Category Archives: Poltics

Millennials in US & UK are less conservative as they age than previous generations according to voting data

Before we dive into the findings from, John Burn-Murdoch’s recent story, Millennials are shattering the oldest rule in politics in The Financial Times, let’s take a moment to define how we identify someone who is a Millennial and who they are.

MILLENNIAL: Also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, Millennials are the Western demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Psychologist Jean Twenge defines Millennials as those born 1980–1994, but Millennials are also often referred to people born between 1980–2000.

In 2020, Pew Research published a report that said that in the previous year Millennials had surpassed Baby Boomers in the United States to become the largest generation. The numbers shared below are based on data from 2019.

+ Millennials (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) 72.1 million
+ Boomers (ages 55 to 73) 71.6 million
+ Generation X (ages 39 to 54) 65.2 million
*Note the age range for Millennials by Pew in this survey was 1981 – 1996

Using census data that defined Millennials as those born between 1980-2000, CNN Money reported in 2020 that 72% of Boomers in the US are white as compared to 56% of Millennials. The fastest growing and youngest demographic in the US is Latinos (44% of the 60+ million Latinos in the US identify as Millennials). I share that information because race can be a dividing and driving influence in American politics. However, Latinos are not as easily categorized – race and place of origin plays a significant role in their voting patterns. For example, Cubans typically vote Republican whereas Mexicans and Puerto Ricans vote for Democrats by a margin greater than 2:1.

With that context in mind, I found the Financial Times article, that looked at voting patterns of Millennials in the US and UK, very interesting. Race aside, some of the reasons cited for Millennials less conservative voting patterns was the economic and social uncertainty that has defined their generation including:
+ 2008/09 financial crisis
+ 2016 Brexit vote (in UK)
+ 2020/21 global pandemic
+ 2022 high inflation continuing to put home ownership out of reach

In the US, the Republican Party’s embrace of conspiracy theories and extreme social positions which accelerated during the Obama years (2008-16) and hopefully peaked during the Trump Administration (2016-2020) had to have been a driving force in Millennials distaste for the Republican Party. By contrast, Democrats seem far more balanced and centrist in their polices and language. The progressive wing in the Democratic Party have been tempered by moderates who did very well in the 2022 elections (including but not limited to Sen. Kelly from AZ, Sen. Cortez-Masto from NV, and Sen. Hassan from NH).

It’s probably an oversimplification to point to one or two variables, and past voting habits don’t guarantee future voting behavior but as a person who believes in a more progressive agenda, I find it heartening. With each election, Millennials and their younger cohort, Gen Z will be able to flex their political muscle and have greater influence. Next year will be an election year in the US (and likely in the UK). We will be able to see how voting trends with Millennials compare. Will they and their younger cohort (Gen Z) continue to vote in large numbers? Will they continue to reject the extreme rhetoric from the Republican Party? Time will tell, and I’ll be watching.

The Big Gay Donation: FIFA edition

Much thanks to Fearsome Beard for sharing this a few days ago. And much thanks to Miriam Margoyles for putting this together. In her educational video, Miriam points out that, luckily the wonderful upstanding people who run Football [FIFA WORLD CUP] love “donations”.

Give this clip two minutes of your time.

Where to vote in Boston on election day

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.

If you are a registered voter and you have not participated in early voting or by mail-in ballot, please make time on Tuesday, November 8th to get to the polls, wherever you live in the United States. If you happen to live in Boston and are a first time voter, new to the area or cannot remember where to vote, I’ve got you covered.

Click here to learn where to vote in Boston on November 8th

In addition to voting for candidates, Massachusetts has four state-wide ballot initiatives. I’ve hyperlinked each question to the States voting information page so you can read more about the individual questions. The state also explains what a “Yes” or a “No” vote will mean since the language can sometimes be a bit tricky.

