1. Tell millennials they’re too stupid and wet behind the ears to recognize a trustworthy candidate when they see one.
Democrats are telling young women that they need to be spoon-fed political opinions—pro-Hillary Clinton opinions—because if they don’t support her, it’s only because they don’t know how unfairly she was treated by Republicans in the past; that all her “scandals” are really only “buzzwords.”
How do older female Democrats say this with a straight face? Let’s talk about why millennials see right through Hillary and her supporters.
Wut? I think I just hallucinated. Did those words actually appear in print somewhere? Why, yes, yes they did. (Let us pause to consider the wisdom of reading widely and thinking for yourself.) I couldn’t possibly do justice to a paraphrase of this screenplay, so you may read for yourself:
But there's one issue where I suspect that age really does trip up millennials: the widespread belief that Hillary isn't trustworthy. It's easy to understand why they might think this. After all, Hillary has been surrounded by a miasma of scandal for decades—and even if you vaguely know that a lot of the allegations against her weren't fair, well, where there's smoke there's fire. So if you're familiar with the buzzwords—Whitewater, Travelgate, Vince Foster, the Rose law firm, Troopergate, Ken Starr, Benghazi, Emailgate—but not much else, it's only human to figure that maybe there really is something fishy in Hillary's past.
I bet you’re hallucinating now, too. I’m the first one to try on different points of view, but to get inside the head of someone who believes the above is too risky. No telling what else is in there.
There’s more (emphasis added):
But many of us who lived through this stuff have exactly the opposite view. Not only do we know there's almost literally nothing to any of these "scandals," we also know exactly how they were deliberately and cynically manufactured at every step along the way. We were there, watching it happen in real time. So not only do we believe Hillary is basically honest, but the buzzwords actively piss us off. Every time we hear a young progressive kinda sorta suggest that Hillary can't be trusted, we want to strangle someone. It's the ultimate proof of how the right wing's big lie about the Clintons has successfully poisoned not just the electorate in general, but even the progressive movement itself.
I guess it depends on what the meaning of the word "basically" is. Another Clinton once told us that “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” so we know that, as their needs arise, words are really more like guidelines.
Good for millennials if they aren’t falling for such unmitigated malarkey. If they can see through it, what does that do to their perceptions of the people who peddle this kind of hoo-ha? Well, how much credibility does Grandma have when she tells you we don’t need any new-fangled fancy phones? I know if I were a millennial, political Luddites who trash the machinery of facts, YouTube videos, and public record would be a mighty big draw.
2. Ignore the driving factors that produced Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
The whole hath no need of a physician. The heard have no need of a duly elected barn burner. Trump and Sanders supporters are unhappy, dissatisfied, angry, and feeling disenfranchised; some because they feel powerless and some because they want to be taken care of. In either case, they are fiercely loyal to candidates who hear and care about those feelings. These voters don’t care that a vote for Trump or Sanders is a nail in their party’s coffin—their party has been dead to them for a long time.
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3. Browbeat the ignorant masses into seeing things your way.
I feel a tad disloyal for criticizing Mitt Romney’s Hail Mary pass (and they say Mormons and Catholics don’t have anything in common). Gotta call ‘em like I see ‘em though.
The thing killing both parties is that everyday people are tired of being ignored and simply used as tools of the party elites to achieve the goals that they deem worthy. Doubling down on those goals and the means to achieve them just proves to everyday folks that their only purpose is to be used by people who think they’re the only smart ones in the room. This is a recipe for surefire disaster.
4. Pretend that Clinton is not “a terrifying facsimile of a normal person.”
I will forever be indebted to Heather Wilhelm for exquisitely capturing the essence of Hillary Clinton. I feel mean calling her “a terrifying facsimile of a normal person,” but, again, I gotta call ‘em like I see ‘em.
(Another pause: only two things trump mean: funny, as in, “Marco Rubio is a urinary tract infection,” for which I owe Kevin Cook of the Kevin Cook radio show an indelible tattoo in my mind’s eye; and true, as in see above.)
It’s almost impossible to believe that Hillary supporters—women in particular—really admire the manipulativeness, arrogance, stridency, and drive for power at all costs that constitute Hillary Clinton. Has anyone else noticed how many people in the Clintons’ way just happen to end up dead? Her supporters believe in the idea of a Hillary Clinton like devotees believe in religion. And like religious devotees, absolutely no fact and no development pierce the zeal of the “stand with Hillary” crowd.
5. Insist that Clinton is an advocate for women, and women who don’t vote for her are going to a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.
It was a child who finally put forth the truth that the emperor had no clothes. Millennials are the future of both parties, and they see right through the gender window-dressing Hillary wraps herself in. The stodgy old “ends justify the means” machinations don’t work, and people who use them (Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright) make themselves increasingly irrelevant to their party’s future.
Again, good for millennials that they’re smarter than that. And, goodbye, Republicans and Democrats.
Donna Carol Voss is an author, blogger, speaker, and mom. A Berkeley grad, a former atheist, pagan, and hot mess, she is now a Mormon on purpose and an original thinker on 21stcentury living. Her memoir, “One of Everything,” traces the path through one of everything she took to get here. Her just-released “Hail to the Chief! 10 Questions to Ask Every Oval Office Candidate” throws a rope to anyone struggling with Election 2016.
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