The long game

It’s difficult to review the political landscape and not recognise the situation panning out. We’re reaching a tipping point, I feel, and it feels that a return to moderation is going to be some time away. This is especially so when you see the popular culture running what appears to be freshly sewn propaganda.

While conservatives fight the policy of the day, the polar opposite are infiltrating popular culture to indoctrinate the youth in their ideals. All the major pop stars support one side of the debate, and for any celebrity to go against this grain, they face large backlash and the ends of their careers.

See the fallout with Kanye West for a prime example. For another example, an up and coming actor had to purge his tweets for daring to not consider conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro a practitioner of hate.

The game that Democrats are playing is a long one. They seem to be seeking intergenerational voters to follow their cause, whereas the conservatives seem content to appeal to their base that has always served them well – middle America. That’s all well and good, except getting people when their minds are the most pliable and open is probably going to play strongly to the Democrats, going forward.

I am from an era where the popular culture was viewed with disdain, that people who consumed the most superficial of media had largely superficial understanding of things. Yet today we seem to give greater credence to ideas espoused by those who are the most popular. The political musings of Katy Perry seem somehow more noteworthy than political commentators who have analysed the field for years.

People who come for the interest of the way power works, rather than people with a vested interest in producing an outcome for their team. Because that’s how I view pop culture personalities who weigh in on politics – sales staff for political powers. They aren’t experts. They are billboards.

But they appeal to the approaching demographic who will soon reach voting age.

There’s a saying that if you aren’t a socialist in your 20’s, you have no heart, but if you aren’t a capitalist in your 30’s, you have no brain. The superficial benevolence of socialism did appeal to me in my younger days, but i understand that the system comes with a large and grave cost.

Conservatives better hope that the conditioning toward the left wears off earlier rather than later.

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