First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
They’ve published a pretty lengthy piece analyzing what has shaped the thinking and formed the beliefs of politically conservative Gen Xers. He refers to them as X-Cons, which stands for Generation X conservatives, not former conservatives or convicts. He describes “X-Cons” as not getting goosebumps while listening to the Star-Spangled Banner, but instead are stirred by Lee Greenwood’s God Bless America.
If this sweeping generalization is true, I hope nobody puts X-Cons in charge of baseball. I love the Star-Spangled Banner! I’d hate to go to a game and hear Greenwood piped in the place of the National Anthem.
Other statements the writer makes:
“X-Cons vote for Republicans not because we agree with the GOP’s platform (a document we’ve never read) but because we have a deep disdain for the views and values of Democrats.”
“We have no illusions that politics will make life much better (though we believe government can make it much worse).”
I’ve spent my entire career in government trying to make things better, so I believe it can work. Especially when it regulates air quality; fires air traffic controllers who fall asleep at the job; repairs rickety bridges; makes sure my kids’ teachers know how to add and subtract; locks up violent criminals and releases guides on how to prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse. =)