After an exchange with some unknown folks on Facebook, it has dawned on me that many, perhaps most Sanders supporters don’t have a clue; they are crybabies with short memories or are too young to even know what they are talking about.
Times are tough, times are tough, we can’t, we can’t it’s too hard, struggling is hard.
NASHUA, N. H.—Ben Burrows, set to cast his first presidential ballot, is the quintessential example of a Bernie Sanders voter. He’s young, white, male and passionate about the need to address income inequality.
“The middle class is completely wiped out and we need to restore that,” Mr. Burrows, 20 years old, said at a recent Sanders campaign event in Nashua. “If the youth sticks together, we can get him elected.” WSJ 1-27-16
Completely wiped out? Income inequality? Do these 20 sometimes have any sense of history? Have they ever heard of the Gilded Age or the Great Depression? These and other like comments by Sanders supporters show how effective scapegoat rhetoric can be. Every shortcoming in my life is because of 400 billionaires sitting on their thrones on Wall Street. That was easy; it’s back to my wide-screen TV, and playing games on my smart phone before I go for my next tattoo.
Those of us who were raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression and WWII may have a different perspective. We didn’t grow up with lots of stuff, we expected to work hard, perhaps struggle a bit. We know the value of saving not only for things you want, but for future security.
And guess what, we lived through tough times as well. Times of high unemployment, high inflation, outrageously high mortgage rates and sitting in line for hours to buy a few gallons of gasoline so we could get to work. My father sold cars for a living and if he didn’t sell a car, he didn’t get paid. Sometimes times were tough in the 1950s.
This generation lapping up the Sanders rhetoric doesn’t have a clue. Here is one clue for them. You are entitled to nothing but the opportunity for hard work and potentially success; it’s up to you. Figure it out like the generations before you did.
The attitude displayed by many millennials is the very thing that can undermine democracy because it promotes dependence on government which in turn increases the power of a select few in the political class.
If these kids were as smart as they think they are, they would worry more about the political elite than they do the billionaires, most of whom make possible the goods and services the millennials love to buy and use.
Isn’t it curious that these millennials supporting Sanders are the same demographic not signing up for health insurance. 🤑
And these young Americans are naive even beyond their tender years.
Following is a Facebook exchange that got me started on this. Also below are historical unemployment rates, inflation and mortgage rates … and 2016 is tough times⁉️