The Republicans are known for being the economic, money-making, and money-saving tycoons; a class of people who put hard work first and entitlement last. Although the Republican Party has strong economic platforms, the social ideology of the party seems to be unsure and shy. The insecurity stems from the over-dominating leftist media that portrays Republican ideas as racist, misogynist, bigoted, and xenophobic.
A silent majority is established when a group of people with similar interests maintain a quiet political stance. In this case, it is because of these slanderous claims from the liberal rhetoric. In a situation such as this one, outspoken conservative leaders including Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, and my personal favorite, Tomi Lahren, are called to be the voice of many who feel silenced.
It should be included, however, that these popular public online activists do not necessarily speak for all conservatives. Social policy can be a vast spectrum among Republicans starting with moderate stances of pro-choice and marriage equality to strict immigration reform and constitutionalism.
Most media is overwhelmingly stacked against conservatives. Adding conservative activism videos and news sources to our social media outlets, such as Tomi’s famous (or infamous) “Final Thoughts”, reveals how right-wingers are feeling about the current political news. These public activists are also pulling lost, silent conservatives out of the wood work. Controversial, right-wing videos remind young conservatives, the future of the GOP, that they have a first amendment right to be as politically minded as they please.
Ben Shapiro’s most recent viral video about transgenderism is an example of this. He discusses conservative views on the transgender movement and gender fluidity; a topic usually too uncomfortable to have, especially if you are a college conservative. Speaking out about social ideas as a conservative is daunting because you never know when someone may be offended or try to discuss your “privilege.”
With outspoken right-wing leaders, like Shapiro, young conservatives can gain credible insight into conservative rhetoric and be able to discuss it in a polite and knowledgeable manner.
After an election so grueling and polarizing, healthy political dialogue must begin to rise and take precedence over name-calling. Without these outspoken leaders, how are the young conservatives in the technological age supposed to indulge in politics? Without the honest activism, when will the silent majority finally feel free to speak out again?