What Our Millennials are Saying about Politics

In order to extract the core of what millennials are thinking, it is most important to listen closely to what they are saying. When it comes to politics, it is a mistake to believe millennials don't care about things political. 

 

Millennials just seem to care "differently" than their GenXer parents or Boomer Grandparents.

 

As a freelance writer, my encounters with the 20 somethings has been, to say the least, refreshing. It has also caused me to listen with both ears and to process what I hear without bias or influence of my own Boomer generation. 

 

Unlike their laid back GenXer parents or their hyper "Forever Young" Boomer Grandparents, millennials are at the front lines of a kind of change domestically and globally unseen in history before, other than perhaps the upheaval of the era of the Protestant Reformation that cut across lines of society, governance and politics. 

 

In their words, "YOLO" holds the clue to how they think. Part of YOLO shows some millennials fear what is happening to the world they live in, while others are courageous warriors protecting a future they cannot, as yet, shape or envision. 

 

These are not the "free love" Boomers or the stage diving, moshing GenXers. They are neither liberal nor conservative.

 

If you learn nothing from them, you learn that the future is in the hands of a vibrant, powerful group of young adults who recognize the destruction of division. They know they will not always agree all of the time, nor do they want such an environment that would breed regimentation. 

 

Instead, they are opting for a "New World" that blurs the lines of ideology and intellectually relies on their advanced educations and unique generational ability to understand the benefits of balance. 

 

Their pink hair, black nail polish and creative fashion styles are another clue to how they will shape the world we live in...colorfully, whimsically and innovatively.

 

Sadly, there may be only one downside, not of their making, as they begin to create their own family units: the effect of current trends of rejecting a lawful society imperative for keeping order. Will our amazing millennials inculcate in their children the values they now believe is best for the future? 

 

Comments

Leroy Added Nov 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
"If you learn nothing from them, you learn that the future is in the hands of a vibrant, powerful group of young adults who recognize the destruction of division."
 
Interesting article, but I think you give them too much credit.  They are ambitious but don't seem to want to put the required work into it.  They want to me manager or CEO right out of school.  
 
They have changed work/life balance for the better.  The boomers sacrificed too much for too little.  If they come into work late, they leave early to make up for it.  We used to travel for weeks or even months at a time.  Today, two weeks maximum and you get a break from travel.  We have popcorn Friday and 13 flavors of coffee and an innovation room (a place where you can take a nap).  No one complains when they take a two-hour lunch break.
 
I pity them, however.  They do save money, not for retirement but for their next vacation.  They are well-educated and have the debt to prove it.  Unless something changes, they will have a crappy retirement. YOLO.
The Burghal Hidage Added Nov 5, 2018 - 4:39pm
I'll not spare them any criticism they are due, but I'll save my judgement for after they've grown up. Provided they ever do. My initial assessment is that they are a pack of whining pussies, but I could, of course, be wrong :)
James Travil Added Nov 5, 2018 - 5:43pm
Millennials can be up to 30 years old, so they are not all kids. And I personally know two that are very mature and competent. Well actual more like five including my adult children from my first marriage. Point is it's never good to stereotype. There are as many different kinds of millennials as there are people of older (and younger) generations. 
Susitna Added Nov 5, 2018 - 5:58pm
To E.W.: I am sorry.....can you explain me the message? I would like to make a comment. 
Flying Junior Added Nov 5, 2018 - 6:07pm
I enjoyed your prose piece.  I hope that the positive impressions that you are getting from young people are a harbinger of good things to come.  Clearly the lines blur, but being base 10 creatures we do tend view decades quite linearly.  For instance no one born in the 1960s is a boomer.  Technically I'm not a boomer either at 1959.
 
Of course the lines blur, but I would put a cut-off of about 1990 for millenials.  Remember in 1990 Gen-Xers were already entering the work force.  Millenials were so named because they came of age in the new millenium.  Millenials today are mostly in their thirties or late twenties.  Correct me if anyone disagrees, but I feel that this generation has been conspicuously apathetic.  Youth voter turnout ages 18-29 was highest for Barack Hussein Obama at 52% and dropped to 49% in 2016.  Voter turnout for the entire voting age population was better than 58%.
 
The people in their early twenties do hold a great deal of promise.  I wish them every success.
George N Romey Added Nov 5, 2018 - 6:09pm
I work with Millennials and they have it right. Since there’s no more loyalty by the employer why should they bust their ass? They’re take whatever the employer gives. And they are right.
 
Politics? Most think it’s a joke and not about them. And they are right. To them Fox, CNN, MSNBC should go away. Right again.
Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 5, 2018 - 6:27pm
I haven't known or worked with many people under 30 lately. 
 
They'd have to be jaded after living through the economically hopeless Obama years, then the exhausting Trump presidency. 

Millennials are probably the first true generation to have (from birth) all the social changes that the Boomers fought for.
 
