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Can Young Voters Reject Progressive Notions of Governance in Coming Elections?

voters elections young progressiveWASHINGTON, DC – “Any man who is under 25, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”   The origins of this quotation are uncertain.  Numerous variations of it have been around for nearly 150 years and have been attributed to a variety of authors, most notably Winston Churchill.  The earliest known variation of this axiom is credited to the French jurist Anselme Batbie in 1875.

“But,” asks Dan Weber, president of the senior advocacy organization, AMAC, “is this quotation true or just an old saw?  The intensity of the progressive movement among millennials in recent years certainly suggests the first part of the adage is fact.  But, only time will tell whether the political bent of these youthful citizens will make a right turn as they grow older and wiser.”

AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, was established by Weber to provide conservative senior citizens a forum that reflects their traditional American beliefs.  He says that youthful voters are better educated today than they were in years past.  “And that hopefully gives them the capacity to see through impossible political promises and reject progressive notions of governance.”

According to the Pew Research organization, only 9% of elderly women in their 70s and 80s had a college education when they were 21 to 36 years old; these days 36% of women between 21 and 36 have at least a bachelor’s degree.  Similarly, just 15% of elderly men had college educations when they were 21 to 36 years old and today 29% men between the ages of 21 to 36 have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Weber cites a recent National Review article entitled “How Might Republicans Win Young Voters?” describing how the liberal proclivity of youthful voters can be overcome.  “It will require a concerted effort on the part of conservative candidates, but I am convinced it is do-able,” he says.

The author of the National Review report, Nate Hochman, concluded:  “Progressivism, of course, has its own set of potentially crippling strategic problems. It has adopted a set of priorities that, while popular among young voters, alienates large swathes of the electorate. The recent Democratic presidential-primary debates were a case study in this ludicrosity: Abolition of private health insurance, de facto open borders, and a Green New Deal all received enthusiastic support from top-tier candidates. But rather than scoff at the absurdity of it all, Republicans need to offer a sensible and aspirational alternative.”

Weber believes Hochman’s suggestions “make sense if there are enough rationale voters out there who believe that the prudent choices in coming elections are candidates who offer a realistic approach to our nation’s future.  We’ve seen research indicating that more and more young voters are becoming disillusioned with the progressive movement.  Will they opt for irrational solutions to the challenges America faces or dare cast their ballots for candidates who can continue to energize the country’s future?  At the end of the day, if they don’t, the outcome will be chaos and a bankrupt economy.”

Weber says, the politics of youth is neither liberal or conservative.

“Voters in their late teens and between 20 and 30 years of age make up what is called the counter-culture.  They want to be different.  And, for quite some time now the left has dominated American politics, throughout the Obama years.  And, despite the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the left has dominated the media and the attitudes of collegians, enough so that conservatism is now seen as “edgy” and “cool” because it is different, as political commentator Lauren Reiff put it.”

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Mimi
3 years ago

I think today’s youth is a very disillusioned group of people. They go to college with their conservative parents blessings, to secure the American Dream. And when they graduate, they are thousands of dollars in debt, are unable to find anything but a low paying menial job. Then the democrats tell them that it’s the republicans capitalisms fault. But if they vote democrat they will get all the stuff they got a degree for, for free and they won’t have to pay back their student loans. It’s bunk of course, but they don’t know that. It’s sounds great to the “educated” disappointed kid who thought his/her degree was a ticket to high income and a great life. But now they’re back home living with the folks unable to have the life they expected. They’re already experiencing socialism and don’t even know it.
We need more trade schools that teach kids how to actually do work that accomplishes something. Who doesn’t need a plumber or an appliance repair man from time to time.
College is just an expensive indoctrination Factory. The kids come out degreed but unemployable. And angry, very angry, and the democrats zoom in and promise them the moon, for free!! Conservatives we have to win them back. Somehow we have to win them back.

