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Assault on America, Day 475: Why we just might see more MAGA hats on campus real soon

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The utes (youths) ain’t digging Grampa Joe like they did his boss. What gives?


Are MAGA hats coming to a campus near you?

Maybe, though with the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, we won’t spot them for a few more months (during a possible summer session?). Though hardly anyone is mulling about greater society these days due to government imposed social distancing and the threat of severe punishments from petty tyrant governors and local officials in various locales, nonetheless there are signs that a key element of the winning Obama Democrat conglomeration isn’t responding enthusiastically to the prospect of a doddering Grampa Joe Biden presidency.

In fact, it’s much worse than that. A recent Monmouth university poll found Biden and President Donald Trump tied at 44 percent in the under 35 age group, an eye-catching figure which must be causing ulcers and other assorted gastrointestinal pangs to Democrats whose entire happiness hinges on winning November’s election. It’s no secret that the liberal party heavily relies on overwhelming support from groups of eligible (and ineligible) voters who don’t have, to put it lightly, much experience pulling their own weight in the workforce. With President Trump continuing to draw high ratings and intense press coverage of his informative and sometimes unintentionally entertaining COVID-19 responses, it’ll be harder and harder for Biden to stir things up among the different blocs.

Needless to say, if Biden loses hold on any of his crucial Democrat constituencies, he’s toast. It’s a tight balancing act for any Democrat candidate who must keep a diverse (the word has many connotations) crowd of onlookers happy. In addition to youths, Democrats must pander to environmentalist wackos, a multitude of ethnic minority consortiums, radical abortion-monger feminists, LGBTQ conform-or-be-banished fascists, brainless Hollywood twits and morons, goody-grabbers of all shapes and sizes, and, of course, the Harvey Weinstein-like #MeToo perpetrators.

But young voters were expected to be a firewall for Biden. How bad is the problem? Ryan Girdusky wrote at The Washington Examiner, “The youth vote is a pillar of the modern Democratic Party coalition. It was essential for former President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 victories, and to Hillary Clinton earning a plurality of the popular vote…

“Democratic insiders have been sounding the alarm about Biden’s trouble with young voters since March, telling NBC News that it reminded them of Hillary Clinton. That problem hasn’t gone away, even as he’s become the presumptive nominee. Recent polls conducted by Fox News, Monmouth, CNN, Quinnipiac, Selzer, and ABC/Washington Post found that Biden leads President Trump with voters under 35 by an average of just 12 points, 49% to 37%...

“The Biden campaign has spun into a defensive mode, with its candidate locked in his house making campaign videos, his age entirely on display. Trump’s numbers are improving substantially from where they were four years ago with younger millennials and Generation Z. If Biden plans on winning the White House, he will have to pivot his campaign toward young voters or find a different coalition than the one that pushed Obama to victory 12 years ago.”

The million (trillion?) dollar question is, how to “pivot” towards young voters without alienating one or more of the other Democrat confederations? True, Democrats tend to lump everyone in together, but assessing the desires and demands of an entire age group is challenging at best and impossible at worst (and no, polls and focus groups don’t reveal the secret either). Obama captured the imaginations of the youthful and impressionable in 2008 by traveling the country spreading bull-crap about “Hope and Change” and halting the rise of the oceans, etc., strongly suggesting he was the political equivalent of Santa Claus but delivering 365 days a year.

It was easy for him. Similar to Bill Clinton in 1992, Obama was a forty-something smooth talking Baby Boomer (obviously much younger than the World War II or Vietnam War generation) who was pitted against a crusty and cranky 72-year-old Republican who didn’t exactly come across as “with it” and hip. Coming off of two terms of the suffocating establishment-dominated George W. Bush administration, Americans of all ages were simply ready for a different direction.

Obama “fit the suit.” McCain campaigned on continuing and even ramping up the enormously unpopular Iraq War and his lukewarm record on a number of non-negotiable (for the GOP base) issues (immigration, federal bailouts) didn’t excite anyone. His decision to select Sarah Palin as his running mate roused conservatives for a time, but the end came early when he suspended his presidential campaign in order to swim with the rest of the swamp creatures working to stem the bleeding from the burst housing bubble.

That “financial crisis” pales in comparison to the one we’re traveling through now, though.

Amidst the coronavirus conundrum, have young voters’ issues shifted? It’s certainly possible. Young people are facing the prospects of an economy with heretofore unfathomable unemployment and a small business sector that’s been devastated by closings and government-mandated shutdowns. Most (if not all) government workers (including public school teachers) are still on the payroll and many corporate tasks can be accomplished remotely. Plus, big business’s cozy partnership with government ensures they’ll be serviced first by “relief” measures.

Not so the small family businesses. If half the jobs in the economy come from these individual enterprises, it means a high percentage of students likely notice what’s going on. And it worries them (as it should).

