The Millennial Generation’s parents are complaining about younger people, but look at the world they’re leaving us: the world is ablaze like a furnace, and the economy we are inheriting is a dry sponge that the superrich of the older generation has squeezed to wring out every possible late-life billion.
Baby Boomers typically describe the Millennial generation as coddled, but Millennials are anything but. Read the news: what is coddling about the world in 2016?
On a personal level, Boomers mock us for our supposed everyone-gets-a-trophy mentality, but Millennial youth are not the ones sheltered from reality when every child HAS to get an award. Boomers are looking at it in the wrong direction. Millennial children did not create this culture of everyone’s-a-winner: their parents did.
It’s not children who go to award shops and buy all the participation trophies for themselves and their friends. It’s their parents who have something emotionally wrong with them, leaving them incapable of accepting the reality that their kids may be normal and only averagely-gifted at sports, school, or any other adolescent competition intended to fulfill their parental dreams or expectations.
It’s Millennials’ parents who mandate that every kid gets a trophy to make themselves feel better that their unimpressive, underperforming children are actually worthy of awards. Children inherently understand winning and losing, and the unnecessarily inclusive culture that Boomers love to criticize did not develop because Millennials are the ones who are emotionally incapable of dealing with failure.
Millennials are fully aware of failure, and they see it when they look at the world they are inheriting. Baby Boomers have failed us. The future Millennial world sucks, and it’s because the American economy, society and climate have been hollowed out by billionaires who cannot handle the failure that they’ll never become trillionaires. The world has been carved out by greedy Boomers salivating for a retirement of selfish grandeur financed by selling every last brick of morality and community cornerstoning our capitalistically, communally, and environmentally rich nation.
Millennials are getting the shaft because the conservative Baby Boomer generation has ruined everything, from Reagan’s Trickle Up presidency, through Dubya’s neoconservative hubris, to today’s hyper-partisan Republican Party shamelessly and senselessly slandering an impressively competent and sometimes frustratingly moderate Obama Administration. Real, peaceful and democratic revolution is building as Millennials are getting old enough to vote and participate in the national debate.
And the most beautifully ironic aspect of this revolution is that the presidential candidate winning the youth’s 2016 political support by an unprecedented landslide is the oldest candidate running. He is a 73-year-old grumpus with comically unkempt hair, who points his finger at all the bullshit he will not allow to ruin the future of the country’s grandchildren.
He is a man who hasn’t retired to New England tranquility yet because if everyone else has given up on democracy he goddamn hasn’t. He’s legitimately pissed off that politics has become such a self-serving, self-destructive industrial complex, and he has vowed to give America’s prosperity back to the people: the young Millennials who are motivated and connected enough to radically transform and save humanity.
Which is exactly why Bernie Sanders has become a digital celebrity for young people. The Internet Age has upended American politics, and nothing is more indicative of this than a Millennial revolution led by the longest-serving independent senator running the most democratic and populist campaign in history by appealing to young people’s passion for a political restoration.
His is the first, truly digital campaign, and Bernie is running for president as the ONLY candidate denying corporate money in order to Socratically live and lead by example. He is a genuinely honest and passionate representative of the people, and Sanders is building society up rather than tearing it apart by boldly refusing to allow Republicans to fear-monger their way back into the Presidency or divide us by religion or ethnicity. America has real societal problems that we can no longer hide with conservative tax cuts and bombing adventures, and this is exactly why the revolution is impending: conservatism is a sham and a hoax.
Bernie Sanders is the liberal hero for Millennials in Election 2016 because, since Reagan, the conservative Baby Boomer generation has paid far less taxes than their parents did in the 1940s and 50s and 60s, and they have gotten far more out of it, all the while deriding government as a thieving and corrupt institution bent on taking advantage of people and stealing their money. The Baby Boomer generation has gutted their parents’ stabilized, post-Depression and post-war economy because they got the riches of prosperity without having to work for it. Their success has been in destroying governmental competency in order to validate their claims that rich people should not have to give money back to society.
So, now that the Millennial generation is beginning to inherit the clusterfuck world, it is time to start taxing rich, old people. They got rich by convincing a sell-out Republican Party to give the biggest tax savings to the top bracket over the last three and half decades, and, now that they are going to die soon, they need to give the billions of dollars that their douchey aristocratic grandchildren couldn’t possibly spend back to the American society that blessed their lives with such opportunity and material comfort so that cities can have drinkable water and cancer patients do not have to die in order to pay for their children to be able to eat.
The social-democratic revolution behind Bernie Sanders did not have to be inevitable, but America’s social-Darwinist superrich sure have sped it along.