Last month the NYT had an article that caught my eye and made me feel more optimistic about the future. The article, Young Voters Keep Moving to the Left on Social Issues, Republicans Included, points to how Gen-Z and Millennials are far more racially and ethnically diverse and how those differences are shaping their views the world. For example, according to a survey from Pew Research Center, 64% of Millennials believe government should play a bigger role in their lives as opposed to 49% of Boomers. Both younger generation cohorts also overwhelmingly favor social issues like same sex marriage and agree that there is systemic racism that results in Black Americans being treated unfairly. Let that sink in for a minute.
While there is no doubt that many of the views of these young men and women will evolve and change, the demographics of a more multicultural, multiracial society is changing the fabric of our society in ways that are very visible as well as in ways that we have yet to fully realize. Combine that with the knowledge that in 2019 Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers and it makes elections moving forward far more interesting; assuming Millennials will head to the voting booth.