Perusing over the different news outlets for me to find something to write about, I found a very interesting piece by Rachel Bovard on The Daily Caller titled: “The Kids Are Right: Our Economic System And The Threats To Freedom.”
In the article, she says the various supposed reasons for millennials to be turning to Socialism, such as “They’re ungrateful and greedy, they don’t understand what it is, Instagram makes us covet other people’s stuff, or… millennials pick dumb and unemployable majors in the liberal arts when they should study math or learn to code,” are really unfounded and not actual reasons that tackle the overarching problem.
I understand where she’s coming from here, but I don’t totally agree with what she says. Regarding the “ungrateful and greedy” reason, I agree. It’s not that kids are ungrateful and greedy. There are plenty of people who are, indeed, ungrateful and greed has been around for millennia, so it’s not strictly a flaw unique to this young generation, but that ungratefulness, which does appear at least in a good amount of people, stems from the second reason: ignorance.
“They don’t understand what it is” and it’s entirely true. If you remember, Rasmussen had a poll back in June, which I talked about, that found 84% “of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of free markets,” while 41% also “have a favorable view of Socialism.” Like I said in the article talking about this, it becomes clear that the problem here is ignorance as to what Socialism actually is because the Left promotes it as this fantastic system where everyone does great, has everything they need with no excess, is very happy and fulfilled. That is, as proven by history, a massive lie, but it keeps getting told generation by generation.
So while ignorance may not necessarily be the only factor here, it is important to note that it is, in fact, a considerable factor because ignorance on a subject opens the way for misinformation. If you don’t know what Socialism is, you could be told the wrong thing about it and believe it, particularly at an early age when you trust the information given to you by authority figures such as parents and teachers unquestioningly.
As far as covetousness goes, I agree with her that that “reason” is no reason at all because covetousness has been around for ages (and is part of the Ten Commandments not to covet that which is not yours), though I have personally never heard anyone use that argument, but fair enough if she has.
And picking unemployable majors is, I think, also a factor, once again disagreeing with her. When you pick to learn about “Gender Studies” as a major, you find yourself hating men (even if you are, yourself, a man), hating capitalism and wishing for a full-on communist takeover of the government and our lives. That, again, stems from ignorance on socialism. But more importantly, that also means that no good and useful skills have been learned by the students apart from how to play the victim at every turn, so no real employment opportunities rise up.
But moving on, Rachel says that “channeling self-interest into capitalism, allowing free consumer choice, letting the market respond naturally to demand, has served us well.” This comes after acknowledging the fact that the average American earns 10x more than the rest of the world. However, she argues that “there are cracks. And it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge that people – especially millennials – are falling through those cracks, and that scoffing that the system is fine, and they should stop whining and read more Milton Friedman, ignores the problem that parts of the system may indeed be out of whack.”
This is where I also have to disagree, but the interesting thing is that she also sort of disagrees herself later down the line. Before I come to the defense of capitalism (which I will, so don’t worry), allow me to share the arguments Rachel makes that are actually valid.
The millennial generation, she writes, “came of age just as the economy was slipping over the cliff of the Great Recession. We watched as the government took pains to care for the billionaire bankers and auto giants, but not the 401k’s of our parents and grandparents. The left told us to Occupy All The Things, and the right told us to sit down and mind our betters. Neither made sense.”
“We are very likely the first generation who will not create more wealth than our parents. In fact, we’re struggling to even make it to the middle class. After years of being told that college was the ticket to success, we’re drowning in debt, thanks to tuition increasing over 100% since 2001. We still can’t afford health care. In fact, we can’t even make enough money to get married, have kids, and buy a house – the very steps conservatives say will save us, and save civil society. Perhaps relatedly, suicide is now the second leading cause of death among ages 10-34. And we’re killing ourselves on opioids. Given all of this, is it any wonder even a vague understanding of socialism sounds better?”
However, as she herself acknowledges literally following that paragraph, these are the effects of government intrusion into the free market. You see, Rachel follows that by saying: “Socialism is no cure, but if we’re going to win back millennials, it has to start acknowledging the problems. Saying ‘free market’ really loudly isn’t going to suffice when much of what plagues millennials is linked to government manipulating the so-called free market – in many cases, with backing from the right.”
And THAT is the real crux of the problem. We are a capitalist nation, no doubt. However, slowly but surely, we have socialized our system more and more through government intervention. As Rachel herself acknowledges, the reason for hikes in tuition, and therefore, student debt, can be traced back to federal involvement in student loans.
And while a college education may have been considered a meal ticket back when the generation that lived through the Great Depression was saying this, it’s no longer the case for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s simply supply and demand. There is quite the supply in college degrees and graduates, so the demand for it goes down. A college education used to be a meal ticket because most people were NOT college-educated.
Another reason is actually the reason ignored earlier: that kids are picking dumb degrees. While I don’t know how many people actually pick those out of the number of people who opt instead for economics degrees or law degrees, etc., the fact that they are so encouraged is an indication that that’s a problem. No one is in need, or demand, of someone with a degree in “Gender Studies” or “Women’s Studies” or “LGBT Studies” or whatever else there may be. Those jobs, if there are any out there, are very few, and so, the people with those degrees don’t find the employment that they want, instead having to settle for minimum wage jobs and as such, subsequently demand higher wages for those jobs because they can’t get the jobs they hoped they would get.
But the biggest hurdle in young people’s way is student loan debt, which is why 2020 Democrat candidates have made it a top issue (even though they helped create the problem).
Rachel also goes on to acknowledge that health care is “an uncompetitive cluster made worse by the government. Financiers on Wall Street benefit and manufacturing jobs disappear as our economic policies allow China to use the dollar against us. The government-backed housing giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, egged on by lawmakers who did nothing in response to their role in the market crash a decade ago, are again loading up financial markets with subprime mortgages. Protecting the status quo is a wholly inadequate answer to the socialist surge when it’s the status quo that has utterly failed millennials.”
And I can’t really argue against that because she’s right. What has caused the Great Recession, and what has caused millennials to turn to a different idea, a different “solution”, is in large part due to the socialization of our capitalist system of economics.
The problem is that not enough people realize this. There are people who think everything is fine and the status quo should remain (usually, these are the NeverTrump types) and there are those who say the “system is broken” regarding capitalism when the system itself is not broken either in theory or in practice, but it’s being slowly replaced by a system these people argue is not broken: socialism.
There are people who will argue that capitalism no longer works, or that while it may have worked for a while, it’s “outstayed its welcome.” Both are explicitly untrue. Capitalism works, but not when it gets infected by socialist policies.
For the most part, as it stands, we are doing quite well economically. With record-low unemployment rates across the board, people are living better off today than at any point during the Obama presidency. That is not by accident. Trump’s sweeping deregulations, coupled with tax cuts passed back in late 2017 that went into effect in 2018 and are still around today – all of which are capitalistic policies – are helping our economy.
What needs to happen is the reverse of what millennials think needs to happen: we need to be even MORE capitalistic, not less and we certainly need to avoid socialism like the plague that it is.
Now, Rachel finishes her article by saying the following: “Capitalism has made us the richest and freest country in the world. But those on the right need to confront the flaws and excesses in the system – and posit means to address them – if they have a prayer of defending it with the rising generation.”
I agree with her first point, but she makes the mistake of conflating the socialistic policies she herself acknowledged were the cause for the problems millennials face as being part of the capitalist system itself. That is a fatal flaw if one is to defend capitalism and excoriate socialism.
The only flaws, as far as I can tell, within the system of capitalism reside in the people that employ it. We are an imperfect people, and as such, cannot create and certainly cannot perfectly employ a perfect system. But capitalism is far and away the best economic system and as close to perfection as one can get. A pure, free market is without a doubt the best way for a society to become wealthy and live well, not only freely.
Now, before you call me a hypocrite because I want the Trump government to intervene regarding social media, allow me to reiterate my overall point regarding that particular problem: there is no free market when it comes to social media. Facebook, Twitter, etc. are all monopolies and can basically do whatever they want to whomever they want. If they want to silence someone on the Right, they very-well can. No other social media company will prop up and be able to reasonably compete with these tech giants precisely because of the type of monopoly status and power they hold.
