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Where is Moses when we need him?
I do believe that there are reasons the older generations are left behind in this rapidly-changing, dynamic and complex world.
Here are the opinions and statistics about the younger generations.
Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll. The poll also found that they are more likely to say the war in Iraq is heading to a successful conclusion.
by Hana Shepherd, Feb 7, 2011, at 09:14 am
What of the state of affairs in the U.S.A? A 2008 report from the New America Foundation uses data trends from 1972 on voting and political identity and finds a general age effect in previous generations where voters become more conservative as they age, but argues that there is a cohort effect for the “millennial” generation (which they define as those born between 1980 and 1986) such that Millennials are substantially more liberal than earlier generations were at the same age.
Demographic trends point to this. Urban parts of the nation are growing fast and the younger generation (which I am part of) is more liberal than previous generations. Immigrants are mostly Democratic and the GOP has alienated suburbia which is more reliant than ever on the government.
So is this nation destined to move in a leftward direction because of this?
Here is a younger voter: I think the youth (my generation) will be far more socially liberal, but I doubt that will result in corresponding fiscal liberalism. The "older" generation has basically bought wars and retirement on the youth's future credit and I'm not sure the youth will be happy about paying for it. That said, I think issues like gays, marijuana and religion will move vastly to the left.
Less ego driven. Social awareness will dominate this decade as opposed to the last one which was in a sense rather egotistical, due in large part to the economic downturn. Young people will be more interested in civic work, politics and charities than becoming the next Paris Hilton (as opposed to the 2000's).
PEW research center
To be sure, Millennials remain the most likely of any generation as to their self-identify as liberals. They are less supportive than their elders of an assertive national security policy and more supportive of a progressive, domestic social agenda. They are still more likely than any other age group to identify as Democrats. Yet by early 2010, their support for Obama and the Democrats had receded, as evidenced both by survey data and by their low level of participation in recent off-year and special elections.
That 2009 survey also found that the public -- young and old alike -- thinks the younger generation is more racially tolerant than their elders. More than two decades of Pew Research surveys confirm that assessment. In their views about interracial dating, for example, Millennials are the most open to change of any generation, followed closely by Gen Xers, then Boomers, then Silents.
Millennials are more receptive to immigrants than are their elders. Nearly six-in-ten (58%) say immigrants strengthen the country, according to a 2009 Pew Research survey; just 43% of adults ages 30 and older agree.
The same pattern holds on a range of attitudes about nontraditional family arrangements, from mothers of young children working outside the home, to adults living together without being married, to more people of different races marrying each other. Millennials are more accepting than older generations of these more modern family arrangements, followed closely by Gen Xers. To be sure, acceptance does not in all cases translate into outright approval, but it does mean Millennials disapprove less.
Moses for the GOP
I am listening and watching the incredible stupidity, narrow-mindedness and greed melodrama unfolding in this country. Normally we associate mature age with wisdom. But John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Trump and many lesser known names totally destroy this theory. They are narrow-minded, not very inquiring and totally closed to the broader understanding of life and humanity's place in the world. They are unable and unwilling to comprehend the complexities of life and our place as an inseparable part of nature.
Thankfully, new generations in America and around the world are much more tolerant, have a better understanding of the world and are less restricted by dogmas, old rules and religion.
As our communications became global, thanks to new technology, and as we have become more mobile, it is natural for young generations of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to mix and understand one another. So new technology and changes in lifestyle helped to brake the barriers that still surround the older generation.
So, Moses, please take the rigid, narrow-minded, immature humans - full of arrogant ignorance. Take them into the desert. Let them take their gold. Keep them wondering there for some time. Meanwhile, the younger generation will try to build a better, healthier and happier world.
I am of the older generation also, so I will go too...for the sake of my kids and grand-kids.
I do believe in evolution - and human evolution in particular.
So, Moses, we need you!
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