When you think about it, that title really is an oddity. For any Leftist to worry about the millennial generation voting Republican in the future is rather stunning. But why does Phillip Reines, former Hillary Clinton advisor, worry that millennials might vote more for Republicans in the future? Short answer: tax cuts.
At a panel with the Washington Center, Phillip said that he doesn’t “know how millennials think… It’s unclear what will get them going… Someone like Sanders and Warren seem to tap into that… But you can’t just assume that people last year (2016 election) would’ve gotten what Hillary Clinton got and add it on to it… But I think millennials have to, they more than anyone, have to say this is not normal and there’s a lot of pressure to shut up… Donald Trump and his people want everyone to shut up, get over the election, Hillary Clinton go away. That’s in their best interest. But that’s not how it works. We’re supposed to oppose what we disagree with. And I hope millennials don’t fall into a lull of accepting this is what it is. God knows how many will see their taxes go down and base it just on that… They are a key demographic that voted oddly in 2016… I’m not sure that people understand how to get them to vote productively in 2020.”
Ok, that’s an awful lot to talk about.
Let’s go step by step. First, of course he doesn’t know how millennials think. He himself is not a millennial. But he’s right in saying that someone like Sanders and Warren seem to tap into that. Sanders and Warren know (at least to a decent extent) how millennials think. The way millennials think, unfortunately, is very much socialistic. They want everything to be free, not want to work for anything and want things to just be given to them.
Millennials want to be taken care of by their parents for as long as they live. But since parents can’t do that, that’s where the state comes in. I remember Mark Zuckerberg giving a speech to a graduating class at Harvard. In that speech he talked about how everyone should have a fixed income no matter what, even if they don’t have a job. That the government should just give people money for living.
I don’t think I have to go into too much detail on why that’s a very stupid idea, but to millennials, that’s a great idea! They don’t consider the economic consequences of such an idea. They just want free money for doing nothing. No nation can afford to do that and survive. Moreover, no CIVILIZATION can afford to do that. If no one works, nothing gets done. If you’re going to get paid for doing nothing, you might as well do nothing.
Society was made by people who DID stuff. If no one worked anymore, no more iPhones would be made, no servers would be maintained, there’d be no running water, no electricity. Millennials, if you want to know a sure-fire way to actually kill the internet, it’s not through repealing Net Neutrality. It’s through no work being done by anyone.
But ideas like those sound good to millennials because they can’t really be bothered to think too hard about it. Without a doubt, if there’s any Deadly Sin that plagues the millennial generation, it’s sloth.
Second, he says that millennials have to understand that this (I’m presuming, world) is not normal. That “there’s a lot of pressure to shut up.” And that “Donald Trump and his people want everyone to shut up, get over the election, Hillary Clinton go away.”
I would like to respond by saying that no one is pressuring anyone to shut up, especially Trump. Doing so would call for a violation of people’s first amendment rights, which is why he doesn’t do that. Wanna know who pressures people to shut up? The Left. They pressure Christians to shut up about God. Pressure conservatives to shut up about how great our country is.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen or watched a story about a kid somewhere in the country being ordered by teachers to take off a shirt with the American flag on it because it’s “offensive”. And don’t get me started with college students and their “safe zones”. Every time someone mentions Donald Trump in a college campus, the kids will begin to freak out and run to the “safe zone” to be away from things that “could severely impact someone’s mental health.” No joke, I’ve seen that b.s. excuse thrown around to protect these children.
And yes, I call them children despite the fact that I, myself, am 21 years old and college-aged.
But Donald Trump most certainly does not pressure anyone to shut up.
Phillip mentions getting over the election. To which I say, yes, we have told people to do that. Why? Because there’s no point in still being upset about it anymore! Sure, just after the election, I can’t blame any liberal for being upset about the results. But after A WHOLE YEAR?! If people haven’t gotten over the election results yet, they have some serious problems to deal with. Even the Russia probe has lost almost all traction.
I was upset about the 2012 election results for a week at the most.
And about Hillary Clinton going away, Phillip couldn’t be more wrong. I, for one, LOVE IT whenever Hillary Clinton makes any sort of public appearance. Why? Because she’s essentially a ghost haunting the Democrat Party. She’s a candidate the Democrat Party wants to forget. Even they realize Hillary is far too much of a liability for them to still support unabashedly.
I don’t want Hillary Clinton to go away simply because she always manages to make the Democrat Party look bad. And if there’s anyone I can say has any right to still be upset about the election, it’s her.
Next, he talks about opposing what you disagree with. Ironically, I actually agree with him on this. I wanted the GOP to oppose Obama on everything he did, but they barely even tried. I don’t expect the Democrats to simply back down.
Then, he talks about hoping millennials don’t fall into a lull of accepting this is what it is. Now what does he mean by that? That he hopes millennials won’t just accept the results of the election? Quite possibly. But one thing comes to mind that could also be a strong possibility.
He doesn’t want millennials to think this Make America Great Again campaign is normal for the country. He doesn’t want them to think there’s any chance of making America great. With ISIS being almost entirely defeated, the Dow Jones at record-highs, a tax cut that benefits nearly everyone and massive drops in unemployment rates, these are things that are not normal to millennials.
Us millennials didn’t get to experience the Reagan years. Many of us were born in the 90s, when Bill was President. We grew up in the 90s and 2000s. Those were our childhood years. Children tend not to pay too much attention to the world. For many of us, Obama’s America was normal. And that’s saying a lot.
For us, difficulty getting jobs was normal. A declining economy was normal. America getting disrespected by both Americans and non-Americans was normal. We truly believed that America’s best days were behind her. And I think Phillip wants millennials to continue believing Obama’s America is normal, not Trump’s.
And he clearly shows that he’s afraid millennials will see a new standard of normalcy with Trump’s presidency. He’s worried that the tax cuts letting them keep more of their money will lead them to vote more Republican.
Personally, I don’t know about that. I’m not going to raise my hopes and believe they will start voting more Republican (or at least more conservative). Like I said, my generation is more socialistic. One piece of legislation like tax reform won’t do that much. Millennials tend to believe the Left, which is a scary thought. If the Left claims credit for millennials keeping more of their money, millennials might believe them.
If millennials don’t think too hard about the consequences of a fixed income for everyone, they likely won’t think too hard about who they should thank for them having more money.
I might be a bit too harsh about my generation, but they’ve barely given me any reason to have high hopes for them. Although, one thing is for certain: millennials are a wildcard.
During high school, I’ve met some millennials (not a lot) that are rather socialistic but, funny enough, support the 2nd Amendment and the troops. That revelation stunned me. I would’ve expected these millennial classmates of mine to be full-on socialistic, particularly on issues like guns and our troops.
Of course, these are rather individual cases. I’ve met just as many millennials who are opposed to guns entirely. But these classmates have made me think that this generation isn’t all that different from previous ones. Each individual has their own opinion and beliefs.
What I’m trying to say is that not all is lost with my generation. We’re an odd bunch, but there’s some hope for us yet. The very fact that I myself believe and know these things, that I’m a Christian conservative, gives me hope for the future.
The Left has done a lot of damage to my generation. It’s up to us, conservatives of all ages, to reverse that damage as much as we can.
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