Monopolies are, by definition, anti-free markets. Monopoly definition: “the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service.” It’s corporate socialism, which is why I argue in favor of regulation regarding these tech giants.
Capitalism, free market economics, are the absolute best way for people to live. But ignorance, coupled with misinformation and the gradual socialization of our system to cause the problems we are seeing and blaming it on the system itself is the reason for people to be turning to socialism: it SOUNDS like a better alternative to the status quo.
But again, it’s that precise system’s policies that have led to these problems in the first place. Not enough people know this and so, it becomes difficult to challenge the ideologies of the Left, at least in as far as successfully convincing people goes.
Capitalism isn’t the problem. The gradual socialization of Capitalism, aka Socialism itself, is the problem. And as such, Capitalism, and more of it, is the solution (as well as returning to God, but that’s a topic for another time).
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Going through conservative media sources to find inspiration for an article, I found a piece on the Daily Wire talking about a study that shows about a quarter of Millennials (sample size less than 800) reportedly show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Let me tell you, I can count on one hand the amount of times I found immediate inspiration by an article.
I will explain what I mean by that in a moment. First, I will give you the context of the situation.
A recent psychological study from San Francisco State University suggests that 25% of Millennials attending Arizona State University “reported experiencing ‘clinically significant’ levels of stress, along with other symptoms of PTSD,” according to the Daily Wire.
According to the Daily Wire, the students “were evaluated using an ‘Impact of Event’ scale, which measures stress levels at various times following a major traumatic event…”
It’s used for events such as a shooting, a terrorist attack, etc. So we already see some indication of the overreaction that is coming from these millennial students, having to use a scale that is typically used for tragic events to evaluate someone’s level of stress after an ELECTION.
Melissa Hagan, the lead researcher, said in a statement accompanying the release of the study: “The scale is used to gauge the extent to which individuals have been impacted by an event in such a way that it might lead to diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder. What we were interested in seeing was, did the election for some people constitute a traumatic experience? And we found that it did for 25 percent of young adults.”
The study found that those who identify as a minority, are female, are Democrat, and/or are non-Christian reported having the highest stress levels.
The study says: “Black and nonwhite Hispanic students scored higher on the assessment than their white classmates, for instance. Gender, political affiliation and religion all played even larger roles. Females scored about 45 percent higher than males on the assessment, and Democrats scored more than two and a half times higher than Republicans.”
Now, I can understand (to an extent) Democrats being stressed about that. When Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States in 2012, the first election I actually payed attention to, I was sad, depressed and even stressed and worried for the future of the country.
At the time, I was a Mitt Romney supporter (the first and last time I will support an establishment Republican), and I was confident that he would win. But given that he was pretty soft with Obama after the first debate, even calling him a “good guy”, that gave little reason for Republicans to vote for the guy. I was disappointed at the time, and definitely sad and stressed out over Obama’s victory. But I would never, in a million years, even pretend to believe I suffered from PTSD because of that.
Earlier in the article, I mentioned that there have been few times when an article inspired me this easily. This is why. Because no one suffers from PTSD BECAUSE OF AN ELECTION!
Here’s a quick list of people who justifiably suffer from PTSD:
Nowhere on that list will you find “snowflakes who don’t like the guy who became President.”
To say that these children, and I mean that in every sense of the word, suffer from PTSD, even a little, because of the results of an election is asinine and is making a mockery of those who actually suffer from PTSD.
A hundred years ago, kids my age would be fighting in trenches during WWI. Nearly 80 years ago, kids my age would be fighting Nazis and Japs. 40 years ago, kids my age would be fighting Vietcong.
By comparison, my generation is pathetic, and that’s putting it lightly. The people who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc. all were not much older than us, and all went through things we could not even imagine.
When I was in high school, one of my teachers told the story of his dad speaking at my teacher’s school when my teacher was a kid. My teacher’s dad was there to tell the children stories of what he did while in Vietnam. However, my teacher’s dad insisted and ensured my teacher would not hear those stories. Obviously, this made my teacher curious and asked his dad why he wouldn’t tell him those stories.
His dad replied: “Because I don’t have to look those kids in the eyes every day.” And that was the end of that. My teacher never again asked him about that.
The reason I tell you this is because that made me think “what horrors did his dad go through to not be able to look his son in the eyes if he told him?” Just hearing the story from my teacher’s side reached me to my core. I felt sorry for my teacher’s father and made me a bit more aware of the unspeakable horrors that can be found in this world if we look for them.
What my teacher’s dad did in Vietnam was probably horrendous. What he saw was probably horrendous.
But seeing the results of this study, I can’t help but laugh in disdain, thinking about these millennials: “You fools. You have no idea how good you have it if THIS is stressing you out.”
I could spend another article talking about how I’m not surprised that Democrat students feel this way (again, to an extent) but that I find it incredulous, and a bit suspicious, that only the white, Christian, Republicans were not stressed out about it, but I felt the need to bring some perspective to the mix, rather than argue smaller things like “Hispanics shouldn’t be stressed out over this” or “black people/women/leprechauns should not be stressed out over this”.
I wanted to focus mostly on the fact that it’s soldiers and those who fought and saw unspeakable horrors, maybe even committed some unspeakable horrors, who actually and justifiably suffer from PTSD.
I can’t imagine the kind of thing war veterans have gone through. The things they’ve seen and done. So for these kids to take PTSD so lightly that they think they can get it from being upset over an election that did not go their way honestly pisses me off.
And I do not mean to swear like that; I typically try to say “tick off” rather than that word, but that’s just how angry this sort of thing makes me. I truly meant that earlier thought of “these kids have no idea how good they have it.”
They would not survive a war. And I do not mean that they would get killed. That’s a probability, yes, but I mostly mean they would not have the character necessary to withstand the hardships that come with war. Even I probably could not. I have lived a fairly privileged life. The most stressful thing that I’ve had to deal with this week is writing a 750-1000 word essay where I needed to use 5 scholarly sources instead of the usual 2-3.
That tells me I do not have the mental fortitude to withstand what people in the military go/have gone through. What people in war have gone through. But at least I do not pretend that I have PTSD over that assignment. And at least I understand the fact that veterans have gone through things I could not even imagine and would have to personally experience to understand.
I’m not trying to say I’m better than these snowflakes, but I am stressing the point that we have a lot to thank our military, past and present, for.
Now, I will relegate to feeling sorry over my pathetic generation, who are now earning the antithesis of the nickname given to the generation that went through the Great Depression and fought in WWII. If that generation is called “the greatest generation”, then mine is “the worst generation”. And it’s completely earned given the results of this study.
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
There are multiple polls out there that try to signify one thing or another. Polls that signify utter defeat for Republicans, not such big defeats for Republicans, and perhaps considerable gains for Republicans. Polls that show extreme levels of enthusiasm never before seen in American politics. And as is always the case, both parties wish to gain the young people’s vote. However, one reporter from NBC News discovered something that perhaps should not come as so much of a surprise: Millennials are not all that interested in voting.
Recently, an NBC News correspondent went to the University of California-Irvine campus in Orange County, an area known for being rather conservative, and asked some students there if they were going to vote this November. Of the roughly 20 students that were gathered by a bus stop, only one of them told the MSM correspondent that they would vote. The rest either did not suggest they would vote or flat out ignored the guy. He actually had to ask the question three times before one of the students said they would vote, so that tells you the level of enthusiasm in these kids.
After that rather embarrassing spectacle, the correspondent asked a couple of students what they cared about. Their answer should really not come as a surprise to anyone: “school.”
Who knew college students cared mostly about school?
Getting back on track, the correspondent asked the same kids what would be the topic that would ultimately garner their vote. Their answer was not very different. Their biggest concern was how much school cost, which is a problem we can all understand.
Might I offer a suggestion for lowering school tuition? How about colleges stop paying exorbitant amounts of money to people pretending to be a different race in order to meet a racial diversity quota only to have those people teach a class every once in a blue moon? *ahem* Elizabeth Warren *ahem*. Or how about no longer paying crazy people to stand on a stage and yell at white people for the suffering of minorities (that Democrats cause) and that there are as many genders as there are flavors of ice cream?
