The word “conservative millennial” today is so rare in blue states. In fact, it almost seems like an oxymoron. Liberal ideologies are everywhere, from learning curriculums, pop culture, to the news. When you grow up in a blue state where your family members as well as the majority of people you grow up with vote Democrat, it can be difficult to see any other perspective that challenges the liberal way of thinking.
From the second I had a concept of what politics was, the only perspective that I could understand was that voting as a Democrat was equivalent to voting for the “betterment of everyone else in society.” To me growing up, voting Republican was selfish, sexist, and racist. At age nineteen, I was a pro-choice and pro gun control feminist who could not comprehend why anyone would vote Republican. To me, taxation was not “theft.” It was a debt that each American had to pay for the betterment of society. In my mind, if anyone advocated for lower taxes, they were cheating their way out of a system meant to better those in poverty.
Unfortunately, sometimes, people blindly vote for a political party because they lack a full understanding into the mindset of the opposing side, because they’ve already embraced that the side they believe in has the best agenda. I was one of them. There was so much anger I felt as to why anyone would vote Republican. I stereotyped conservatives into a category of “old, white, rich men.” I was so wrapped up in being a feminist Democrat, that I didn’t realize by knocking down conservatives, I was also knocking down other women instead of lifting them up. It’s easy as a liberal to discount and dismiss why other women vote conservative. In fact, many liberals discount the reasons women are conservative as they’re poorly educated, can’t think for themselves, are racist, are selfish, got their views from their Dad, don’t want to help the poor, and so on. If you’re a conservative woman, you’ve probably heard one of those reasons from a liberal.
Despite this, there was one crucial feeling I held towards conservative women as a nineteen year old liberal feminist. Curiosity. The only thing I had ever seen and heard were liberal perspectives and the demonizing of conservative ideas. Why did women vote conservative? I truly wanted to know. The theories I had only took so much weight. What made women decide in their minds that conservative policies would help better our country? Soon, an organization for conservative women gave me the answers.