QUESTION 1: Additional tax on income over $1M
QUESTION 2: Regulation of dental insurance
QUESTION 3: Availability of licenses for sale of alcohol
QUESTION 4: Elibigibility for Drier’s Licenses

HRC New England celebrates 40 years

Saturday, November 19th, The Human Rights Campaign New England chapter will host its annual dinner and fundraiser. The event marks the chapter’s 40th anniversary and the HRC New England dinner and auction provides the LGBTQ+ community and their allies the chance to come together and celebrate as well as to organize.

In a post Dobbs world where the US Supreme Court can no longer be relied upon to guarantee protections many have taken for granted, organizing will be key to preserve the hard fought and won LGBTQ+ rights.

2022 New England Dinner and Auction
Saturday, November 19 @5:30PM
Bosotn Marriott Copley Place

About HRC New England
By empowering and mobilizing people at the grassroots level, HRC New England aims to create impactful change, providing advocacy for HRC’s mission and work on the ground. HRC New England is a dedicated team of volunteers who use their experience and talents to develop a more affirming, inclusive, and equitable community.

BosGuy political rant: SCOTUS

A lot has been said about two recent rulings of the US Supreme Court (expanding gun rights and restricting a women’s right to choose). However, I think only US Senator Susan Collins from Maine is surprised by these rulings. I usually refrain from sharing political rants because there are so many others who do a far better job, but sometimes I need to use this space to vent. I recognize that many who visit this blog likely agree with my thoughts, but I’m not looking to create an echo chamber – merely to vent.

The thing I find so utterly frustrating about SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is that it ignores 50+ years of precedent, and the three justices appointed during Donald Trump’s time in office are likely to continue to make rulings for the next 20-30 years building new precedent in the absence of legislation from the Federal Government.

The ruling on Roe reverses a 70+ year trend of expanding rights of women and minorities that dates back to the early 1950s when the US Supreme Court ruled against racial discrimination in Brown vs. Board of Education. Following this week’s controversial ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas said he believes now is the time for the court to revisit rulings on Obergefell vs. Hodges (same sex marriage) and Griswald, Lawrence vs. Texas (contraception) – and why wouldn’t he?

The court now has a conservative super majority with 6 conservative justices but it is Justices Thomas (age 74), Kavanaugh (age 57), Gorsuch (age 54), and Barrett (age 50) who worry me the most. These four justices seem intent on rolling back minorities and women rights, while at the same time aggressively expanding “religious freedoms” and paring back gun safety measures.

The Judicial branch, which has helped protect the rights of minorities and women over the past 70+ years, is now (and forseeable future) a hostile branch of government for these groups. I am concerned these two rulings offer us a glimpse of what to expect moving forward, and additional rights will be pared back if not removed altogether. This reality places an increased importance on the Legislative and Executive branches. Activists need to turn to these branches to legislate and sign into law a woman’s right to choose, protect minority rights, and enact sensible gun laws. It’s a tall order and is probably why I am so despondent – in a country divided as we are, can this be done? I suppose I’d rather fail trying than surrender. I just hope others will feel the same.

Vote for mayor: It’s election day in Boston

Two accomplished women with big ideas for how they can help to make Boston a better city are running for mayor and today is election day in the city.

Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu are on the ballot and have been campaigning hard to get your vote. In full disclosure, I am (and always have been) supporting Michelle Wu. Her big ideas have drawn criticism as too “pie in the sky” and unrealistic, but I like her vision and how she thinks big. Having said that, no matter who you support, I hope that you will vote in this historic election to send a message that you care and are invested in the future of Boston.

Unsure if you’re registered, here’s how to check your voter registration status.

Unsure where to vote? Here’s how to find your closest voting location.

November 2, 2021
Polls open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Also, a heartfelt thank you to out-going Mayor Kim Janey for stepping in after Mayor Walsh left to take the role of US Secretary of Labor in Washington, D.C. She had to address significant public health challenges regarding COVID-19, an ongoing scandal with the Boston Police Department, and a challenging economy, but she will be presenting to whomever wins this election a healthier and stronger city than she inherited.