Either way, let’s get back to the surprised NBC News correspondent.
He mentioned to the two students who said their biggest concern was school that they had not mentioned the biggest issues that “people talk about on the news all the time – the Russia investigation, the Supreme Court.”
The students answered that they simply did not watch the news, which is why they do not concern themselves with that sort of stuff.
The correspondent moved on to two more students. He told them that it could fall to them whether or not Congress was in the hands of Republicans or Democrats and asked them if they were currently thinking about that. Their answer, at this point, should not come as a surprise. They are not very enthusiastic or concerned about voting or even who Congress goes to. The student who answered also mentioned that he assumes that “the people voting have probably some idea of who they are voting for.”
The correspondent then turned to the other student, a girl, and asked her if she was going to vote. She says: “I should,” and mentions that “we are the most unreliable people [for] Democrats…”
The correspondent finally conceded that they might not vote and asked them, in a disappointed tone, that the Democrats “can’t count on you guys necessarily.” The students answered with a relatively uncaring “no”.
Of course, this all comes as relative good news and bad news. The good news is that these kids aren’t being poisoned by what the media says. The bad news is that they are also not getting themselves informed of how diabolical the Democrat Party is and the horrendous behavior they have shown throughout the Kavanaugh confirmation process and even before that.
They actually kind of remind me of the Chinese millennials who were not interested in communism, in a way.
And all things considered, I am not so surprised that these kids are not all that interested in voting. Most people, believe it or not, are not all that political. This includes even millennials. But I will admit that I, myself, was about as surprised as the NBC News correspondent. Knowing what’s been going on in this country, the fact that millennials (at least these ones in the video) are not all that interested in voting is actually pretty surprising.
Of course, you also have to take into consideration that these are college kids who have other things in mind. Things like midterms (exams, that is), projects, part-time jobs, events, clubs, friends, relationships, etc., so it is understandable that maybe who wins the 2018 midterm elections might not be at the forefront of their minds.
Generally speaking, midterm elections are not as popular or considered to be as important as presidential elections. And even though both Republicans and Democrats make it a case to point out how important this next election is (for different reasons, obviously), there are still people who will not really care all that much and stay at home on November 6th.
Even I make the point that this midterm election is a lot more important than the ones in the past. In my honest opinion, the 2018 midterms are just as important as the 2016 presidential election. I consider this next election a turning point. Either we fall back to the socialism that ravaged the country during the Obama years, but on steroids, or we push back against the destructive Left and possibly send them over the edge of complete and total insanity.
Insanity that could lead to even more violence that makes the kind of violence we are witnessing now look like a tea party by comparison.
But I digress. From what I can gather with this funny NBC video, I take it that people are not quite as fired up to kick Trump out of office as the Left thought they were. With how they’ve been portraying Trump, they believe the vast majority of the country agrees with them. That Trump’s supporters regretted voting for him the minute he won and are ready to toss him on his behind. That all of America hates that Trump cheated to win and wants to rectify that.
That is so far from reality, the Left might as well be 2D cartoons.
That’s not to say deranged Leftists aren’t fired up to vote down-the-line Democrat this November, but that is to say that there is likely an equal or greater amount of Americans, not just conservatives but Independents and former Democrats too, who are fired up to punish these unruly children calling themselves a political party.
All I know is that this millennial right here is ready to vote down-the-line Republican and keep, if not grow, the GOP majority in Congress. Not necessarily because I believe these Republicans are great and care about what I think or are ready to pass MAGA agenda items, but because I know full-well what the alternative would be.
If I have to choose between a human being with flaws or literally Satan, I would choose the human.
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
There’s something to be said surrounding this very topic: results matter.
But before I get too ahead of myself, allow me to set up the context for this article.
Recently, Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform went to Michigan State University to ask college students about Obama’s ludicrous attempt at taking credit for Trump’s economic success.
As a reminder, here’s what Obama said: “When you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started.” Oh, I remember. It started the day Trump got elected, with the stock market soaring to new heights as a result of the election. Remember how the Left said Trump would cause the market to crash if he got elected? I definitely do.
Now, while some on the Left such as anyone within the Leftist media or anyone who dons a “D” next to their name in Congress might believe this ridiculous idea that today’s economic success is even partly due to Obama, it seems that the college students Cabot interviewed did not share the same views.
In the video (below), Cabot asks multiple students about what Obama said and their overall opinions on the economy and Trump’s job regarding it.
One student said: “[Obama’s] been out long enough now, [the economy] is not on him anymore, it’s more on Donald Trump. I guess he’s a little bit in the wrong.”
Another said: “I would, unfortunately, side with Trump on this one. I think he has done a lot for the economy that Obama didn’t do such a good job on, so I’ll side with Trump on that one.”
One student noted that “I feel like once a President’s done, they hand it off… in terms of [economic] confidence and changing people’s attitudes, I would say that’s mostly Trump.”
Now, that’s not to say that these students are going to start supporting Trump. Pretty much every single student interviewed either visibly or verbally showed that, while they agree with Trump over Obama on this issue, they do so with some dismay. You can see that when one of the students said that she “unfortunately” sided with Trump on this. One of the female students went as far as to say that she finds Trump’s tweets “because I’m a girl and a lot of [the tweets] are against us.”
I don’t want to get too much into this, as I’d rather relish in the idea that college students actually agree with Trump on SOMETHING, but I will quickly say that not a single Trump tweet is against women. If they call someone out, they call a particular someone out (be it Pelosi, Feinstein, Warren, etc.) but do not make any sort of generalized sexist comment towards women. So, obviously, I disagree with the student on this.
That being said, she does follow up her comments, getting back on topic, that “economically, I feel like he’s really helping us.”
Now, I don’t know who “us” is in this scenario. Since she mentioned the fact that she’s a girl (do I call her out for not saying she’s cisgender, thus offending transgenders? Kidding.) she could mean he’s helping women economically, since female unemployment rate is hovering in the low 4% according to the website statista.com. She could also mean millennials, in which case the overall unemployment rate also shows promise for this age group. Or she could mean Americans altogether, in which case I would refer you to the overall unemployment rate, the African-American unemployment rate sitting below 6%, the female unemployment rate, the Hispanic unemployment rate sitting at 4.7% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as the overall growing GDP hitting over 4%.
To summarize, yeah, Trump’s doing pretty good for all of us.
Now, let me return to the initial sentence of this article. Earlier, I mentioned that results matter. What exactly do I mean by that? Well, think about it. When else are we going to see Leftist millennial college students agree with Trump on anything?
The mainstream media “reports” everything that is happening (or not actually happening) as though it’s doomsday, it will doom Republicans in November and will lead to Trump’s impeachment. The media loves to pretend the world is on fire when a Republican is President and they make sure that they blame this "doomsday" on him, but when a Democrat is President, they go out of their way to ensure things that are actually going bad aren't blamed on the Democrat President.
Just think about the way the media reported things during Obama's presidency. They would report that things were bad, but they made the effort to drive any blame away from Obama and instead, placing it either on the Republican majority in Congress when they had it, or the Republican minority in Congress when they had it. Either way, everything wrong that happened was not the result of Obama’s socialistic rule that naturally and intentionally destroys societies but the result of the Republicans either pretending to fight or even being completely complacent.
In the case of Trump, it’s 180 degrees backwards. Everything bad that happens is Trump’s fault, even if he has no control over it. I mean, for crying out loud, they were blaming HURRICANES on him. That shows you the mental state of the media is quite poor if they blame THE WEATHER on Trump. It’s really no different from the crazies in the Muslim world who blame Israel for, well, the weather. It’s almost literally the exact same thing.
With the constant reporting of Trump basically being Hitler, it really is a marvel that these Leftist college students, who themselves do not necessarily like Trump, go as far as to properly give credit to Trump for the success he’s had regarding the economy.
And that’s why I say that results matter. These students, despite the fact that they agreed with Trump with varying levels of dismay, and even go as far as to mention what they don’t like about Trump (seemingly, it was mostly his tweets), can all see that Trump is actually doing a good job with the economy. Even if they don’t think he’s a good President, they can’t help but agree that he has helped with the economy.
