Received from an Oregon Resident
While I was getting a coffee, I overheard 7 young people (22-26 years old, 5 males, 2 female) who have been protesting in downtown Portland the last two nights.
I told them I was doing research and asked nicely if they would answer some questions. They were cool with it, so I sat down and went for it.
Ø Three voted. Of the four who didn't, none was registered to vote.
Ø None of them researched independently either candidate.
Ø All were for Hillary but preferred Bernie.
Ø Why the Democratic Candidate?
· "More things are taken care of."
· " Time to have a woman President."
· "Democrats aren't sexist or racist."
Ø Six of them live at home.
Ø All are under their parents insurance.
Ø Two have "real" jobs.
Ø Three aren't working, nor are they trying hard to find a job either.
Ø Parents pay for everything in their life or subsidize it.
Ø Six get money from mom or dad every month.
Ø Two have been on unemployment for 6+ months.
Ø One is at Portland State U, doesn't work, and parents pay for everything.
Ø All 7 said Trump is a racist/sexist. I asked to cite proof ... "That tape, man!"
Ø When I asked, as a man myself, “Have you ever said anything like that when you've
Been hanging out with your buddies? All five males said "Yes."
Ø Would you say it if you knew you were on tape? All five answered "No."
Ø What's the difference? I asked. “You've all said bad stuff like that. Does that mean you hate women and are a sexual predator?" Nothing. No answer.
Ø None could tell me how our government works ... They didn't know how
Laws are passed, how the House of Representatives or the Senate work.
Ø None could explain how a bill is passed.
Ø Only one could tell me the difference between legal and illegal immigration.
One of them said, "Legal immigration is when you immigrate legally." Seriously.
Ø None could explain the purpose of the Electoral College or how it works.
In 10 minutes they felt they had explained everything. Nice kids ... But so ignorant. I know some awesome, phenomenal young adults; but I'm afraid the majority are like these seven. Too many participation trophies, too much coddling by parents and teachers.
In 2016 18-year-olds feel unsafe because words hurt their feelings.
This country is in deep trouble.