AFVET
3 years ago

You young people who think Socialism is the answer for America, think again, America will be gone. You all love social media, pro sports, no Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey etc. and the internet. Well guess what, all that will be gone. You will not get any free stuff and your FREEdom will be taken away. You will pay very high taxes. You will be told what to do and when to do it. Wise up and fix our school systems as you have been deprived of a proper education. You have no knowledge of American History, you know nothing of The Revolutionary and Civil Wars. WW1 & 2.
When a college student is asked ” Who did the US fight in the Vietnam War?” ans. France! enough said. We live in the most diversified nation in the world. We are headed in the direction of greatness. Not just the US but the rest of the world. We will never be a socialist country!. So get to the polls and get the socialists/communists and Muslims out of our Congress!
KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
KEEP AMERICA, AMERICA!
T-P 2020!

Jack Thomas
3 years ago

The millennials are both disillusioned and spoiled. They are largely part of the “Gimme Generation” — What have you done for me lately? crowd. In my estimation, they’ll be the first ones to vote for whichever Democrat candidate offers them the most “free goodies.” They’ve been dumbed-down by both the liberal mainstream media and our education system, beginning in elementary school. Our education system could aptly be renamed the “Ministry of Miseducation.” It has produced the same young people who turned out in droves in 2008/2012 to help elect and re-elect Barack Obama. And the frightening thought is, they could do it again in 2020. Heaven help us!

Carol
3 years ago

As part of the baby boomer population the thought of a democratic socialist government scares the life out of me. How would you like to wait weeks or months to see a health specialist for life saving care? It also makes me sick to think what life will be like for my children and grandchildren.

Liam
3 years ago

The first thing that should be done is raise the voting age to 25 and demand proof of age at the polls. The cognitive development of the human brain isn”t fully achieved until about age 25. The Founding Fathers understood this phenomenon. That’s why they set the original voting age at 21. Progressives also understood this same phenomenon; that’s why they worked to get the voting age lowered to age 18, and why they are working to get it lowered to age 16. A few more elections at these lower voting age requirements will bring about the ultimate downfall of our representative republic. Hitler and Lenis understood this. That’ why they said capture the minds of the youth and we will reach our goal of taking over the country..

Garry Vail
3 years ago

Are children allowed to vote in any other country?
If one-tenth of one percent of the U.S. population under age 30 i.e. about 315,000 are intellectually qualified to vote, I would be surprised.
Every privilege requires a test of one sort or another, so where is the test for voters, i.e. the “Voice Of The Electorate”?
If a Representative is required to be 25 years of age and a Senator must be 30, then it stands to reason that 25 years should be the minimum age for voting or if a person of 21 through 24 years passes a test or they be an owner of real property or both then they may participate in this exceedingly important process.
Understanding what the Government does vs what it’s supposed to do is the crux.
My Grandfather, born in 1901, completed grade 9. His knowledge of government and the workings thereof was legion. He was a Republican from the word go; however, he liked JFK and told me during one of our many political conversations that JFK was the only Democrat he ever considered voting for.
Show me a child who chooses to be responsible in lieu of being important and I’ll show you a very rare bird.

Sam
3 years ago

Having a degree is not the same as being educated. It is now quaint to be patriotic and in the younger generations’ minds, we are not accepting of our country’s past mistakes. I do have a degree and continue to educate myself by being well read. Today’s youth are not taught how to think. They are indoctrinated in what to think. It is a sad day for our country and I fear for the future of our children and grandchildren. We must keep in touch with them and realize what they are being taught so that we can at least give them another point of view.

Fuzzy Thinker
3 years ago

I agree that youth want to be different in a distinct way.
I disagree- ‘…that conservatism is now seen as “edgy” and “cool” because it is different…’
Professors have corrupted those they teach. Peer pressure controls behavior.

