Someone brought up a good question on the internets: What would a 100-year plan to restore conservatism look like?
Well, I have a few ideas.
First, whoever wants to be part of such a movement needs to understand for themselves what conservatism is all about. They need to change their lifestyle so that they live in accordance with it, and they need to govern their family likewise. You can’t help anyone when your own life is a disaster, so clean up your own home first.
Next stop, the churches. A revitalization of the conservatism movement would begin from the preacher’s pulpit. That means two things. (1) Getting people in charge who are conservative in all the churches across the land. And (2) getting more people into the churches. I believe you should focus on (1) and not (2) so much. People will come back to churches when churches behave like churches should behave. The reason why people are staying away is because churches see themselves as representing the people, not representing God.
A true revival will be accompanied by an intellectual revival. All the great issues of morality and ethics should be discussed in the congregations, not the universities and halls of government. Moral matters should be settled one heart at a time, not by 9 justices. When we turn back to the churches as the source of moral truth, then we can take on the next step.
The third stop would be the schools. One way or the other, we need to ensure that everyone who works at a school is a religious conservative who exudes moral authority. There can be no compromise here. Having more people come to church and learn about conservative principles through our churches will certainly help here. The future of education seems to be that buildings we call schools will become irrelevant. Instead, people will do all of their learning online. So the natural response is to have conservative, religious people become the best and the brightest in every field, or at least the top educational personalities.
Whether or not we teach conservatism, the students will pick it up. Teachers and professors have an impact on people’s thought patterns, an impact that is as old as humanity itself. People naturally follow their leaders, and there aren’t any leaders higher than teachers.
Once we’ve taken back religion and education, the last stop is government. By this time, however, it will be an inevitable formality, a tidal surge that seems unstoppable.
And it all starts with you, learning the principles of conservatism and applying them in your life and your family.
So get to work.