Talking politics when you’re in business, whether you’re in the food services industry like Starbucks or the entertainment industry like Meryl Streep, is a bad idea. Not just because it’s annoying but really because it’s simply bad business.
I entered college with the intent of playing music as a career. I love music. I live and breathe it. Because I wanted that musical passion of mine to be the center of my life, I kept my mouth shut for a long time. I knew that talking about my other passion (politics) would immediately alienate half the audience I was trying to appeal to.
But the silent pressure built.
I started wondering how music or art or any of the things that give us sustenance could exist if we don’t get our politics right. As Charles Krauthammer famously said in Things That Matter, “For all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics, and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics. Because if we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction.”
In other words, all the beautiful things that we hold dear are extensions of prosperity, and prosperity hinges on us having freedom.
In July of 2016, I decided to start my anonymous political blog, The Rational Millennial. Anonymous because I still wanted music to be my career, and as I’ve established, talking politics is bad business.
However, I recently changed my major to economics with a minor in political science. The music stuff is now going to be in the private sphere of my life and the politics, in the public.
So hi there. My name is Reed Ferguson. I’m 20 years old, and I am a conservative millennial. Yikes. Are those two words even allowed to accompany one another? Not on today’s college campuses.
Now, note to the social justice warriors out there who spend way too much time listening to their college professors lecture them on the 45 newly discovered genders: I’ve heard all your buzzwords before. Yeah, yeah, I got it. I must be a bigoted, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic sexist.
Oh wait. I’m a woman too.
I can hear the agony now. “SHE’S A SELF-HATING WOMAN WITH A SEVERE CASE OF INTERNALIZED MISOGYNY.”
LOL. I laugh.
In truth, I’m a strong, young woman who unlike you, doesn’t like to pretend like she’s the most unfortunate soul to ever walk the earth. I can take a joke. If you want to offend me, feel free. I won’t like it, but I won’t try to petition the government to shut you down by crying, “HATE SPEECH ISN’T FREE SPEECH!” Because guess what.
Let me first explain why I am a conservative. I am a conservative because I believe that every human being possesses certain unalienable rights and that no man and no government has the right to deprive us of them.
That’s it. End of story. All my political beliefs stem from that fundamental principle, and I don’t deviate from it.
I won’t stay silent any longer as my peers chip away at freedom in the name of promoting the common good. I won’t stay silent any longer as government grows and my peers cheer it on.
Hear me loud and clear: My name is Reed Ferguson, and I am the Rational Millennial.