I now see – I am the rebel in this game.
I’m a New Yorker, a reformed Jew, a woman, a twenty-something, an artist, a pop culture fanatic. Based on all of these labels, I should be a liberal, at least that’s what Obama’s divisive campaign told me.
Right now, the youth can wake up to Michelle Obama on “iCarly,” grab breakfast with Obama on “The View,” drift to sleep while Obama is on “Letterman,” surf the magazine stand with Obama on “Rolling Stone,” and go online and watch Obama videos on YouTube.
I’m not saying that the liberal voice should be wiped out of the media, but where did the option of supporting the GOP go? Right now, America’s youth are not exposed to it.
This is the digital age. The age of an increasingly pervasive media voice. I do believe that whoever runs on the Republican ticket in 2016 will have to be something of a celebrity in that he or she will have to use all avenues of traditional and new media available to reach the people – but he or she also and most importantly must be a politician – endorsing concrete policies that reflect America’s greatness and strength. Obama only got one side of it right.
Imagine what we’d be capable of if we could merge the two.
We need our Meghan McCains, Katie Pavlichs, Peggy Noonans, Marco Rubios, Mia Loves — and we need young Americans to at least have the option of thinking they could be these people.
We need strong, youthful, patriotic, socially aware and varied voices to be aggressively injecting themselves into the media spotlight. And we need our forerunners to support us every step of the way.
But let’s not take the cheap shot of attacking the other party. Let’s spread messages of positive patriotism not only via traditional outlets but also on the Internet – which will be our main media platform in four years time. We need to be fostering viral videos, memes, more Instagram accounts, Tumblrs, trending hashtags, etc. in order to make sure that our voices are heard – latch onto the new and revolutionary platforms that will emerge in the next four years and claim our space.
I’m ready to start building the GOP up again into a party that can operate effectively in a contemporary setting and gain the support it deserves from America-loving people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and genders.
Having retained my own values despite the propagandistic nature of the mainstream media, I continue to fight for financial and foreign policies over social policies. Is there something wrong with me? The media would paint me out to be coldhearted and boneheaded and then preach that they are openminded. All of my friends who voted for Obama because he’ll support gay marriage and he’s on the good side of the media-ployed “war on women” will likely receive the social standards for which they are fighting, but they’ll also inherit the massive debt that they didn’t consider in their little bubbles of peace and love.
The time is now. If the GOP wants to survive, it needs to be nurturing its youth. We have 1,460 days. Let’s go.
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