March 6, 2005


Rebels with a Cause (Doug Giles, March 5, 2005, Townhall)

[T]he ideological make-up of the 21st century young rebel in the classroom, who would be conducting the sit-ins, organizing the fasts and the peaceful protests, who would be fighting against convention and the cogs of the system, would be a young person who:

1. is pro-traditional family,
2. is pro-abstinence ‘til married,
3. is pro-heterosexuality and who thinks it is okay to not think it’s okay to be gay,
4. is opposed to anti-intellectualism,
5. doesn’t get so fat that he could hide small toys between his blubber,
6. is for protecting the life of the unborn,
7. owns a gun, loves to shoot and hunts animals,
8. is pro-God, goes to worship service every week and studies the Bible no matter what his “friends” say,
9. believes that faith has a space in the market place,
1o. supports the War on Terror,
11. thinks that Iraq and Afghanistan are better off than ever before,
12. thinks America is a fundamentally good nation,
13. believes moral relativism is an immoral croc which has gotten us into societal deep weeds.
14. doesn’t do drugs or abuse alcohol but rather gets high on life.

Young person: if this is what you believe and live, and if you dare to speak and defend this in the classroom and if you have the nerve to bring this up while at a party, then you, my friend, are A REBEL. This is what today’s young high school- and college-Rosa-Park-radicals will look like. They will be conservative, God-honoring students who will be society’s new shockers.

Of course, he's just described anti-intellectualism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2005 10:32 AM

Americans love a rebel, so whichever ideology manages to claim the mantle of "rebel" has an advantage. This is why both conservatives and liberals are so frantic to latch on to the "The other side controls the media!" idea. Conservatives just have a head start on that one.

Posted by: Governor Breck at March 6, 2005 12:46 PM

It's funny that the Baby Boomers still consider themselves to be rebels. Whenever I hear a person say that kids are sexually repressed, I instantly know I am listening an old fogie.

Posted by: Vince at March 6, 2005 1:06 PM

"5. doesnt get so fat that he could hide small toys between his blubber"

But he's not shallow!

"9. believes that faith has a space in the market place"

Does that mean his faith is for sale?

"14. doesnt do drugs or abuse alcohol but rather gets high on life"

Blech!! He's as annoying as his 60's father.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at March 6, 2005 2:14 PM

Teenage rebels of whatever age or cause are tedious and annoying.

Posted by: Bart at March 6, 2005 2:24 PM