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Guest Post: Prioritizing the Issues that Matter to the Millennial Generation

Posted in Uncategorized by antidirigiste on May 14, 2012

Last week, downtrodden college graduates from parent’s basements around the nation seized upon a rare occasion to celebrate. This was bigger than Occupy Wall Street or the Ron Paul Revolution – of course I’m talking about President Obama’s evolution.

According to my Facebook news feed, a good sample of recent college graduates, the most important issue facing our republic is gay marriage and whether or not the President publicly expresses his honest or politically expedient opinion on the matter.

President Obama wore his official position on civil unions about as well as Mike Dukakis wore his tank helmet. Does anyone really believe that the President hadn’t supported gay marriage in private from the start? Do those believers also think that the President’s miraculous epiphany coincidentally came to him a day before a $15 million Hollywood fundraiser?

President Obama only publicly stated what everyone else already knew about him without substantively changing any policies. It’s political gimmickry, a total sideshow to more important problems, and frankly an insult to the intelligence of his supporters and the general electorate.

As a1icey observed:

“[the President] said North Carolina should be allowed to ban gay marriage and showed no inclination of fixing the effects of DOMA on the internal revenue code, federally regulated benefits, HIPAA and family and medical leave, among other federal regulations he controls…”

In short, the President has backed his words with zero actions.

The sycophants in the media and the elite apply to Mr. Obama a type of pro forma Enron-styled accounting for honors and accolades. Therefore it is hardly surprising to see that Newsweek has already beatified the President and titled him “the First Gay President.” So confident were they in their proclamation that they even dispensed with the customary equivocating question mark.

A politician’s pandering and the media’s response should not perplex anyone. What is confusing is the effusive reaction of young people. It is fascinating that people care very little about the rights they exercise the most frequently, but care very deeply about the rights they will never exercise.

How can a demographic group with 50% under/un-employment feel so strongly about gay marriage, which like abortion, global warming, school prayer, and national language is a luxury issue? Surely less than 50% of our generation is planning to gay marry any time soon. But it’s a certainty that 100% of our generation daily exercises the rights to property, trade, and freedom from coercion. Yet the Administration’s war on these fundamental rights has hurt most the very young people who seemingly care little about their protection. The youth response to Mr. Obama’s views on gay marriage is akin to North Korean peasants celebrating their leader’s decision to legalize private jet travel.

You need not have any opinion on gay marriage or its legal nuances to find our generation’s (or the religious right’s) attitudes troubling. Whether or not this country has gay marriage or not doesn’t really concern me. What is worrying is the total lack of prioritization of issues in the national political debate. Agitators on both the left and right encourage politicians like Mr. Obama and Mr. Santorum to deflect important dialogues in favor of resurrecting hot-button social issues in the midst of an economic depression.

One of my friends suggested that our generation reacted so strongly to the President’s empty gesture on gay rights because it is the last major issue that divides us from our parents’ generation. However, this is hardly the major issue that puts us at odds with our parents.

Young people overwhelmingly support gay marriage.

Our generation should be more upset that our parents’ and grandparents’ generations designed a lavish welfare system for themselves at our expense. To add insult to injury, they couldn’t be bothered to rear enough of us to pay for all of it. These inter-generational fissures are most visible in places like Southern Europe in which our generation faces 50% unemployment (not under-,un-) while their parents demand that they be able to retire in their 50s with “free” healthcare and fat pensions.

Government transfers as a percentage of GDP have tripled since 1960.

My fear is not only that Americans face a fate similar to that of Europeans, but that these are not just economic issues. A large number disaffected young men, prolonged recession, large debts, and cross border imbalances increase the likelihood of global conflict and even a world war. That to me is a lot more important than forcing North Carolina to legalize gay marriage and why it is disturbing to see that many of young people care more about gay marriage than the issues that keep them unemployed.

Young people favor bigger government 60/40.

Young people favor expanding government intervention in health care.

Little differentiation in opinion between the young and old on entitlements for the elderly.

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  1. Ren Ariel Sano said, on May 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I agree that gay marriage is not the issue effecting most of us the majority of the time but when the most powerful man in America states that gay people are as entitled to the fundamental right to pursue happiness it is a good day for people who are concerned with not just the economy, but also equality. I think it is devastating how little our generation participates in/pays attention to the legislature which effects them and all the people around them, but you can’t fault anyone for feeling joy when someone like our president tells us that he is one of the many people that want the future to be better for those who have in the past been oppressed and marginalized. That is simply a step forward humanity.

    Youth caring about anything is good. No one gets to dictate WHAT they care about.


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