Now, I could sit here and list the other achievements that show that Trump is a fantastic President not just in terms of the economy but many other aspects of leading the country, but that’s for another time. As it is, I want to take note of the fact that, despite the media and the Left’s best efforts to pin Trump as the worst President to have ever served office, they can’t successfully convince people to ignore every facet of reality.
The reality is that Trump’s economy is the best I have ever seen (being 22-years-old, that’s not saying much, particularly since I only have Obama’s economy for comparison) and that it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
From what I can gather, the only way the economy will slow down is if the Democrats win the House (especially if they win Congress). The disruption they would cause would send us back to the economic stagnation we were all too familiar with during the Obama administration. Sure, Trump can do some other things that will certainly help the economy (I still don’t believe Democrats could impeach Trump without a supermajority in the Senate), but things would definitely slow down significantly.
While I don’t necessarily believe that any of the interviewed college students will vote for a Republican candidate, the fact that they go as far as to acknowledge this is Trump’s economy and his to claim success over is significant.
Who knows? Maybe one of them will have a change of tune about the Democrat Party and vote Republican, either this November or sometime down the line. There certainly have been a lot of lifelong Democrat voters who have had enough with the Party of the ass and have decided to vote for Trump and/or other Republicans.
One can hope.
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
The biggest stories in the news media for this week have been about Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and, surprisingly, Mollie Tibbetts. However, there was a story that came out before these things that I really should have covered then, but will cover it now because it really is a worthwhile story that I believe can stand the test of time.
That story, of course, is when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attacked Trump’s MAGA slogan, saying that America “was never that great”. Naturally, he received some backlash, even from the Left, but Campus Reform decided to take it to the streets of New York to ask people if they agree or disagree with the Governor’s statement. Specifically, Campus Reform asked college-aged millennials this question. (video below)
I think you can guess what they collectively thought.
Most of them said things like: “I don’t believe America has been great for all folks, ever, even today”, “I would have to agree with Governor Cuomo.”
When asked if they could point to a time when America was great, they said things like: “Not particularly”, as well as one particularly opined young man who had some harsh words to say: “The idea that there was a once great America is pointing towards this false sense of nationalism… What, it’s talking about white America? Yeah, it’s not great.”
It’s worth pointing out this particular young man is, himself, a white man.
Another young Millennial said something similar: “I think it has been great for straight, white men for a very long time.”
Overall, it is interesting to see the sentiment shared by these kids about how they feel about our country. However, it’s both surprising and not very surprising.
The reason it’s not surprising is because Millennials are not well-educated, even if they get degrees from Ivy League schools. They are indoctrinated into believing America sucks, has always sucked and always will suck unless we turn to socialism. And even then, they might still believe it sucks, since the Left is even attacking and hating America for at one time having allowed for slavery and segregation. That America is not great because we allowed those things in the past (guess which political party fought for those things) despite the fact that we have made true progress when it comes to those things.
So I’m not surprised at all that these young ignoramuses believe America was not great in the past and is not great now. And I shall return to this soon.
I also mentioned that I was surprised that they said this. Why? Because saying America was never great ignores the 8 years of Obama.
Of course, Obama spent 8 years to ensure America was as crappy as it could possibly be, so most of the country was seeing America not being great, which prompted Trump to use the “Make America Great Again” slogan. During Obama’s 8 years, America was not great. But when it comes to these socialist Millennials, you would think they would answer: “Yes, America was great, but only when Obama was POTUS” or something along those lines.
Saying that America was never great, as untrue as that statement is, completely ignores the Obama years in these Leftists’ own minds.
You would think they would bring up Obama in any way, or say that America was only great when Obama was running the show, but no. Not one mention of the communist traitor.
THAT is what has me the most surprised. Now, the video offered by Campus Reform is only 3 minutes long, and they didn’t get to that many people, but it is still surprising that even the few millennials who explained their reasoning apart from just saying “no, America was never great” did not think to mention Obama in the least.
Alas, that is mostly a tangent for this article. While still surprising and noteworthy, it’s not the main point of this article. As promised, I would return to why I wasn’t surprised these kids said America was never great.
Part of the reason these kids think this way, apart from being indoctrinated by academia and the MSM, is that they have all lived fairly privileged lives.
I would doubt any one of them has spent much time living and residing outside the U.S. or any other first-world nation.
The people who most often shout that we are an oppressive system have never experienced actual oppression. The people who most often shout that we are racists have never experienced actual racism. The people who most often proclaim guns kill people are the ones who are most protected by people with guns.
And the people who most often shout that capitalism kills people while socialism brings equality to people have never lived in a socialist country.
It’s no secret that I come from Argentina. It’s also no secret that I am fairly young. But just because I am young does not mean I cannot learn from history. And Argentina’s history is not a pretty one.
While America was being rebuilt and regaining its strength in the 50’s, Argentina experienced a military coup to overthrow their authoritarian president Juan D. Peron. However, this military coup led to a military dictatorship not very dissimilar to Peron’s own dictatorship. This lasted decades, until in 1973, Peron returned to power, only to die the following year, and his wife, who was elected vice president, took power.
The ‘70s were troubling times for Argentina, when they suffered terrorist attacks at the hands of communists, leading to another military coup that imposed martial law and arrested (and most likely executed) an unknown number of suspected communists.
Amidst all of this chaos, the country’s economy, naturally, was horrid, with inflation hitting 900% by 1983, according to a website called infoplease.com.
However, there was one point in Argentina’s history that isn’t all chaos and unrest. That point was the presidency of Carlos Menem, who was elected in 1989 and who was essentially Argentina’s version of Ronald Reagan. He did what no other figure in Argentina’s history thought to do: reduce the size of the government. He deregulated businesses and privatized industries that were owned by the state.
However, in 1998, the economy hit another recession, and in 2001, the country defaulted on $155 billion in foreign debt payments. The largest default in history. Then, in 2002, President Duhalde devalued the Argentine peso, which “had been pegged to the [American] dollar for a decade” according to infoplease.com. This devaluation sent the banking industry plummeting to a crisis and purged the savings of middle-class people, sending millions of Argentinians into poverty.
Like I said, I am young, but I remember very well what my family went through. We had lost just about everything. No, we were never on the streets, and I honestly do not know what my parents did to rebound us out of that financial trouble brought about by the government. But thank the good Lord they figured something out, otherwise, I don’t think I’d be here talking to you right now.
What the people of Argentina had been going through – THAT was oppression. What the people of Venezuela are currently going through – THAT is oppression.
What these college-aged millennial kids are going through is the world’s longest temper tantrum.
This is a country that knows how to do things the right way. The founders of this country built a near perfect system that is so hard to corrupt, it’s taken the Democrats centuries to get to this point. And even then, they haven’t completely won, if Trump’s election is any indication to their limited power.
The leaders of this country (at least most of them) fully understood that the government doesn’t rule the people, the people rule the government. The government works for us, not the other way around.
What happens when the people rule the government is what you see during Trump’s and Reagan’s and many other President’s administration: a nation that quickly grows into a superpower to be reckoned with.
What happens when the government rules the people is what you see in Venezuela, Argentina, China, North Korea, Russia, etc.
THOSE countries see oppression. THOSE countries are not great. THOSE countries can only be great if they employ capitalistic policies, not socialistic ones.
In all of Argentina’s history, the only period of economic stability, growth and PROSPERITY was during Menem’s administration, when he employed capitalistic policies of deregulation, denationalization of industries and reducing the size and scope of the government. Apart from that, Argentina has only seen economic instability, civil unrest, riots, violence, terrorism and military coups.
I don’t care if these kids spend an entire week non-stop telling me why America isn’t great and has never been great. I know for a darn FACT that America has always been the golden standard for exceptionalism in the world. America has always been better than other countries.
Yes, it’s had its dark past with slavery and segregation, but if you want to talk about that, talk about how it was the Democrat South that segregated for their “right” to own another person. Talk about how Democrats in the North opposed Lincoln and Republicans in the South supported him. Talk about how House Democrats tried to kill the 13th Amendment bill in 1864, but Lincoln’s reelection in 1864 and significant Republican control of Congress passed it in 1865, when the bill passed 119-56, with several Democrats abstaining.
