As America’s political divide has widened, with middle-aged eyes mostly reporting on the apparent abyss, new research suggests that the generational biases in those eyes may have arrived at erroneous conclusions.
Research data from the Washington think tank, NDM reveals that the majority of Americans, 55-percent and particularly, Millennials, born 1982-2003, 58-percent, want a more active and involved government rather than one that is not involved in shaping American culture and most of all, an economic framework that is more fair than the current arrangement.
Millennials appear poised to be less tied to political ideologies than baby boomers. Millennials are the most civic-minded generation since the GI generation (born 1901-1924); Millennials are more apt to volunteer their time to the community good than any other previous generation.
Perhaps as older Americans could see the gathering storm, they helped to shape the millennial generation into a generation that may have the same impact as the GI generation. Like the GI generation, Millennials want to strengthen American institutions by using government to improve basic conditions in the environment, education, health care and the economy.
Millennials were not directly influenced by the New Deal, which lifted America out its worst economic depression, or generous GI Bill benefits that the American middle class was built on.
As evidenced by the many protesters in the “occupy” movement, many of them Millennials, will not cede the power of change to government without their consent and involvement. Because they are the most socially connected generation in history, those human and personal connections may far outweigh any political affiliation.
The current American congress is also preparing the most fertile ground for change in American history by doing almost nothing. In 2011, the U.S. Congress had their most futile and unproductive year in modern history passing 80 fewer bills than any other congress in modern American history since 1947. A Washington Time’s analysis revealed that time spent in both the house and senate produced fewer conference reports, fewer votes taken in either chamber and less time in debate.
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