Weekly Friday Posts

October 22, 2019

The incomparable Kristen Soltis Anderson joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis to discuss a plethora of topics from the GOP’s branding problem with young Americans, what messaging might appeal to Millennials, whether Millennials are Leftists, and the value of polling.

Kristen is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).

Kristen is co-founder of Echelon...

August 16, 2019

This week’s post will be a relatively short one as I’m coming off of a five-part series on how conservatives differ from liberals.  But a Twitter thread shared by Vince Coglianese, Editorial Director at the Daily Caller, caught my attention.  The thread consisted of little to no commentary but listed stat after stat, article after article, depicting an alarmingly dire plight for Millennials.

Here’s a sample:

July 2, 2019

“There are burglaries and heists and capers and robberies, but few thefts in history can match what Baby Boomers have done to Millennials since 2008: they stole their children’s economic futures right out from under them.”  So says Joseph Sternberg, editorialist and columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of the new book The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future.

One generation looking down on anot...

March 22, 2019

A recent study claiming 3 in 5 Millennials believe life to be more stressful than ever before has garnered no small amount of attention this week.  This is the sort of clickbaity study that often serves to perpetuate small-minded prejudices instead of illuminate.  That’s to be expected of the ill-informed that infest social media.  It shouldn’t be expected of our national leaders.  But, alas, we live in increasingly stupid times.  Former governor...

December 31, 2018

Since the end of a year is dedicated to both reflecting on the past and looking towards the future, I thought it would be apropos to take a look back at where Saving Elephants has been this past year and—more importantly—the state of conservatism in 2019 and beyond.

No one wants to be a loser, and these days it seems like conservatives are in full retreat.  Whether that’s a Trump supporter who voted for the president as some last-ditch effort to f...

July 3, 2018

As the incomparable Tomi Lahren once observed—“I mean, I’m a Millennial, so I don’t really like labels”—Millennials don’t really like labels.  Come to think of it, what the heck does the label “Millennial” even mean?  Is it just a designation for the arbitrary date you happen to be born, some series of historical events that supposedly shaped your worldview, or how you’re perceived by people much, much older than you?

Labels can be impersonal...

April 27, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

When something loses its function it can be difficult to maintain, even when people believe it is important to be maintained.

Many bemoaned the demise of the Mom-and-Pop general store when retailers such as Wal-Mart put them out of business.  What industrious virtue those tiny incubators of community bestowed upon the rest of us!  How tragic that they’ve been replaced by the mindless, corporate gods of greed and c...

April 20, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Part of my motivation for launching Saving Elephants was the 2016 Republican presidential primary.  Prior to the election, I believed the greatest risk for the long-term viability of the conservative movement to be the ability of the Republican party—the primary vehicle for instituting conservative policies—to survive the rapidly changing demographics in the United States.  I was only half kidding when I’d tell p...

March 16, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative adheres to CUSTOM, CONVENTION, and CONTINUITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part 1 of this series we discussed the image problem conservatives have among a diverse generation of Millennials.  Conservatives mean to conserve biases of the past.  Unfortunately, bias has become a four-letter word.

If you’ve followed my work before you’ve probably heard me say by now that...

February 23, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative adheres to CUSTOM, CONVENTION, and CONTINUITY.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

If we played a word-association game around the word conservative, I’ve little doubt some imaginations would conjure up a crotchety, elderly, balding, Caucasian male spouting derogatory obscenities while complaining about the minorities down the street. Conservatism has an image problem. The intellectual go...

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About Saving Elephants

Millennials defending and expressing conservative values.


Liberty has never been in a more precarious predicament.  As the Left sees a resurgence in socialism the Right is experiencing a rise in populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism.  Once the champions of conservative values, the Republican party is devolving into a group of self-serving career politicians with some even seeking to replace conservatism with blatant bigotry and reactionary fear.


If conservatism is to survive in the 21st century it will be up to Millennials.  How?  First by having a solid understanding of what it means to be a conservative and why that matters now more than ever.  And that's exactly what Saving Elephants is all about.  Here you will learn what values conservatives affirm and how conservatism differs from competing ideologies.  Only then will you be equipped to defend and express conservative values to a culture desperate for civil political dialogue, meaningful, vibrant communities, and purpose beyond material possessions.

It’s time the Republican party got back to its roots.  It’s time to re-ignite conservatism for Millennials!

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