The “Me” generation in the United States is a term referring to the baby boomer generation and the narcissistic qualities that are associated with it. The baby boomers (Americans born during the 1946 to 1964 baby boom) were dubbed the “Me” generation by writer Tom Wolfe during the 1970s. The term took hold with Americans because of the baby boomer’s constant search for “self-realization” and “self-fulfillment.” Unfortunately, as far as boomers are concerned, the commitment to one’s self is more important than social responsibility.
Unlike the 1960’s, boomers spent the 70’s disillusioned with politics, particularly after the resignation of Richard Nixon and the end of the Vietnam War.
The 2016 Presidential race is unlike any other in the history of the United States. From the boisterous Donald Trump, to the un-trustable Hillary Clinton; there has been little time to analyze a major swing in American politics – the emergence of real socialism.
Bernie Sanders is an unabashed socialist who has resonated with the youngest of American voters. According to the Center of Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the youth vote consists of anyone less than 30 years old.
The Senator from Vermont has managed to outpace all other competitors, more than two-fold, with young voters. The Feel the Bern Campaign racked up over 2,000,000 primary and caucus votes from the less than 30 crowd. Trump and Clinton only garnered 800,000 and 700,000 votes respectively.
According to the Democratic Socialist of America, socialism is the ideological belief that the policies and events that affect society should be determined by society itself, the ordinary Americans. This belief system is contrary to our current political system. The United States is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic. Essentially, Americans elect other Americans to represent them in Congress. The system is built this way for lots of reasons; including, to ensure parity among the majority and minority. Electing representatives ensures that no single interest, race or ideology controls the country by mob rule.
I come from a time where the communist reds were deemed the enemy and socialism was viewed as both fascist and a half-brother to communism. You cannot spell Nazi (National Socialist Workers Party) and USSR (United Soviet Socialist Republic) without socialism. The world is fraught with the failures of socialism, simply turn to the Olympics in Brazil or google Venezuelan grocery shelves and you will see what socialism does to a country.
Those who can’t do, teach.
While the entrepreneurs of the boomer generation set out to work in business and industry, the passive non-conformist has been commandeering our children’s minds. The worst of the “Me” generation infests higher learning.
Those members of our society with the drive to contribute to society and move the country forward have been distracted with success. While the entrepreneur was steering the ship, the non-conformists made a strategic move and snuck into our centers of learning to promote their own agenda.
Half way through the 20th century, academics with socialistic beliefs were comparable to the general population. This trend has and is shifting. By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.
The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative. The findings, were by Lichter and fellow political science professors Stanley Rothman of Smith College and Neil Nevitte of the University of Toronto.
Parents and adults: All is not lost. You have some options in the fight to get your child an unbiased education. First, do your research before sending your high schooler away to college. Secondly, parenting is not friendship. Teach your child the same American values and morals that were instilled in you. Show them that nothing comes without hard work and applying one’s self; that success is not rite of passage and dependency is a cancer. That America’s success was built by people who earned them against insurmountable obstacles. They need to be taught that socialism like the Venus fly trap is beautiful at a distance but a sheer horror up close.