American Elephants

How to Talk To Progressive Millennials by The Elephant's Child

Someone read this piece from the archives overnight. I had forgotten about it, and played the video again and really enjoyed the whole thing, as I did the first time. Seemed like a good idea to re-post it so that you can enjoy it. It’s from April 2016, but apparently not all that much has changed. Enjoy.

This speech by Bill Whittle was the keynote speech at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2016 West Coast Retreat earlier this month in Palos Verdes, CA. He’s a terrific speaker, and in this case he was talking about talking to the millennials — Progressive millennials.

So his speech became sort of a lesson in how to talk to progressive millennials who have a lot of preconceived notions about conservatives — about some of today’s common issues of disagreement, like Citizens United, and guns, and Socialist paradises and science — that sort of thing. And because he’s a terrific speaker, he does it very well indeed. You can watch, or if you prefer to read the transcript it is here.

I’m inclined to read transcripts myself, because I go back and read some sentences over again when I think something is particularly well said, and there’s a lot of that here.

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Holy crow, someone who actually bothers to SAY “progressive millennials” rather than insisting that I don’t exist! WHOOT!


Comment by Foxfier

Goodness, how can we possibly change your mind if we don’t acknowledge your existence?

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Comment by The Elephant's Child

*points at statement* THIS!

Good luck at getting it across– I spend a lot of time trying to get folks to realize that part of why “all the Millennials they know” won’t throw in behind them is because they’re constantly attacking anybody under 35 for whatever the idiot college kids on TV are doing this week.

Manages to alienate those who do agree, and would love to work with the folks talking, except that they’ve already had a belly full of being attacked because they don’t do what the attacker expects. 😀

Totally stealing the phrase; maybe it will catch on.


Comment by Foxfier

If you acknowledge that “whatever the idiot college kids are doing this week” is pretty dumb, we’ve got a good start. For many of us its a matter of age. Our kids are too old, and our grandkids too young to be millennials, so we don’t really know any.


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