The good news is…
Since the election, millennials have stepped up. Subscriptions to “real media,” that is publications with traditional standards of verification, multiple sourced investigations and on-staff ombudsmen, have more than doubled since Trump’s election. And that’s good news. The bad news is, if you’re a Democrat, the truth hurts.
The optimistic uptick comes from The Atlantic and New Yorker, and while The Washington Post and New York Times don’t disclose their numbers, they have indicated that millennials are part of a growing upward trend. But millennials, that demographic of 18-34 year olds, aren’t interested in the traditional political solutions. While the majority of millennials reject Trump’s “Fake News” rhetoric, they also have come to distrust the political machines that have not responded to the realities of the millennial world. And what are those realities?
Most people forget that while the Democratic National Committee was being hacked by Russians and, as of yet unknown US operatives, the information they hacked from DNC servers was legit. It showed that the candidate the millennials favored, Senator Bernie Sanders, was getting stabbed in the back by the party that wasn’t Trump’s. The emails showed a conspiratorial coronation of Hillary Clinton, and the dismissal of a man who spoke directly to the nation’s 18-34 yr. olds. While student debt, health care, and affordable housing were front and center in the Sanders campaign, they appeared to be nothing more than props to the Democrats in their quest for power.
If this doesn’t sound familiar, then you’re not paying attention.
Millennials not only have access to more information, but they haven’t as yet been corrupted by the pervasive “inside the beltway” cronyism. Now that’s not unusual. All 18 yr olds, with the exception of the hedonistic Reagan youth of 1980, are, for the most part, young, idealistic and unwilling to compromise their dreams for a campaign contribution and a K Street gig in their forties. But that could change.
Note to Democrats; you can’t just talk like a progressive. You need to act like one. And that’s a tough sell to a nation of underemployed, disillusioned Boomers and their children. While this administration successfully wages war against empathy, young people are rooting for you, not to succeed, but to simply get in the game.
Shaping the future is hard. And millennials are watching and waiting. The good news is they’re paying attention. The bad news is, they’re watching you.