The real problem for Millennials isn’t at the top

My Winter 2016 Trends Journal piece on the political habits of Millennials is now live.

Let it serve as a cautionary tale for our fair country. As Donald Trump continues to drive turnout in the Republican primaries, and his numbers show a slow pattern of emerging domination over hopefuls Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, eyes will be focusing evermore on Millennials, those united and progressive folks who say they’re prepared to change the world.

Is this their chance?

Many have put their word behind Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who continues to ride behind Hillary Clinton in primaries. If Clinton wins the nomination, will those Sanders supporters move over to Clinton and keep America’s executive office in the blue, or will some of them run over to the Trump camp and go for the self-described outsider who seemingly isn’t afraid to rail against anything establishment?

My Trends piece looks at how Millennials may be more “progressive” and “liberal,” but ultimately, have shown to be more disengaged and dissatisfied with American leadership. That signals potential bedlam on Election Day, when Millennials may decide to either forgo voting altogether, write in candidates, or flock to the candidate most positioned to upend government-as-usual.

Of course, most of us are only talking about the presidential race here.

The real question is whether Millennials get active at all. For if they don’t, they can allow the older Baby Boomers and GI Generation members to dictate the next six to 10 years of American politics … on every level.  And that will trickle down to a local level.

That’s where the real problem emerges. Millennials are playing with loaded dice here – they could very well allow the beginnings of their adult years, those years when they begin raising children and become more active in their communities, to be led by people completely out of touch with their needs.

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