(Young Boomers and Gen-X seemed to live immorally for the sake of it, because they could. Reveling in their ability to throw off all social restrictions...forever teenagers, rebelling against whatever they could for the sake of it.) 
 
But Millennials would have actually been able to probably do whatever they wanted to do as they hit young adulthood (and thinking it's normal to do so). Watch whatever they wanted to watch, live inside or outside societal conventions, treat sex as a itch to be scratched (via apps like Tinder, or earlier Match.com). 
 
The impression one gets from news articles about young people at university now is that they're all insane. Lost their minds from years of indoctrination of nonsense. But perhaps that's not fair, and we only read about the squeaky wheels which get all the grease (attention). 
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Leroy Added Nov 5, 2018 - 7:05pm
At least one source puts the birth range between 1981 and 1996, so they are up to 37 years old.  The average is around 30 years old.  They should be showing signs of maturity by now as a group.
 
Yeah. Sure.  You can't put a label on everybody, but, in general, I say the labels are accurate.  If I were in a foxhole, the person I would want to be in it with me happens to be a millennial.  In general, I would not want a millennial in a foxhole with me.  He would be too busy bitching and whining about the accommodations and the lack of frappuccinos and how he should be a general by now with much higher pay.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 5, 2018 - 9:08pm
Millennials are pretty worthless, in general, IMO.  Actually Leroy, they'd wonder what impact they'd have in tat foxhole.  The sad truth for Ds is the talk of "We can't lose" is a signal to Millennials, "You don't have to do anything.  Back to your Facebook account, Twitter and screens."  At work, a former charge of mine, even though knowing cellphone use on the job was a no no, decided if he could weasel away using it, that's okay.  he got caught and lost his job.  I'm sure he'll make a great barrista at Starbucks.
Leroy Added Nov 5, 2018 - 10:22pm
Millennials are fun to work with, other than the whining.  I have no complaints.  They keep me laughing.
 
During the previous election, I was working with a millennial.  We were pretty much stuck with each other.  He couldn't figure out whom he would vote for.  One day, he was all excited.  He found an app to help him to decide for whom to vote.  Only a millennial...
 
My boss was a millennial, at least I think he was.  I never asked.  The balding on top made him look older.  There was another guy in the group who was an unofficial supervisor.  Why we needed a supervisor I will never understand.  I suppose the boss was too busy to manage people.  The supervisor was a typical millennial.  He wanted to be a manager.  He was a nice guy but made me want to puke when he started brown-nosing.  When management asked a question in a meeting, he was first to raise his hand, pick me, pick me!  He was good at deflecting work to others.  He was supposedly the expert on some equipment.  There's a story there.  He knew nothing.  He never dirtied his hands.  Didn't want to.  He wasn't well liked, but he made the workplace fun, fun like in I want to throw up kind of way.  I liked him ok and didn't blame him for wanting to get ahead.  It rubbed everyone else the wrong way.  The average age of the people he supervised was around 55.  I think most didn't like taking orders from a youngster.  He did stupid stuff to please management.  No one was sad when he left.  We actually felt pity for the company he joined. 
 
We had another millennial.  Every freaking day he would whine that he wasn't getting paid enough or he wanted to go work where he did his internship.  He had a real cushy job there.  He's always bragged about how lazy he was.  He whined enough and got what he wanted.
Michael B. Added Nov 5, 2018 - 11:29pm
I've seen grizzled old Baby Boomers act like petulant teen-aged girls; I've seen kids who are younger than my last hemorrhoid show intelligence and wisdom far beyond their years. We're all a mixed bag, and many human conflicts arise from a failure to listen. I find it supremely ironic that a lot of these old 60's dustbags are whining about youngsters, as their generation was all about the young versus the old. The general feeling is that each generation always has it easier than the generation before it, which is true in many ways, and completely false in others.
Ken Added Nov 5, 2018 - 11:47pm
Over 40% of millennials believe socialism is best - yet virtually none of them can define it.  Capitalism is evil, yet virtually none of them can define that either.
 
How do anecdotal stories of whoever you encountered translate to empirical evidence of anything?  It doesn't
Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 6, 2018 - 12:15am
@Ken, hitting adulthood in the Obama years (where you rack up many thousands of dollars in student debt to get a degree that's nearly worthless) can do that to you. On average, reaching their mid to late 20's living with Mom and Dad with no proper job, girlfriend or wife, no kids. Failure to launch (but it wasn't all their fault). 

They are products of their environment. The aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis was disgusting in that, the banks were saved, you had TARP, then endless QE's raining money down onto the investor class, pumping up the stock market, making these bankers, executives extremely rich while they screwed everyone else. Sent endless jobs overseas, laid people off, while they got record yearly bonuses. 

And a lot of this same class of people CAUSED the financial crisis (or knew what was going on at some level) and they were ones who got bailed out. 
 
