Millennials. The broad spectrum of personality that culminates 80s and 90s kids currently going through college or living the “young up in comer” lifestyle. By most accounts, the millennial generation consists of a very diverse group of people varying in likes and dislikes. There are two stereotypes, however, that follow Millennials constantly: Millennials have a strong sense of feeling entitled and are liberal. Now the debate can go on about whether Millennials are the entitled generation (personally I think they are) however, it is very consistent that they tend to be liberal. If you wish to test this theory, go to your local college campus and proclaim to students you are a Republican. Actually, never mind, just read the comments section of any major publication if you wanna see how your political affiliation will be met. So why is this the case? Why does my generation identify so readily with the party of the left?
I’ll admit there was a point in my college life I bought into a lot of my generational line of thinking. I believed I was owed a level of success, a college education, etc. This idea of entitlement has generated a few issues. For one, it has created a generation of people willing to threaten and cry over someone saying something that they do not like. My generation is one of the biggest proponents of the “safe space”, the negativity free zone with everything in it designed to allow them to not face reality. It’s hard to say whether it was coddling at a young age or the indoctrination of views by their professors (perhaps a combination of both) But the end result is the perfect formula to formulate a liberal; dependent on government, expecting to be taken care of, repulsed by facing facts or anything that makes them uncomfortable, and blind faith in the Democratic party.
Now not all liberals are bad. In fact, there are several “liberal” ideas that I am totally fine with. (Environmental protection, gay marriage to name a few) And I will be the first to say that there is definitely a fair share of Republicans who are incredibly close minded. That said, it is the norm to immediately be labeled a racist or bigot if you identify as a Republican. With the college environment fostering these ideas so strongly and suppressing opposition, groupthink kicks in and you now have a generation living in a closed off world unaware of how the real world works. Once they arrive into the workforce confused why they are not getting the job they feel they’re entitled to, their first instinct is to blame the party they’ve been told for so long is responsible for the bad economy. Spoiler alert: fostering a top down culture where the people rely on the government tends to not do so good in terms of making a successful county.
So the short answer to the complicated question of why Millennials are usually liberal, whichever combination of factors that leads a young freshman trying to find their political way allows the left within the campus community to latch on and foster an ever liberal student who enters the workforce thinking the world is theirs without the need of work. After all, the government will always help(or Dad and Mom). So if you like free thought, free market, actually helping the lower and middle classes, finding your own success through the American Dream and being strong enough to not need a coloring book and safe room in case someone offends you, take a look at the Republican Party. They’re probably more your speed.
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