On Monday afternoon, we made our way to Penn Quarter to attend a panel comprised of John Goodwin (Rep. Raul Labrador's former Chief of Staff), S.E. Cupp (co-host of CNN's Crossfire), and David Burstein (author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World). After S.E. Cupp introducted herself and the other panelists, the panel delivered some brief remarks about Millennials and their growing influence in politics. A Q&A session followed for roughly 45 minutes, and then the event came to a close.
The panel stressed that Millennials are very open to change and tend to be mistrusting of older politicians whose policies indicate resistance to change. According to Burstein, this lack of trust, in combination with older generations sometimes perceiving Millennials' aspirations and behaviors (i.e. frequently switching jobs, incorporating social media into their job descriptions) as sense of entitlement, has created a generational tension. He stressed that Millennials are granting more and more credibility to the views of their peers and that politicians must better understand them if they want to earn their votes. Millennials "do not want to be had." They want to elect candidates who genuinely want to improve America. Cupp provided a specific opportunity for the GOP to earn Millennial votes. Current U.S. tax codes are punitive to young Americans who choose to purchase homes and get married later on in life in order to save money; Republican leaders should fight to reform tax codes and ensure that fiscally responsible individuals are rewarded.
The event was a worthwhile experience; we learned new things about our own generation from a panel comprised of both Millennials and previous generations. We want to go to similar events in the future. Check out the video of our trip there and the picture of our front row view on Instagram (@c51pac)!
- D.C. interns Riley Sullivan, Charles Gillock, Calvin Ngo