It was twenty years ago and I remember very clearly my realtor friend having hope.
What was this hope, you ask?
Well it was hope that the-then upcoming generation of youngsters were showing signs of conservatism. That based on some study or another, or perhaps a poll he read, these young men and women would turn back and undo all the leftist poppycock our generation enacted in our young adulthood. It was only due to Newt Gingrich that we defeated Hillarycare (look it up, it was a thing), and thankfully, right around the corner, was this generation chock full of Reaganauts ready to bring us back to the glorious 40's and 50's.
That generation he spoke of was the millennials.
Fast forward twenty years to today and a similar conversation is being held amongst hopeful and naive conservatives.
Why, did you hear!!?? This "Gen Z" is the most conservative generation since the WWII generation! They don't have tattoos and they don't like abortion! They don't even like sex! By gum! We're going to see those glorious Eisenhower-Leave It to Beaver-Nuclear Family days again! And look! Here! Here's a study! A STUDY!!! See that! It says Gen Z is conservative so it must be true!
And so, it seems high time for the Ole Captain to dust off the "Bat of Reality" and start beating people over the head with it.
First, realize it was just ONE STUDY. And we all know just how reliable studies are. Be it the fact 2/3rds of psychological studies were not able to be repeated, or the more recent exposure that even scientific studies can't be repeated, one study does not mean every conservative should pin their hopes in a generation of children overly-optimistically just as they have Donald Trump. It's just one study, it doesn't mean anything, and as it just so happens, it's a study done on Gen Z while they're still kids.
This leads to the second point why Gen Z will not save you. They're kids.
I'm sure there was a seed of truth to my buddy's claim 20 years ago that the Millennials were "the most conservative generation since Hoover!" I'm sure there was a study, a poll, or something. But it was done when the millennials were children. And academia and the school system is NOOOOOOWHERE near done brainwashing your kid's by then. Matter of fact, the Educational Left saves their most potent indoctrination and brainwashing for college. And while Little Susie is sent off to college as a good, studious, conservative, even church-going girl, by the time her first summer break rolls around she's a pansexual, white-apologist, liberal arts major whose been on three Slut Walks, 2 pussy hat protests, who hates you because you didn't tell her about the wonders of Karl Marx like her professors did. So just because they're conservative now, don't think you did a decent-enough job parenting them to inoculate them against the addictive temptation of
Related is parenting.
Terribly sorry. But the quality and caliber of parents who are raising Gen Z are no better than the laughable bunch that raised the millennials. Younger Baby Boomers are the ones demographics squarely blames for this atrociously parasitic and worthless generation. But bad as a Baby Boomer Parent-Millennial Child combination is, who do you think is raising Gen Z?
It's Gen X. The generation that's so stupid that even though they suffered mightily at the alter of divorce, they learned NOTHING from the experience and have the exact same performance, perhaps even worse, than their baby boomer parents. They're the generation the swallowed whole the going green, organic, OWS, save the whales, fat acceptance, participation trophy BS that millennials have now taken to a whole new level, making it their virtue-signaling-as-a-religion. If the baby boomers begat the nookie-sucking-as-an-adult, Winona-Ryder-worshipping, Generation X, just what pathetically hopeless filth do you expect Gen X to begat? Well we will find out with Gen Z, but something tells me they're not going to be landing anybody on Mars any time soon.
Fourth, we don't have to wait to see if the first Gen Z'er to graduate from MIT actually gets us to Mars. You can see it empirically just watching them. Just like the millennials, nobody in Gen Z works. They're all glued to their phones and video games. And they're declaring majors in the exact same worthless, liberal arts BS that their slightly older millennial brothers and sisters just majored in. In other words, there is no clear delineation between Millennials and Gen Z'ers, not only because of demographics, but their behaviors haven't changed. The boys are wimps, the girls are masculine. They're more doped up on Ritalin and lithium than even the millennials, yet somehow you guys think this generation, made from the EXACT SAME INGREDIENTS is going to turn out any different than the millennials. You'll be lucky if they don't turn out worse.
And finally racial composition.
The younger you go the higher the percentage of the population that is a minority. And minorities, no matter what age, tend to vote for more socialism than less. However, don't think this is largely a minority affair. White millennials have been shown to be perfectly susceptible to brainwashing and indoctrination to such an extent they are trained to hate themselves and feel guilty for things they haven't done. But be it minorities that are sociologically predispositioned to vote left, or white kids who are sociologically predispositioned to self-hatred, BOTH are NOT the "independent minded mega-minds" they all claim to be. Just like Gen X, just like the millennials, they are nothing but sheep. They will swallow whole the leftist brainwashing just like their predecessors, and you just have to tip your hat to the Educational Left for convincing them that they're "independent minded" students too boot (that truly is a master stroke what you socialists have done there). Regardless, the success of the left to get kids to view everything in terms of race, and to get white kids to feel guilt for things they're never done, is not only proof to the incredible job the left has done brainwashing these kids, but just what utterly obedient, conformist sheep these kids are.
You add this all up, and I don't care what one poll says, and I don't care that Donald Trump is in the office. The democrats and the left in this country have laid the seeds for the destruction of the US long ago through its children via the educational system. And the republicans as still too busy dislodging one anothers' heads from each others' asses to realize they must do the same or at least de-politicize schools to let the US even have a shot as surviving. Gen Z will prove to be another wasted crop, just like the millennials and just like the Gen X'ers. And having such futile hope in now 14 year old kids to magically have the wisdom of Milton Freidman or Thomas Sowell is laughable.
Enjoy the decline kids. Enjoy that freaking decline.
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