PASADENA, Calif., June 6, 2016 – Logging on to the social media feed of millennials reveals a myriad of misinformation and confusion. One of the most troubling trends that this age group is currently dealing with is the idea that a guy like Bernie Sanders, who once boasted that no one deserves to make more than a million dollars and routinely defends communism, somehow has a legitimate case to be president of the United States.
Why could that be? What in the world could be driving all these impressionable young minds to believe in policies that are not only destructive but are completely antithetical to the foundation of the country and what makes it great in the first place?
Well, it’s actually quite simple. There have been a million articles out there about how millennials are uninformed as a result of not paying attention or not caring. In fact, it is more likely that millennials know what makes America great and just don’t care.
Three incredibly damning polls sum up how little this supremely unintelligent voting bloc cares about America’s founding principles.
The first poll is a broad one, but it says a lot about how little young people know about the building blocks of our economy and what makes it different, and frankly better, than anywhere else in the world. It also helps explain a little about the popularity of a socialist like Bernie Sanders. According to a YouGov poll earlier this year, more young people have a favorable view of socialism than capitalism. Meaning, that the ideas of liberty, keeping what you earn and the need for limited government are completely lost on the majority of young people.
The next poll is slightly more concentrated and speaks directly to the idea that the fundamental tenets of the Constitution and the idea that the document was meant to stand the test of time fly completely over the head of many young people.
A Pew poll says that 40 percent of young people apparently think that the First Amendment, one of the most important if not the most important pillars of our freedom, should not apply to speech that minorities might find offensive.
This clearly implies that young people are familiar with freedom of speech, they know it’s a part of the fiber our country, they just don’t care. Feelings are more important, which leads to the obvious conclusion that feelings have the power to trump any aspect of the Constitution, which is of course extremely troubling.
The last poll doesn’t have anything to do with the Constitution and the idea of changing our founding document in order to not hurt anyone’s feelings, but it speaks volumes about the mental fortitude of the millennial crowd. According to a poll taken this past January, 10 percent of college grads (yes, graduated from college) believe that Judge Judy is a Supreme Court Justice. Just let that sink in for a few moments.
Young people today believe that socialism is cool, our founding document should be altered in order to not hurt anyone’s feelings and that a television star is a member of the most powerful governing body in the land.
If that doesn’t sound a deafening alarm in your head, then I don’t know what will.