The Emancipator

Earlier this year The Boston Globe and Boston University Center for Antiracist Research announced that they would be teaming up to launch The Emancipator to share opinions, ideas on journalism, and featuring contributions from experts and community voices.

The publication’s name is a nod to America’s first abolitionist newspaper which started in the early 19th-century. The hope is the online publication will create a forum to help reframe the national conversation on race.

“Even when The Emancipator was first founded in 1820, it was very difficult for people to believe that slavery, 45 years later, would be no more. Just as I think there are many people today who can’t imagine there could be a nation without racism and inequality,”

Ibram X. Kendi commenting in the video Announcing: The Emancipator

For more information follow them on Twitter at @the_emancipator or visit them online at to learn more and sign up to be added to their mailing list.

Sunday morning humor: Have you heard?

If this made you smile, you’re not alone. More than 81 million Americans feel the same way. Feel free to share.

Anxious nights

Yesterday’s activities in D.C. championed by the President and the Republican Party (yes, I find the entire Republican Party complicit) had me tossing and turning last night much like I was last spring when I first wrote this poem.

random thoughts ramble through my head
thinking these thoughts are keeping me from bed-
round-n-round, back-n-forth they go
yet where will this lead? i don’t know-

so i toss-n-turn in my bed
with images run amuck in my head-
a restful sleep i need, i know
but that will have to wait til tomorrow-

An image of a terrorist roaming the halls of the U.S. Congress with a Confederate flag, while someone who appears to be “security” doing nothing to stop him.

Some women see things as they are and ask, “”Why?”” I dream things that never were and ask, “”Why not?””

I think RFK would not mind that I modified his famous quote. I also think it is appropriate that by and large it has been women who have collectively been the ones to stand up to Donald Trump and the Republican Leadership over the past four nightmarish years far more effectively than the weaker sex.

Delusions of a wanna be dictator

I will watch this pot and bring it to a boil!
More and more lies should help start this roil.
Now a dash of sedition to make more turmoil.

“My kingdom for a horse” he shouts into the air,
I need to poke, provoke and create dispair.

Hate and anger I’ll throw into the pot!
Stir it, stir it – can you smell the rot?
Lies and half truths will season this lot.

Double double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and caldron bubble.

The votes of 80+ million were what was required!
Even still, all those politicians balked and conspired.
But hear me now, on January 20th, “You’re fired!”

***** ***** *****

I know rhyming patterns can make poems sound like nursery rhymes, but for someone who only dabbles in poetry, a rhyming pattern gives some structure to my poems. I’ve never been particularly artful in my writing so there is none of the subtlety usually associated with poetry, but in this instance, I’m okay with that.

Joe Biden’s lead over Trump grows to 5 million

Donald Trump’s inability to accept defeat by Joe Biden is not a surprise. What is a surprise is Biden receiving 77 million votes; nearly 5 million more votes than Trump as well as winning the two solidly red states of Arizona and Georgia.

As mail-in ballots were counted in the days that followed the election and Trump watched his lead in several states dissapear, his limited cognitive abilities left him to conclude (what he has been asserting since he ran for election in 2016) that our democracy is rigged. These bogus claims have failed to stand up in court, but I’m frustrated by Republicans like Attorney General William Barr and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who are lending credence to these claims without any evidence and the media’s (and when I say “the media” I actually mean FOX News) lack of pushback to these conspiracy theories.

Why can’t a list of voters be provided by the Trump re-election campaign to corroborate claims of voter fraud?

We’ve just witnessed an historic election that had more Americans voting for president than ever before. The latest tallies have Joe Biden with 77 million votes and Donald Trump with 72 million votes, meaning 149 million Americans cast a vote in this election up from 138 million in 2016.

