On Being an Independent Millennial in The Time of Political Extremism
Being labeled as an independent voter usually has many connotations along the lines of “outside thinker”. I would not particularly call myself an outside thinker, but rather I take a stance on what I think is best about each subject independently instead of swearing by an ideology.
Most people would think of me as a conservative considering the way how I talk about modern political issues. But the truth could be farther from that. I was raised by a conservative family who grew up in the time of Reagan and H.W Bush who are in the legends of American Conservatism.
But on Twitter, most people would find me as the normal liberal millennial all people over 40 would hate. I don’t tweet a lot about politics, but when I do it’s usually after Trump does something stupid that usually pisses everyone off. So what gives with me? Am I a liberal or a conservative? The truth is neither. I hate both sides because none of their ideologies are consistent with any of my views.
I usually hate conservatives a lot for being ignorant of the constant changing of our liberal society. Donald Trump unleashed a fury of the every bad type of -ists, -isms, and -ics. Twitter is the absolute worst place to be if you can not stand conservatives because Twitter does not do anything to combat the hate speech and conservative propaganda that usually says “if you’re not with me or Trump, we’ll kill you”.
On the other hand, liberal Twitter is great on roasting Trump or defeating conservative racism, but the extreme leftists can go crazy. My message to liberals is: society can never be this idealistic happy place where everything is free because of our high tax money, it doesn’t work like that. And political correctness is worthless unless the person you’re talking says that they only speak in PC.
But being an independent usually sucks because of America’s two-party system. Most people associate independent voters as “undecided” when elections come around. But the truth is: independents want each issue to be addressed on merit rather than resolving it by sticking to your party’s ideology.
While a larger percentage of American voters identify as independents (39 percent of the electorate, according to Pew) than as Democrats (32 percent) or Republicans (23 percent), those who are aligned with either one of those parties decide to stick with them for their lifetime. And the longer these people stay in their parties, the more extreme they become in promoting their ideology everywhere.
The far-right currently controls the US, to where every side is fighting back to prove which side is better and who’s wrong or right. While the far-left controls most of Northern Europe where everyone lives in a socialist Utopia (doesn’t sound bad to me).
But each party needs to deal with the issues at hand using logic and reasonable thinking instead of jumping straight to the “My views are right so you have to do what we do or else you’re wrong and a *insert political slur*”. When people can finally learn to reason with one another instead of hiding behind their biases, then more issues would be resolved.
A theory I have been formulating involves how people form their political views. The main idea of my theory is that whatever party/side was dominate during the person’s teens, that is who they tend to vote for. An example would include my generation (born in the late 90’s) who, for the most part, identify as strong liberal Democrats because the Democratic Party was dominate during President Obama’s two terms which we grew up in.
While my father and his brothers are strong conservative Republicans because they grew up in the 80’s, when Republican Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush were dominant in the political landscape. But in any case, people need to learn how to independently think for themselves and to be knowledgeable about different regions and what their beliefs are in the political landscape. After all, it’s not called a landscape for nothing.