In our age of mass politics, a time where anybody and everybody can and ought to be involved with the running of the country, there is no telling the ends and bounds of activism. It can be seen everywhere from protests in the streets to community debates and town halls.
However, very little of activism comes from Republicans or conservatives. Sure, with the 2016 election there was more activism than usual, but only because it was a highly contested election. Even before the election year there was massive Democratic or progressive activism through the means of Black Lives Matter, campus protests, etc. Why are there no counter protests or big activist events like these on the conservative side?
The reason for lower activism for conservatives stems from two separate issues, one that is physical and one that is mental. The first is the kind of jobs the base of the two parties mainly occupy. A large part of the part-time to unemployed base are Democrats, according to the FEC. Those individuals with a disposable amount of free time will be able to partake in activism more often. Additionally, labor unions have been known to be involved in heavy activism since their creation. While those who are in the actual unions are probably not doing the activism, as they appear to vote Republican more often than their own party, the unions are able to pay activists using the dues collected.
In contrast, Republicans typically do not have a decent part of their base with free time nor is there any labor union equivalent. They are typically more content with contributing to their local candidates, to their party, or to not contribute at all. This leads to the second point of contention, which is about their ideology. Republicans believe their arguments stand up to the merit of history, as in the ideas of capitalism and freedom from government are no-brainers. As such, they believe there is no reason to fight for these ideals.
However, it is clear with the direction the Democratic party is taking when its flirting with Bernie Sanders that our freedoms we cherish will be on the chopping block sooner or later. Conservatives have been chased out of institutions of higher learning, the public sphere, their occupations, and anywhere they dare express their party affiliation or ideas.
There is no better time than now to begin a new age of conservative activism. With Generation Z reaching maturity, new data is becoming available by the year. If early polling has any indication, this generation will be a major swing towards libertarian and conservative ideals. They appear to have rejected the progressive message of their millennial older brothers and sisters, and have retreated towards fiscal responsibility and religiosity. It is imperative to capitalize on this sentiment. If Republicans can bring political balance to college campuses and get their ideas out there again, there may be a fighting chance for freedom to continue to prevail. Now is the time for larger and better conservative activism, because there will never be another chance like this.