I am not totally sure how to frame this entry.
I have really given young conservatives a pass, a lot. And, the reason that I have done this is because, I truly believed that they are totally ignorant. And, I don’t think the ignorance is a crime.
(And just as a little disclaimer, I’m not referring to the type of conservatives that think LGBTQ+ shouldn’t marry….I’m more so referring to the ones that support doing away with a lot of social programs, and things like that.)
I’m very well aware that many young conservatives who support conservative initiatives to do away with beneficial social welfare programs only support these initiatives because they don’t rely on these programs, and the reason they don’t have to rely on these programs is because mommy and daddy pay for everything. They’re typically living rent-free under mommy and daddy’s roof. They typically don’t work, or only half work. Either way, they certainly don’t make enough to live on their own, and that lack of income is without a doubt supplemented by a mother and father who are well above middle class.
They are so entrenched in privilege that the reality that they couldn’t make it on their own without these social programs, completely eludes them.
I have even made friends with some of these people, but recently decided to take steps back because I just cannot do it anymore.
I saw a friend of mine support the conservative idea to get rid of social welfare programs in our neighbor to the north, that support single moms by giving them funds to pay for their children’s daycare. She literally said that she had no problem with that particular social welfare program getting nixed.
Now, I completely understand that these ideas, in her case and in many others, are symptoms of total delusion. They are not rooted in any understanding of reality. And this is why I typically would give these types a pass in the past. Naivete is not a crime. But, I can no longer be happy with myself if I continuously give these people a pass.
If you are living under your mother and father’s roof, not paying rent, not paying for electricity, internet, barely paying for food, not paying for water, so on and so forth….and you actually support the cessation of very important social welfare programs that support people who are not living under their upper class parents roofs who are working full-time jobs that barely get the rent paid, that are paying for their own rent, that are paying their own phone bill, that are paying their own car note, that are paying their own utilities, etc……
Then you are a bad person. If you are an adult, and you honestly can’t understand how important social welfare programs that help adults who are a part of our modern working class society, and you are so fucking out of touch with reality because of your own privilege, and you don’t do anything to try and educate yourself and better yourself, and make yourself more knowledgeable….then you’re a piece of shit.
Whereas before I have seen all of these things as symptoms of ignorance and naivete, which are not inherently bad, I can no longer sit back and give adults passes for being voluntarily ignorant and naive. I cannot remain happy with myself and who I am and what I stand for so long as I am excusing the willful ignorance of adults who should know better.