1. I don’t care much for the left — right red — blue battles people get sucked into. I don’t think we need more Jesus in government and I don’t think inclusion is the *most* important issue the US is facing. That makes me a heathen on both sides.
2. I think there are interesting generational battles thaat are being played out here below the surface. Gen X (roughly 45 yo) are the smallest of the 3 generations in play right now. The Boomers (roughly 65) were the largest generation ever… Until the Millies (roughly 25) came along. The Millies outnumber the boomers.
2a. I you note, the politics we have now is fairly closely related to the politics of 1968. The protesters are voting for Hillary, and the National Guard squares are voting for Trump. Nothing has changed in 50 years because the demographic weight the boomers have.
2b. X and Millie seem to care about different things than the Boomers. Society has changed so much since the Boom was young, that to be 40 or 20 now means something completely different than it did in 1968 or 1988. Just look at how hard it is to get even a summer job, or pay for college. Nobody’s being drafted into the military. A high school degree is not adequate preparation for a single-earner middle class life. Nobody thinks women and men shouldn’t have completely equal rights before the law.
3. Another implication of the demographics of a larger Millie generation coming into adulthood, while the Boom holds on as long as they can: When the system changes, it will change like a tipping point. There are *so* many Millies, that once they all start living their lives, they will be an overwhleming force in the political market — just like they have been in the consumer market. And the Boom have hung on, but are fighting a battle with father time that noone has yet won.
4. Trump only makes sense to me as a throwback to the Boom’s youth. What made America great in 1960 was that you *could* pay your way through school with a summer job. That you *could* graduate high school and have a family of 4 with one income. But that was all based on a completely different economy, thta doesn’t exist anymore. Even if you wanted to go into factory jobs, you kinda would be best knowing how to program and maintain the robots that do the actual building.
5. Now, this is where I get frustrated with our elders (as a whole, not individually). Regardless of whether you think national health care, or welfare, are good things, it’s worth noting that we have legislated a system whereby elders have those things, and youngsters do not. Is that fair? We have built a system where young people have to take out a mortgage to go to college, to even get beginner jobs, so they start their lives with an albatross of debt. But we won’t change any of that, because someone is making bank. Why did the ACA for young people to buy health insurance? Because young people pay and don’t collect much.
I am sometimes a little depressed how many of our systems are benefiting the old, at the expense of the young. We are supposed to be setting the young up to live their own lives and be more prosperous than us. But instead we’re saddling them with the debt to support us and keep us prosperous.
If you go through this discussion with a red blue filter, you will get sidelined by national health care, communist education, personal responsibility. But that’s not what I am actually saying here. I’m talking about how the system as a whole works *regardless* of what the individuals within that system are doing.