Originally published: Jul 5, 2015
As of 2015, the Millennial generation is now the largest population segment in the United States. As such, that generation, by default, is now in total control of the fate of society. If they are able to drop the outdated Boomer political labels and divisions, and find a way to organize themselves and run their own candidates who represent their collective interests, and then show up to vote for those candidates in very large numbers, they will completely take over the entire federal and state governments.
It is no secret that Millennial turnout in the 2014 midterm elections was extremely low, and it impacted the balance of power in Congress, and in state governments all across our country, and even had a direct negative impact on highly relevant Millennial social issues.
Many reasons have been given for such a low turnout in 2014, including much derisive condemnation by Boomers, but chief among them is the idea that it does not matter who wins, because the system will still be broken, and nothing will get accomplished. Boomers will continue to deny the failure of their generation to create a functioning and thriving society, like the one their parents created for them, and will continue to label and blame their children for not bootstrapping hard enough.
However, in 2016, it DOES matter who wins because…
THE DEAL BREAKER: The next president will get to stack the Supreme Court, which will have a major impact on society, as they will likely be determining legal issues of extreme importance for more than 30 years.
Four of the justices will be 79 or older when the next president takes office. It is highly likely that some or all of them will retire over the next 4-8 years, meaning that the next president will appoint up to FOUR new Supreme Court justices, who serve lifetime terms.
How does this impact the decision of which candidate for whom to vote?
The key societal and generational concern is power, and the checks and balances of the three branches of government.
The standard Boomer political arguments about “the issues,” that are increasingly at odds with the concerns of the Millennial generation, are immaterial to this decision. Therefore, any campaign ads or TV or radio shows, or anything at all that discusses or dictates “the issues” can be safely ignored. Immediately throw away or recycle the campaign materials that you receive in the mail, or that are shoved between your front door and the doorknob. Do not even open them or read them. None of them matter. Aside from your sample ballots and polling place information, all of them are of absolutely ZERO importance.
Currently, the Republican party controls Congress (legislative branch) and most state governments. That is not likely to change at any point in the near future, unless Millennials organize and run their own candidates, then show up to vote for them en masse.
Congress is only one branch out of the three branches of government. Don’t the other two branches balance that out? Isn’t that what the checks and balances are?
If a Republican becomes president (executive branch), he/she will appoint conservative/authoritarian justices to the Supreme Court (judicial branch), meaning up to 8 of the 9 justices will be conservative/authoritarian, which will put all three branches of government under control of or loyal to one party, meaning we will be living in a nation under absolute one party rule.
As we have seen recently, the Republican party does not shy away from radically changing laws to prevent their opponents from winning elections and seizing power. With no checks and balances, especially in the Supreme Court, which for decades has been the final line between absolute rule and a balanced democracy, the party in power will be free to make any changes to our laws without fear of consequence. Legal challenges will be meaningless, as the Supreme Court will be loyal to the party in power. This unbalanced power will eventually filter down to the lower courts as well, meaning that many fewer cases will even make it to the Supreme Court.
So what does this mean?
How you feel about absolute one party rule will depend upon which Boomer political bucket you have allowed them to put you in, if any.
However, this issue is far more important than Boomer political buckets and their outdated, divisive, and meaningless labels.
The key components to keeping our democracy operating as intended are the checks and balances. With absolute one party rule of all three branches of government, and the unchecked and unbalanced power that goes with it, we will officially no longer have a democracy, as “we the people” will no longer be necessary to guarantee that the ruling party stays in power. They can just change the laws, and prevent their opponents from being able to compete, or just eliminate elections altogether. If “we the people” are no longer necessary to guarantee power, what will happen to us? What will happen to our children? What will happen to society? How can we trust one ideologically motivated group of people to operate in the best interests of society if the best interests of society are no longer important to whom we have given power?
While this would have sounded crazy 10 years ago, today, we face the actual possibility of giving absolute unchecked and unbalanced authority to one ideologically motivated group that has previously demonstrated a willingness to force their ideology onto the population; authority which will allow them to do so without consequence or limitation.
So what if it was the Democrats taking absolute power? I bet you’d be jumping for joy then, huh?!
No, outdated Boomer political divisions are of absolutely no importance. The entire population is threatened when any ideologically motivated group takes absolute power in a nation like ours, that has such a large amount of military and economic power, and that has allowed the older generations to create a very large number of highly motivated enemies for it.
Okay, so now what? How do I decide?
It’s easy. The decision has absolutely nothing to do with the candidates, or with the Boomer social issues, or with the platforms of the Boomer-centric political parties.
First, decide if you like the idea of one ideologically motivated group having total control of all three branches of government, giving them absolute authority and unchecked and unbalanced power. Consider that “we the people” will no longer be required to keep that group in power, as they will be free to change the system such that it is no longer necessary to depend upon the population for legitimacy, and that their past actions have indicated that they are more than willing to make such radical changes, which will eliminate their concern about your interests by default.
Next, look at the choices for president in 2016. There will be one Republican, one Democrat, and a number of minor party candidates and independents. It doesn’t even matter who the candidates are.
Finally, after considering the societal and generational consequences of absolute one party rule, make the decision:
If you like the idea that the concerns of the population will no longer be of value to those in power, and that they will be free to impose absolute authority against your will without consequence or limitation:
- Vote for the Republican
- Vote for a minor party candidate
- Vote for an independent
- Don’t vote at all
If you would rather force our government leaders to continue to need “we the people” to give their power legitimacy, and continue to have some semblance of a democracy:
- Vote for the Democrat
Why shouldn’t I vote for a minor party candidate or an independent?
Watch this video. It’s short, and does an outstanding job of explaining first past the post voting, and why third party candidates and independents usually cannot win, and end up delivering a victory to their ideological opposites, meaning that voting for a third party candidate or independent is actually voting against your interests.
What if I get confused or can’t decide?
STOP IMMEDIATELY if you find yourself:
- Thinking about Boomer social issues
- Thinking about Boomer political issues
- Watching, listening to, or reading campaign materials, and seriously considering their contents
- Starting to feel confused about what to do
Remember that all of the Boomer issues are completely irrelevant to this decision. The Boomers were not thinking about you when they were making their decisions, and it shows. That’s why they blame you for their failures.
The only matter of importance in this decision is that of allowing one ideologically motivated group of people to have absolute control and authority over all three branches of government, and therefore society, rendering the will of the people meaningless, and eliminating their value to those in power.
Millennials will determine the outcome of the 2016 election, and with it, the composition of the Supreme Court, which will directly impact the course of the rest of their lives, and those of their children. It is absolutely critical that they participate, and understand the amount of influence that they yield through their superior numbers, and the deeply profound impact that their action or inaction will have on their generation, and on all future generations.