It ticks people off. At some point, all they care about is they want to move out of Mom and Dad's house. They want to get rid of this student debt chain around their neck that their elders (from President Obama "education is the answer" down to their parents) all encouraged them to get which turned out to be worthless. 
 
Since Millennials knows nothing of the Cold War, socialism means free stuff and possibly independence. Having healthcare, getting rid of their student loans, having a job that pays enough for them to live on. 
 
Trump's done the right thing, gotten the economy growing again. Maybe a job that pays decent with upward mobility will begin to snap them out of the 8 year nightmare of the Obama years. (And note: Obama didn't cause the Global Financial Crisis but he didn't handle it amazingly either.) 
Flying Junior Added Nov 6, 2018 - 3:09am
I don't think anybody is without sympathy for the plight of millenials.  It's been difficult.  I'm not going to blame President Obama for encouraging kids to get an education.  I couldn't possibly imagine what my life would be like with only a high school degree.  That's sheer insanity.  I first met conservatives who blogged about how college isn't for everybody in 2006.  I viewed them as extremists.  We could have done more to subsidize the costs of college.  We probably should have reigned in self-aggrandizing spending and expense accounts among faculty and administration and controlled costs better.  But it's the same fucking problem as in business.  There is so much pressure to attract the best people.  And those people not only need to live in million dollar mansions, in many cases, they need the universities to pay for their housing on top of their generous salaries.  Don't ask me how the fuck this happenned.
 
Sadly the Generation X-Y-Z kids that I meet almost every day aren't very likely in college.  Many are probably working while they go to school the same as it always was.  But kids that are working full-time obviously are not in school.  They are baristas, waiters, retail clerks, grocery store clerks...  The lucky ones are working as grease monkeys or tire changers.  Tow truck drivers.  They might grow into management with some hard work and ambition.  It's a tough time in our nation.
 
But each and every one of these young people seem to be possessed of a certain human grace for kindness that shines through in a sunny smile or friendliness.  Because if they don't have that, they don't work with the public.









opher goodwin Added Nov 6, 2018 - 7:23am
I spent my working life with young people and was impressed with their energy, involvement, deep thinking and enthusiasm. They are an idealistic bunch who I would be happy to put in charge of the future.
George N Romey Added Nov 6, 2018 - 8:03am
Think about what Baby Boomers were given from the Great Depression/WW2 generation and what Millennials were given by Baby Boomers.  And you wonder why they reject the crap we sold them?  
Dino Manalis Added Nov 6, 2018 - 9:10am
 Millennials have more serious matters to do than play politics, it doesn't interest them!
opher goodwin Added Nov 6, 2018 - 9:14am
Dino - politics impacts on everything. There is little more important.
Leroy Added Nov 6, 2018 - 9:23am
I had it easier than my parents' generation; there's no doubt about it.  The millennials had every indication that their lives would be better.  They grew up in a time when the economy was doing reasonably well.  My niece echoed the millennial mentally, "I was meant to be wealthy."  She and her sister have been eying their mother's estate as a right for a couple of decades.  She probably would have become wealthy had the IRS not caught her parents cheating--twice.  And, the decision to go into real estate turned out to be a bad one.  Her life is like watching a slow-motion train wreck.  Her family is disintegrating as she turns to drugs in order to cope.  She's already beat her disabled child.  Her face is becoming disfigured.  It is only a matter of time before she is fired from her job.  Perhaps she ends up in jail. She was meant to be wealthy, you know. 
 
The median net retirement savings of all workers is zero.  That is true of people within ten years of retirement.  With increasing interest rates, housing prices will decrease, putting many mortgages under water.   The typical millennial can expect to inherit nothing and forever be in debt.  What savings they might have and don't blow on vacation is used as a downpayment on a house too big for their needs.  The middle-class dream is fueled by debt like never before.  Most will struggle to make it until they die.  They will never get ahead of the debt.  Something like a third have a documented disability.  Quite possibly, the boomers will have to take care of them instead of them taking care of the boomers.  The picture for millennials is a bleak one, IMHO.  Their entitlement dreams will be crushed one day at a time.
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 6, 2018 - 9:40am
Thank you all for your varied opinions, but I must stand on the courage of my convictions that we are about to enter a new age that will cast off the old and ring in millennialism. 
 
I loathe doom and gloom mentalities who offer nothing but destructive criticism. Hope is what the future is about. The more the ragged, wearied older adults gripe and groan, the more the prove their own generations were not perfect. 
 
If you cannot get behind these younger adults, you prove you are already ready for the rocking chairs on the front porch watching the world go with a sneer and a hiss. 
Leroy Added Nov 6, 2018 - 10:02am
I'm cursed to see things as they are, not how I want them to be.
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 6, 2018 - 10:11am
That's just it. What you see is fake. It is a dimension created by you. Not by what ALL of us see. If you need to wallow in gloom and doom, please do it in the privacy of your own home. 
 
