"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Monday, December 29, 2008

Where are you Alex P. Keaton?

Alex P. Keaton, where for art thou?

In a nostalgic moment, I recalled the uniquely entertaining and persuasive character Alex P. Keaton. Played by Michael J. Fox, Alex was a young energetic Conservative growing up in his suburban Ohio household amongst his hippy parents on the 1980's TV show Family Ties'.

Alex represented the youthful Conservative movement captivated by the Reagan aura. In the show he was cast as a dynamic against his Liberal parents to portray the changing reality in the U.S. in the 1980s. He represented Conservatism with intelligence, practicality, and logic to win the debate of ideas and policies over is fictional adversaries.

The thought of a similar youthful, smart, and cool Conservative as a central character in a TV series today is almost unthinkable. Today, I rarely see Conservative ideas portrayed as anything but ignorant, evil, deceitful, or just plain wrong in TV or movie characters. Few celebrities, cultural figures, athletes, etc. disclose themselves as Conservatives. For they know that it will hurt their career in the liberal dominated media.

Here are a couple links to sites with lists of Conservative-leaning celebrities that I hope you recognize and patronize. Some are more inclusive for specific comments or opinions of those on the list rather than disclosure of extensive Conservatism.

Even Alex has been twisted by contemporary editorials. They attempt to discredit him as an Conservative pop-culture icon by presuming he would not be all that Conservative or Republican today. Michael J. Fox himself even attempts to apply his current (more liberal) view of the world in criticism of Alex. Suggesting he would be in prison.

Which is why I ask the question "Where are you Alex P. Keaton?". Conservatives need you! We need a personality to carry our message. We need a persona to emphasize that liberal does not equal cool. We need people to be proud to be Conservative again.

Signing off...JCB

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