If I had a horse, I would be compelled to ride through the land shouting, “The Millennials are coming, the Millennials are coming.” America is poised to lose this second revolution because the hardest enemy to defeat is ignorance, an ignorance inculcated and perfected by the education establishment and parents who should have known better.
Millennials, aka the participation-trophy generation, believe they deserve things in life for free, sans risk, hard work and sacrifice. Things such as a free college education, a free universal basic income, free health care, and the list goes on and on. When you ask them who is going to pay for all this free stuff, they answer that the government is going to pay and the government will get the money from rich people and corporations. Moreover, they contend, this forced redistribution of wealth is the moral and ethical thing to do, because life should be fair and people should be treated equally.
Despite the fact that “Thou Shalt Not Covet and Thou Shalt Not Steal” both made God’s top-10 list, I have been persuaded in the course of my lifetime that the relevance of the same has lost all meaning in our society, including in schools, the halls of government and even in our nation’s pulpits. As a way of reminder, to covet means to “desire wrongfully, inordinately or without due regard for the rights of others, e.g. to covet another’s property.” Coveting is the precursor to stealing.
The root problem with Millennials is that they have been told that they deserve things and that they should have what they want. And, truth be told, most everything in their life has been given to them. But they want more and they want it now. They have the mental and emotional disposition of toddlers with respect to their incessant demands and unrealistic expectations. That is to say, we are about to be ruled by a nation of spoiled brats.
Decades ago, President Lyndon Johnson created the modern welfare state under the guise of eliminating poverty. To say this war on poverty didn’t work would be an understatement. It was an unmitigated disaster. It created generational poverty and it has cost America a fortune by way of excessive taxation while locking families in a cycle of dependency and poverty. Yet, we ain’t seen nothing yet! The Millennials, who aren’t poor, want a much bigger government handout so that they can enjoy the finer things in life without having to pay the bill. What they want is a socialist form of government, not realizing, as Margaret Thatcher warned, that they will eventually run out of other people’s money.
Scottish history professor Alexander Fraser Tytler warned long ago that a democracy “can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.”
Andy Caldwell is the executive director of COLAB and host of The Andy Caldwell Radio Show, weekdays from 3-5 p.m., on News-Press AM 1290.