Among the more straightforward dynamics in modern politics is that the population generally is relatively conservative while it feels as if the far left is surging. As the polling firm Gallup finds, and Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner, only six states have more people identifying as liberal than conservative. That said:
Before conservatives start to cheer, Gallup said the gap (between states with more conservatives and states with more liberals) used to be 21 points and a handful of the state numbers fall in the margin of error.
But the survey still shows a large swath of red and pink states bookended by the whole West Coast, New England, and the mid-Atlantic, including the Washington, D.C. area.
It isn’t difficult to see what’s happening. Coastal elites are pushing progressivism relentlessly, and they’re making a difference. That’s especially true now that whole generations are entering the adult world having been broadly indoctrinated to take liberal ideas as a default and without a foundational knowledge of and appreciation for our shared heritage as Americans.
Conservatives need a two pronged approach. The first is a long-term intention to win back cultural institutions so we can conserve our American principles. The second is a short term catalyst or magic pill that changes young people’s minds.
Progressivism is built on faulty and superficial ideas, while conservatism has the weight of reason and true compassion. There must be some way to make people realize that short of seeing their civilization destroyed.
Featured image: Gallup results on states’ conservatism versus liberalism as posted by the Washington Examiner.