Mil­len­ni­als clue­less

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - WAR­REN MANISON Po­tomac, Mary­land

It just dawned on me that the con­tin­u­ing left-wing, anti-Trump at­tacks have a sin­is­ter ob­jec­tive: to tear down the Amer­i­can way of life. These at­tacks have as their per­sis­tent re­frain that the “1 per­cent” are evil, that cor­po­ra­tions are rip­ping off the Amer­i­can mid­dle class and that Repub­li­cans are only for the rich. And their suc­cess is be­com­ing ev­i­dent in re­cent polls show­ing that the ma­jor­ity of mil­len­ni­als would pre­fer to live un­der so­cial­ism than democ­racy (mean­ing cap­i­tal­ism). Se­ri­ously?

This is fright­en­ing and points to the im­mense dan­ger to the fu­ture of Amer­ica brought about by the con­ver­gence of two ad­di­tional fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing to­day’s mil­len­ni­als: univer­si­ties that ap­par­ently fail to pro­vide a bal­anced col­lege ed­u­ca­tion and teach what it means to be an Amer­i­can, and the loss of a free press. It used to be that news was ob­jec­tive and read­ers could not as­cer­tain the po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy of a news-story writer. No more.

Stu­dents com­ing out of col­leges now ap­par­ently have no ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of cap­i­tal­ism, democ­racy or Amer­ica as the land of op­por­tu­nity. Worse, hardly any have knowl­edge of so­cial­ism, which is one step re­moved from com­mu­nism. How many know that these be­liefs re­sulted in over 100 mil­lion deaths in the past cen­tury, or that they have con­sis­tently failed to pro­vide the high stan­dard of liv­ing and op­por­tu­nity that democ­racy has?

Amer­ica has seen tremen­dous suc­cesses by en­trepreneurs who cre­ated cor­po­ra­tions that now pro­vide mil­lions of jobs. Why isn’t this be­ing stressed in univer­si­ties and by the “free” press? What is wrong with suc­cess­ful peo­ple be­com­ing wealthy, es­pe­cially given that they pay over 70 per­cent of the in­come-tax rev­enue in this coun­try? They should be ap­plauded, not con­demned. Plus, the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans are in­vested in the stock mar­ket and de­pend on suc­cess­ful cor­po­ra­tions to pro­vide their pen­sions and an­nu­ities. De­stroy the “rich” and the cor­po­ra­tions, and you de­stroy Amer­ica.

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