Should Millennials form their own political party? | The Tylt
Should Millennials form their own political party?
In the past two years, Millennial support for Democrats and Republicans has dropped rather significantly.
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.
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.
In 2016, eight percent of Millennials voted for candidates other than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. It seems young people are fed up with both parties.
As final results come in, initial demographic breakdowns show that eight percent of millennials between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for either Johnson or Stein... According to Bloomberg Politics, that eight percent of millennials that chose a third party candidate over Clinton or Trump represents a surge in third-party voting among the younger generation. In 2012, just three percent of millennials voted for a third party candidate.
People keep talking about the "Blue Wave," but what about the Millennial Wave? A number of young, democratic socialists have been doing well in the primaries. While they may run as Democrats out of necessity, they are far more liberal than Democratic leadership, and maybe it makes more sense to just form a new party that actually stands for things Millennials care about.
After Ocasio-Cortez’s win, Pelosi denied Republican claims that socialism is ascendant in the Democratic Party. It’s hard to blame her for being defensive, since for generations “socialist” was considered a slur, and it’s one that’s hurled at Democrats indiscriminately. But I think she’s wrong. There are more candidates like Ocasio-Cortez out there, and the Democrats should welcome them. It needs their youth and zeal and willingness to do the work of rebuilding the party as a neighborhood institution. And they’re coming, whether the party’s leadership likes it or not.
But some feel rather than create a new political party, Millennials should just work harder to push the Democratic Party in the direction they want.
Millennial Democrats are discovering that the way to change this country is not to rock back and forth between the Republican and Democratic establishments. It is to wage war on the primary level and WIN.
We don't just need more Democrats, we need better Democrats.
As the system exists now, there are only two choices: Democrat or Republican. Democrats may not be perfect, but they are far closer to Millennial values than Republicans. Rather than try (and likely fail) to form a third party, Millennials should get even more involved in the party of their choice.
That said, the Democrats are far more morally consistent than the GOP. They at least believe in the social safety net, and they can be negotiated with and pushed toward compassionate outcomes, unlike the increasingly radical GOP.