I got something I gotta get off my chest, folks. As a Millennial, I've gotten REALLY sick and tired of seeing my generation vilified by conservatives. For one, it's incredibly myopic - After all, many of the very people who were responsible for raising us are the ones blaming MY generation for being the the one that shifts blame for things and avoids responsibility!
Listen, if we want to start playing the blame game, there's plenty to go around. Instead of insults and pointing fingers, why not try to engage with my generation instead? I identify as a 'conservatarian' myself, more or less, but believe it or not, I have many friends and acquaintances who identify as Democrats and liberals. Hell, some even voted for Bernie Sanders! And you know why? I'll bet dollars to donuts it's not why you think. The folks I talked to identified with him and his 'cause' because they (mistakenly) thought he was a true believer, and that he practices what he preaches. Many connected with him because, in their minds, he represented Truth in a sea of iniquity and lies. And many support socialist policies because they want Justice, and they (again, mistakenly) think socialism is the best way to get that. So many in my generation are yearning for Truth & Justice, and aren't those fundamental elements of America, the one you and I both want to see restored?
Many in my generation may be misguided, but they are NOT lost - Far from it! And the way to reach them is not to vilify, ridicule and demean them. Talk to them, damn it, and not like you're their moral and intellectual superior, but like they're equals. Talk to them like they're fellow Americans - After all, that's what we are. Talk to them as if you're genuinely curious what they believe, and WHY they believe it. Hell, you should be anyways, frankly! But more importantly, you might be surprised by how much they listen in return, and how much they're willing to give thought to, even genuinely consider, what you have to say. Stop acting like my generation is already lost - That's quitter talk, and it's not even true, either. But it will be if we all give up on them. I'm looking at you too, fellow Millennial right-of-center folks - We can't give up on our brethren either, regardless of how much they make us want to roll our eyes sometimes, hehe ;) But it starts with talking. Not everyone will be willing to talk and discuss things with you, of course, but some will, and that's the beginning. It's about time we got started.