Yearnings for a wiser ruler
August 06, 2015

I Want a President Who Will Encourage the Millennials

by Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter

If there’s one group in America that’s hurting worse than the African Americans in Prince George’s County looking at $300,000 mortgages on their $150,000 homes, it’s got to be the Millennials.

They are the first generation to be completely left to the mercies of the Cathedral, educated to subordinate conformism by their lefty-lifer teachers and to a punitive secularism by social media bullies.

So Mark Levin has written Plunder and Deceit to show the Millennials how badly they have been deceived. As Andrew C. McCarthy writes, Millennials “are the victims being fleeced” by the current system, yet “they vigorously support the very policies that are bringing them to ruin”.

[Millennials] support deep slashes in defense spending in order to prop up entitlement programs that are robbing them blind. They support sharp increases in the minimum wage notwithstanding that these unavoidably result in increased youth unemployment and a future dimmed by the failure to acquire basic job skills. They are sympathetic to arguments for open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants who compete with them for jobs in a stagnant economy.

Meanwhile, we old ’uns despair as Millennials get distracted by bright shiny toys like pot legalization and gay marriage.

Of course every rising generation is like this. The whole purpose of churches and schools and universities is to imprint the youth in the ruling class’s ideology and make them into its enthusiastic and docile supporters.

We baby boomers can look back on our own coming of age. I remember immigrating to America in 1968 and accepting that the normal course of things was for Vice-President Humphrey to be elected president. It was startling to see Richard Nixon win the election. I also remember watching the loving treatment given to George McGovern in 1972 on PBS and waking up in November to the fact of Nixon over McGovern by 20 points.

The experience made me question the liberal shibboleths that I had picked up as a college-educated youth of the Sixties. So I turned away from the liberal conventional wisdom.

The millennial generation ought to be in the streets like the Sixties generation. They aren’t, not yet, because they have been carefully taught to believe in today’s liberal pieties, just like the Sixties generation was taught to believe in Peace, Love, and Protest, man.

But their reality is miserable. Here’s Steve Rattner telling us that millennial income is 9 percent below the previous cohort at the same age a decade ago, and the main reason is student debt. If Millennials want to know where their problems come from, they could read Tigerhawk’s piece on the Clintons and the “aristocracy of pull.”

At least the Republican base knows where the problem is located. That’s why we are so pissed off with our leaders inside the Beltway, according to Jay Cost, and giving Donald Trump a run for their money.

Some day the Millennials will, like me, break through to clarity.

But meanwhile we need a president to lead them to water, so that, if they want, they can take a drink, and relieve the agony of their thirst for a better America.

What I want is a president that keeps up a gentle conversation about a better America by gently filleting liberal shibboleths in the day-to-day speeches that every president gives. He’d say that he understands why people want to give low-wage workers a break, but $15 an hour is a phantasm, and here’s why.

He’d understand the agony of women pummeled on campus by the backwash of the sexual revolution and the humiliating “booty call.” But we already have a criminal process against sexual predation, and we ought to make that work before spreading a new layer of expensive bureaucracy to make college even more expensive.

He’d use the opportunity of an Ex-Im Bank renewal or an Uber flap to say how he understood how the special interests had had got used to their goodies, but his mandate was to speak for all Americans, not just those with expensive lobbyists.

I want a president who will recast the argument over entitlements, arguing that the compact between the generations should be one where the ageing generation prepares for retirement with real savings with real property rights that creates jobs for the young generation, and reverses the current compact whereby terrified seniors insist upon swingeing taxes on the young to keep their government checks coming.

A president can’t change the culture; only a genuine cultural movement, created by activists probably unexpected by and unwelcome to today’s ruling class, including the president we elect in 2016, can do that.

But we can certainly elect a president that speaks encouraging words to the Millennials and tells them that we care about them, about the injustices they face, and that help is on the way.

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