Talk about how Republicans were unified in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while the Democrats were far more divided on it.
If you want to bring up the sins of the past, I will ensure you know they’re not America’s sins, they’re DEMOCRATS’ SINS!
America is known as the greatest nation on Earth for good reason. All other countries who do not employ capitalism and have an over-grown government ruling people’s lives absolutely suck.
The truth is: America is a blessing. America has always been great. It’s the Democrats who have never been great.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
In recent time, tech giants in Apple, YouTube and Facebook have all decided that Alex Jones’ InfoWars could no longer express themselves in their platforms. Naturally, this has created backlash and brought to the forefront the larger issue of what the First Amendment should and should not protect (I am aware that InfoWars’ First Amendment rights were technically not violated since the First Amendment protects people from the government, not companies).
So, Campus Reform decided to head to Columbia University to ask Millennials if they could even name all five freedoms protected under the First Amendment (speech, religion, press, assembly and petition). This is largely based on a recent Freedom Forum Institute survey that says 40% of people surveyed could not list any of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment, and 36% could name only one.
Campus Reform offered $20 to any person who could successfully name all five First Amendment freedoms (video below). Not a single one of them got the money, unfortunately. Actually, many could hardly come up with a single freedom, while most could come up with 1 or 2 and only a handful could come up with three.
One of them even confused the Second Amendment with the First and thought the First Amendment protected people’s right to bear arms. I am both surprised and not so surprised at this. I am surprised because earlier this year, there has been a lot of talk about gun violence and the 2nd Amendment, so you would think just about everyone was aware enough of what the 2nd Amendment guaranteed and not confuse it with another Amendment. On the other hand, I am not so surprised because these are Millennials attending an Ivy League school where knowledge and truth go to die and are replaced with narrative and falsehood.
Now, Campus Reform also asked what should and should not be protected by the First Amendment. The answers from these Millennials were the precise ones you would expect: you don’t have the right to offend people and make them feel uncomfortable.
Now, before the liberal readers shout: “So you think we should be able to offend people and make them feel uncomfortable?!” This is not such a simple matter that bodes down to a yes or no answer here.
In short, here’s what the First Amendment guarantees: your right to speak your mind, your right to express and practice any religion, your right to print anything you want and share it with others, your right to peacefully assemble to express a unified thought and your right to petition for things such as holding rallies, parades, etc. These are all freedoms that shall not be infringed by the government. Meaning that the First Amendment protects us from being prosecuted by the government in any way.
However, there are logical limitations to this. For example, you have no right to threaten someone’s life or the life of their family. Doing so logically results in police investigation and possible prosecution. THAT is simply common sense, because a crime is involved. Threatening to kill someone is in and of itself a crime. However, what is not common sense is taking away someone else’s freedom of speech simply because you don’t like what they’re saying or disagree to any amount.
On the outset, I think most people would agree, even liberals. The problem arises when people look to do that by saying it’s offensive to express such a thought. The problem arises when you redefine what it means to use offensive language. For example, if I call a black man the N-word, that is understandably offensive. Do I have the right to do it? Yes. IS it right to do it? No. Should I have the right to do it? I certainly believe limiting free speech based entirely on offense is wrong. Does that mean, then, that I would do it? Of course not. I’m not a Democrat, after all.
So the overall problem exists with what constitutes offensive language. Me writing these articles, calling out the Left’s hypocrisy, proclaiming my love of Christ, praising the Lord and noting the significant achievements of the Trump administration should not constitute offensive language to any degree, and it does not. However, there are those who disagree.
Earlier, I mentioned Alex Jones and InfoWars as a whole. I have watched Alex Jones in the past and I can say that I do not necessarily agree with everything he says and the way he says it. He usually is fairly paranoid about everything and seems to be quite the conspiracy theorist. However, if you’re going to shut down people for being paranoid or throwing out conspiracy theories, then why is the entirety of the Mainstream Media still allowed to operate? Why is Rosie O’Donnell allowed to claim Trump’s rallies are fake and the people there are paid to be there (which is honestly stupid, given the size of the rallies and the fact that if they were paid, that would mean a whole lot of money to pay each of them)?
Alex Jones was not shut down for floating conspiracy theories but for saying things that Facebook, Apple and YouTube disagree with. It’s the same reason YouTube has cracked down on pro-gun channels that help people learn how to safely operate guns. They disagree with what Jones was saying and felt compelled to shut him down, but using their vague “terms of service” as an excuse.
While the First Amendment does not protect you from companies, it is entirely bogus and ridiculous that he would be shut down for saying things these corporations disagreed with. And before you bring up the NFL and anthem protests, know that these are different occasions. The players have the Constitutional right to kneel to the flag that gives them that right, but the NFL did not implement their new policy to crack down on protests altogether. They just don’t want people kneeling during the anthem on other people’s dime. The players can protest all they want, but they should do it differently and during a different time when they don’t look to be disrespecting the flag and the country. I think if they really did not want to mean disrespect, they would find a different way to protest and say the same things, but without being disrespectful.
Regardless, that’s a different matter entirely that I believe has been talked about enough and only comes down to what has been summarized in the prior paragraph.
Returning to the overall argument of what constitutes offensive language and what should and should not be limited by the First Amendment, I think it’s pretty clear what it says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Meaning that the government cannot and should not keep people from expressing their beliefs, even if those beliefs are seen as offensive (legitimately or illegitimately offensive) or if they make people uncomfortable.
The college Millennials all expressed similar beliefs that the First Amendment should not be able to protect people from offending others or making them feel uncomfortable. Of course, this led Cabot Phillips (the interviewer from Campus Reform) to ask the question: “who gets to determine what is offensive?”
That question is really what trips people up, naturally. Who can honestly proclaim to be the sole moral judge in this world? Only God has such a power. Only God can honestly proclaim to be the epitome of morality, given that morality comes from Him.
No person here on Earth can honestly make such a proclamation. Of course, the Nazis, fascists, communists and socialists all make and have made that proclamation as often as they breathe, but they cannot make that proclamation honestly. These are the same people who will claim to be feminists while simultaneously abusing women on the sidelines. The same people who claim to be pro-choice so long as that choice is killing your baby. Aside from that, and even including that, you really have no choice. No choice in what religion to practice unless it’s anything other than Christianity and maybe even Judaism. No choice in what political candidate to support and what political ideas to stand by if that candidate and/or ideology is apart from Leftism.
The Left cannot be allowed to be the moral arbiter of society. If it comes to that, morality is completely dead.
If left up to the Left, every thought that is remotely different from the groupthink would be eliminated. These people envy the Iranian regime, the North Korean dictatorship, the Chinese communists. They envied Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, fascist Italy. They want people to only have access to one voice: theirs. To have access to only the information they provide and nothing else.
Our Forefathers knew exactly what tyranny looks and feels like. They knew exactly what the nature of Man is. They knew that they had to set up a system that puts restrictions on the government, not the people.
And before you feel any sort of grief over the fact that there was no possible way our Forefathers could have predicted these tyrannical companies doing what they feared government would do, let me put your mind at ease. Capitalism is truly a glorious thing. Not only does it help people prosper, but it naturally protects people.
What I mean is that we should not come up with a legislative answer to these tech giants shutting people down. It would be wrong and it would go against everything we believe in. Instead, let’s use the capitalist system we have in place.
A company’s first priority is the consumer/customer. If the consumer is unhappy, they leave for a competitor. That’s the nature of business. Now, I fully understand that there is no real competitor to Facebook, YouTube and all these other tech giants… yet. The nature of capitalism, combined with the fact that enough people are pissed off at these tech giants for their censorship, will lead to new companies rising and flourishing that will serve as real competitors. It’s a business inevitability.
If you are skeptical, just think about Uber or Lyft. Sure, they are not in the same business, but they are in a business that we thought only the government could control: the ride-sharing business. Just a decade ago, the thought of people using anything other than cabs or buses if they had no access to their own personal vehicles was hard to imagine. Now, you have Uber and Lyft competing with the government regulated cab and bus systems.
