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On the march, the conservative young Americans saying no to Biden’s socialism


CONTRARY to most people’s assumptions, support for the Republican Party has been growing among black and ethnic minorities in the US. 

A recent poll (September 8) shows that President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden are deadlocked in Florida, a key battleground for votes. 

Out of the 21.5million people living in Florida, nearly six million are Latino. Florida has the third-highest Latino population in the US. 

Tellingly, Trump is leading Biden in the Latino community by 50 per cent to 46 per cent. This is a big change from 2016, when they voted 62-35 in favour of the Democrat Hillary Clinton.

But perhaps no wonder. The Democrats’ socialist manifesto is proving an anathema for Latinos, who have long memories of the tyrannical hellholes such as Cuba that they, or their families, fled from to the sanctity of America. That Trump is now most popular with Latinos of Cuban descent highlights their distaste for Biden’s capitulation to the far Left in his party. 

You won’t read about this in the British mainstream media which, far too often, prefers to publish hagiographic, or conveniently skated over, accounts of Joe Biden. Barely a mention is given to Blexit (an exodus of some black Americans from the Democrats to the Republican Party) either, or indeed Trump’s growing popularity amongst Latinos and young people – the focus of this blog post.

That American youth haven’t been as brainwashed as British youth into a misguided adoration of socialism appears to come as a truth too far for our dismal MSM. Yet America today is witnessing an exponential movement of young activists centred on conservative values, some of whom are non-partisan and some of whom are actively campaigning for Trump. 

The perception here is that all young people support the Democrats and their new sidekick, socialism, just as young people here are assumed to support the Corbynista Left. Is this why the British MSM systematically ignores what are essentially mainstream conservative organisations, such as Young Americans For Liberty (YAL) which has been around since 1960?

Yet it is an active movement which organises youth chapters on university campuses and endorses and campaigns for like-minded candidates seeking election to state legislatures. 

Its ‘Operation Win at the Door’ campaign has thousands of young activists knocking on doors to persuade people to vote for candidates who believe in small government, capitalism and free speech. So far, they have knocked on more than 1.5million doors and won 56 victories. 

Another organisation which started recently, in 2019, is Young Americans Against Socialism. Its members use social media to educate and provide tools of rebuttal for their fellow Millennials and Generation Z on the dangers of socialism. 

The founder, Morgan Zegers, who is in her early 20s and sounds far more sensible than most people twice her age, has said that many don’t realise how good they have it in the US and that socialism is not going to fix any problems that the country has. 

YAL and Young Americans Against Socialism are non-partisan and less controversial in some ways than the overtly Republican Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the largest conservative youth activist movement in the US.

TPUSA educators and activists work mainly in schools and universities. The conservative values of free markets, free speech and small government form the core of their educational campaign. Their founder, Charlie Kirk, opened for the Republican convention in August, showing just how politically influential they are.  

Students for Trump, a sister project for TPUSA, is intensifying support for the President by holding multiple rallies and events at universities over the next two months. 

Even less partisan and even more liberal than these conservative youth movements is Students for Liberty. Globally it is the largest youth organisation of its kind. Ending the ‘Drug War’  and promoting a free market capitalist system are members’ key values.

All of these groups have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Some are extremely well funded and a few are grassroots operations. Their undeniable influence in US politics shames Jeremy Corbyn’s so-called ‘youthquake’. Despite political differences, they all share a common love of freedom. 

Their most significant trait is that they are immune to socialist propaganda and don’t want to see their beloved country destroyed by socialism – a real possibility should the Democrats win the election in November. They only need to look at California’s insane green and socialist policies to see how they will fare under a Biden administration.

Should that happen, I suspect the fightback against any tyrannical policies the Democrats impose will be led by these sensible young people, together with Latinos who don’t want to see the US turn into another socialist ‘Utopia’.

This task may be made difficult under a Biden presidency. But that these groups exist at all shows that America’s capitulation to socialism is not a done deal as long as support for conservative values among the younger generation is growing. And it is.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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