So, what do you think?
I find this observation by Joel Kotkin to be interesting:
Generational politics pose both risks and rewards for each party. A Trump candidacy may excite older voters and many younger white voters, but the cost among a pro-immigrant, heavily minority millennial voting bloc could prove damaging over the longer run.
Democrats, too, face risks, particularly if they continue on the path of radical wealth redistribution and draconian climate change regulation. Although still strong, support for Obama has been steadily weakening since 2008. Millennials are the only age group to still approve of President Obama’s record, but by only 49 percent, not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The future may be determined by the extent that millennials feel that Democratic policies inhibit their ability to move up economically. Younger millennials, having grown up during a weak economy under a progressive president, are notably more conservative than older ones, notes a recent Harvard study.
They increasingly share some attitudes with conservatives, having become notably more deeply distrustful of many of the nation’s political institutions. Nearly half describe themselves as independents, far more than any other age group.
To be sure, mllennials will likely stay more liberal than boomers (about as many are conservative as liberal), but they could shift further to the right once they enter their 30s and start earning a living.
Independent is a pretty flexible label and hides a lot of biases that might otherwise put them solidly in one camp or the other. But the realities of life do indeed have a tendency to temper idealism. As you grow older, you realize how little your priorities for what you earn matter to government. You are simply a cash cow to them and they’ll use force to make you pay your “fair share” … as defined by them.
When you begin to get into your career and raise a family, and watch as your priorities in life become second to the government’s you have a sort of epiphany. Most, at least, begin to pay a little more attention to what is happening via government and begin to drop the youthful silliness that marks their adolescent and college years (colleges are incubators of silly ideas … see past 7 years). You begin to see government for what it really is … a “legalized” and ever expanding protection racket. Something that, if Paulie ran it in the neighborhood, would be illegal because it would be considered extortion. But then, if you disagree with government and refuse to pay the protection money, what happens?
These are the things … just some among many … that begin to dawn on people as they get older. And it usually pushes those with the ability to reason, to the more fiscally conservative, smaller less costly side.
Of course, some never get it, and they’re the type that elected this idiot in the White House and will vote for Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton).
They will never understand that there is nothing free in the world, most of the problems we are “scared” with originate with government (and that government is NOT the answer) and simply have no problem with their freedom being limited if it is limited by the “right people”.
However, as you read this blurb, you see something that should clue you into why we’re in this shape. And it isn’t millennials. It’s boomers. They defy the point I’m trying to make (“about as many are conservative as liberal”) with about half remaining in fantasy land. Of course, they also lived in the golden age of the US in terms of total wealth.
So I dispute the belief expressed by the author that millennials will “likely stay more liberal than boomers.” Perhaps socially, as in social issues. But in pocket book issues, they’re hardly found the living easy. And the big government help they were told was so necessary and good isn’t at all panning out like promised.
Is there any wonder the Democrats are insistent on importing new voters, legally or not?
But are millennials “game changers” like Kotkin contends?
Frankly I don’t really see any generation as “game changers” at the moment. But you may disagree.