That’s the nature of capitalism at work. Just because it’s hard to imagine a new company rising and flourishing despite of the tech giants of Facebook and Google does not necessarily mean that they will not rise. Facebook itself was essentially what I described when it first began to be a social media website apart from online dating. It had to compete with MySpace, didn’t it?
So capitalism is the answer to these tech giants’ exploits. And yes, that even includes Apple. Yes, it’s nearly impossible to compete with Apple’s products, but it’s far easier to compete with their services, which is the reason they are even being talked about right now. If their podcast service won’t allow for speech they disagree with, someone else will come up with a podcast service that is actually tolerant of other people’s beliefs.
Now, this article is getting plenty long already, so I think it’s best to wrap things up here. The larger point I want to make is that the First Amendment should not be regulated apart from the earlier example of threatening someone, regulation which is already in place. The fact that 40% of people could not come up with a single First Amendment right both worries me about the future and allows me to set my sights in our current education system.
I mean seriously, this sort of thing should be covered in the 1st grade, for crying out loud! There is no excuse for anyone to not know what the First Amendment guarantees.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
While that may seem like tremendous news, it really shouldn’t be so unexpected. And neither should another shift towards more Millennials backing Democrats in the future. Why? Because people always change their minds and their memories are very short.
But before we get to that, let’s look at the actual numbers provided by the Reuters/Ipsos poll.
“In the last two years, Millennial support for Democrats over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot dropped around 9 percentage points, to 46 percent. The demographic’s support for Republicans has remained steady at about 28 percent… Some Millennials who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 are now looking at supporting GOP congressional candidates, the poll found. And the same young voters are almost evenly split on the question of which party takes better care of the economy, with 34 percent favoring Democrats compared to 32 percent favoring Republicans… White Millennials have turned towards Republicans the most. Support for both parties among young white voters is equal at 39 percent. This marks a big shift from 2016, when white Millennials supported Democrats over Republicans 47 percent to 33 percent.”
That is an awful lot of information, but it’s mostly good news, considering things. This data shows that people, at least Millennials, are taking notice of the good things the President and the GOP are doing for the country.
Yahoo News shared the story of Terry Hood, a 34-year-old African-American in Louisiana. According to Yahoo News, Hood voted for Clinton in 2016, but “he will consider a Republican for Congress because he believes the party is making it easier to find jobs and he applauds the recent Republican-led tax cut. ‘It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans, but they’re helping with even the small things… They’re taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.’”
While the Democrat Party has tried to demonize the tax cuts, reality is far different and people notice that.
Now, while this is good news, we should also take things with a grain of salt. People change their minds all the time.
Charles Cooke from National Review puts it best: “[the Reuters poll] demonstrates that our politics remains as fluid as ever… In [their] view, all progressives have to do in order to take and keep power is wait for their opponents to die. In this view, conservatism is the philosophy of the old and the white and the male, and, as America becomes more brown and the elderly slowly disappear, so too will their creed. Young people tend to be Democrats, and so do non-whites. Before long, then, a supermajority is surely inevitable… The problem with this view is obvious: Namely, that both people and circumstances change.”
“This concept is all too often lost on the political press, which has a terrible habit of assuming that what is true now will be true forever more. In 2004, Bush’s winning strategy was destined to marginalize the Democrats for a generation. That, quite obviously, didn’t happen. In 2008, Barack Obama’s massive victory spelled the end of the GOP and the death of conservatism. That didn’t happen either. And why would it? Just four years elapsed between Goldwater’s blowout loss and Nixon’s winning the White House in ’68. There was only six years between Watergate and Reagan’s first victory. Just two years sat between the financial meltdown of 2008 and 2010’s blowout GOP mid-term victory. In 2014, Millennials shifted away from the Democrats. In 2016, they went back. Now, they’re losing interest again.”
This is very important to note because it personifies numbers. What I mean by that is that when people look at polls, all they see is numbers, not the people behind them. And people, as I’ve said, change their minds all the time.
Is it surprising that young people tend to be Democrats? Absolutely not! Democrats appeal to feelings, emotion and a skewed sense of right and wrong that gives people false hope about the future. Because that is essentially all young people have: a future. What happens today often will have a significant impact in the future. Obama absolutely owned “hope” and the results showed at the polls.
Similarly, as a Millennial, hope for the future is one of the biggest things for me in my life. But I also know that the Democrat Party is not the party of hope, but destruction, hate, and victimhood. Granted, the current GOP leadership (meaning the establishment) has soured me on the idea of identifying myself as a Republican. But I still do, largely because I believe in the country’s and Party’s founding principles of conserving the good while moving forward towards more liberty for all of God’s children.
I’m not likely to ever change my mind about the kind of people I support, but in that regard, I’m not like most people. As you can very clearly tell, politics are a very large part of my life. While I don’t ever plan on running for office (lower than President, of course, being a naturalized citizen), who is representing me and my beliefs is a big deal. Currently, Donald Trump represents most of my beliefs, and thus, he’s not likely to lose my vote unless he betrays his base and agenda.
But for most people, politics aren’t such a big part of their life, at least actively. According to Reuters, the Democrats held a massive lead with Millennials against Trump and that lead has largely disappeared. But that is not indicative of a permanent cultural shift.
Like Charles Cooke said, events that looked devastating for a political party ended up meaning next to nothing eventually. Goldwater’s loss to LBJ was huge, but Nixon still won eventually. Nixon’s Watergate scandal was devastating for his presidency and career, and is still talked about today (mostly by the Left who wish to make a repeat of it with Trump), but Reagan still obliterated Carter not long after and won by an even bigger margin in his reelection.
Obama’s victory was seen as the death of the GOP and conservatism, but they won majority of Congress just two years later.
The American people, in each and every significant election, has shown to have changed their minds at one point or another and changed them back.
And, furthermore, the fact that Millennials change their minds too is both unsurprising and a good sign for the future. In case you’ve forgotten, back in March, I shared a story about a USA Today poll showing that young people aren’t as keen on gun control as you might think. And according to The Guardian, a Quinnipiac poll finds that “Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban.”
So while the Millennial generation tends to be more liberal, they are seemingly relatively conservative, at least compared to older generations, regarding gun control and an assault weapons ban.
I won’t go into too much detail about the gun control issue, but the reason I share this is because it’s important to point out that Millennials are people too, and, for the millionth time, people always change their minds.
So while today, Millennials are shifting away from Democrats, that doesn’t mean it will remain that way. But it’s important to highlight the reasons for such shifts. For one, Trump and the GOP have severely cut taxes and regulations that have massively helped the economy. Two, the Democrats have been showing their true colors and exposed themselves as hateful of everything that isn’t like them. Despite the fact that Trump is doing a great job for the country, the Democrats want to take it all away just because they don’t like Trump and they think he shouldn’t have won.
What that Reuters poll tells us is that Millennials change their minds too. It’s important to restate this because Millennials are one of the younger generations of people old enough to vote at this point. Being young, they (we, as I am also a Millennial) lack wisdom and experience. The Democrats tell Millennials what to think, feel and believe, and so, they do. Simply because they don’t really know much better.
Democrats constantly make promises they can’t deliver and young people vote for them because they haven’t seen for themselves what rotten garbage the Democrat Party is. Like Winston Churchill said, if you’re not a liberal at 20, you don’t have a heart. If you are not a conservative at 40, you don’t have a brain.
What he means, obviously, is that young people base their decisions more on emotions and not logic or wisdom. Part of that is because they are not old enough to be considered “wise”. Even I could not claim to be wise since I still have my entire life ahead of me. As a conservative Millennial, I could say I’m more logical and informed, but not wise, for wisdom comes with experience. Beyond a few years of Obama’s 2 terms and Trump’s first term, I don’t have much experience in the realm of politics.
I’m not old enough to remember Bush (I was also in a different country during his presidency, so that is a factor) and not old enough to remember all of Obama’s administration. All I know is that Obama was a commie, his policies reflected as much, and that Trump is, in my mind, comparable to my idea of Ronald Reagan.
