My friend The Motley Monk has an interesting insight (me emphases and comments:
Most people surely have heard the aphorism, "If you aren’t a liberal when you are 20, you don’t have a heart….but if you aren’t a conservative by the time you are 40, you don’t have a brain."
My father stated that aphorism to me when I spearheaded the local McGovern campaign effort in 1976, much to my father’s chagrin. [Perhaps '72? It will not surprise many of the readers here that a very young WDTPRS helped the Nixon campaign.]
The Motley Monk is beginning to wonder if this aphorism will continue to describe the state of nature. With the federal government increasingly extending its reach into the lives of most Americans since the 1960s, dependency upon government "largesse"—Medicare, Medicaid, and other social spending programs—will likely create a larger class of citizens 30+ years of age who won’t possess the capital that normally would stimulate thought about capital and its preservation.
Will social and political conservatives end up going the way of dinosaurs via social and political evolution?
Perhaps…unless conservatives are able to re-direct their focus away from simply describing the virtues of building capital and more toward the real loss of capital today’s young people will experience as the government takes more and more control over the lives of citizens (through confiscatory taxes imposed upon things like gasoline, electricity, gas, medical care, etc.) and the concomitant loss of freedom to earn and to save (or spend) as one pleases.
In The Motley Monk’s opinion, Americans have become all too unthinking about their loss of liberty which, in turn, will cause a loss of capital. In this matter, The Motley Monk agrees with Beck and Napolitano (not Janet but Judge).
The Motley Monk also has a combox. Use it too.
Release the Kraken.