Young Americans overwhelmingly support small government, privacy rights and the Constitution. Unfortunately for young people in America seeking a political party that is in line with their values, there’s nowhere to turn.
Young adults aged 18 to 29 have an increased distrust in every political institution except the military, according to a biannual Institute of Politics poll conducted in May. Furthermore, people in that age group are more likely than older age groups to prioritize protecting personal privacy over terrorism investigations, according to Pew.
In a recent opinion piece for the Daily Caller, Young Americans for Liberty’s Alyssa Farah points out that by embracing more libertarian ideals, the GOP could capture the youth vote.
She writes: “Despite the common narrative, the 18-29-year-olds in America aren’t predisposed to lean radically left. In fact, a GOP that returns to the principles of the Constitution will actually reflect the desires of young people better.
“Young people want to identify with a political party that they don’t feel like they constantly have to apologize for.” Farah continued. “Millenials want a party whose values and principles they can identify with, not one that gets just enough things right.”
The GOP’s biggest hope to get youths involved in the liberty movement to join forces with the Party would be to highlight Senators like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Justin Amash as the Party standard-bearers and focus on a platform that emboldens individual liberty, personal responsibility, small government and free enterprise.
Farah also notes that young Americans concerned about liberty-related issues care less about Party and more about principle.
While some are thinking of ways for the GOP to bring new voters into the Party, other people are abandoning the GOP as the difference between Republicans and Democrats becomes less clear each day.
Matt Drudge, founder of the popular news aggregator DrudgeReport.com, said via Twitter Wednesday that the only two real political parties left in America are Authoritarians and Libertarians.
“It’s now Authoritarian vs Libertarian,” Drudge tweeted. “Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…”
He also tweeted, “Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approves more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!”