A Millennial’s View of the Political Left

Editor’s Note: This piece by Jacob is part of a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece to either address each question or give an overall perspective write-up.

The political left has severe issues, and I feel Millennials are partly to blame. We hear the typical narrative of my generation countless times; Lazy, entitled, whiny and coddled to much as a child. The term ‘Millennial’ has changed from what was once just a means to identify a generation into a ghastly insult slung around by elder generations, now being called ‘Snowflakes’.

However, my problems with millennials are not that they are lazy and shrill, waiting for everything they want in life to be served to them on a silver platter. I don’t even believe those characteristics to be true about Millennials. My issue is the negative effect that Millennials have had on the political left. We lack true focus on issues. We lack the ability to prioritize critical political issues over social semantics issues. People are being devoured by student loans, but the Left focuses on bathroom policies. Health care in America is a travesty, but the left is more concerned on whether you need to call a transgendered person Him or Her. That isn’t to say that these issues don’t matter. They most definitely do. But they aren’t political points on which to run a campaign. Policing pronouns, altering restroom laws, persistently calling people racist and bigots. Hell, Jerry Seinfeld won’t even do college shows anymore because of how sincerely they value Politically Correctness. Comedians can’t do their job without worrying about upsetting someone.

On top of that, the Political Left has attempted to alienate the working class of America. And when you try to estrange the majority of a country and say they don’t have a voice, they will come out in stronger numbers than ever and vote for the man who stands for everything that the political left doesn’t in a Dominant Minority fashion. Trump built his campaign on the fact that he doesn’t give a shit and doesn’t take any, and that appealed to the working class, because they as well don’t give a shit.

Not to mention, Trump won partly because of who he was facing. The democratic party and the Left was not able to present a true candidate capable of winning the white house. I believe their thinking was that people hate Trump more than Hillary. And that clearly wasn’t the case. I have numerous friends and co-workers who voted for Trump. Why? Because he wasn’t Hillary. He wasn’t a machine that the DNC had been grooming for the past sixteen years. Bernie Sanders may have had a better shot. Though I feel that he was slightly over ambitious, his appeal highly outweighed that of Hillary’s and spoke to Millennials more coherently than Hillary could. And then there was the bench warmer trio of Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Devenport Chafee (who?). None of these candidates were solid. None of them had a great handle on the real issues, none of them seemed prepared or could speak for Millennials and the Left, and all of them about as appealing as butter-less toast.

When you pair a true lack of emphasis on dire political issues with treating the working class of America as the minority, sprinkle it with weak and mundane candidates, you will get a recipe for a loss by the Left, habitually. The semantic social issues that the Left prides themselves on is the same thing that is killing them. More of a focus on political and economic issues is the only way the left has a chance of being resurrected. The Left needs a true health care, education, welfare, immigration and civil rights plan that can pull support from both sides. They need to put forward a candidate that can speak to both Millennials and the working class together. Someone who is congenial, knowledgeable, and practical but can still advance the social issues that are present and need to be taken care of. If the Left doesn’t clean house by 2020 and shape a true strategy with critical talking points and a strong candidate to aim them, we can say goodbye to the left and embrace another four years of a conservative right-winged political government.

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