The average college student tends to feel uneasy when ascribing themselves to a particular political party. Many will say (when asked) that they’re an independent; in actuality, however, many are in fact registered with one of the two major parties.
You’ll find many millennials (on both sides of the political spectrum) have a bipartisan hatred of the establishment in whatever various forms that may take. This is why it has become trendy on both sides to self-identify with an ideological adjective (conservative, progressive, etc).
There is nothing wrong in identifying with an ideological set of values. I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a capitalist (in that order). I have no problem identifying myself with these ideological labels (although I might identify myself with a softer tone when I’m on campus. You know how it is these days.)
My point is that it’s okay to say you’re a Republican. I know it can be scary for a lot of us in college due to the negative connotation academia has given us, but feel free to join a right-wing organization, or even campaign for your local Republican representatives.
The same goes for the Democrats in school right now. Feel free and able to call yourself Democrats and participate accordingly. No need to make party names taboo.
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party respectively are not specific sets of ideals that everyone must feel compelled to support.
It’s not an exact science. We’re not choosing the political party that completely encompasses our ideologies. We are choosing the party that best leads the country down a path that is more in line with our ideologies. It’s not an all or nothing game. We have to be able to compromise with each other in order to keep moving towards our goals for the country.
For example, I’m not a huge fan of Trump’s trade proposals. That being said, the free speech culture, rejection of globalism, and the institutional respect for our law enforcement that Trump’s presidency might create is, in my opinion, a firm step in the right direction for the nation.
We’re not all going to agree on everything, and that’s okay. However, now more than ever is the time to unify behind the party banner. We Republicans have a wide range of ideologies sitting at our table; the Democrats don’t. Intellectual diversity is not a priority to them, and that’s what makes us better.
That is why I vote Republican. That is why I call myself a Republican, and I’m proud of it.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.