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Millennial Annoyed By Perception of Her Generation


RUSH:  Colorado Springs, Colorado.  We're gonna start with Jen.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  How's it going?

RUSH:  Very well.  Thank you very much.

CALLER:  Good.  You know, I actually grew up in a family that's super Rush loyalists, but I never really listened until the last year when I was just getting so frustrated. 

RUSH: Well, I'm glad you found your way to us.

CALLER:  So the last couple of days, I've been hearing you talk about the Millennials.

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  And honestly, I totally get where you're coming from but totally annoyed about the perspective people have of my age group.

RUSH:  Are you one?  Are you a Millennial?

CALLER:  Well, I'm 31, and I don't know if you count me out because I'm 31 and not 30.

RUSH:  You're close enough.  You're close.

CALLER:  That's what I felt.

RUSH:  Here's the point: You thought you were being discussed, right, as you're listening?

CALLER:  I know you were not discussing me. Like you said multiple times, you know, the 60% of the people in this age-group who voted for Obama are what you're talking about, and I get that.  But I have a couple of thoughts about that, 'cause I think that it's a little different than your perspective is.  Obviously most of my friends are in my same age group.  Just from my background, I'm a military wife. I run my own business.

We currently live in Colorado. But I grew up in New Mexico in the middle of lots of different nationalities 'cause I grew up in the middle of the reservation.  My parents were super poor my whole life, but we never went on welfare; my dad just worked hard to try and make it work for us.  We had seven kids in my family.  So, my parents didn't pay for me to go to school. 

I paid for a couple of years for school for myself and didn't end up graduating; I got married and had a baby instead.  On the way, I decided to start my own business, and this is where I think the misconception is.  I honestly think that the parents of my age-group grew up thinking that they had to do more for their kids than their parents did for them, so they did, and that has enabled their children to not be successful.

RUSH:  Okay.  I need you to slow down.

CALLER: (giggling)

RUSH: No, it's my hearing.  I need to be able to follow you, so I want to ask questions. I want to make sure I heard what you just said.  You're a Millennial. You're 31. You listened to the program yesterday. You heard me talking about that group, and you disagree a little with my point, and the essence of your disagreement is that you think the parents of Millennials, who were themselves coming of age during Clinton-Gore and this kind of thing --

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  -- were raised to want to do more for their kids than their parents had done for them.

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  Wait a minute, now. So this created in you, the kids, what? A dependency, or an expectation that others were gonna do for you?  What's the result?


RUSH:  Okay.

CALLER:  That's exactly what I'm getting at. 

RUSH:  So you were not raised to be self-sufficient.  You were not raised to be self-reliant.  You were raised to be dependent.  Is that what you're saying?

CALLER:  Right.  I personally was raised to be self-reliant 'cause, like I said, my parents worked and didn't have a lot, and we graduated from high school and we were sent on our way.  We were given the tools to do so when we graduated, but I think the problem is that so many of the kids I grew up with, their parents never made them have a job while they went to school, high school.

So they had no concepts of what it meant to be gainfully employed, and what it meant to provide anything for themselves.  I bought my own school clothes once I had a job.  So I think a lot of the problem -- and I know it sounds lame to be putting the blame on this older generation, but as you look and you see, they're the ones that are allowing these kids to move back into their homes and live off of them.

RUSH:  Let me tell you something, Jen. There's nothing new about that.  Young people have been blaming their parents since the children of Adam and Eve.  There's nothing new about that -- and I don't mean to diminish your theory, because I think it has some validity.  You know, Snerdley -- the man who screened your call, who determined that you were fit to appear on the program today -- got kind of mad at me yesterday.

He said to me yesterday during the middle of this discussion, "Why are we giving these kids so much damn attention?  For crying out loud, they haven't done anything yet!  They already think the world resolves around them.  Why are you furthering that notion?  They haven't done diddly-squat yet.  They're demanding all this and expecting all that." Normally he's right. "I think too many young people are coddled." 

