Yes, clearly the title itself will catch the attention of even the most non-political reader, but that is of course, the point. At the time this particular entry is being composed, the world is entrenched, probably more than it ever has in recorded history, into the American Presidential Primaries. On one hand you have the usual political puppets, who stand in representation of their chosen party, who act, speak, debate, and sling insults like all of the other career politicians of the past, then on the other hand, you have two very opposite far left/right candidates. These are the two I am focusing on at the moment.
For many years, we have seen a rise in extreme right/left wing candidates, usually showing a small spark of energy, only to fizzle out like a spent candle, but not this time. This time, we have two very ideologically different candidates, with one of which, openly states he represents a form of government (socialism) very different from the republic we currently have, and people are flocking to him, specifically that of the younger generation, which he openly targets. This should come as no surprise because that younger generation, statistically speaking, is completely tuned out of not only our own American History, but also how our Constitution, and form of government is designed to work. This is where I move for a moment to look at more intently.
Polls across the nation, across all age and demographic scales, show a remarkable ignorance when it comes to our history, and our form of government. It becomes increasingly worse the younger the age of the individual being polled, yet, these are the ones which the extreme left-wing Bernie Sanders has been targeting. Why? The answer is simple, they are the easiest to persuade and manipulate, due to, you guessed it, ignorance on the two topics mentioned above. What better way to revolutionize a nation than get the younger generation which will inevitably inherit it, on board with the policies you wish to promote. While it is highly inconceivable that a candidate like Bernie can win in this election, the fact that he has put up a good fight against an established candidate of the same party, should throw flags for any Constitution loving American regardless of party affiliation. Bernie is disconnected with our own history, how we became what we are, and with the Constitution itself. He clearly does not understand economics, nor the fundamental idea of capitalism and the free market, nor do his supporters.
On the other hand, we see Donald Trump. This is a man who has consistently gained momentum for acting in the same manner as Bernie Sanders, but instead appeals to mainly older voters (Boomers) who show a better (but still not entirely acceptable) understanding of our history or other factors as outlined previously. This is a generation which grew up under the watch of the greatest generation of Americans since the Founding Fathers. Those in the Boomer generation were reminded, if not taught, that food, shelter, work, and other things are not a certainty, that at any moment, any radical organization, foreign regime, or economic collapse may threaten those things. Their parents grew up during WWI and WWII, fought off the Great Depression, and watched a nation pull itself up by the bootstraps and rise to become the most successful nation on the planet simply by sheer will and determination. Trump has tapped into this excitement and perhaps reminded that generation of people that we can perhaps return to that, and we can. Just as Newton’s Third Law suggests, with every action, there is an equal an opposite reaction. Sanders’ rise in politics as a far left wing candidate, has sparked life into the rise of a far right wing candidate (Trump).
Essentially, what we see are two representatives battling it out over ideals, and the polar opposite beliefs of the two largest generations left in the United States. One has seen our freedoms threatened, and had to answer the call, whereas the other, has no idea such a threat could actually exist. The Millennials see all that is wrong with the nation, and blame politicians, corrupt corporate entities, and view law enforcement officials as enemies. They blame gun violence on the Constitution, a document they perceive as written by slave holding white men who “could not possibly have perceived the problems of the current day”. Yet, when one actually reads the warnings issued by practically every founding father, every one warned that the only threat to the freedoms they provided us, would be the ignorance and uninformed mass of citizenry we have today as the founding fathers warned of many things, all of which undeniably understood than human nature may evolve, it does not truly ever really change. In other words, humans are greedy, violent creatures and when left unattended, generally the worst of them rise to power unchecked. Millennials can barely explain on the spot who the the father of our Constitution is, believe Benjamin Franklin was a former president simply because his face appears on a piece of our currency, and can no more explain the three branches of the federal government let alone define their roles. This generation is so entrenched in social media, and technology, communication skills are suffering more and more. They see these rich, corporate CEO’s and proclaim that they should not be allowed to make as much money as they do, and that college education should be free, and minimum wage should be at least $15 an hour because the cost of living is so high. This alone proves their ignorance of how economics work when the fact is, many of the wealthiest Americans in recorded history rose from dirt poor circumstances, overcame obstacles, educated themselves, and failed many times but never let this be an obstacle in the way of them achieving what they truly desired. This is also a generation that believes being made to recite the pledge is “indoctrination” and the phrase “In God We Trust” is offensive (along with a mountain of other things), and everyone should be politically correct even if it involves avoiding the ugly truth so as not to offend another. They believe that a private company should completely ignore choosing the better candidate and should instead opt for a lesser candidate based on gender, race, or religious preference. They believe open borders should trump (no pun intended) national security, even at a time when the United States has more open threats from other nations and terrorist organizations than it did leading up to WWII. This list could go on and on, but it should be known that this generation was not created out of think air. The environment for this generation was formed over years of trying to get away from the ideals, and the proven methods which worked for generations from parenting, to saving, to working to earn the things one desires etc.
Take both the candidates mentioned above out of the picture, as the article should not be addressing them as individuals, but paint a rather clearer picture of the ideas which have fueled their rise. What we see is the final showdown of the two largest generations in American history. One struggling to hold on to the principles which made us what we are today, which provided us the opportunities and the wealth which made the United States the strongest military and economical power of the modern world, and the other who has not witnessed any major threat to national security, never been made to work/earn anything, and certainly believes that nothing on Earth short of an asteroid/comet impact, could change what we have. This generation does not understand that the sole power of our Constitution is derived from the people to which it governs. The problems we face as a nation today, have been created by our own doing, for failing to stay informed, conduct the proper research, and to vote not according to party affiliation, but by the best candidate who can properly address the problems at the time. We have essentially set the stage for the demise of the very form of government, and way of life we love. For not only will the time come to where the idea of recreating an entirely new form of government come to the table, and the discarding of the United States Constitution be possible, the people will be openly and blindly begging for it.
As Benjamin Franklin warned following the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 “A Republic if you can keep it….”, we find that we have failed to heed this warning, giving rise to the monster which will inevitably threaten, if not succeed in killing this sacred form of government, even “with all of its flaws”. Those of us who love it and understand it, will watch its execution by a generation of people asking for something they know nothing about, nor with the thought of any consequences resulting from their request, and the history books will record the demise of it, in equivalent terms of that of the fall of Rome. This will further supporting the concept that those who fail to understand their own history, are certainly doomed to repeat it.
It should be noted that I am by definition a member of the millennial generation. As my discussion above may indicate a less than positive view of this generation as a whole, it is only an intended reference to the large amount of uninformed, uneducated members of our generation, which use only emotion, and not logic as a means by which to act.