This country needs peace and tranquility and the ability to move forward. Wallowing in manic depressive states is living in a convoluted, backward world. 
 
I can assure you that young people and younger adults do not want to live in a "The End of the World Is Coming" Jim Jones rhetorical world. 
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Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 6, 2018 - 11:39am
Autumn, FB, LinkedIn and Blogger.com all have my image. It's about 10 years old, so add a few wrinkles and you'll get the idea. rofl. 
John Minehan Added Nov 6, 2018 - 1:55pm
After having served with Millennials in the Global War on Terrorism ("GWOT"), I think the future is in good hands. 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 6, 2018 - 2:26pm
John It is always the duty of the older generations to provide some semblance of hope for the future. When all is destructive criticism, doom and gloom, we may as well face the reality that such manic depressive attitudes do have consequences. 
 
John Minehan Added Nov 6, 2018 - 2:57pm
Back in 2004, I was in the Horn of Africa with CJTF-HoA.  We sent part of a Civil Affairs Team to look at a UN Refugee Camp where refugees from the Derg Regime in Ethiopia lived.
 
The Civil Affairs Team and their organic veterinary and medical personnel, were like me, boomers (or perhaps Gen-Xers).  When I debriefed them, they painted a picture of almost unimaginable squalor and poverty. 
 
However, the young sergeant from 1-3d IN (The Old Guard) who was in charge of their security detail) said of what he saw that it was "a triumph of the human spirit."  He said that despite the poverty (one tend was mended with the camp's UN High Commission for Refugees flag) people raised their children, laughed and sang.
 
As The Who used to say, "The kids are alright." 
James Travil Added Nov 7, 2018 - 7:49am
My millennial kids are a lawyer, a doctor and a police officer. They all do well with their debts and none live at home with me nor have they since high school. Once again some will be slackers or the like, but others are achievers. Depends on the individual and their upbringing. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 7, 2018 - 9:52am
No idea what a Millenial is. My daughters are born in 1991, 1994 and 2003, so the youngest is a what ? What I see here in Switzerland (not in Africa that is, there they don't need all that drawer shit) is a youth of CONSUMERS and showoffers who think the world of work is laptopping away at home between two Facebook comments, and investing in the stock market if possible, or work as a manager in a bank.
 
No dirty hands please, no politics, nicely dressed for work and playing the yo-man shit on the weekend.
 
Pretty superficial.
Ian Thorpe Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:14am
Elanore. don't worry that your photo is a few years old, mine is 35 years old. An avatar should represent our inner being and my inner being isn't a day older than it was back then :-)
As a generation the millennials will be OK once all the snowflakes have melted.
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:22am
Eleanore W., welcome to WB.  The general principle as always applies. children and teenagers are great at learning from observation. As always they recognize the difference between what elders say and what they do. And elders haven't changed that always say one thing and do another. No surprise that the next generation seems to oppose the elders. So to guess what to expect from the millennials one only has to ask what dishonesty did the earlier generations, their parent and grand parent generations tell them and do the opposite?
 
The socialist education system has sold the Karl Marx line "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs," and others similar parts of the ideology. The debt that now the government owns for higher education and the cost of health insurance dictated by Obama Care, still in effect. Creates tension between the words and the actions. They can not start their adult lives until they deal with these monkeys on their backs.
 
Socialism has tried transfer their economic failures to Capitalism giving a totally false definition for it.  Do significant number of millennials come to understand this lie in the next decade?  The welfare system is the implementation of those Karl Marx word, above.  I think millennials have placed this failure on the back of government.  
 
Millennials will not be tied to the political choices of their parents as previous generations typically have been. They own nothing to those ties and they see the lies. The leviathan size government and its fingers in every corner of society has given them an understanding of the importance of politics. I do not think they will buy into the religion of Socialism as much as their elders.  The contradictions in God based religions are as conflicted between words and actions as Socialism and Islam but Socialism and Islam is the big guerrilla.  Will they turn to God?    
 
Eleanore W., you did a great job in presenting the results. Our generations and those before us grew up with interactions with others and the environment around us. Motion was the means of interaction. To the cellphone, digital world of the millennial generation the world they learn from is a mixture of the digital world and the one we had. Pink hair etc. is the transfer of digital world to the physical word. They are blended so that features of each can exist in the other.
Rusty Smith Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:37am
I've heard a lot about Millennials but am still not sure who they are.  Most young adults who are just getting out of college seem to be in the age range and most are idealists with no grasp of reality, who think their very expensive education somehow makes them entitled to jobs that allow them to do what they want to do at work.
 
A many can't understand why I want them to show up at work on time or why frown on extended socializing during work hours.  They seem to think an increase in their expenses is a good justification for them to expect a raise, and think that it's ok to give me what I didn't ask for if they think it's better than what I asked them to do.
 
