“…A Man Who Is Not Conservative At Forty Has No Brain”

Millennials are drifting to the right, according to that noted conservative tool Reuters:

The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.

Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.

Will it continue? We’ll see.

I think there’s a decent chance. Part of it is the inevitable rightward drift of adulthood.

And part of it?

Work with me, here.

“Millennials” grew up during the Great Recession. And one of the iconic bits of escapism during that time has been the series The Walking Dead – a show whose moral is “the world is not a safe space; merit is survival.”

I don’t want to overplay a Hollywood entertainment as sociology – but as Breitbart said, politics is downstream of culture.

13 thoughts on ““…A Man Who Is Not Conservative At Forty Has No Brain”

  1. From Rueters

    The shift was especially dramatic among young white men, who two years ago favored Democrats but now say they favor Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 46 to 37 percent, the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

    Now why would that be?

    Let me count the ways.

  2. Two observations, First is an old Stan & Jan Bernstein cartoon from the 70’s (Not a Bears one) where the Dad is looking at the eldest child’s first paycheck while child stands there with the small amount of money he received and Dad is saying…”Yep, FICA, State tax, Federal tax…ect.”
    Second is the quote attributed Churchill,
    If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.

  3. Millenials have come of age in a time where our “old” ideas of the long-term employment and the American Dream have been slapped down pretty well. It can make you question a lot of things.

  4. My daughter, a Millennial, told me a couple of weeks ago that she had just bought Shapiro’s book about bullying (isn’t that it?). Although she has never even so much flirted with SJW-ism, she has never really been engaged politically at all; in short, I was surprised. A book and the right side of the spectrum. I had to wipe away a happy little tear 😉

    I’m not the biggest fan of Shapiro, but it’s a start; it certainly provides anecdotal evidence for this post. And enough anecdotes are, in fact, data.

  5. Regarding shawnr’s comment, I remember a friend noting that when he saw how much was taken out for FICA, federal tax, state tax, and the like, that was the moment when he became a Republican. Hopefully there are new Republicans being born each day as they receive their first paychecks, as they watch Bibi reveal the Mossad’s apparent coup with the Iranian nuclear program, and the like.

  6. As the Trump Economy picks up and young workers get a taste of the freedom that comes from earning a paycheck, it’ll be helpful to remind them that Democrats don’t think they pay enough taxes. But they’re Millennials, so we have to dumb it down for them.

    Every Republican candidate’s should run this ad: “You know how much an hour you make, right? You know how many hours you work. So how come there’s never enough when you cash your paycheck? Find your pay stub. Look at how much you earned and then look at how much you actually got. The money you earned but never got? That’s Democrats. They take your money. And they want to take even more of it. I’m Joe Doakes. I’m not a Democrat. I don’t want to take more of your money. Vote for me in November.”

  7. And one of the iconic bits of escapism during that time has been the series The Walking Dead – a show whose moral is “the world is not a safe space; merit is survival.”
    If this was true, Negan would have high merit.

  8. Mr. Doakes, the problem with your clever approach is that the Republicans want to take your money via taxes just as much as the Democrats – they just don’t campaign that way. The proof is in the voting. Oh, we might get a “tax cut” on one hand, while the other hand is pushing the button on another Continuing Resolution.

  9. Yea, it’s not just millennials. A lot of boomers are also waking from their brain fog, instilled in them by liberals over the years. I had a tax discussion with two widows this weekend. After they complained about how much was taken out of their Social Security checks, I told them that if they were voting for Democrats, then they only had themselves to blame. They apparently haven’t been paying attention all these years, because they weren’t even aware that it was also the Dems that raided SS on a national level, by putting the money into the general fund, then using it to pay illegals that have never paid into it. I invited them to look into it on their own if they didn’t believe me.

  10. My kids are solid conservatives. They are guiding their friends towards the light in a manner that is sure to double the hurt for reprobates; taking them to the range.

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  12. Swiftee,

    My brother took three of his liberal friends to the range last summer. After they were done, they admitted that after the experience and watching other responsible gun owners in action, it was fun. Two of them said that their perspectives were changed.

  13. Bernie Sanders ideas dont sound as good when you have to foot the bill. That is all

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