Over a decade ago I remember having a conversation with a friend who was befuddled by the idea of everyone getting a trophy, just for showing up–not for excelling. My friend was lamenting the horrible lack of values and success principles that represented, and he asked, “what’s it going to be like when this ‘trophy generation’ grows up?” Looking back I am sure he was considering what it would be like for the Millennials when they came of age and had neither the emotional maturity, the drive, the pursuit of excellence mindset, or even skill sets to encounter life. In his mind, I am sure he felt life would give them a beating.
Instead, the Trophy Generation is giving us a beating. They have grown up–in years at least–and the entire generation is now voting. That generation is defined as those born between 1981 and 1996. They are now between 25 and 41. They are your doctors, your teachers, members of city councils, your ministers, middle to senior management in corporations, founders of technology companies, your district attorneys, your mayors, and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. They have done what every young person of every generation has done. They have started into life, and are making their way into positions of senior authority.
The difference is we now know the consequences of a generation where significant numbers are still living at home even into their 30s, where they have been educated into the anti-American woke culture, are driven by their emotions rather than logic, where they can repeat rote slogans, but lack the intellectual curiosity or integrity to even scratch the surface of analysis to think for themselves. We know they run in packs, supporting each other’s viewpoints and neuroses.
And they are in charge now–including in the political arena! Following what I considered to be a lamentable, yet predictable, outcome of the 2022 elections in many arenas, there is a lot of head scratching going on as to how we could have two elections in a row where the margin of victory for either candidate was razor thin, and how our country, whose electoral system was the envy of the world, has descended into distrust and uncertainty.
I believe the answer lies here. The Baby Boomers were once the largest generation in the US, and controlled almost all of business, education, and government. However the US Census Bureau reported that the Millennials have now become the largest generation, as of 2019. And that the Millennial Generation, and younger, now comprise more than half of the US population–166 million.
In my opinion, that means that politics as we knew it is over. This group is now voting. And they are voting based upon their world view and life view–basically influenced by what they experienced in their education, good or bad. And if they grew up expecting to be rewarded for just being there, and not contributing to excellence, they will be takers more than givers, and they outnumber the US voter who was raised with a fierce work ethic and sense of personal responsibility.
Where I think we missed this lies with us spending time wondering how the “JFK Democrats” and moderate neighbors we grew up with and competed with–who are patriots too–suddenly became radicalized and joined the “Woke.” I hear pundits asking how these regular Democrats could possibly have sold out to the extreme wing of that party. They didn’t. They are now outnumbered, voter-wise. Many may have secretly voted Republican, hoping to bring things back to the normal political game they were accustomed to. Their constituency is something they never saw coming.
But an energized, organized, and mobilized new generation of voters are registering and voting. They are of all backgrounds, races, ethnicity. They have a couple of things in common though. They were educated in the US education system over the last decades, and they bullied their parents into letting them coast because they are so “special.”
Having coached this generation in business for more than 20 years, that is why I wrote the political fiction series known as the “White King Series.” It was written for Millennials. The heroes Andy Weir and Brian Washington Carver represent the best that generation has to offer. They represent courage, commitment, intelligence, imagination, character, and a relentless pursuit of freedom. And they defeat our real-life, real-threat global enemies, and stop The Great Reset that is occurring right now.
If you want to start to influence the minds of this huge generation, I suggest you let them travel with the story and emotion of the “White King.” Let them experience the current events of the last two decades through the eyes and minds of peer patriots who bring about change with grace. Let them be entertained and, in the process, start to use their own creative imagination to solve the real-world threats, not just regurgitate the propaganda they have been force fed. For the story of the White King is the story of America’s decline in the 21st Century. It is also the story of how to reverse it–not by fighting this largest generation, but by tapping into the strengths of the individuals who comprise that generation. Let them “earn” the trophy that the final victory in “White King and the Seat at the Table” offers.
Our enemies are betting that the Millennials’ weaknesses will prevail, and America will be removed from the world stage. I, however, am not!
www.whitekingrising.com for information on the series
www.LeeKessler.net for the political Blog.