I was sitting here thinking about my 13-year-old kid earlier today and the challenges that lie in front of him that he has no idea exist but that I see all around him. You see, I think about him a lot because he is my focus as I get older. I realize that he truly is the one thing I will leave behind that can make an impact on the world. As I was pondering these things, I asked myself “What is the single biggest threat to his future?” The answer that popped into my mind is the growing trend of Socialism with the youth of the United Sates. And don’t be fooled, there is in fact a growing trend.
Some polls estimate that Socialism has climbed up the ranks of popularity since 2010, when 53% of liberals held a positive view of it. That proportion is now 57%. Their estimation of capitalism, however, has plummeted. In 2016, 56% of people on the left thought well of capitalism; now, just 47% do–the lowest the ideology has ever polled among liberals. And the sad reality is that we have no one to blame but ourselves as parents and conservatives. We delivered our children and grandchildren into the hands of unionized public schools run by leftist administrators, with their dumbed-down, biased curricula. We sat back and watched Common Core slip into our schools and remained silent. We sit them in front of TVs and computer screens, without paying attention to the nonstop message of civilizational self-loathing they are fed from the mainstream media. Is it any surprise that the millennial generation sees socialism as an answer to all the world's shortcomings? After all, its utopian ideals of total equality and an end to human want are appealing to young people.
Young people today can’t see past a 10 second sound bite or a 30 second YouTube video. They are bombarded by messages of political correctness, fairness, equality and diversity leading them to believe that everything they need in life will be given to them because that’s the “fair” thing to do. We have to do better for our youth, we must instill the message that “life isn’t always fair”. If we don’t, we are surely doomed as a Republic.
Recently I sat down with my son and helped him do some work on his “Citizenship in The Nation” Merit Badge for Boy Scouts and we were able to discuss the Constitution in more detail that we ever had before. It occurred to me watching him learn about the Bill of Rights and the roles of the branches of government that he was getting more of an education on what makes the United States the greatest country on earth at our kitchen table than he ever would in the schools he attended. It was obvious to me that this was the message that is sorely missed in our youth’s lives today. It made me realize that the way to educate our future leaders is to spread the message of our Founder’s to the young, to get them excited about what our great Bill of Rights really means to them as free individuals. “Personal Liberty” has to replace the message of the leftists and the Socialists of today. We’re missing that message among the youth of today. We are a nation of individuals and we must remind our children and grandchildren of this. If we don’t, we will lose everything that the Founder’s gave us. John Adams once wrote “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people”. He was so right on this. If we look around today that one word “Liberty” is the word that has been taken out of the mainstream. We must as freedom lovers make sure that we make it our personal commitment to teach the youth of today what liberty truly means. I challenge each of you reading this to touch the life of a young person today by sharing the idea of personal liberty with them. Until next time…. I got cigars to smoke and a new rifle to clean….
Keith Lefebvre from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin has been a RidersUSA member since 2007. He is a Father, Husband, Mentor to youth and men, a Student of life, Speaker of truth, and a Lover of Liberty. Keith is a US Air Force Veteran and a NRA Certified Shooting Instructor. He rides a 1977 Electra Glide and a 120 horse 2001 Electra Glide