Quick Observations: Conservative VS Republican

I’m home in Miami for some meetings and partly running away from the snow-monster attacking the Northeast.

While in South Florida I caught up with a small group of friends and family, most of whom are registered Republicans, all of whom are under the age of 35. We got into a conversation about how they define themselves politically: Republican, conservative, independent, moderate, etc…

The general consensus was that they didn’t like the word “conservative.” They felt it was too “constrictive” and didn’t accurately define who they were as individuals. They though of themselves as young, independent thinkers who believed in Republican principles as the best approach to government.

It was interesting as many of my friends in D.C. might define themselves first as a “young conservative” before they called themselves a “Republican.”



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