Elizabeth Dawson, Contributor
On Tuesday, the country was in an uproar over the special election in peach-loving, Jesus-thumping, land of cotton and the Confederacy, Georgia, between Handel and Ossoff. Democrats heralded it as a referendum against Trump and Conservatives heralded it as a mandate for their policies. Before yesterday’s polls even opened, I saw disaster coming like a train through a pigeon.
The Democratic Party has a problem if their strategy to win the mid-term elections is to let the Republicans sh*t the bed and that be enough to win millennial voters. Yesterday was a clear example of how that strategy is going to lose miserably. Rather than the party standing for something, they are too busy standing against Republican policies. And just like Ossoff demonstrated yesterday, running as Republican-lite isn’t going to get you a clear majority. What will get you a clear majority? Courting millennial voters.
Millennial voters make up the same proportion of the U.S. voting population as did the Baby Boomers. If the powers that be continue to pat us on the head and say that we are everything that is wrong in the world, you are going to lose miserably. Millennials are hard-core liberals, possibly willing to take socialism out on a date and a drink and see where it goes. This is the reason Bernie was so popular and spawned the so-called Liberal Revolution if only the DNC had not gotten in the way of the will of the people.
Millennials are the most educated, hard-left politically, socially liberal generation yet to come and they have little tolerance for the hate-mongering rhetoric of the hard right. They are also open to the economic redistribution of wealth and universal health care that makes conservative voters gasp and swoon. Millennial voters aren’t into this because they are lazy and not willing to work. It is because we would rather not work three jobs to make one wage that was so readily given to our grandparents and parents. We would like the same financial advantages our predecessors had and the scales have been tipped off balance to prevent us from doing so. In fact, we are on the hardest working generations because we have been financially screwed from day one. The multiple wars, the 2008 crash, crushing student loan debt to get a minimum wage job… any of this sound familiar?
America’s most impoverished, powerful and morally driven generation wants a seat at the table or we will just take it from you. This generation values authenticity and integrity over political experience any day. We are the generation of the selfies and showing the real you – not the fake corporate façade of the 80s and 90s. We see through carefully crafted messages and spin faster than you can spin it yourself. We are the opposite of everything our predecessors have told us to be and we are turning industries on its head. The revolution is coming and if the Democrats and Republicans can’t get with the program then they will be thrown out of power. Winter is coming and if the politicians cannot adapt to the winds of the change, then they will be left out in the cold.