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  Fuzzy Thinker

We try to teach our children to think for themselves and not”go with the flow” as they say ,but now a days it seems easier said than done because they are not taught patience ,respect or the difference from right and wrong like we were growing up. Then are allowed to be turned out into society not being reprimanded for their actions ! Who is to blame but society itself ,who in fact had fits if a parent dared to correct their own child. Now we have confused delinquents who cannot handle life ,think on their own and listen to all the wrong people and follow ALL the wrong sicko’s . The college professors ,the Democrats, the Palosis and the communists who have now joined Palosi.This country would not be in this mess if we were allowed to correct our children and be able to teach them the right way. I am not saying beat them and leave marks but tell your kids,in public they did wrong and need to stop the bad behavior,but the first time you do this you would find yourself in jail for child abuse and your kids get to do what they want because society has them believe their behavior is correct. Same in politics, I feel it is NOT the Palosis or her cronies or the Democrats or Professors business or right to blindside anyones child anywhere at any time to browbeat them into lies about their own beliefs, or their love for their President,their beloved country or go against their parents. After all our children do have a mind .P.S. I never have or would ever hurt a child it was just an example.We need to let the politicians suffer the consequences of their actions and set in prison like they should do.We would have to if we did something as severe against the law as they do.

BruceM
3 years ago

We are in a different political climate with a different set of rules than what this country has been through before, so the outcome here is going to be one of a kind.
Through social media, youth and inexperience now has a megaphone and mega-ears. This is a frightening prospect. In the past, youth who wished to be heard and their values to be met, could only gather in large gatherings and march around carrying signs. Today they interact through electronic visuals. Its a form of self-actualization humankind simply could not do before, except perhaps from some horrific broadly publicized event that usually involved taking of one’s life.

YouTube and FaceBook are examples of what we have when youth are in charge. Go back an re-read Goldings Lord of the Flies. Broad decisions affecting the lives of others is hard enough to get right when coming from adults with the benefit of life’s experiences. Such decisions in the hands of youth can become downright catastrophic.

Today’s progressive politicians are pandering to this youth. Free this, loan forgiveness that, reparations here, no more fossil fuels there. It is a message that “You are right” and ” your plight is the fault of others” and ” you’ve earned it so you should get it”. This is potentially horrifying stuff!

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  BruceM

So start by showing these young people the right places to go and the right people to listen to. Rush Limbaugh and people like that let them be able to explain what is truly going on .As for other issues just steer these young adults in the right direction . Tell them if they truly want to know what the Democrats are like have them watch the dvd documentary of Hillary’s AMERICA and see the truth about the Democratic party and listen to FOX NEWS. Let them know about Palosi partnering with communists to destroy this country . That is in every paper on the news and everywhere. If young women are questioning abortion tell them to check with pro life first. Planned Parenthood has been lying to women on how they do things the last 15years or so now and there is a documentary on that too but I can’t think of the name of it off hand . It is graphic as it should be ,because of the truth of destruction of human life. It should never ever be allowed to happen to anyone.

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Buchanan

Also a great place is Hillsdale College. This is a political college that has a lot of truth and honest information that may help young people get the answers they need to make correct informative decisions about politics and get the answers they are searching for,rather than getting the wrong answers .

Robert Messmer
3 years ago

Quote: “He says that youthful voters are better educated today than they were in years past.” Mr. Weber is confusing the number of degrees held with education. Having a degree in Underwater Basket Weaving for example does not connote being ‘better educated’. AOC is a perfect example since she has a BA degree with majors in Economics and International Relations. She thinks we can pay 93 trillion dollars for her Green New Deal simply by closing a few “loopholes” in our tax code. She sprouts nonsense concerning geopolitical concerns and then says ‘but this isn’t really my field’. Really, even though you majored in International Relations you can discuss it rationally?

Jake
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert Messmer

All they need to do is ask the Personnel Managers who are trying to recruit new help and those Managers and Supervisors who wind up accepting whatever they can get.

We had a man who had 2 degrees from a prestigious Brooklyn College. He could not compose a sentence requiring more than three words. Forget about researching, preparing, and presenting required reports needed to do the job he was hired to do.

