I don’t like fantasy movies. If I’m watching a chick flick, as soon as a superpower or time machine emerges, I lose interest. I don’t like hobbits or elves or anything that is very far fetched. So, naturally, I avoided jumping on the Hunger Games bandwagon. I steered clear of the Twilight saga. Of course, there’s a reason these stories are huge hits, and when I finally did give them a chance, I was hooked.

I just saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night and aside from the compelling love story and Jennifer Lawrence’s amazingness, I was very pleasantly shocked at the story’s premise. Currently, it seems that all forms of media are following suit with promoting the entitlement culture that our government is shoving down the throats of my generation – the Millennial pop-culture junkies who tend to fall in line and do what celebrities tell them to.

So, The Hunger Games doesn’t promote environmentalism or equality or any other liberally-saturated ideas. It promotes – ready for this?- limited government.

{Insert angelic choir singing here}

Seriously. The whole premise of the series revolves around a socialist/ communist society where a small group of elites are in control of the commoners – coal miners, hunters – dirty, hungry people who are ruled by fear. The government is quick to execute and reminds the people who’s boss by forcing a young boy and girl from each district to “play” in The Hunger Games – basically a fight-to-the-death reality show.

I won’t go into specifics and ruin the plot or heartwrenching love story (which is excellent, by the way), but I will say, the story does an excellent job of showing what a socialist society can become. Katniss, played by the extrememly talented Jennifer Lawrence, is a strong, self-sacrificing girl who unknowingly starts a revolution against an abusive government.

Katniss is a hero in the series, and she has become a hero in real life too. I know that people look at my generation with disappointment, and I often do too, but more and more young people I know are tired of being pushed around by a government that is too controlling.

We want to do what we want to do. That’s why the libertarian movement has taken off. Yes, many young people enjoy trading their Mommy and Daddy in for Uncle Sam to meet their needs once they enter adulthood – that’s human nature – and there will always be people who don’t want to work for what they have, but there are others. Others want to be in control of what they do – where they go – how they do it. These people are becoming active members of the tea party or are joining with the party of liberty and jumping on the Ron Paul/ Rand Paul train.

This is great, great news. I get negative comments from fellow conservatives on my articles sometimes because they say I’m naive and idealistic. And, maybe I am, but as was the case in The Hunger Games, the hope of something better is what keeps people strong. I think Americans are strong – and I think that people who want and crave liberty are standing up.

I don’t know what the future of America is, and I agree that it oftentimes looks bleak, but I also see a lot of good happening. I attended CPAC last year and to my surprise, most of the people I saw there were my age or younger (I’m 27) and Rand Paul overwhelmingly won the Straw Poll. The Straw Poll has been around since ’76 and is a great indicator of what conservatives are feeling about the issues and political figures.

So, call me naive – I’ll take it as a compliment. I hope I don’t grow hardened and bitter as I witness conservative losses in the battle for liberty. No. I will do my best to look for the positive.

Right now, pop culture junkies my age are enraptured by Katniss Everdeen and I think that says something and it gives me hope that if and when the consequences of big government start becoming more apparent (which I think is already happening with the early failure of Obamacare), people will take notice and stand up for their freedom.