The Dumbest Generation

Kurt Schlichter, over at Townhall.com, has the column of the week, lovingly entitled, “Maybe Pain Will Teach You Millennials Not to Vote for Your Own Serfdom.” In case you think the headline oversells:

I have been told that being hard on you Millennials will turn you against conservatism, that I should offer you a positive, hopeful message that avoids the touchy problem of your manifest stupidity.

No. There’s no sugar-coating it – your votes for Democrats have ensured that you are the first generation in American history that will fail to exceed what their parents attained. Embracing liberalism was a stupid thing to do, done for the stupidest of reasons, and I will now let you subsidize my affluent lifestyle without a shred of guilt.

I’m a 48 year old trial lawyer living on the coast in California – I should have “Hope and Change” tattooed on my glutes. I’d have an excuse to be lib-curious, but you Millennials? Why do you support an ideology that pillages you to pay off Democrat constituencies?… Somehow, you came to embrace the bizarre notion that conservatives are psychotic Jesus freaks who want to Footloosisze America into a land of mandatory Sunday school and no dancing….

What did you get? The chance to be forced to buy health insurance you don’t want at inflated rates so my rates can be lower. You get to pay more out of your monthly barista take – liberalism ensured that the tanked job market foreclosed a real career – so that I get to pay less out of my lawyer checks. Thanks, suckers.

Perhaps it’s unfair to lump together all millennials. But given that voters ages 18 to 29 chose Obama by 28 points in 2012 (this with half of college graduates returning home, most with $27,000 in debt), we’ll pardon a lack of nuance.

And Schlichter’s sharp-tongued point is serious: It is not just that young voters are captivated by shiny objects (that’s not news); it is that one party has exploited that foolishness to entrench its own power. Obamacare, Social Security, even the typical university, are predicated on young people paying inordinate sums for benefits they will never see. Thinking millennials know that they are not working for their own future; their future has been mortgaged in the interest of keeping comfortable certain constituencies.

If young voters paid attention, they would recognize that that is not just sleazy. It’s sinister.

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  • HowardRichards

    If they’re the “Dumbest Generation”, it’s only because they’re standing on the shoulders of giants of stupidity. Previous generations spent their time tearing out walls that seemed inconvenient. Some of those were load-bearing walls, though, and now the house is crashing down around us.

  • Matthew Hayes

    The election of 2012 wasn’t really an indictment against the youth, even though 60% of the youth vote went towards Obama. If you look at raw numbers, Obama got 65,910,437 votes. The total vote count was 130,292,355; with youth composing 19% of the total vote. 60% of that 19% means approximately 14.8 million, which means that 22.5% of the votes for Obama were cast by the millennials. Conversely this means that 77.5% of the people who voted for Obama were not millennials.

    While something could be said for a whole 60% of the youth vote supporting Obama, it is clear that Obama derives his power from the majority of people who are not millenials. Therefore, I agree with HowardRichards essentially; that millenials are “horrible” simply because the majority of the previous generation are also horrible.