But most people my age don’t think the way I do. They tend to think more with their feelings, which is not really thinking at all. What that Reuters poll shows us is that, really, Millennials are no different to any other generation’s young people. Democrat-leaning in the beginning, but their minds can be changed.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Throughout multiple articles, I have repeatedly talked about the Millennial generation and their socialist/wussy tendencies. So it’s easy to forget that there is an entirely newer generation that is younger than them and has not made much noise (aside from the lunatic anti-2nd Amendment Parkland students), largely because they are still rather young.
According to The Barna Group, a religious research company, 13% of Gen Z (those born between 1999 and 2015), identifies as Atheist (as seen above). That may not seem like a whole lot, but you can see from the chart that that number has doubled from the Millennial generation.
Church Militant, another religious research group, reports a “decrease in the number of professed Christians. Over the course of four generations, the percentage who call themselves Christians dropped from 75% among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) to 59% in Generation Z.”
Barna also reports that: “More than one-third of Gen Z (37%) believes it is not possible to know for sure if God is real, compared to 32% of all adults.”
However, as bad as those numbers may seem, there are also very good numbers.
According to a 2016 study by Dean & Provost, 41% of Gen Z report attending weekly church services, compared to 18% of Millennials who said they went to church at that age, 21% of Gen X saying the same, and 26% of Boomers.
The American Conservative also shows that Gen Z tends to be more morally conservative than the previous generations.
“According to a study released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual intercourse among high school students had decreased in the United States by quite a bit. Among males, 43.2 percent of high schoolers surveyed admitted to having sexual intercourse, while 39.2 percent of females answered the same. While that may seem high, it’s a stark decrease from 2005, when 47.9 percent of males and 45.7 percent of females admitted to having sex. And it’s an even bigger dip from the more than 50 percent that the CDC counted in 1995. According to a 1998 Los Angeles Times article, high school sex started to rise in the ‘70s, hit its peak in the ‘80s, then began to slowly decrease in the ‘90s.”
What all of this tells us is that, while more Gen Z kids say they don’t believe in God, the ones that do believe in God do so very strongly. Not only that, but they are also having sex a good deal less as well. And even Forbes tells us that Gen Z tends to be more competitive.
In an article on Forbes, the writer detailed 8 different ways in which Gen Z will differ from Millennials in the workplace.
The first way that they share is that “Gen Z is motivated by security”. What they mean is that Gen Z, having grown up during the Great Recession and Obama’s terrible economy, tends to put more of a focus on financial and job security than Millennials. “While millennials are often seen as more idealistic, and more motivated by purpose than a paycheck, Generation Z may lean more toward security and money.”
They are essentially Yuppies 2.0.
The second way Gen Z is different is that they “may be more competitive”. “As a cohort, millennials are said to be collaborative and teamwork oriented. They want to work in an environment where inclusion is a priority, and where everybody works together to advance goals. Gen Z, on the other hand, is said to be defined by its competitiveness. They want to work on their own and be judged on their own merits rather than those of their team.”
“Gen Z also understands that there’s a need for constant skill development in order to stay relevant.”
The third way Gen Z is different, which actually ties in to the second, is that “Gen Z wants independence”.
“Gen Zers’ independence ties into their competitiveness, but they generally like to work alone… Many also want to manage their own projects so that their skills and abilities can shine through. They do not want to depend on other people to get their work done.”
Another way, which is actually even more surprising and endearing, in which they are different is that “Gen Z is more entrepreneurial”.
“Generation Z is 55% more likely to want to start a business than millennials. In fact, a full 72% of Gen Z high school students say that they want to start a business.”
All of this information is indicative that Generation Z is more truly fiscally conservative than many of the previous generations. Not to mention that, while more Gen Zers claim to be Atheists, the ones that do claim to be Christian are very solidly Christian if that 41% weekly church attendance is any indication.
If the Millennial generation is the socialist generation, Gen Z is the generation that will fight the previous generation to keep this country capitalist.
Now, I don’t know that for sure, of course. A lot can change in an entire generation. Frankly, knowing only what Millennials want to accomplish, I was all but sure that America would almost entirely crumble as a capitalist nation. That’s a thought that really scared me as I’m part of that generation and I will have to deal with their imbecilic values being transformed into actual legislation one day.
But with the numbers and statistics that we are seeing from Gen Z, as well as that competitive drive that Forbes is talking about, I can have at least some hope that Gen Z can truly take the fight to these socialist children (who are older than Gen Zers, but somehow also less mature, seemingly) and at least keep this country from going full-on communist over the course of this century.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
If you were to strictly watch cable or network news, you’d believe the world is on fire. You'd believe that Mueller was this close to busting Trump. That the world is literally on fire due to Global Warming. And you'd believe every kid in America supports gun control legislation
However, reality is an entirely different story. According to a USA Today poll, of over 600 middle and high school students surveyed, 47% said they believe tightening gun laws and background checks would prevent mass shootings, while 37% disagreed. Of over 500 18-24 year olds surveyed, 54% were confident that tightened gun control measures would prevent mass shootings, while 33% disagreed.
Obviously, the advantage still swings to the ridiculous Leftist notion that more gun control means safer schools and places. However, watching cable or network news featuring the borderline (or actual) communists David Hogg (who made a gesture similar to a Nazi salute) and Emma Gonzalez (who wore a Cuban flag patch on her jacket), and watching everyone else speaking at the ironic March for our Lives event (I’ll explain why it’s ironic momentarily), you’d think that they represent a vast majority of people around their age. And while most do agree with the overall message of more gun control, not nearly as many actually do.
And no doubt, that’s something that infuriates the Left.
But that’s not all. There’s something else, something a bit more important, to be discussed here.
According to USA Today: “Seven in 10 say schools should be required to have an armed police officer on site. Six in 10 say schools should be required to have metal detectors at the door; more than two-thirds of those under 18 felt that way.”
I’m sure you can tell why that infuriates the Left, perhaps even more than the previous statistic. First, this shows that 70% of the students surveyed AGREE with Trump and CONSERVATIVES about having armed security on campus. Second, this shows that 60% want “metal detectors at the door”. Do you know what one of the biggest arguments made by the Left against this proposal is? That the school would essentially be turned into a prison or it would at least feel like a prison.
To which I say: when was the last time someone went INTO a prison and shot it up? Besides, school already feels like prison anyway for students. What’s a little added security that would actually KEEP STUDENTS SAFE?
Third, and perhaps most importantly, this shows that most students want MORE guns on campus, so long as they’re in the hands of hired and trained security whose very living depends on protecting students from potential or actual danger. In other words, these students want a GOOD GUY WITH A GUN on campus!
And if the Left hasn’t exploded in rage like the Krakatoa, they surely should by this point. That very statistic demonstrates the support of the very OPPOSITE of what the Left wants. The Left doesn’t want good guys to have guns. They want to be the only ones with the guns. Because that means they’re the only ones with all the power.
The Left doesn’t honestly care about people; they only care about themselves. The thing about school shootings, or shootings in general, is that they bring about benefits to the Left. They get an opportunity to spout nonsense about how dangerous guns are and that we need more gun control at the expense of people they don’t really care about.
They get an opportunity to indoctrinate people (particularly young people) and lie to them about who’s responsible for this. They never blame the individual. No, they blame every other registered gun owner who hasn’t broken the law. They blame an organization that protects people’s rights to the 2nd Amendment when they had nothing to do with any shootings at all.
I didn’t care to watch the March for our Lives event. But I did see some things on Twitter. Some signs blaming the NRA and have heard chants asking the NRA how many people they killed that day. Zero would be the actual number, not that any of them care or, for some, believe.
Heck, some of them think the NRA actually SELLS guns, so it’s not far-fetched for some or most of them to believe the NRA is actually responsible for the deaths of people on a daily basis.
But while the NRA’s numbers are zero, let me tell you of an organization that kills 900 people every single day, according to an annual report from 2015-16.
That organization is Planned Parenthood. No surprise there, really. And that’s why I called the March for our Lives event “ironic”. These kids march against an organization that isn’t responsible for a single death, but utterly ignore or even support an organization that kills children on a daily basis.
