As a member of Gen-X, I see two growing movements in American politics, both anti-big government. On the right, the young libertarians seem to be anti-government all together. Both young liberals and young libertarians want the freedom to live their own lives and make their own economic and social decisions without interference from big brother.
The polling data show that young adults are now voting Democratic overwhelmingly but they aren’t voting in favor of bigger government and higher taxes. In a lot of cases, they are voting against Republicans whom they see as intolerant. They vote for Democrats whom they see as tolerant and liberal on social issues and not seeking to expand the Federal government and raise taxes. This is a huge opportunity for the Democratic Party to advance Jack Kennedy’s vision of an America with economic and personal freedom for all.
The Republican Party also has an opportunity, now, with the young libertarians on the right, if they can ever stop shooting themselves in the foot (or run out of toes) and divorce themselves from the Christian Conservatives and Neoconservatives. It should be easy for them to convince the electorate that they hate big government and don’t want to expand it or raise taxes. It will be much more difficult for them to convince the electorate that they believe that Americans should have the freedom to manage their own lives.
The capture of the GOP by the right-to-life movement indicates a strong tendency toward theocracy in which the religious principles of a few constrain the behavior of all. The party seems hell-bent on imposing Christian sharia on America. To be competitive for the youth vote, the GOP will have to move toward a libertarian philosophy and say, “No,” to the Neo-Right. They could then become a more truly conservative party that would be competitive with the Democrats for young voters.
The future of America is young people who build their own businesses and work for new businesses that look much different from American businesses of the past. They want the freedom to run their own business and personal affairs. The Democratic Party and Barack Obama have already figured that out. The Republican Party hasn’t gotten the message yet and is still nominating people who can’t get elected outside of the Bible Belt and rural America. They need to get this message and bring in the libertarians, if they want to stay in business. If they don’t, the Democratic Party will end up governing most of the country.