How did he manage to get out of Elementary School let alone research and prepare the types of papers allegedly required to complete college courses ?

Rik
3 years ago

People, yes, our young people are being “brainwashed” to believe “Democratic Socialism” is what is needed today in America. The best argument to deal with young men especially is to ask them if they believe in Capitalism at all. After they say “No”! … I say, interesting! … then i ask them if they like sports? … and of course in 99% of the time, they say “Yes”! I then ask them what their favorite sport is? Whatever the answer, I then point out that Socialist countries DON’T HAVE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS because the Professional Athletes can’t be paid millions of dollar salaries because fans can’t afford to pay $50 for parking, $100 for a seat, $9 for a hot dog or $12 for a small beer when the Socialist government is taking 60-70% of their income to provide “All those Free Services” they give you. I then say, “Why do you think All those Professional Athletes come here from foreign countries? … Their eyes get big and I then say: ” if you get Socialism, you can say goodbye to All Professional Sports” … It’s pretty effective, try it!

Liam
3 years ago

Methinks the increased numbers of people between the ages of 18 and 36 having a bachelor’s degree in today’s climate is not necessarily a good thing, given the liberal socialist bent of today’s Universities. Methinks these institutions are nothing more than brain-washing institutions. All one has to do to understand this is to observe the way conservative speakers are treated by college administrators.

Stephen
3 years ago
Reply to  Liam

I have watched my granddaughter attend a local college for a year. In that year, she went from a happy enthusiastic young lady of mixed race to a depressed, angry, victim of society because the professors told her how America is racist and bigoted against her. They told her she had no chance of success unless liberals take over the government.

Blake Sutton
3 years ago

What are they teaching in school about communism vs capitalism? What nations are they comparing? Do the students really want that kind of control in their lives ? Do the students really want to live in government housing and enjoy economic and medical shortages communism / socialism offers ? How much of their future earned incomes do they feel they should be allowed to keep ?

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  Blake Sutton

That is the thing they don’t teach this because they don’t want the students to know. They only want them to know one thing and that is you will be a Democrat who will blindly follow what they say. They don’t care that your child isn’t being correctly educated and have the right facts or know our countries history( that is why they don’t teach history in school like they use to,they don’t want these students to have pride in America anymore so it is easier to destroy a mind when it has no facts and no information ),this is an easy unmolded mind for them to twist and destroy the way they wanted so they have puppets which are our children.DON’T LET THE DEMOCRATS DESTROY THE CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULTS in the U.S.A. Teach every child and talk to every young adult about what they missed out on in school . Tell them about our history let thm know about how our America came about . How the Constitution came about how our men and women fight even today to keep this Great country free . Don’t let the Democrats win and destroy our freedoms for our future . They lie,cheat and steal from the American students education and our way of life. Look at a college graduate,most are less educated even after college than a 6th grader and thats sad because the professers only know one thing and that is to beat into the heads of these young adults that Democrats are the gods of the world when they are below dirt. They treat the elderly as if they are their payday the students suffer at their expense they care nothing for the American people and the people follow them blindly. Watch the documentary on DVD called Hillary’s America and learn the truth as to how the Democrats have worked throughout history. I did and I was shocked !

theuglytruth
3 years ago

Conservatives have waited too long to fight the slow patient movement of socialism/communism into every corner of traditional American society. When it is suddenly “unsafe” to wear a red hat, much less a red hat that says MAGA on it, you have already lost your right to an opinion.