I am quite concerned about their futures, most I know aren't saving anything for their retirement, when I ask they don't seem to be concerned.  Most are very generous, they seem to be quite willing to have very little and willingly vote themselves more taxes so we can do all sorts of things from helping the poor to saving the world, but they don't much about politics, science or the world.  Many still live at home, and most that I know who don't have lots of roommates.  They don't know anything about owning a house, or running a business, and most don't seem to want to.  Many are quite satisfied to live at home with their parents.
 
They do know a lot about technology like their phones, and all the menu options I will never fully understand.  If I ever need something programed, they will be the first people I look for.
Lindsay Wheeler Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:40am
"Their pink hair, black nail polish and creative fashion styles are another clue to how they will shape the world we live in...colorfully, whimsically and innovatively."
 
Yea, this is what a Superpower produces----Weirdos. 
 
America is gone. 
James Travil Added Nov 7, 2018 - 11:39am
"Yea, this is what a Superpower produces----Weirdos"
Try looking at yourself in the mirror Lindsay. It's weird and ugly. 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 7, 2018 - 11:43am
Lindsay, I realize that aging is not something some men EVER admit to. But, there is a time to grip, groan and grouse and step aside and let the younger minds show what they can do.
 
As I recall, men with long hair and long beards also got a lot of criticism for looking like "girls" and now we have men in the south and midwest who look like leftovers from the 60s.
 
I also recall the Bowsers of the 50s with their Vitalis slicked pompadours, leather jackets and those motorcycle boots. 
 
Be thankful it's only pink hair, black nail polish and creative fashion styles and not white robes, cone hats and flaming tiki torches. 
 
America is not gone. That's the gloom and doom BS I am so tired of hearing from men and women who had their fun in the sun and whose now tired old bones can't even touch the floor when they bend over for the oversized beer bellies. 
 
The days of the GREAT WHITE MALE SUPREMACIST Conquerors is over. Time to move on as life always does. If you that close to the end, my sympathies. If not, do us all a favor and stop trying so hard to impose Doom and Gloom on the rest of us. We aren't buying it. 
 
 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 7, 2018 - 11:47am
Ian, my Canadian lawyer friend was an avid photographer. Why he ever thought I was photogenic is still a mystery. He was always snapping photos of me everywhere we went. 
 
 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 7, 2018 - 11:52am
Ken, Millennials are still young enough to gain experience and knowledge. This is why their middle aged parents need to be more careful of the examples they are setting for their kids. 
 
I find that the 40 to 55 year olds tend to be all too angry, snarky and domineering. And not just to their kids but to those older and wiser, a fact these middle aging men and women seem to reject with ferocity. 
 
Boomers won't be around forever, just as middle age doesn't last forever. Usually, it is youth who reminds all of us how old we really are. 
 
I find it rather amusing when I saw a 45 year old father in the grocery store expecting his 2 month old infant to understand how to "behave." Really? Is that what parental patience is about? 
 
 Worse is when they speak to a 4 year old as if he/she is a college sophomore. Stealing a child's childhood so they hurry and grow up speaks volumes of parenting styles. 
Jeff Michka Added Nov 7, 2018 - 6:29pm
James: Lindsay AND Leroy are the new image of that coughdrop for the 50s, "Smith Brothers,' though Lindsay has been told to dye his beard black.  LOL.  But Lindsay is a flawless rightists, so can't ever be faulted.  And I'd disagree with Eleanore about talking to kids.  Talk to them like you would another  person, not in whining, invented words.  I have no reason to believe using baby talk "steals their childhood," but they do grow up being very well spoken without a lot of work, at a reasonably young age.  Little expectations they'll all reason and think like they are in the 30s at age 10 or younger.  There no reason to think someone in their 30s these days will reason or think differently than a 10 yr old.  You do have to wonder about someone 45, trying to reason, in a grocery store,, trying to get a 2 yr old to behave.  Grab the 2 yr old by the hand, and lead them out of the grocery store.  Why inflict your kids bad behavior on others?
James Travil Added Nov 7, 2018 - 8:14pm
"James: Lindsay AND Leroy are the new image of that coughdrop for the 50s, "Smith Brothers"
LMAO! 
Doug Plumb Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:37pm
re "Instead, they are opting for a "New World" that blurs the lines of ideology and intellectually relies on their advanced educations and unique generational ability to understand the benefits of balance. "
 
And with absolutely no understanding of the previous two or three thousand years that shaped the common law and the West, both of which they will throw away for some instant gratification of being "nice". Educated? About as far from that as one can be.
 
