At the state Republican convention in Savannah, national party chairman Michael Steele asked the young to stand.
About 50 did. No further invitation is needed, he told them. You are here and now given license to work actively to expand the party.
The gesture was as much for the elders as for the young.
Just as the GOP has to demonstrate seriousness about attracting minorities who share the party’s core beliefs, it’s vital, too, to educate the next generation.
There’s Ronald Reagan. And then … Nobody comes to mind.
Generations of young environmental activists started out as first graders who were taught that recycling is a moral imperative. Environmentalism and “Kodak diversity,” both important certainly, have become foundational beliefs primarily because the media and educators gave them moral primacy — just as they once did to love of country and a belief in American exceptionalism.
When environmental indoctrination conditions a nation to