By Gary Gillen
If the last election taught conservatives anything, it should be that in order to save the country we know, we must stay focused on the things that unite us. Those of us old enough have witnessed or been taught the history of socialist dictators murdering millions in the name of equality that never quite happens. Don’t assume that young people today know this same history.
It is important to remember that today’s young people have never lived through a normal economy. Many have never had a teacher who taught them not what to think, but how to think. Too often we parents fail to educate our children about the dignity of work. We allow the media to tell them that they are victims, that they are owed the fruits of someone else’s labor, that they should never have to hear anything with which they disagree.
Our children have been told that being conservative is outside the mainstream, that believing our nation has the right to control our borders is bigoted, that being a Christian or holding Judeo-Christian beliefs is extreme. If they espouse conservative ideas in school, they are ridiculed. If they wear a Make America Great Again cap to school, they are trouble makers. So, they hide their beliefs. They don’t express opinions.
People my age learned in school about the great struggle our forefathers joined to gain freedom from a dictatorship. The battles fought, lost and won that gained our right to freedom and independence. There is a war going on in America today. We risk losing the fundamental rights on which our country was founded. This war will be won or lost in classrooms, homes and at the ballot box. It is a battle we must win if we want to give our children and grandchildren the kind of world our forefathers fought and died for.
During the last election, liberals worked hard to bring new voters to the polls. They attracted many young people with their siren call of free college and other giveaways. They found a charismatic liberal candidate to run against a grandstanding and unpopular conservative candidate. A fawning media presented the liberal with coverage that might have been straight from the Democrat headquarters.
Conservatives believe in limited government, freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom to worship and defense of our borders. We must stand up for those rights, educate our children about their importance and vote for candidates who will defend those beliefs.
In 2016, Fort Bend County went for Hillary Clinton for President. In 2018, 12.9% of voters had never voted in a Democrat or Republican Primary. Thousands of new residents move into Fort Bend County every year, many from liberal California. This means that conservatives, especially Christians, must educate our children about the dangers of voting for people who promise free things, suggest that government will take care of them, and demand that they think and speak in lock-step with liberals.
There will be another election in 2020. The worst thing Republicans could do is run a crowded Primary beating each other up and giving campaign ammunition to Democrats to use against them. Voters must go to the polls, vote for Conservatives and, most important, teach our children how to discern which candidate is honest and which is trying to buy votes with “free” government giveaways. Teach them about the dignity of self-reliance and why their freedom to express their opinion and worship is important.
Gary Gillen owns and operates Gillen Pest Control in Richmond. He is the only person in history to have served on both the Richmond City Commission and the Rosenberg City Council. He was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County 2006-2007. He can be reached at Gary@GaryGillen.com