Doug Plumb Added Nov 7, 2018 - 10:42pm
re "Be thankful it's only pink hair, black nail polish and creative fashion styles and not white robes, cone hats and flaming tiki torches. "
 
Those guys were well educated and did understand what the West was, many could speak Greek and Latin and could fully grasp the difference between law, legal and policy. I don't agree with racism but understand their position, and its far too complex for most people to understand, especially Millennials who have no idea that there are things they simply do not understand.
George N Romey Added Nov 8, 2018 - 8:24am
There's a big difference between someone that is 18-21 and still very idealistic and someone in their mid 30s that has already seen what the world is about.  Millennials are categorized being born from 1980 to 2000 (generation Z is after 2000).  So the oldest ones are nearing 40 while the youngest ones are nearing age 20.  The older ones I've met seem to have come to the understanding most of politics really isn't about them.  Its really a power struggle between the rich of this country.  Every Congressman or Senator is rich or near rich, on a salary of $174K a year.  How can that be?  
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 8, 2018 - 9:48am
There is also a big difference between males of the species who play conquerors and women who know that doesn't get anything done. 
 
By your estimation, Boomers born in the 1960s are MOST understanding of politics than someone in their 30s who has NO experience with 3 assassinations in one decade right? 
 
Not precisely. Take a look at the dumb statements from Trump, who at age 72, has the knowledge of a kid in 3rd grade. 
 
He, like so many conquerors, believes power is all that's needed to become rich, famous and the sole voice of existence on planet earth. 
 
From the looks of what happened in the Mid Terms, a much younger, far more powerful generation is humming, "Come gather round people, wherever you roam. And admit that the waters around you have grown. And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin', then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone.....For the times they are a-changin'. (With Credits to Bob Dylan)
 
Thus, if you are a narrow minded, rigidly dictatorial individual, you may sink like a stone as the rest of the world moves forward without you. 
 
George N Romey Added Nov 8, 2018 - 10:48am
I'm old enough to remember how the hippies were going to change their world.  Didn't happen. The late Baby Boomers like me came in force in the 1980s-the generation that started multinationals, big finance, globalization and anything for money (remember Dynasty).  No desire to hear about peace, love and understanding.  Too much money to be exploited from the "working class."
 
Later Generation X was going to change the world.  Didn't happen.  History would otherwise state this idea that we have some new generation of "love."  They are way too damn busy posting their pics on Instragram.
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 8, 2018 - 3:49pm
Eleanor W., Congratulations your the first person to bring up Trump. "Not precisely. Take a look at the dumb statements from Trump, who at age 72, has the knowledge of a kid in 3rd grade. 
 
He, like so many conquerors, believes power is all that's needed to become rich, famous and the sole voice of existence on planet earth."
 
Voting for Obama was presented. like the percentage of young adults that supported him or voted, I am not sure if the poll, not cited, actually separated, we do know that most young people chose Obama. 
 
Eleanor W., if you want to discuss Trump there are many articles.   
Ken Added Nov 8, 2018 - 7:11pm
There is also a big difference between males of the species who play conquerors and women who know that doesn't get anything done
 
oh, now we get it.  Males, stupid, evil, warlike apes!  women smart, benevolent.
 
stereotype and generalize much?
Jeff Michka Added Nov 8, 2018 - 7:19pm
And if you ever want to talk about how FDR is responsible for everything bad in today's world, the Sutrino will really love the opportunity to tell you.  And I think "yung" voters went for Obama because they thought Kanye Waste would be installed in the Lincoln bedroom, not Oval Office for "policy discussion."  I listened to two millennial morons whining about the fate of their former co-worker, fired for using a cellphone for personal business, complaing about how "old people just don't understand how important phone use is.  I do know, however how a missed error in a drawing costs $50,000.00 or more.  These clowns were hired to make and fix drawings, not update their Facebook pages.
FacePalm Added Nov 8, 2018 - 10:53pm
Eleanor-
There is also a big difference between males of the species who play conquerors and women who know that doesn't get anything done. 
 
This part of your last post stood out for me.  Tell me what you think of the following citation, if you like:
 
"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst.  Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."
-- Robert A. Heinlein(1907-1988) American writer
 
While it's nice to dream of a pollyanna-ish world where everyone's nice and everything always works out fine, the real world isn't quite like your hopeful imagination desires, it appears to me.
 
Those who are realists prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.  That way, if things DO go bad, they have a leg up on those who refused to do so.
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 9, 2018 - 10:51am
Today's right wing and conservative men are ignoring what happened on Nov. 6. 101 WOMEN were elected to Congress. The majority of them Democrats. 
 
Seems to me, if you men think you are still the last word on everything, you are long past middle age presbyopia and are now myopic and need glasses. 
 
Why were so many women running for office in the first place? Some of these women realized when you men fight dirty, women must now fight dirtier. Sorry nothing Utopian about that reality. 
 
