from pundits and campaign consultants about why Mitt Romney lost in 2012 or why John McCain lost in 2008. The Right needs to be aware that as nations experience periods of currency distress and economic turmoil their populations – especially the most vulnerable groups – become more desperate and increasingly support central planners and socialist solutions at the ballot box.

There comes a point in time in every nation where a dangerous point of no return is crossed and a population never loses its addiction to strongmen with big promises and controlling policies. A government which has become too heavy from bloated bureaucracies eventually collapses when the central bank’s interest rates (i.e., the cash printing press) can no longer sustain the market’s ever-increasing demand for money which exceeds the total money supply.

Just as a star that no longer has the nuclear fuel to sustain its incredible weight collapses and forms a black hole, an inflation-stricken government implodes and leaves large numbers of people unemployed, hungry and restless. The political gravity well created by the collapse causes the population to pursue policies that only make the economic situation worse, thus trapping the entire nation in a black hole of despotism that is nearly impossible to reform or escape from.

The Weimar Republic had its share of limited government advocates and grassroot reactionaries who held protests and rallies (much like the United States today) but ultimately the trajectory of their economy transformed the political climate into absolute tyranny and permitted the rise of National Socialism from a minor fringe element to a single party monopoly.

If the Right wishes to avoid a historical repeat of Nazi Germany here in the United States – and believe me, we are already well on our way there as it is – they need to directly address the economic needs and fears of the elderly and the youth.

For better or worse, the Left has made an electorally successful yet economically flawed argument at the polls that they represent the elderly and youth. In truth, the policies of the last twenty years have only served to crush the young and old alike, yet the Right has been more than willing to be an active participant in helping the Left entrench policies that addict those electoral groups to their candidates.

As the UK Independence Party’s Nigel Farage famously warned in his essay Moral Mutation, “Justice thus becomes the victim of social engineering, and society becomes fragmented, as ever more minorities, disadvantaged groups and ethnic communities are identified, vaguely defined and given special privileges. These privileged classes then become the flying columns of the elite’s attack upon the majority. They are ever ready to provide “victims” in legal cases designed to test and advance new human rights laws, and they become tribally captive to the incumbent parties and their allied international, and supranational organizations, all of which spew forth laws of this kind at a most astonishing rate.”

The young and old alike are becoming increasingly restless and will vote for more elite determinalism in elections to come if the conservative movement is unable to effectively articulate and policy formulate an alternative to the socialist Left. So far, conservatives have been so stringent on clichéd foreign policy talking points and so oblivious to domestic economic issues that they are becoming a token, ineffective opposition at the polls.

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America’s elderly and youth need representatives in government who will recognize their plight, own up to the crisis that has endangered them, and decisively address the issues that affect their immediate situation. There is a reason the Declaration of Independence addresses the “Safety and Happiness” of the people – the founders knew that when a population is restless and unhappy, tyranny cannot be far off.

Sadly, there is no true champion of the young or old or anyone else in America these days, only crafty speakers and charlatans with empty promises but no real solutions. We are living in an era where elected officials have oppressed the people, Wall Street has robbed and vexed the poor, and still there is no one to stand in the gap on behalf of the nation. If conservatives are truly interested in more than just dainty fundraising and calling attention to themselves, they need to start speaking on issues that really matter and stand up for people who actually vote.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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