I went to Greg Gutfeld's Fort Lauderdale book signing for his latest book - The Joy of Hate.
Greg, IMHO, is the Right's Jon Stewart. He is funny and witty. I've shared some of his ideas (the gay bar next to the 9/11 mosque) with the staunchest of liberals, and they agree with him. He has crossover appeal. However, his show is at 3:00 a.m. and the other one (The Five), IMO, sucks.
So, when I went to the signing, I was wondering what I would find. I found a small crowd. Most were over 40, many of them were in suits or at least very well-dressed. And I was the only non-white person there.
I've gotten some insight into some of the people who are regulars on this site over time. There is a good cross section of the right-leaning universe here on Ricochet. There are professionals; the hard working folks who are well versed in history; the religious ones,;the trolls who are looking to ban some posts (such as mine on polyandry) and bash libertarians; the token Brits and Canadians; the immigrants holding on to American ideals; and many in between.
But where are the young, edgy, angsty, future-of-our-country kind of folks? Rob Long converted to conservatism at a young age. Peter and James seem to have been born conservatives. I was a libertarian at 16.
So why can't Greg Gutfeld attract Fort Lauderdale's conservative hipsters to his book signing? Why is the only conservative that attracts the young an old man from Texas, Ron Paul?
We've had some discussions on Ricochet about place, backgrounds etc. But I'd like to have an ageist discussion now.
What is the average age of people on Ricochet? At what age did you become politically aware and have something to say about it? Where are the young conservatives?
I'll start - I recognized that I was libertarian at 16. I am now 45.