We are living in a political landscape that is currently dissolving, and as it does every day presents new questions, fundamental and human in their nature, some completely new. As they do, we need to separate, observe, and classify them. Dissolution in chemistry means the breaking down of complex compounds into their basic particles. Scientists use this technique as a way to collect feedback and data based on the contents of the issue, and that’s exactly what we have got to do. All of us, not just this or that candidate’s supporters. We have to sort out what kind of a position we are dealing with before we can chart a good strategy, and that is going to take us all.
In Ocasio-Cortez, in the few very loud members of our generation that have been hoodwinked into supporting this truly evil and invasive form of government, the Republicans now have a walking personification of all they have been fighting with their money to create: a just accusation that Democrats are socialists, and that to support us is to personally become the vector of socialism. It’s George McGovern all over again.
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan situation provides a vivid example of how big disaster socialism can be. At the end of the SOTU speech, Trump did what he’s going to be doing a lot- pointing to Bernie Sanders in silence, looking horrified, waiting for the people to become so disgusted they can’t take it and vote against their interests. Policy be damned, they will say. Look at that blue clown suit. I would rather burn than have that guy as my president.
The claim that we Democrats are going to turn America into a Venezuelan socialist hellscape looks like something new, but as every reader of this blog will be aware, they’ve been laying the groundwork for it for the last several years. Contrary to Trump’s new narrative, the Democratic Party has never embraced Bernie Sanders. We do share some policies, but he goes too far with them and makes them look ridiculous. Now he’s got AOC there with him, screaming for seventy percent income tax rates on the rich and protesting Nancy Pelosi over climate change.
Economic inequality issues are going to become a crisis for our generation. This is unavoidable. Millennials came of age during one of the worst economic recessions in history, and it hurt most of us severely while making a small few of us incredibly prosperous.
As we stand right this minute, still flush off the bounce given us by the eight years of sound economic practices President Obama put in place for us, it’s tempting for many millennials to feel good about the economy.
Right now we’re all doing pretty good, but that will only last for a single day compared to what is coming next.
Our generation is poised to have the worst income inequality in American history. Only the most well-off will have a say in defining what “we” care about.
In the last decade especially, our economy has begun to disproportionately reward certain types of professions often occupied by millennials, e.g. techies like Mark Zuckerberg, at the expense of those pursuing what are referred to as bedrock jobs, like nursing and teaching.
The discrepancy itself isn’t the story, though. What’s scary is how fast this gap is growing. And how fast it will soon be getting worse.
Wage rates are stagnant already, and the US trade deficit is declining as well. The negative trade balance is certain to put increasing pressure on our generation, especially with the country now out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Trump threw the world economic order into complete upheaval with his random scuttling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). That is certain to help to set the stage for this, as well as the number of lies that Trump has told about how all our economic successes recently are due to the marvel that is him.
As with George W. Bush before him, when people start waking up there will be anger.
Economic issues are going to become a crisis for our generation. We all came of age during one of the worst economic recessions in history, and it hurt almost all of us. This is unavoidable.
But we can choose to solve them. It just means resolution and hard work. We can still turn this thing around. We just need to work hard, focus, and target our messages. It’s critical because, above all, we have to avoid the trap of descending into radicalism, to the left or to the right.
Millennials have many strengths. We are a fiercely progressive bunch, deeply individualized and passionate. We stand out because we are the most diverse generation to date.
42 percent of us identify with a race or ethnicity other than non-Hispanic white, around twice the share of the Baby Boomer generation when they were the same age. We’ve got all the people in the world as part of our numbers. That gives us access to everything humans have.
Millennials are better educated than Gen X was, we have more college graduates. We are recognized as being tough, resilient, and resourceful.
Yet even still, we make less money and are less likely to be working at all.
This has to change, and the one sure way to see to it that it does is to organize. We’ve got to start getting ready, and we’ve got to start getting busy.
We have to assert ourselves to government and employers about the labor and economic changes that we will ultimately require to succeed.
The only ones who can turn this thing around are we ourselves. And the best way to kick that off is to vote all Republicans right off the face of the earth.
The simple answer is, As fast and as hard as he can.
Jeff Sessions hates cannabis. He hates cannabis much more than he hates, say, racism. He once jested of the Ku Klux Klan that he “thought they were okay, until he heard they smoked marijuana”.
So since he ended up the Attorney General, he’s using his power to lash out at something he hates.
But the real question is why? Science has proven it to be a highly effective treatment for a whole galaxy of different ailments. It also has no harmful side effects and is non-addictive. When you take it away from people, they end up on painkillers and after that heroin. There’s a heroin epidemic.
He’s filling prisons up with people for heroin already. The prisons are full. They are so full that states are desperate to somehow clear up bed space. There are more than two million people in some phase of our incarceration machine as these words are written. Many things are terribly wrong.
As the Attorney General, it is incumbent on Mr Sessions to use his power to solve these kinds of problems.
The War on Drugs has been the biggest failure in American history. In spite of all attempts to regulate man’s appetites with legislature the problem has continued to grow. It’s high time it was brought to an end, and every sensible person is aware of this.
Including Jeff Sessions.
The War on Drugs has never been about drugs. It’s about power. Who’s got it, and who’s going to keep it.
One of their most useful strategies is to hamstring young people who are likely to be Democratic leaders and voters later in life. If they can hang a tag on you as a drug offender, they can disqualify you from holding office in the eyes of many.
If they can make you a felon with a weed case, they can stop you from voting. Millennials, ask yourselves: How many smart, cool people do you know who have had to do time over drugs? That is no accident.
Sessions knows full well that many on the left smoke pot. This is about hurting Trump’s enemies.
September 9, 2017; 2:01 p.m.
