Articles continue to float through the slow summer news stream to discuss topics relevant to upcoming Presidential debates and elections – topics often ignored in the thick of reporting the latest shocking thing said or done by Trump, Walker, Cruz, etc. If anything, being bombastic has achieved much in keeping the public eye off of issues and focused on the popularity contest. It’s like watching a Linebacker close his run for class President by making fun of nerds with markers and poster board; it won’t pay for prom, but it will create fans – and fans vote.
One of these important issues is the current financial crisis facing Millennials. The generation described as apathetic and lazy in their teenage years, are now at the core of adulthood with children and the complications of life in the 30’s. They are crushed under the weight of a dead job market and a mountain of student loans.
The effect has been that Millennials do not have the core foundation of the generation prior, those entitled markers of adulthood – home ownership, cars, and investments. Millennials by and large are unable or unwilling to purchase homes, refusing to buy cars, and stuffing money under mattresses rather than investing.
While the numerous articles covering these topics can be tossed away as part of a liberal agenda, the following video attempts to explain why the GOP is failing at courting the Millennial vote – with observations and criticisms from conservatives. ‘The Selfie Vote’ Author and Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson is interviewed by Nick Gillespie of libertarian network ReasonTV.
The video opens with Soltis stating that Millennials see the GOP as, “Close-minded, racist, intolerant, old-fashioned, stuck in the 1950s,” as an opening argument as to why the GOP is performing terribly at courting Millennials to the voting booth.
“I asked young voters across the country, ‘What words come to mind when you think of the Republican Party?’ and it was words like close-minded, racist, intolerant, old-fashioned, stuck in the 1950s. I don’t know if Republicans have done enough, recently, to combat this image.” – Kristen Soltis Anderson
The full video is below: