The Ron Paul Revolution has transcended politics and is now part of an important social movement. It may in fact be the beginning of the Millennial ascendancy in America.
In their landmark book, Millennials Rising, generational theorists Neal Howe and William Strauss predicted that the Generation that came of age after the year 2000, the Millennials, would be the next powerhouse generation. Generation theory holds that a powerhouse generation comes of age every eighty years.
The last powerhouse generation was known as the Greatest Generation, a cohort that survived the Great Depression and fought World War II to save the world from totalitarianism. According to Howe and Strauss, the Millennials will have an equally powerful impact before they are done. Howe and Strauss also predicted that Millennial boys would catch up with their precocious female counterparts at the end of the 00’s and when they do; we will begin to see some amazing things. Getting the picture?
Howe and Strauss did not predict what those amazing accomplishments would be. They did predict that the Millennial successes will have a different flavor than the accomplishments of their Baby-Boomer and Generation X-er parents because history reveals that members of every generation rebel against their parents’ generation by adopting values that are contrary to their parents’ values. Consequently, as we know that Baby-Boomers and Generation X’ers tended to be collectivist and idealistic in their problem-solving orientations, it may signify that Millennials will be inclined toward individualism and pragmatism, which are hallmarks of libertarianism.
Millions of Millennials are indeed finding their voices and making their marks in the burgeoning Liberty Movement, which is seeing its most visible expression in the Ron Paul Revolution. The Ron Paul Revolution may in fact be the launching pad for Millennial greatness.
In the April 17 edition of The New American, Jack Kerwick captures the significance of the Ron Paul Revolution:
Ron Paul’s campaign has shown what can happen when someone who truly believes in and understands liberty takes the time to explain it to the young. This is no mean feat. Paul does not draw youthful voters to his campaign by promising to pay for their medical insurance or their college tuition. He does not pledge to extend their unemployment benefits, and the assertions of his critics to the contrary notwithstanding, nor does he attract them by promising to legalize drugs.
Through a style all his own, Paul wins over young adults by doing nothing more or less than treat them as adults. And this means simply and solely that he commits to allowing them to live as free men and women.
Free men and women? What is Kerwick talking about? Millennials grew up in an era that was characterized by over-regulation, over-taxation, micro-management, and over-protectiveness, so why would they be be so attracted to liberty? Perhaps the answer lies in the question.
The Ron Paul Revolution had a spontaneous eruption in 2007 when millions of young Americans found something refreshing in Dr. Paul’s presidential campaign. Many had never heard any political figure talking simultaneously about freedom, which is typically the purview of Conservatives, and peace, which is typically the purview of Liberals. They were attracted to Paul’s fiscal pragmatism and social liberalism. They loved his brutal honesty and uncharacteristic integrity, perhaps because these are personality characteristics that many Millennials themselves, embody. Unlike many of their politically correct teachers and even some of their parents, Dr. Paul was not afraid to say the system was broken and the Emperor had no clothes. In Dr. Paul, they found an inspiring political figure that was practical and real.
Many of their parents and teachers got caught up in the false marketing of Obamamania, which for some of them, was an opportunity to relive their hippie fantasies. Hordes of unenlightened and brainwashed youth went down that hope and change road with them while the true revolutionaries discovered authenticity in the Ron Paul Revolution.
The Revolution has exploded since then and may be the fastest growing social movement in the United States today, despite efforts by the Baby-Boomer press to minimize its visibility. As a social movement, the Ron Paul Revolution has enormous inertia because it is based on two enduring American values, freedom and individual responsibility, that are intoxicating to youth and adults alike. These are ideas from the Enlightenment that may have become dormant for a few generations but they are screaming for life today.
Ron Paul may not become the next President of the United States, but as he has said himself many times, he is merely the vehicle through which liberty is again finding its place in America. It cannot be stopped. The Millennials in the Ron Paul Revolution are accepting their epic challenge to carry the liberty torch forward. Thank you Dr. Paul for accepting your challenge to inspire the next great generation.
Kevin Kervick is a social entrepreneur and freelance writer. He is the author of Discovering Possibility: A Common Sense Conservative Manifesto (For Classical Liberals Too).
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