CPAC youth to GOP: Ignore us at your peril

The GOP didn’t necessarily listen to the nation’s youth in 2012 when FSU student Signe Thomas addressed the gathering. Will it listen this year? Photo credit

Thousands of America’s youth are converging on suburban Maryland to attend this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference to deliver an urgent message: Ignore us at your peril, for we can turn the progressive tide corrupting our republic.

There can be no group better equipped to raise the alarm. Each year, as the U.S. accumulates another trillion dollars in national debt, they see their own future slipping away. As a result, many of the nation’s youth “are losing faith in Democrats and are leaning increasingly libertarian,” wrote The Washington Times’ David Hill.

One of the attendees is St. Louis University senior Amy Lutz, who chairs that school’s chapter of College Republicans and serves as Y.P.’s executive director for the state.

“We obviously lost the youth vote by a lot and I think [the American Conservative Union, CPAC’s organizer] has taken notice of that,” said Lutz to The Times. “I think it’s very, very important to reach out and engage college students and young people in a way that appeals to them.”

Illustrating just how significant that 2012 youth vote loss was, Hill reported:

The recent presidential election suggests Republicans and conservatives still have their work cut out for them. Exit polls found that Mr. Obama won 67 percent of the 18- to 29-year-old vote in November compared with 30 percent for Mitt Romney, according to an analysis at Tufts University. The Republican challenger would have won such crucial states as Florida, Virginia and Ohio had he just managed a 50-50 split of the youth vote.

The GOP’s rising stars, represented by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, are among the most anticipated speakers for the young conservatives.

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, 33, is one of 10 elected officials below the age of 30 who will receive honors on Saturday as the future of conservatism in America.

Although CPAC’s youth agree the GOP had a messaging problem in November, they differ as to what the message should be. Some say the party has to return to its conservative roots in every sense, others say the party should become more libertarian and ease up on the social issues.

Julie Borowski is representative of the latter group, and has posted a series of popular YouTube videos as “Token Libertarian Girl.” What they lack in the glitz and polish of a Karl Rove production, they more than make up for in enthusiasm and dedication.

Read more at The Washington Times, and watch the latest “Token Libertarian Girl” video below.


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