This morning, as light falls upon the election of Donald Trump, we mark a truth long in the making. You may have had suspicions, and now you have validation. Your parents are idiots! Yes, the days of respecting the wisdom of our elders are now done and responsibility for carrying our society rests on your shoulders.
To the right is a delegate map of voters between the ages of 18 and 25. This would have been the election result had only you voted in the presidential race.
Surely your parents love you and want the best for you, right? So why would they disregard all important effects of their electoral decision that would affect your future?
The answer is that they just can't think that deeply. Years of Facebook lies, social platitudes, and church drivel has taught them that happiness lies in the shallowest of thoughts. Asking questions or thinking through complex scenarios, no longer being a necessity, has weakened or killed the brain structure for this function.
In addition to general human decency, here is a short list of the recent victims of that stupidity.
- Climate science
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly declared that climate concerns were a hoax, and that he intends to “cancel” U.S. compliance with the pact that was reached in Paris.
Trump has said he’d dismantle the Education Department.
- Civil Rights
Under a Trump presidency, the Supreme Court will almost undoubtedly shift toward an über-conservative tilt; and with a Republican-led Congress, many institutions, like affirmative action and equal voting rights, are likely to move from their last legs to a death knell.
- LGBT Rights
During an interview with Fox News in January 2016, Trump said he would “strongly consider” appointing judges to overturn the Marriage Equality Act. His running mate, Mike Pence, has a history of support for anti-LGBT measures, including a law during his time as Indiana’s governor that would deny services to LGBT people based on religious reasons.
- National Forests
The Republican Party’s platform has an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands.
- Environmental Protection
Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for America’s Environmental Protection Agency. In October, he promised to cut EPA regulations “70 to 80 percent”
Trump has made a number of worrisome comments about people's access to abortion, including his promise to appoint Supreme Court justices keen on overturning Roe v. Wade. He has also said he would repeal Obamacare, eliminating insurance subsidies for the poor and allowing insurance companies to deny people with preexisting conditions.
Possibly many others, but most importantly,
Neither Trump or the parents who vote for him have the slightest concern for honesty. Their guiding principles (if they were ever present) have been replaced with enjoyment of shared insults among their friends. Making up "facts" and sharing them through social networks are the new hobbies your parents have traded for integrity.
So, are your parents bad people? No, they're simply idiots. Love them, care for them, and use them as a deterrent to your own self corruption and intellectual descent.
You are the hope for a civil American society. You care and work to understand differing points of view. You seek truth beyond your comfort. Respect your principles, respect the truth, and your generation will actually make America great again.