The Indebted and Indoctrinated Fight to Run the Democrat Party
Boomers backing Biden and Millennials touting Sanders battle for control of the platform.
Believing that becoming more dependent upon governments — local, state, and especially federal — to meet needs that have otherwise been part of living independently and self-reliantly is at the core of the faulty policies of the Left. This is the clear divide that separates the Left and Right as the economy soars with unemployment at historic lows and wage is growth strong due to demand. Despite good economic news, “progressive” partisans continue to seek one-size-fits-all socialism through “free” college tuition, “free” health care, debt forgiveness, and a universal wage.
But within the Center-Left, there’s a growing divide fast becoming recognizable as a manifestation in the support of candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination. This rift is delineated by age, bearing characteristics of generational experiences and, sadly, true lack of awareness. This lack of awareness is due to insufficient academic exposure to authentic history, the study of economic successes and failures, and the role of Liberty that distinguishes these key aspects of the lives of Americans from individuals without the blessing to live in a nation of freedom and independence. This lack of awareness is also linked to the politically correct idiocy that has robbed generations of their identity as individuals with equal rights endowed because of their creation not because of government-sanctioned rights or programs.
Back in 2016, the Bernie Sanders/Hillary Clinton gap formed within the Democrat Party by age. Sanders would’ve prevailed if not for the effective rule-making put in place by the Clinton machine to give disproportionate power to superdelegates during the primary process. But the energy of the nearly octogenarian Sanders — born when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president — comes, ironically, from a younger activist bloc.
educated indoctrinated voting demographic is drawn in by promises coming from the sharply spoken Sanders. Hypocritically, he’s a millionaire with multiple homes who touts socialism and anti-establishment rhetoric. His lifestyle reflects the wealth of capitalism, not the want that would result from his statist platform.
These Millennial progressive activists are three times as likely as the average American to say they’re ashamed of America, they never pray, they’re motivated by the existential threat of climate change, and they’re angry, despite being college-educated and white. This Millennial group of leftists are, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson posits, “attuned to structural challenges in society and skeptical of the individualist strain of the American dream.” Thus, they’re are not just committed to reforming our political system but to destroying it.
Sanders also has another advantage over his fellow old-white-male opponent, Joe Biden: His elected tenure began as a mayor in 1981 and he rose to become a U.S. representative in 1990 then a senator in 2007.
Contrast the “Bernie Bros” to the middle-aged or senior voters on the Left who rally behind Joe Biden. He has never fully embraced the strident redistribution policies in the extreme now supported by the socialists behind Sanders. Biden gets his core support from Democrat loyalists who align along a blue-collar employment history and, while educated, are not from the halls of universities that have been the breeding ground for the activists demanding free everything and safe spaces that cater to the Left while silencing the Right.
A critical factor found among supporters of Biden and any other candidate who gains the backing of the middle-aged to seniors is their concentration of wealth. Wealth, not at the hands of luck but due to work, savings, and sacrifice. The Atlantic asserts that the younger voters of the Democratic Party are, in essence, a third party because of the wealth gap: “Americans 55 and up account for less than one-third of the population, but they own two-thirds of the nation’s wealth.” Even Boomer Democrats have reason to value their own earnings, which frames their approach to policy.
Biden has what’s been noted by the LA Times to be a “burden of a 40-year career” that “doesn’t age well.” While born just one year after Bernie, Biden was also first elected locally as a New Castle Councilman, though he became a U.S. senator at the young age of 30, in 1972. Clearly, the Democrats of the 1970s, ‘80s, and even '90s are not the Democrats of the second decade of the 21st century.
Biden’s four decades of votes may haunt him. For example, there’s his vote to authorize the war in Iraq, a vote in the '90s meant to protect traditional marriage, and his 1988 presidential campaign when, as a 44-year-old, he called for a balance in free trade and integrity in government. In the 1970s, Biden splintered from his fellow Democrats in opposition to forced busing as part of the integration of public schools. Thus, using the oft-employed “supremacy of the present” of the political Left — the practice of using today’s culture and morality to evaluate the past, usually in order to disqualify targets and opposition — Joe Biden is viewed as a moderate from the status quo.
Further, The Atlantic observes the Millennial voting bloc as being “poorer, in income and in wealth.” More than 70% of the 30-and-younger voter on the Left went to Bernie Sanders in 2016 and, according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, he “crushes Biden 27 percent to 4 percent among those under 35 and receives an equal and opposite crushing at the hands of Biden among voters over 65: 28 percent to 4 percent.”
Who will win out for the nomination? The young, indoctrinated, and indebted want government sustenance via Sanders socialism. The generation educated in a day that history taught of freedom, patriotism, and equal opportunity stands with the more traditional Democrat leanings of Biden. That’s just a microcosm of how far left the Democrat Party has shifted.