On Saturday night I had dinner with some friends of mine who were energized about the next election. They are well-to-do, very sophisticated and they have a son who is closer to my daughter’s ages than to mine. They proclaimed “Are you worried about the choices that will be made by our kids?!, they seem to want change……. they seem to be sure that they do not want the “old names” involved in their political process……” I said that unlike some of those in the professorial ranks… I am not afraid, these young people are capable and quite frankly they are a bit more mature and cynical….. they will not choose the “legacy candidates”, they are secular in their outlook, very hard to fool because they believe noting of what is on television and they seem to b ready to take the reigns and move ahead. Unlike what is being reported about them, they are not all “uneducated”, not all contemplating their next “hit” of heroin, and few of them that are “engaged” are “slackers”. The term “slacker” belonged to an earlier generation. In addition they are not watching ANY of this on television. Network television is the domain of Grandma and Grandpa…… Cable grabs up Mom and Dad but also the Grandparents, but not them.
They, the generation of today, get their news from the internet. They have the sites that they visit and look at us with their “AWWW” look of “pity” when they see us watching or quoting anything from the news channels which they view as “sit-news” in the same manner as the old “sit-coms”. So when MSNBC, for example. announces in “Breaking News” that some random person in their age group is voting for Hillary — they will not care less because they won’t see it.
So, what is the “Factor of 1”? The “Factor of 1” refers to the world following the economic downturn of 2008. One injury, one job loss, one environmental tragedy, one drop in the stock market….. and life changes. If you incorporate the fact that some of them, such as both of my daughters — the one that still looks like a 12 year old will be voting for the first time, were in middle school or just beginning high school when things drastically changed in 2008. They saw our neighbors two doors down abandon their expensive “dream house “at 2:00 am on a Tuesday morning because the husband lost his job and the wife could not support them on a teacher’s salary. One of my friends who lost her mortgage banking job and is just now at 50% of what she was making at the time, “borrowed” my youngest just to hang out at the beach and eat ice cream cones while she tried to get her head together as she waited for the “lay-off”. The factor of one refers to the crumbling infrastructure where one change in the water supply ends up with many children being poisoned with lead. It also refers to one change in the immigration policies that will make it harder for the native population to compete in the job market.
From what I see, there are two opposite “newbies” who are resonating. On the right you have Donald Trump. Donald Trump is flashy, he is brash and he is blunt. He speaks to the people, he is his own man and he has a good chance of winning his contest this evening. He appeals to the young conservatives, who might not be the same as the 60 year old “pundit” conservative. And by the way they are not interested in ever being like those people. At the bottom line, they want a chance at making he good life, or a stab at being able to have the great family, successful business and 757 plane with their name emblazoned on the side. Heck it might not happen but as they say “if you reach for the moon and miss, at least you will be among the stars”. They are hopeful. And they know that none of the other “career politicians” have an inkling about how to make a dime, much less a dollar. They are tired of being spoken of living in “fly over country” or being spoken to as though they are imbeciles because they are not energized by Jeb!, Marco or Kasich. The Donald speaks to them and gives them something to aspire to, ideology be damned.
On the left side, you have Bernie Sanders. Bernie and his really great wife have energized the young people on campuses across the nation and he is a “fresh horse” even though he is 74. In this contest Hillary is the old gray mare even though she is a couple of years younger These voters are more ideological and hopeful for a real change and an escape from the Clinton High Drama and more than Misdemeanors. These young people want a chance to achieve without watching the Clinton’s lies while they amass more dollars for their “feather-bed” – while “horror of all horrors” make way for a CHEALSEA administration. In addition, some of these people grew up knowing that the Clintons redefined the word “liar”, “dead broke”, and “obfuscation”.
I am curious about one thing though. I wonder how much all of this churchy speech will play out with them. It seems as tough either the preponderance of the Iowa population are evangelicals or deeply religious, homeschoolers OR some of the campaigns are running on past information. I have seen some candidates trying out “out pastor” some of the biggest evangelicals and priests that I know.
Well, game on. Finally, the original question was: “Are you worried about the choices that will be made by our kids?!”. Nope. They may not have the ideological tenets down but they usually know BS when they hear it and that might be just part of the game.