With so many voters choosing women over men in Mid Terms, it appears that with all of the nasty, snarky male mouths always bullying, commandeering, warring and trying to control the universe, this record number of voters which is double what it was in the last Mid Term and in 2016, shows control freak males are on their way out of key government jobs.  Not to mention that many Americans today loathe the attitudes of "free sex" toward women by so many Republican men. 
 
It is long past time for men in the US to stop assuming they are entitled to always WIN even when the proof of their losses are so obvious. 
 
So be obtuse. Be ignorant and keep right on trying to ram those male tyrants in our faces. None of you will EVER demolish the democracy our Founding Fathers set forth just so you can pretend you are making changes. Women know what changes are. We ought to. We are the ones who changed men's diapers from birth. 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 9, 2018 - 10:56am
Oh puhlease. Women don't prepare for the worst? Who do you boys think are the ones who clean up the messes you make of our government? 
 
It appears that some men in this country are NOT at all prepared for what is now in PLAIN sight...101 women Dems and Republicans in Congress. Some of these women served 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan, others are from Native American tribes, or they are firsts in their own right as Hispanic and Black Americans who beat male opponents by large margins. 
 
Please ...take the hint already. The new US Congress is not going to be the same old, same old male do nothing but create wars women are tired of paying for and warring for Numero Uno with each other.
 
Women are quite used to always being second to you male Conquerers and since you taught us so well how not to be ladder climbers, what remains is the job of setting this country on the right course. "I am woman. Hear me roar. In numbers too big to ignore." 
FacePalm Added Nov 9, 2018 - 11:03am
Speaking of obtuse and ignorant, please show me that part of the Constitution which contains the word "democracy."
 
Second, 101 women in Congress is less than 20% of lawmakers.
 
Third, any leftist promoting socialism or firearm seizure will have provided primae facie proof of their felony perjury, aka Oath-breaking.
 
Fourth, the Founding Fathers were quite aware of democracy, having all read Plato's "The Republic," which is why they despised it.  Maybe if/when YOU read it, a faint glimmer of the dawn of understanding will grow in you.
 
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.":
--John Adams(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814
 
"That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangements of the powers of society, or, in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics."
-- John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)
Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 194

"No good government but what is republican...the very definition of a republic is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.'"
--John Adams(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: "Thoughts on Government" January, 1776
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 9, 2018 - 11:09am
Eleanor, I am about your age, we seen a lot of politics.  We both know that the sex of a politician makes no difference in the attacks.  I does change the options open to attack.   Stop giving us this spin, "Some of these women realized when you men fight dirty, women must now fight dirtier. Sorry nothing Utopian about that reality.   And what does that have to do with, "What Our Millennials are Saying about Politics."  You and I are no millennials and neither are the candidates ~99% of them.   
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 9, 2018 - 11:11am
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the General Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America. 
 
Hey Facepalm, hate that word Justice? Liberty? Tranquility? General Welfare? 
 
The United States is a Republic under a democracy. What about that do you find so offensive? Tell us all. You hate democracy? 
 
When I hear people like you imply that this country should NOT be a democracy, I can call upon several of my Jewish friends who would attack your ideas of totalitiarian one party, one tyrant rule. 
 
You impress no one. Least of all me. 
Eleanore Whitaker Added Nov 9, 2018 - 11:23am
Thomas, please stop telling women what men think. I was born into a family with 5 brothers and half brothers from whom I received a valuable education in how men treat each other. And all I had to do was observe for my entire childhood.
 
You don't get to tell any woman through the male prism that women and men are exactly alike in politics. You are in for a rude awakening if that is what you believe. 
 
My first employer was a woman in the late 70s who was self made and needed NO man. She was a shining example to me that NO woman needs any man. She rose to become a SBA ombudswoman, first woman President of the March of Dimes, NJ Chamber of Commerce and owned her own very successful business while raising 2 children. 
 
When you try to hope women will behave as you men do, you make most women laugh at the very thought. In truth, I learned from those brothers that as a woman, I had to fight dirtier than the men who used their dirty fight tactics to always win. 
 
I have NO regrets for being the high riding witch when it is necessary. It only becomes so when the male peacocks start preening their feathers at me. Otherwise, I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a Senator and had as a friend, one Senator's son, several engineers and chemists and later in my 3rd life career, well known authors. 
 
Women have always networked since the Colonial days of quilting bees. So we know the fine art of getting along and how to disagree without trashing the issues like men always do. 
 
The change that is coming will not come from the women my age, but from the younger women who have had it with paying equal taxes on unequal salaries. These younger women mastered the art of multi tasking in ways my Boomer generation could only begin to imagine. Example, Tammy Duckworth, a former US military veteran who made history as the first female to give birth while holding office. Or, Mikee Sherrill, another military helicopter pilot who served 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan. 
 
Be prepared for these young women to stand their ground and not fall for the male need to always be the boss.
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 9, 2018 - 12:11pm
The women you name in politics are not millennials so I guess you have chosen to change the topic.  Changing topic is a problem with WB and I always hope the author tries to keep it on track.   
 
