Yesterday I received a call to my Politics Done Right radio show that gave me a lot of hope. Erica, a millennial, showed a yearning to be a part of changing the country. She exuded a knowledge many fail to give our millennials credit for as many treat them with disregard. She had a question I was eager to answer.
This millennial gives me hope
When one receives a call like this from a millennial, it is like icing on the cake as it makes it evident that this group is necessarily engaged. Erica was not shocked that Trump got elected given her real-life experiences. She said she was more disappointed than shocked.
"I felt like it reflected something that's reality in this country," Erica said. "Ignorance can sometimes dominate the vernacular."
Erica was acutely aware of how our derelict media allows politicians to use bait and switch techniques that modify the perception of reality.
She agreed with the blog of the week, "I refuse to get co-opted into the Doug Jones euphoria" where I discussed why Democrats should not rejoice too much in this victory as sleeper voters are always in the wings. She is well aware of the disease in the country that causes many to vote against their interests.
"I want to ask you," Erica said. "What can be done. I am a millennial. I am an idealist. I am a liberal. I am an Independent. I want a change. I want things to be better. I love my country."
She then asked for advice on how she can make a difference. I told Erica that millennials like her are our hope and future. Most of all I explained that the fact that she called into the show and that thousands heard her, she already made a difference because her voice and her being would have activated others.
Erica needed little advice. She just needed encouragement to do what she knows has to be done. That is engaging others with respect. Go to the place physically, mentally, and emotionally where they are. Build a rapport and esteem with others where they eventually start listening to your advice. It is a slow process. But we will change the country when we break the chains that the plutocracy has instilled in our minds via the dictates of the Powell Manifesto. We will change the nation when we disregard the false divisions the plutocracy needs to remove focus off of the root of our real problems, the extractive nature of our economic system that benefits a few.
Also published on Medium.