That's what you're saying, Jen.  You were coddled.  You were not prepared for the rigors out there. Now you've run into the rigors, and you don't know what the deal with it is. See, Snerdley's point was that here you have a bunch of kids 21 to 30, and everybody's making a big deal out of 'em. "What do they think? What do they want? What are they gonna vote? When are they gonna vote? How are they gonna vote? What are they gonna do? Where are they gonna go?"

When we were 21, Jen, nobody cared about us. 

We were punks, we hadn't proven anything yet, and nobody expected anything of us except a plan.  When I was in my teenage years and early twenties, when I ran into an adult like one of my parents' friends, inevitably they would ask me, "What are you gonna do to make a living?" and they made a value judgment on my answer.  It was just the way it was then. To illustrate this, I remember I was at a world-famous golf club back in the mid-nineties.

I was with a friend of mine and his 30-something son or late 20-something son, and here came General Alexander Haig, who I had met one time previously. But he was a friend of my friend, and the first thing General Haig said to this 20ish young man was, "So what are you going to do to make a living, Son?"  It was just what you asked.  That was the assessment that the adults made of young people.

How serious were they?

 How serious were they? 

Of course, the bottom line there is: "What are you gonna do to earn your way?"  That's what the question really was.  What are you gonna do to earn your way?  Somewhere along the line the question became, "What do we have to do to not hurt your feelings?" and "What do we have to do not to disappoint you?"  So in a way she's right. We can't blame the Millennials.  I mean, they've been conditioned.

But the reason that I am focusing on this particular group (and I had to explain this again to Snerdley) is because this group, Deborah... We've had the Gen X and whatever the generations. We've had a bunch of 'em.  But this group? Sixty percent of Millennials voted for Obama, and they're disappointed. They're losing faith in the country.  That is not good.  That's new. 

Previous generations, when things haven't worked out, they might have blamed the adults, and they mighta blamed a politician or party, and they mighta blamed themselves, but they did not blame the country.  This group is on the verge of losing faith in the country.  What they need to realize, what they need to be made to realize, is that what is happening in this country is the direct result of political policies of a particular party and man and the belief system they have. 

Because precisely, by definition, this is not America right now. 

This kind of aimless wandering with no hope for the future and this misery? I mean, this is almost like reliving the Great Depression.  But even then, people didn't lose faith in the country.  That is new.  They ought to be losing faith in the Democrat Party; they ought to be losing faith in Obama.  But how can they when the Republican Party doesn't appear to exist, when the Republican Party doesn't teach, when the Republican Party doesn't present an alternative?

The Republican Party does not say, "No, you shouldn't lose faith in America.  It's the greatest country ever!  The reason you're in the situation you're in right now is because of the policies of the president of the United States and his party," and bam, bam, bam! List 'em, and run TV ads about it. You don't have to lie, in this case. Tell 'em the truth.  There are truthful explanations.  So... (interruption)

No, no. Jen wasn't coddled, but her friends were.  Our caller was not coddled, but her friends were.  This country, up until now, has had so much prosperity, so much abundance -- and every parent, it's natural, wants a better life for their kids.  Mine did, too.  But they didn't think that should happen by virtue of it being given to us.  They were all about that. My parents never doubted the opportunity would be there. 

To them, their job was somehow getting me motivated, educated, prepared to go to work, pursuing that opportunity or those opportunities or whatever it was that I chose to do.  But they never thought they were supposed to give it to us.  Subsequent generations of parents have become soft.  They don't want to see their kids in pain, don't want to see 'em crying, don't want to see 'em suffering. They don't want to see them learning in that way.

It's almost the way they deal with their pets.  You don't want your pet to suffer, you don't want your pet to experience any pain, and so there became in subtle notion that you could succeed without having to work for it.  But I think Jen here from Colorado Springs could have a point.  Being spoiled might make it easier to blame the country when you don't get everything you want.  Being spoiled might facilitate this idea of losing faith in the country.  She could be right.  But I have to take a break, Jen. I'm really glad you called. 



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