My wife is one of 5 sisters and we have 3 daughters.  I understand women's view are different then men and that many women can compete with men at an equal if not better level of performance.   And I remember my first job when the company had a strike.  The women on the line were capable of better tongue wiping then the men.   
 
I am going to return to millennials.
George N Romey Added Nov 9, 2018 - 1:38pm
I've got news for you lady my mother was tough as nails. Born to born immigrants and eventually became a VP at a large hospital.  She obtained her Nursing degree, an MBA in Education then a PhD in Education.
 
She never, ever claimed that she was limited by the mostly male management at the hospital.  I think most of them feared the hell out of her.  I remember one time as a kid she was telling my father at dinner that a doctor kept hitting on her.  My father simply said tell the guy to get lost.  So the doctor hits on her again and my mother borrowed a line from her sister (another strong woman that didn't need all kind of victim laws), you say one more thing "I'll tan your hide but good."  Said doctor never approached her again.  She then recanted what she said to my father.  He just simply shrugged and laughed.
 
Notice she had the wits to take care of it herself.
 
Also, like many women my mother didn't go as far in her career as she could have because she saw what it was doing to the family dynamics.  She opted to remain at the VP level until retirement saying the amount of time and energy needed on the Director level was just too much for her.  Many women (and men) decide to limit their career progression for the sake of having quality family time.
FacePalm Added Nov 9, 2018 - 7:26pm
Eleanore-
So, you're having a little trouble finding the word "democracy" in the Constitution, are ya?
 
Not surprising.  It's NOT IN THERE.
 
That's because the Founding Fathers quite despised it, and your little hate-filled rant there didn't help your cause a freckle.  i can post several other citations from the Founders (and many others, down through the years) to prove up the point.  Here are just a few:
 
"When it becomes dominated by a collectivist creed, democracy will inevitably destroy itself."
-- Fredrich August von Hayek(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974
 
"The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that -- however bloody -- can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave."
-- Lysander Spooner(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist. 1867.
Source: No Treason, The Constitution of No Authority. (1870)
 
"A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good)."
 
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths..."
~James Madison
 
“If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits of a democracy. You will in due season have great impatience of the public burdens, combined in due season with great increase of the public expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable, and your freedom less complete.”
—Benjamin Disraeli

"Did I say "republic?" By God, yes, I said "republic!" Long live the glorious republic of the United States of America.  Damn democracy. It is a fraudulent term used, often by ignorant persons but no less often by intellectual fakers, to describe an infamous mixture of socialism, graft, confiscation of property and denial of personal rights to individuals whose virtuous principles make them offensive."
-- Westbrook Pegler(1894-1969) American journalist, writer
Source: New York Journal American of January 25th and 26th, 1951, under the titles "Upholds Republic of U.S. Against Phony Democracy" and "Democracy in the U.S. Branded Meaningless."
 
The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, ergo it is a Legal Document.  If the Founders had WANTED the word democracy in it, it would be IN there.  It ain't.  The Constitutional Republic is superior to every democracy that ever was or ever will be.
 
Convinced, yet?  Or has your idée fixe blinded you to the fact that you may actually be in error on this point?
 
Maybe several more citations to build the weight of evidence can bridge DeNile.
Flying Junior Added Nov 10, 2018 - 1:34am
Eleanore,
 
I guess you were right about millenials as a voting group.  It is simply  considered young voters aged 18-29.  Whether or not these young adults might more accurately be termed post-millenials, your article was very prescient.  Exit polls have borne out your conclusions rather elegantly.  This age group voted two to one democratic.  Most refreshing of all, there was not a sizable contingent of wishy-washy independents.  These people registered to vote to show their solidarity with the democratic party.  One million more young voters every year!  Cheers.

Bill H. Added Nov 11, 2018 - 9:40pm
Eleanore-
Welcome to WB. This place is loaded with pre-programmed Trumpies at the moment, but I suspect you will be able to offer some much needed wisdom.
Put on your helmet and stick around, at least for a while. Don't let the buffoons push you away. You have already made your mark.
Sweep up the trash, throw in into the receptacle, and move ahead!
I work with millennials on a volunteer basis with the local Boys and Girls Club as a science and technology instructor. Other than constantly trying to keep them from checking their phones every 2 minutes, they do seem to actually listen and absorb facts once you get their attention.
If we can keep them away from their devices for a period, then maybe we will succeed.
Doug Plumb Added Nov 14, 2018 - 9:22am
re ""Come gather round people, wherever you roam. And admit that the waters around you have grown. And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin', then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone.....For the times they are a-changin'. (With Credits to Bob Dylan)"
 
Bob Dylan was a CIA agent. This was a top down (banker down) movement, not "grass roots". People want collectiovism and communism because the TV tells them they want it.