The issues that they cared about just a couple months ago look a lot less urgent when mom and dad are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy in the family home. How does “climate change” or other crackpot science-inspired fearmongering theories stack up against the prospect of not being able to pay their college tuition? Where is Antifa? If they’re anti-fascist as they pretend, why aren’t they out protesting all these heavy-handed Democrat government lockdowns?

Family financial dilemmas trickle down to the young people, too. What might’ve seemed like four years of post-high school fun now has devolved into questions of, “Can the family business survive with me away at college?” Can I help out at home and still earn an online degree? Should I really be piling up more debt when there might not be a way to pay it back -- and the Democrat candidates’ promise of “free tuition” is less doable than ever now.

There are other likely reasons why Trump is gaining ground vis-à-vis Biden, too. Whereas Obama was young and “cool”, Grampa Joe Biden is the polar opposite. Even those of us middle-aged folks who grew up in the eighties have a hard time learning and adapting to the rapid changes in technology these days. Biden obviously doesn’t understand people six decades younger than him -- and they don’t get him either. Joe doesn’t speak their language and sometimes when confronted by tenderfoots, he insults them -- “You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier” or, they’re wrong to question him on his “three genders” statement.

It's also well-documented (on video and by eye-witnesses) that his “creepy Joe” reputation was well-earned through off-putting, handsy treatment of children and women. And don’t forget he has a credible #MeToo accuser that the media is all-but ignoring. None of this lends itself to young voters getting excited about Biden as a prospective president. If anything, fellow seventy-something Donald Trump is much “cooler” than the former vice president.

Could coronavirus boredom lead to a greater youth emphasis on politics?

Another conceivable explanation for the positive youth voter trend is the lack of cultural offerings these days, which might be manifesting itself in more interest being given to the political realm. Young voters who are either still in school or recent graduates might’ve ignored or placed the non-stop back-and-forth of politicians on the proverbial backburner, largely because they weren’t compelled to pay attention to it, but now there’s more than enough time -- and a dire necessity -- to listen to what political leaders say about the coronavirus and the economy. Their (and everyone’s) future is at stake.

Besides, what else is there to do? Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that sports leagues might need to play without fans well into the summer, and there haven’t been any games, movies, plays or gatherings of any kind in well over a month. Who knows, maybe politics is a new hobby for some youngsters and they like Trump better than Biden.

They’ll also definitely note that COVID-19 hits hardest in older demographic categories and those with preexisting health conditions, and it’s making less and less sense to keep everyone sequestered when there’s considerably less danger to younger, more vibrant individuals. More than a few astute commentators have pointed out that our powers-that-be closed schools to separate an age group that’s largely unaffected by coronavirus yet kept in place senior care centers that have served as contagion breeding grounds for the most susceptible.

Shouldn’t we have closed senior care facilities and kept schools open? Society would’ve benefitted greatly by providing extra space and care for those most at risk yet carrying on as “normal” (with stepped up hand-washing and sanitizing) for everyone else.

Time will tell whether President Trump will compete for a meaningful chunk of the youth vote, but here’s predicting he will. Ronald Reagan was the last Republican to capture the loyalty of this normally flighty group, which shows they respond to strong, capable leaders who believe in something. Does this describe Joe Biden? Uh-uh.

The coronavirus conundrum explained by mega-dunce Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

While there are encouraging signals young voters are waking up to more serious realities, there’s also evidence that some in the under 35 age group are beyond hope having already developed “immunity” to the common sense bug. Dominick Mastrangelo reported at The Washington Examiner, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the issues that make minority communities more susceptible to the coronavirus are economic.

“’Obviously, there are certain things we can do to make sure that preexisting conditions don’t exist,’ Ocasio-Cortez said on The View ... ‘But, ultimately, it’s inequity that’s the preexisting condition ... and you can’t just go to someone and tell them, 'Hey, you should have had healthcare this whole time when you’re working an hourly job and your employer doesn’t give it to you.’…

“Ocasio-Cortez, a proponent of ‘Medicare for all,’ said access to proper health treatment is what is holding minorities back. ‘You know, a lot of these preexisting conditions have to do with the inability to access quality healthcare, the inability to afford quality healthcare because we live in a country that continues to have a for-profit healthcare system, unlike the rest of the developed world,’ she said.”

Apparently AOC hasn’t noticed, but the American healthcare system has kept death rates much lower than other countries with socialized systems. Facts are so boring to these people, aren’t they?

If minorities are more disposed to the world pandemic it’s because, statistically speaking, they are more likely to fit in higher-risk categories, namely those with diabetes, obesity, heart conditions, etc. These are cultural differences. And the poor do have access to health treatments through government entitlement programs already. Medicare for All would be a fiscal disaster.

Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to be the be-all, end-all of health solutions? The free-market system is the only way we’ll ever get ourselves out of this mess. We need more freedom, not less.

It's hard to say whether we’ll soon be spotting MAGA hats on reopened college campuses, but there’s little doubt that recent youth opinion surveys are encouraging. Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats depend on waves of young voters turning out to favor them, and if they don’t… well, you can predict the rest of the story.

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