By JORDAN ECARMA
Yes, we're still here and we're not going anywhere.
You may have noticed that Paradox has been relatively quiet for a few weeks as we took a needed break. The short version of the reason why needs just two words: It’s 2016.
Last August, I started Paradox off with a review of a Judd Apatow movie, thinking that we could be a voice for conservatives in culture. Then the election changed everything. So much time and so much energy went into urging people not to make a terrible mistake in this crucial year.
I all but begged the GOP not to lose millennials, possibly forever, with this election. Zach lamented a post-truth world where people have unlimited information and yet cannot be persuaded by facts, while Matthias summed up the state of things in this piece.
2016 has been a heartbreaking year. I’ve had to watch fellow conservative millennials disengage, draw away from politics, and stop caring simply because it is too painful and their efforts go unrewarded. These are the voters the GOP would kill for. These are the voters the GOP lost.
But in another way, it’s been a successful first year for Paradox. We’ve been lucky enough to feature amazing guests on our podcast, much-needed voices from all corners of the right: strategist Rick Wilson, data guru Jerri Ann Henry, #NeverTrump commentator Evan Siegfried, RedState’s Jay Caruso, the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams. Paradox has tried to be a voice of reason in a year where people are content to keep shouting in their little echo chambers divided into their precious factions, seemingly forever.
Despite the pain of this year, we’re staying hopeful for the future. Our theme for now and for when this election from hell is over is this: How can we rebuild? How do we keep fighting for limited government, for religious freedom, for basic constitutional rights and not lose heart? How can we help conservative lawmakers, on-the-ground activists and everyday voters separate truth from politicization? How do we remake conservatism into an inclusive movement that offers smart and kind solutions and has a real future?
I believe these are the vital questions. We don’t have answers yet, but we’re working on it.
Thank you for being along for the ride.
Jordan Ecarma is a former journalist now living the millennial dream: getting paid for writing Facebook statuses (that is, digital PR). She watches her use of the f-word ("feminism") around conservatives and the c-word ("conservatism") around feminists. Find her under @JordanEcarma.