Social conservatism encourages us to live a life with dignity and intellectual strength, a strength to face life’s greatest challenges, knowing that there is hope through God. It’s difficult enough to be a college student and a social conservative at the same time. But the conservative movement on campus is facing an internal threat–and it comes from the alt-right.
A tactical effort is being made by individuals within the alt-right who want to re-brand conservatism and undermine its values. Now, more than ever, we must remember that making moral judgement calls and calling out your fellow conservatives when they step out of line is not wrong. It’s a necessity.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to experience an excellent conference put on by members of Young America’s Foundation. I saw speakers talk on the importance of being a social conservative along with relevant topics. Despite these great conversations, I noticed an odd trend at the event that I couldn’t come to grips with. I saw socially conservative speakers face criticism and challenges from members of our own organization. I heard students openly standing against social conservatism and heard calls to assert a new conservative era through standard bearers like Milo Yiannopoulos. At one point, I was approached by a fellow student and told that moral conservatism is “dead.”
Now, more than ever, standing up for ethics makes social conservatives the outsiders. The very same ethics that shaped this nation are seen as “antiquated and old fashioned” in some conservative circles. These circles are clearly not impervious to alt-right infiltration.
Moral decadence is a strong force that can destroy movements from within. Teddy Roosevelt once said, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” It takes grit to stand up to the left, but it takes even more to point out failures within our own groups. Teddy Roosevelt understood what it meant to be a man or woman of ethics and moral character, and the importance of our social constructs.
I do not believe that moral conservatism is dead. If it were, then society would be dead.
Moral relativity results in societal destruction. Don’t take my word for it, read any history book. Judeo-Christian beliefs make up our code of ethics. These beliefs preserve law and order.
Economic conservatism without social conservatism is the definition of Anarchy. The left has ripped apart moral conservatism in every form, and yet social conservatives now face segregation within their own circles. It’s about time we stand up for ourselves. The social conservative is a silent majority, but they are criticized within social groups when they stand out for their beliefs. I call on the leaders of our nations conservative groups. I call for a revival of social conservatism, a hardline stance on what it means to be truly conservative.