For every child that these indoctrinated sheep believe were killed by the NRA, a million more were actually killed by PP. According to a website called numberofabortions.com, over 60 million children have been killed since 1973, the year abortion became legal. That’s roughly 60 million more children than the NRA has killed.
That’s roughly 10 times more people who have been killed via abortion than Jews were killed during the Holocaust. That’s 10 million more people than what historians estimate Joseph Stalin killed during his reign over the Soviet Union.
Now, Planned Parenthood isn’t responsible for every single one of those abortions. And abortions occurred even before Roe v. Wade, though they were illegal. But one interesting tid bit of information for you to know (if you don’t already know) is that Planned Parenthood is not a relatively new organization. Far from it. According to Wikipedia, the organization was formed in 1916. OVER 100 YEARS AGO!
Now, I doubt they would perform abortions (or at least, they wouldn’t report it, since it would’ve been illegal at the time) before 1973. But the organization has been around for a very long time, so it’s not a far-fetched idea that, while maybe not every single one of those 60 million plus abortions were their doing, that a good percentage of them are.
If you want to find a real child-killing organization, don’t look at the NRA, because they don’t kill people. Rather, look at Planned Parenthood. They will gleefully kill your (and their own) children and celebrate it in massive events.
Regardless, that’s really getting off topic. While I believe all of that was necessary to mention, I’ll return to the main point of the article. Given those statistics by USA Today of all places, we can see that the Left’s efforts to indoctrinate our children aren’t working as much as they would hope. If they could have their way, they would have the number of children who believe in gun control to be at 100%. And while the majority has been successfully brainwashed to not believe in facts, there’s a very surprising amount of middle and high school-aged people that refuse to believe the Left’s lies, even going as far as to believe that a good guy with a gun would be a good and safe option for them.
So that’s something to celebrate, if nothing else. It gives you some realistic hope that, while the future will likely be plagued by open-communists, there will be a decent amount of people who will fight back against that communism.
And yes, I know that that poll only talks about gun control measures and armed security on campus, but they’re indicative of potential conservatism for the future. If they’re unwilling to believe the Left when it comes to this, surely they’d be unwilling to believe the Left in other matters, even if at the moment, they are a bit liberal-leaning in those other matters.
Heck, even I used to be a good deal more liberal when I was in high school compared to now.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Truth be told, Millennials tend to be more gullible when it comes to just about anything in the real world, nowadays. But when it comes to things like online scams, the expectation is that Millennials are a bit more capable of smelling the b.s. being thrown at them. Arguably, if they can’t smell the b.s. being thrown at them over how many genders there are, we honestly shouldn’t expect them (yes, I know I’m a Millennial too) to be too bright about this sort of stuff either.
But HotAir.com has an article about online scams and which demographic is reportedly more liable to fall for one. According to the article: “New data from the Federal Trade Commission reveals that younger people in their twenties were not only scammed more often but lost more money per bogus transaction than people of retirement age.”
The article quotes Seattle King 5 News, the original source for this information.
“Move over, grandma and grandpa. Your Millennial grandkids reported losing [more] money to financial scams last year than you did, new government data shows.”
“In all, 40% of Americans in their twenties who reported fraud in 2017 indicated they lost money to the schemes, the Federal Trade Commission said last week in its annual databook of consumer complaints.”
“The percentage surpassed the 18% of U.S. consumers 70 or older who reported they lost money to fraudsters last year, the FTC said.”
The article specifically compares Millennials to people in their 70s and up largely because it’s more expected for older generations to fall prey to online scams. It’s based mostly from the assumption that most elderly people don’t know how to use a computer and tend to be more trusting, given that they lived in a far different era from the younger generation. Arguably, an era when you could most likely trust the word of another person. Still, the 50’s (what I, as a Millennial, presume to be the era of white picket fences and being very friendly to your neighbor) was almost 70 years ago. While computers are still a relatively new thing, the culture in which it was created was far different from the 50’s.
The first few home computers didn’t come out until around the 70’s and didn’t become common until the 80’s. And the big cultural change that came about was in the 60’s with the hippy revolution (and what I’ll forever blame for today’s highly secular culture).
What I’m trying to say is that, while our grandparents are old, they’re not THAT old. They may not exactly be geniuses when it comes to technology, but they can still smell b.s. when it’s right in front of them. So that’s clearly one massive difference between their generation and my generation.
Returning to the HotAir article, it continued: “The biggest category of scams was bogus debt collection schemes. (I’ve never understood how anyone falls for that if you know when and where you spend your money.) The next biggest categories were identity theft leading to fraudulent credit card charges and tax fraud. Another big category was ‘imposter claims’ where someone pretends to be a friend, relative or even a government agency like the IRS and tries to trick you into transferring money to them pronto.”
The writer then mentions a time when he almost fell for an imposter claim. How he had received an email from one of his friends saying that she needed money because she had been robbed while out of town. He says that he figured out it was a scam, that his friend’s email address had been hacked and that she had to reset her password largely because he took the time to call her and ask if she needed more assistance and she had no idea what he was talking about.
He also mentions that, given the data, he guessed that “at least one-third of you younger folks would have fallen for it.” Truth be told, reading it for the first time, I might’ve thought it could be legit. I’m not saying I would’ve fallen for it and sent money (largely because I don’t communicate with friends via email and this would’ve at least raised some flags), but I did think it could sound real. And I do think that other people my age might’ve fallen for this. After all, the biggest reason he figured out it was fake is because he CALLED his friend to see if she needed more help.
My generation is not one for making phone calls anymore. At least not an awful lot. Granted, a text might’ve also confirmed the email was bogus, but my generation is also known for one other thing: emotion.
When someone needs help and it’s within our power to help them, we don’t think about it, we just do it. And while that may be a noble act in other cases, it’s also a stupid act in cases like these. A Millennial might’ve seen that email, see that a friend needed his or her (or “its” or “ze’s” or whatever b.s. non-binary term they want to use) help and do exactly as requested without a second thought.
Or even a first, really.
Because that is one of the bigger things my generation is known for: feeling before thinking. It’s the very reason for my initial statement in the first paragraph. Millennials tend to be more gullible precisely because in every thought and action, emotion takes precedent over common sense or logic.
It’s why a twitter account for Planned Parenthood in Kentucky can tweet: “Some men have a uterus,” repeated literally 11 times to emphasize how serious they are that they believe such a lunatic thought (and to emphasize just how stupid they are).
Such a statement would’ve only gotten you laughs a decade ago. Today, that statement is treated like gospel, particularly coming from Planned Parenthood. It’s treated as though it’s a truthful statement even though it defies any sense of logic and even SCIENCE!
The moron that tweeted that “felt” it was right to tweet it even though it’s inarguably stupid. Even though, when you think about it, it doesn’t even make sense towards a Leftist agenda. Feminists shout that their vaginas “empower” them. Does that statement mean that men are “empowered” too? See, even in their own screwed up world of logic it’s an illogical statement.
Alas, I don’t want to continue risking losing brain cells talking about this. But it still illustrates my point. My generation is all about emotion, not logic. And it’s that emotion, or at least partly because of that emotion, that the FTC reported the numbers they have.
It’s that emotion that drives them to believe everything the Left and the media says. They say that Trump is a sexual assaulter and immediately believe it despite the lack of evidence towards it. They say that he cheated and colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary and immediately believe it despite the lack of evidence. The MSM thrives off of my generation’s emotions. And since it’s my generation that will one day rule the nation, our opinions matter more than anyone else’s to the media.
They thrive off of the anger of the Leftist students from Parkland High School who demand gun control, ironically while ignoring the anger of the conservative students from Parkland High School who call out the angry Leftists.
Emotions are the only place the Left can actually beat conservatives because emotions don’t require a sound thought. The Left can’t beat us in the realm of ideas, so they try to use emotions to push forward their own agenda. And Millennials are the perfect demographic for the Left to abuse.
Any developments on trading our Millennials with the Chinese ones?
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Freddie Marinelli and Danielle Cross will bring you the TRUTH that the Left denies you. You'll live a more joyful and victorious life, because the Truth will set you free...