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  theuglytruth

Everyone has the right to an opinion .That is why we have fought wars and lost lives for that Constitution. I don’t care what anyone says Throughout history that has been and is what is wrong with this country . It is too many people standing back like the three monkeys with their hands on their ears,mouth, and eyes and too afraid to fight for what is worth fighting for and I am NOT standing back and allowig people to trash the ones who like myself and those who have fought and lost their lives for this GREAT AMERICA . You may be afraid to speak out for those who can no longer speak but I refuse ! I am Not going to allow some idiot to tell me who or how I think or what I can say .This country has gone to the pigs and we suffer for it. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH .President Trump has taken and has started to turn the heads of the American people for the good! We are getting our faith in our America and our Constitution back so Democrats better watch their backs . They are going to lose! Their lies and cheating and backstabbing and trying to turn Americans against their own country is at an end ! People ! STAND UP AND FIGHT AGAINST THE AMERICAN HATERS ! BECAUSE THAT IS ALL THE DEMOCRATS ARE. THEY WANT TRUE AMERICANS OUT AND IMMAGRANTS IN SO THEY HAVE ILLEGAL VOTES THEY HAVE THE DEAD VOTE FOR THEM THEY MAKE SURE THE VOTER MACHINES CAST VOTES FOR ONLY THEM OR THE MACHINES ARE BROKEN THEY BLOCK VOTER REGISTRATION BOOTHS ANY WAY THEY CAN STOP A VOTE THEY WILL DO IT.WATCH A DVD CALLED HILLARY’S AMERICA and you will see what the true DEMOCRAT IS. I watched it and I was shocked .I AM SO GLAD AND PROUD I AM A REPUBLICAN GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GOD BLESS AMERICA !

Morbious
3 years ago

Sorry, they’re not ‘better educated’. Our parents who lived thru the depression were far better educated with a high school degree from a public school than these poor kids. Even most of us (im assuming most of us are boomers), were taught actual reality. By the time we went to college that was changing but we had our feet firmly planted, for the most part. When feminist professors insisted that there was no real difference between boys and girls i snickered. My sisters had never conducted stress tests on their dolls to see what amount of force it took to break them, how far a bb would travel or, for that matter, whether an umbrella could function as a parachute. These kids have been systematically programmed to believe they’re the crown of creation but are so ignorant that they dont know what questions to ask. If you doubt, try asking them about forced collectivization, the liquidation of the kulaks, the cultural revolution and great leap forward or who it was who enforced jim crow. They have vague notions that it was republicans all along stifling progress because thats what they’ve been taught and what their phones still tell them. Yes, mr weber is right to point out what needs to happen, but its a much bigger task than many of us want to believe. The progressive movement has even succeeded in convincing these kids that their natural urges to settle down and have a family are wrong. They’re choosing to live in rabbit hutch apartments, to watch endless porn and drink heavily as life choices and to deface themselves with tattoos. But yes, there really is no choice. Either these kids ‘see the light’ and very soon, or this country succumbs to socialist tyranny and, as reagan said, we descend into a thousand yearsof darkness.

jake
3 years ago
Reply to  Morbious

Take a look at some of the Grammar School exams of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They are available on line.

I believe I received an excellent education in the 40/50’s and I know I would have flunked those exams.

Look how wise and learned our Founding fathers were in their early 20’s They always amaze me.

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  Morbious

Yes and least we forget the destruction of human life through these abortion clinics that they don’t bother telling these young women what they really do to these living babies inside us. How society forgets to tell the truth to anyone these days. As we get older and the things we grew up with were called lifes lessons and we learned from them and it .made us wiser beyond our years (at least some of us who are not in politics) .And we won’t mention Palosi’s name or a few other idiots that that think they know it all and the world revolves around them. It is a shame they have not learnd . By the time they do it will be too late for them .

Basso
3 years ago

I’m not so sure that today’s 20 y/o is better educated than past generations. Yes, a higher percentage may have some college or obtained degrees, but a degree does not indicate competence in subject or civic knowledge nor skills to perform successfully financially in a career, understand the Constitution and the requirements to be a good and active citizen. Alan Derschowitz recently said that his experience with undergrads indicate they know more than high school grads.

John
3 years ago

Hollywood, media, and college attendance are huge obstacles to get around. I agree: conservatism has to be a consistent, logical alternative to what they hear and see. Prager University is a great battler in the war.

