First time voting? Republican or Democrat? Hillary or Trump? These are our two choices, but it’s not what all of us want. The next generation of American voters identify with fiscal conservatism, whether we know it yet or not.
Fiscal conservatism encourages tax cuts, reduced spending, free markets, and deregulation of the economy — the recipe of economic hope for an aspiring, educated democracy. Our generation relies on jobs to put money in our wallets, not government officials and their empty promises. But many older voters tend to trust politicians and unfortunately for us, older people actually vote, so our government continues to provide for them with a Leftist bureaucracy that has plummeted our nation into $19 trillion of debt. Liberals blame military spending ($598 billion per year) and conservatives blame healthcare spending ($986 billion per year); most of us blame both. When will it end?
Fiscal conservatism is the answer.
Enter the college-aged, suburban-raised American youth, tired of the sound of ABC News interrupting our evening episode of the Bachelorette to tell us about another looming government shutdown in Washington D.C. “Why can’t you agree for once?” we ask.
Our generation learned about checks and balances in grade school, and we know the media profits from hyping up headlines. But increasingly, we have started tuning out our parents, teachers, experts, and the talking heads who think politics will solve the problems in our lives. We simply have much less confidence in our representative democracy than they do to accomplish that task. And this is why:
- The Recession showed us what counts in Washington. The entitled generation has passed. We are graduating from college drowning in debt, struggling to find entry-level jobs, and doubting our government’s ability to control the economy. Fiscal conservatism is the most straightforward, tested method to achieve growth. The Reagan years should be the model: build the private sector by cutting spending and we’ll be back on track.
- With the rise of the Internet, television, and smartphones, the Attention Deficit Disorder epidemic has infected the youth with an affliction few pre-millennials understand. We are constantly seeking to entertain our young minds. With revolutionized technological advances in the entertainment industry, the supply is limitless. Compared to this hyper-speed force of amusement, Congress looks like a sedated sloth. The framers intentionally set it up that way! But they did not anticipate Steven Colbert and SNL would fill the cracks with hilarious icing that would taste better than the actual cake. By cutting off interest groups from gobbling up federal dollars, fiscal conservatism bakes an honest cake. Trump owes his success to riding a populist, icing-filled strategy. While our generation may find him entertaining, we are not fooled. We want cake come Election Day.
- The entertainment industry has rendered political news illegitimate. Our generation is keen to the media’s propensity to chase ratings over delivering honest journalism. Pair that with recent polarization, and it’s no wonder the two Presidential candidates are scumbags. You could put the Pope up there and the media would find a way to cast him as a racist criminal. The entertainment industry loves a villain, but the voters don’t when they go to the ballot box. Fiscal conservatism will return transparency to the media by dismantling governmental institutions. Candidates like Hillary; the “ultimate insider,” could not exist because Washington would not be wedded with Wall Street.
- The governmental restraint of fiscal conservatism lifts the illusion that stiffs in expensive suits are model leaders. We have laughed at too many videos of George Bush dancing, Sarah Palin spotting Russia, and Trump’s fallacious logic to believe these people represent us. Fiscal conservatism pumps confidence in the American people with true U.S. dollars, not false language.
Bernie Sanders won more votes of the under 30 demographic than Trump and Clinton combined in the 2016 Primaries. Why? His social media presence is trendy, he attacks the corporations our parents blame the Recession on, and his rhetoric constructs a bright future unshackled from the two-party system. Not all of us do drugs and buy into socialism, yet there is a lesson to be learned here. Addressing the bleak economic future of America dominates the attention of our generation.
In one poll, 42% of 18 and 19-year-olds identified as “conservative,” compared with one-third who said they were “liberal.” As young Americans realize their political affinity lies on the Right with their pocketbooks, fiscal conservatism will continue to rise.