A recent survey done by The Wall Street Journal and NBC revealed some very disheartening statistics regarding our millennial generation. They apparently lack an understanding of our history and it is exhibited in their values or in the lack of them. Let me explain the outlook of two age groups and a perspective of their areas of importance for our vision and success as a nation.
The survey covered three important aspects of life in America and asked voters which values they considered “very important.” These are noted below:
Viewpoint of millennials Viewpoint of age 55 and over
Patriotism 42% 79%
Belief in God 30% 67%
Having children 32% 54%
All of the percentages of the millennials represent significant declines from previous surveys. Patriotism fell by 9 percent, religion by 12 percent and having children by 16 percent.
Hard work was regarded as important by both age groups in the area of 80 percent. However, self-fulfillment was more important to millennials than family. Before proceeding to any other thoughts, I ask that you consider the relevance of these numbers and what they portray for the future. I strongly believe the character and beliefs of our founding fathers that stressed honor with patriotism meshed with their belief in God were essential in our founding and growth as the most forward looking and freedom loving nation that has ever been created.
Our first president, George Washington, reminded his contemporaries that “religion and morality are indispensable supports” and asked who “can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of this fabric.” I believe those words have particular merit in our society today.
James Madison, our fourth president known as “The Father of our Constitution,” made the following statement: “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Thomas Jefferson, our third president, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, worried that the courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law, would begin to make the law and thereby jeopardize our freedom. These three men epitomize the wisdom and deep feeling of patriotism for our then fledgling nation
It is very disturbing and disheartening to see the peril that the future holds for our children and grandchildren without a serious change in the direction of the thinking and actions of the current generation of the young. Without morality and religion combined with feelings and enthusiasm for patriotism, our beloved country will plunge head long into self-absorbed hedonistic oblivion.
Consider this quotation from Ronald Reagan, our fortieth president, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the blood stream. It must be protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will greet our sunset and tell our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when we were free.”
Without significant changes in the far left of center education indoctrination, which is teaching the benefits of socialism, God fearing patriots will face very difficult odds defeating this challenge. Another quotation from Reagan is meaningful here as he said, “Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six-time candidate for president of the Socialist Party, said, the American people would never adopt socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will accept every fragment of the socialist program.” Does this have a familiar ring or significance to you?
Concerted efforts also must be made to overwhelm the blur from social media and the outpouring of venom from the media that finds it so easy to unfairly call so many as racists. Please get involved, do what you can to help millennials to have an understanding of reality. Do not stand on the sidelines and let the future of our beloved nation decline into the dustbin of history.
Jan Dolcater is a former chairman of the Knox County Republicans and a retired national sales manager for a manufacturer in Alabama. He is one of a group of writers of a conservative column called “Another View.” He lives in Rockport.