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  John

We need as many places and true honest connections as we can get. Another honest place for correct information is Hillsdale College. They are a political college who has the facts ,history and honesty and truth about the political arena and have the information that anyone looking to get the RIGHT INFORMATION can find out what they need to know.

michael failla
3 years ago

The problem is exacerbated by schools where indoctrination takes precedence over education. The education in fact is faulty as well. New math? Core subjects? No civics, skewed history? Students who can barely read and much less comprehend? We are truning out people who are politically warped and stupid, not educated. Thats where you start. Recall the hippies and yippies of the 60″s? unfortunately, they have become the teachers of your children. There are consequences for what we have seen in the past and now we are seeing the results today.
Ronald reagan said: freedom is only one generation away from extinction.

Peter
3 years ago
Reply to  michael failla

As a reformed hippie FREAK I can see the veracity of what you’re saying. So much so that faithfully following that agenda to its “logical” conclusions (using the framework of ideas and ideologies available) I had to make life and death choices at one point and naturally “their” psychiatrists social workers or medications were no help. Self-worth, self-sufficiency, self-reliance all would-be implications following our Declaration of Independence are totally obliterated as TOO OBVIOUS TO MENTION. So when you’re “down and out” as I found myself at one point these people won’t raise an eyebrow.. “It’s your fault.” “Why didn’t you prepare for the worse?” “Don’t depend on people who may be as unfortunate as yourself if not monetarily then emotionally.” It kind of is the ‘flip side” of LBJ’s “Great Society” and far from “War on Poverty”.. the insider’s view is more like “War ON Poverty”.. The problem is their sense of selflessness.. and “putting others first”.. Although this certainly could be a benefit however when it becomes a first assumption and presupposed innate human condition even in unconscious thought practices and social interactions there’s no room for self-criticism. More than the schools the families first are to blame for allowing this real (rather than selflessness they can’t see the) selfishness of the total package.. It has become taboo in their minds.. Something they can’t bring themselves to address and something that is just so alien to their training that self-deception over-rides the sometimes glaring obvious. They just won’t take “no” for an answer and subsist in a World of flatterers.

Sharon
3 years ago
Reply to  michael failla

Ronald Reagan said it best. Paul Harvey said it on his radio broadcast in the 60’s. Here is the result.

Bob
3 years ago

Unfortunately, the age group in question have been brainwashed through out their school education. The left is and has been infiltrating the school system for more than five decades, much of this is done through the powerful Teachers Union. That is the other name for communist agenda and how it’s working in our education system and government in general.

Peter
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

It’s true that from the classroom to the community if the only lexicon you hear is the Liberal one then you may think these are the only options available..

Mary Buchanan
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

This is so true . This starts even in elementary schools and we need to keep telling our children politics does not belong in school. They want other things seperated like our religious rights now lets keep their one sided politics out of school too along with the Democratic beliefs . They are not wanted in school settings among our very young. That is our place as a parent to teach our children that part of their life when they are young and not the the Democrats to lies and blindside them. And we need also to rid the high schools and colleges of these one sided Professors who lie and have no true facts on the matter at hand when they tell our young adults about American politics. They tend to go on and on about how wonderful and great it is to lie and cheat and steal from the American people like the Democrats do and not beleive in our President because he is a Republican and a believer in GOD ,our country and what our Constitution stands for. This CAN NOT BE TOLERATED OR ACCEPTED BY ANY TRUE AMERICAN . We have fought and lost lives throughout history for our right to vote and have a free America no thanks to Democrats trying to take all of this away and lie to our children. Look back through history at what they have destroyed and hidden under our very noses and are stll doing . The mysterious deaths when someone finds out things about certain people ,the companies being paid to poison and keep the elderly on meds they don’t need and so on . The black land owners back in history that earned their land for the work they did and were killed for it .All done by the Democrats to frame Republicans . People wise up and watch the documentary of Hillary’s America ,it will answer a ton of your questions and you will see the truth about the Democratic party and the croonies they have working for them everywhere even in your childs school.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Yes, and more years in school does not mean more educated, just better indoctrinated.

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