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Opinion: The plight of the millennials

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By William Haupt III | The Center Square

 “There is a desire for change. There is a millennial generation that doesn't like what they're seeing, but doesn't quite know what the solution is.”

– Ken Moelis

Generation gaps have been around since the world was first created. We can assume Adam and Eve’s first born was tempted to imbibe in the forbidden fruit although they had been warned of the consequences. Back in the 1930s, the World War I generation complained about the World War II generation as they were swing-dancing to the sounds of big bands and artfully unappreciated crooners. Yet those jitterbug teens emancipated Europe for world peace and were labeled the “Greatest Generation”! When they became grandparents, they forgot about the combats they had with their parents. Now the boomers are grandparents and their children wonder, what went wrong with their children too?

Since a generation gap is perceived as a cleavage between two groups that causes conflicts that inhibit communication, they are difficult to navigate. Yet they are useful in separating the cultures and allowing them to develop new characters. Eventually, those stuck in yesteryear see value in their actions and accept them as part of a world in constant change. Man’s evolution has depended on this for centuries. The world has only survived due to innovations and provocative thinking of their youth. And every future generation is a byproduct of those who preceded them for better or worse.

The current generation gaps between boomers, the X’s and the M’s defies conventional wisdom. Nobody expects generation “M” to resemble the hippies, the swingers the crooners and hipsters, or other trend setters of old. But as divergent as those groups were, they shared the same common denominator: When the fun and games came to an end, they sobered up and faced the real world. They quit swallowing gold fish, hung up their hula hoops and corked their bathtub gin when they had to sink or swim.

“Economic reality was the cure-all for their disillusionment.”

– Tommy Wakins

Psychologists and sociologists have been trying to predict the next move millennials will make for this past decade. And it remains an enigma. Although older generations have always freaked out about the next generation, an ominous crisis has always bridged multicultural gaps. A depression, a common threat, a social movement, a war and many a world tragedy have renewed the genetic chain to unite feuding forebears and descendants. But this is not the case with millennials. They march leisurely to the music on their iPhones through a fool’s paradise filled with pipe dreams.

Today, we live in a pre-planned world, not one created by evolution, but one invented with common core engineering. New age media targets millennials and has convinced them they are the most intelligent and well-adjusted generation in history. Yet if we consider the way they have voted for the last eight years, it’s hard to find credence in this logic. They’ve either spent far too much time on social media or have been hoodwinked by leftist campaign slogans.

“So much left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.”

– George Orwell

Boomers were obstinate kids, enjoying “free love,” living fast, and narrowly escaping dying young.

But they also saw the hard times: wars, race riots, the threat of nuclear attacks, and indignation of segregation. They experienced copious social and economic meltdowns. But after “the dark side” of life, they grew up quickly. They got involved in politics and developed more dialectic logic. They became conscious and spirituality connected. They developed wholesomeness and kinship in the family environment. And this was reflected in their off-spring, Generation X. They wanted them to have better lives and more opportunities than they did and made sacrifices for them to do this.

Gen X witnessed the sacrifices Boomers made to provide them better futures. They set their sights on secure and fulfilling careers. They grew up watching their parents punch time clocks and slave faithfully at lifetime jobs. And they lived responsibly. It was these things that impressed Gen X to be productive and seek security. There were discussions during family meals about everything from school to politics. And they attended church together. Boomers had fought in the trenches of Vietnam and the streets of Mississippi, and their kids inherited that same fight for survival and moral ethos.

But Gen X dropped the ball. With both parents working, they lost contact with their off-spring too early. Public education took over parenting and they played in a new cyber-world on social media. Here they learned to replace traditional religion and morality with progressive idealism. The age of reason turned into the age of the cell phone computer. This robotic peer group influenced them to challenge the system rather than improve it. Through public education and social media, they’ve been convinced socialism is pure democracy because everyone is equal and they have everything they want in modern Shangri-la.

“Socialism provides, while capitalism deprives.”

– Vladimir Lenin

Back in 1960, Bob Dylan wrote, “Don’t criticize what you can’t understand since your sons and your daughters are beyond your command.” That has been the case with almost every generation. But the world was a different place and those were different times. When Orwell predicted by 1984 that Big Brother would be watching over us, he never envisioned Big Brother would appear in the form of a cyber space phoenix, controlled by a progressive political machine. Orwell’s Big Brother would oversee and monitor every move we made to maintain a strict regimented society. The Big Brother of today is a weapon used by agenda-driven ideologues to encourage social and political unrest.

Progressives are strategists. They saw an opportunity to disrupt homogeneous transition between Gen X and M and Y and grabbed it. This doctrine of preplanned “equalitarianism” is rooted in the birth of feminism. This was not about sex equality; it was about victimizing women for political support. Soon, bras became slingshots to launch rockets through the hearts of society. Stay-at-home moms were seduced into careers to undermine child nurturing. This weakened family bonds and allowed the public schools to assume the role of weaning their children, with a progressive curriculum for social validation.

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.”

– Vladimir Lenin

By Election Day 2020, millennials will be our largest voting block. The left has targeted millennials for the future of new socialism. They are the most liberal generation in U.S. history. The left will focus on climate change, legal marijuana, student debt, and Medicare for all. They will fill the halls of Congress with socialist Democrats. If the GOP wants to stay alive, they must bring real solutions to the millennials. The GOP already has the right message but they’ve never delivered it to them.

Capitalism gifted the millennials everything they enjoy today: iPhones, MP4s, computers, video games, the internet, fast food, microwaves, Led TVs and, most importantly, liberty and freedom! It is time for the GOP to remind every millennial that, by buying into democratic socialism, they’ll be shooting themselves in both feet. If the GOP does not define what’s a right and what’s a privilege in America, they’ll lose both.

“There is not an endlessly expanding list of rights; the right to education, the right to health care, the right to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”

– Alexis de Tocqueville