Biden’s cushion of 5 million more votes than Trump is why he was able to win states like Georgia which saw 1 million more voters participate in this elecation than 2016, and Arizona which saw approximately 900,000 more voters participate in this election. Turnout was up everywhere in the nation, but in many sunbelt states that increase favors Democrats.

Joe Biden recieved 77 million votes to Donald Trump’s 72 million votes.

As corny as it sounds, I have absolute faith that our government will transition power to Joe Biden in January, but what concerns me is the way this will happen and at what cost to the Biden/Harris team? Will Joe Biden be plagued by innuendo and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud due to this public trial based solely on Trump’s vivid imagination and no facts? Will Biden’s effort to address and curb the coronavirus pandemic be set back? Will they be able to conduct background checks on members of their incoming administration so they can be ready to work come January 2021?

Who can say what the coming weeks will bring, but this is an excellent civics class where we are all able to watch our government. The real question in my mind, is will key Republicans be true to the democratic process or to their beloved, obese turtle who finds himself on his back flailing in the hot sun?

Trump: Exit stage left

AP photographer Evan Vucci photo speaks volumes.

I see a blue wave coming

Updated 12:00 am Wednesday, November 4

The “Blue Wave” seems more like a ripple at this point. Election results in several states won’t be known tonight and it looks as if the Senate will remain in control of the Republican Party.

I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic when I say the world’s attention on COVID-19 has temporarily abated to watch Americans go to the polls today. There is a feeling that everyone’s fate is tied to the results of this election.

Having said that, I’m optimistic about the election for two reasons. First, you either believe in polling or you don’t. I subscribe to the fact that no poll is perfect but in aggregate they can show trends and the “Blue Wall” states Trump barely won in 2016 (Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin) have shown a remarkably consistent lead for Biden since the summer. It is true that polls failed to properly represent voters without a college degree in 2016, but I believe reputable polling companies have corrected this oversight and greater scrutiny has been given to these Blue Wall states.

Second, it’s about the compelling demographics. Biden appears to be doing far better than Hillary Clinton with groups like suburban and older voters, putting Trump on the defensive in states he won in 2016 like Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. Additionally, Gen-Z voters are participating in record numbers and 65% of them support Biden.

There is evidence of Trump doing better with Cubans and Venzuelans in southern Florida but little is mentioned about the 850,000+ Puerto Ricans who can vote and mostly live in central Florida or the millions of Mexican-Americans living in states like Arizona and Texas.

I can understand Biden voters being skittish after Trump’s surprise win in 2016 but this ain’t 2016 and Biden is not Clinton. I’ll be the first to admit I could be wrong, but I see a blue wave coming. The only question in my mind is, how big will that wave be and who will be swept away by it?

Where to vote in Boston

man at voting booth.

If you are a registered voter in Boston and you have not participated in early voting or by mail-in ballot, please make time on Tuesday, November 3rd to get to the polls. If you are a first time voter, new to the area or cannot remember where to vote, I’ve got you covered.

Click here to learn where to vote in Boston on November 3rd

In addition to voting for your candidate, Massachusetts has two state-wide ballot initiatives that you will be asked to vote for in this election.

Massachusetts Question 1, “Right to Repair Law” Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative

A “yes” vote supports requiring manufacturers that sell vehicles with telematics systems in Massachusetts to equip them with a standardized open data platform beginning with model year 2022 that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application.

A “no” vote opposes requiring vehicles beginning with model year 2022 to be equipped with a standardized open data platform that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application, thereby maintaining that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access mechanical and diagnostic data through a personal computer.

You have to flip your ballot over to read and vote on Question 2.

Massachusetts Question 2, Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative

A “yes” vote supports enacting ranked-choice voting (RCV) for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and certain county offices beginning in 2022.

A “no” vote opposes changing the existing plurality voting system to ranked-choice voting for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and county offices.

For what it is worth, I plan on voting YES for both Question 1 and 2, but regardless of whether we agree or not, I’d like to encourage everyone to make sure they vote.