There has been many arguments argued for years . For example, there has been arguments towards Mexicans and African Americans. Those that are oppose to DACA are arguing ” No one deserves Special treatment ” “ No one deserves a free pass” “They are illegal” .
Every argument that is expressed is strictly understood but not fair nor is it American. There is a word such as Liberty and Equality. Those that are not familiar with Libery; here is the Definition: “ the state of being free within a society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.”
America should have been that face of Liberty. Whatever happened to Life , Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? Whatever happened to the land of the free? It is not Democrat or Republican . It is about America. A minority of Americans think that they lived here for so long that they are better than anyone else . That minority is not better than anyone else .
My response to the people opposing DACA:
“You and your assumptions are very insulting to every minority group and very insulting to America. It’s also very Un- American. Mexicans and Mexican American . Both Mexicans. You assume that all Mexicans are criminals and you assume that Mexicans are the only ones that come here illegally and you assume that all Mexicans are thugs. Every insult that comes out of your mouth is an wrongful assumption that insults the Mexican community and of course you don’t care . Because If it doesn’t happen to you why should you care . But in my perspective , you should walk through our shoes. See the way of life from a Mexican’s Perspective. For years, Mexicans have been hated and as well as every minority group and for what ?? You’re claiming it is your land which is WRONG. You are an immigrant just like everyone else and the assumption that every Mexican is illegal is Pathetic.
I had lived in the U.S. since I was 6. Now at 20, I felt just as much an American in Paris as any other study-abroad student.
He also stated to Washington Post :
What if there was no future for DACA? Reports by then were emerging that Trump had decided to end it after six months. What if that meant my family could be deported in six months? The government knows my name, my address and where I went to school. I had read promises they wouldn’t use that information against me, but what if that changed, too?
All of these what if’s — that’s what DACA had spared him from. His parents had lived with worry every day since moving with their five sons from Guerrero, one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, to Chicago 13 years ago. They made a living selling fruit on the city’s corners, always wondering what if that police officer was coming toward them, what if he wanted trouble, what if he tried to arrest them, what if, what if, what if.
Tony’s only memory of coming to the U.S. was of his parents waking him early, putting him in a car with his brothers, and offering him orange juice. He remembers learning English by naming objects in picture books at school. But after that, his life began to resemble those of his classmates: leveraging his straight As to get a Nintendo DS; getting his picture in the paper when his soccer team won the city championship; asking the cute girl at his lunch table on a date to see “Divergent.” He never told his friends he was undocumented; it never came up.
The Trump administration is advising beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States,” ABC News reported Tuesday. This leaves the fate of 800,000 uncertain.
This is not American. It is more reminiscent of the Nazi administrator Adolf Eichmann, honing his bureaucratic skills preparing passport documents to Jews being hounded out of Germany in the early days of the Third Reich. It’s an unsettling decision, even for Trump. And it comes at a lower point for racial relations in America than we have seen in some time.
This newest assault of Trump’s on the dictates of conscience and reason deserves no end of castigation, in the opinion of Millennial Democrats, but he does not deserve the spotlight. The more important story is who the DREAMers are, where they’ve been, and where they might be going. We are talking about 800,000 young people. Millennials, and their children. Our peers and our countrymen. They fought beside us all the way to help stop Trump from taking office in the first place, by voting Democratic en masse. We will keep faith with them.
The people protected by the DACA program are all our age. Known as “Dreamers” those granted approval must have been younger than 31 on 15 June 2012, when the program began, and undocumented”, lacking legal immigration status. The millennial generation is considered to begin with the year 1981. This is us.
These are kids we went to school with. We were on the same sports teams, we were in the same classes. We played video games together, we partied together, we smoked weed together. We are one. And we will not be divided. The message to Donald Trump will be sent loud and clear, when first he comes for the Dreamers. Not today.
The process of beginning this is bound to cause total chaos. First, new applications under DACA are no longer to be accepted. Those already in the program will have both their legal status and things like work and school permits begin expiring in March 2018.
Unless Congress finds a way to pass through some piece of legislation to open a channel for legal immigration status, Dreamers will all lose their rights as citizens by March 2020. They could even be deported and sent back to countries of birth that they may not have ever even been to. It is still unclear whether this is the fate the government now has in store for them.
Fear of this had been rising on the way to Tuesday’s announcement, which will impact families from every reach of the Americas.
Barack Obama spoke out against the rollback, calling it cruel, and self defeating.
“It’s a cruel hand that extends the American dream and then steals it away. #DACA #DREAMers,” wrote Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., in the first of three tweets on the topic.
Maria Nabarro of Stockton, CA, a city with a population that is 1/3 foreign born, also spoke out on this terrible decision, how it’s affecting her, and how it goes against our American values and ideals.
The 22 year old was one of a number of Dreamers interviewed by CBS about DACA. It has kept her in the United States legally for the last five years.
“I don’t think I’ve given myself time to process, but I know it’s uncertain just like my feelings right now so, yeah a lot of uncertainty, unfortunately,” she said.
Nabarro is currently attending college. She has made herself an asset to our country, by educating herself, working hard, and paying taxes. She said that Trump’s decision has made her feel abandoned by the only country they know and love.
Her work permit will no longer be valid and she won’t have protection from being deported. Protests are scheduled nationwide, to help people like her make themselves clear.
Alejandro Carrillo, a community organizer, said that “I know personally several people who are on the receiving end of DACA and the issue goes beyond the repeal because they also have their contact information and their personal information of where they are, so…that’s a worry to myself,”.
Millennial Bruna Distinto, who came to the United States from Bolivia when she was 6, started her senior year at Trinity Washington University this week. She says she feels stressed out, that it’s hard to concentrate on her studies, and with tremendous cause. One can only imagine.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. –Martin Niemöller