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myrdraal2001

Dear Gen-Z, Welcome to the resistance. Please continue to vote and run for offices. Thank you, Gen-X ![gif](giphy|mCbUi0FyYhHHhutEV8|downsized)


Azar002

But maybe more than 27% of you vote next time.


Amyntia

Gotta look at it this way for gen x.. they were pushed to believe that their vote didn't matter. And so few of them got the memo that it was to keep them under heel. Millennials are somewhat the same. So many taught that we shouldn't bother.. granted we are young enough that we were able to see the truth online.. so while i hope more turn out with every election.. gen x may not be able to break that programming..


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Amyntia

I got lucky. My mom saw how invested i was in how the world should be run.. and realized that i should vote. Through everyone else telling me i should leave it to the adults.. she said that the moment i was 18 to make sure I voted


finnill

I’m an older millennial with a GenZ daughter. You better believe she was ready to cast her vote.


Amyntia

Gen Z got all the gen x anger, and the millennial push for change.. and then got the inner strength to say fuck the world.. and just go for it. I can not be more happy watching them go


KC-Chris

your dad is a jerk.


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KC-Chris

Well kudos to you for not continuing the cycle . My home life wasn't exactly functional growing up and I have real regrets surrounding behaving like my parents for a way too long . Your emotional intelligence puts you ahead of the game In a lot of respects


myrdraal2001

Some of us were screaming at them that there is no perfect candidate when Bernie lost to Hillary but they didn't believe us. Some burned us when they believed Ragent Orange and his lies and actually voted for him.


Camel_Natural

Watch Republicans try and change the voting age to 21.


LongLiveDolph

Then we will cap the voting age.


PrettiKinx

Yup! Lol


PrettiKinx

They already are. If you are not old and white, They will do anything to stop you from voting. It's really so sad. Instead, of retooling their message to be less hateful. They just go after your rights.


phred14

I don't give a hoot about the message, look at what they do! That's at least as bad.


Camel_Natural

So they can go to war but not vote? Seems fare, to a republican.


ModelMade

You can go to war to kill and be killed and not drink at a bar. That always stuck out to me as someone from the other side of the world. Freedom alright.


Captain_DD163

“You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin” Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire (Song is still pretty accurate) This is the way it was until the 26th Amendment was ratified on July 1, 1971.


15jtaylor443

They literally can't though. The minimum voting age is determined through the 26th amendment. It would require a new amendment to repeal that amendment, and probably another amendment to require a minimum age of 21 to vote nation wide. And passing a new amendment would literally require an act of God. So many states would have to knowingly vote against their best interests to get either of these amendments to pass. So no chance


myrdraal2001

Some already are. [Read this story. ](https://www.thedailybeast.com/some-republicans-want-to-raise-voting-age-after-gen-zs-strong-midterm-turnout)


Boy_Sabaw

Typical GOP strategy: Instead of listening to what the people want they instead change who votes for them. It’s so backwards and undemocratic. The GOP’s goal is to acquire power, not govern


myrdraal2001

You're surprised?!? That's why we need to vote them ALL out of power.


BoomZhakaLaka

When they can't do that, they'll close down the campus polling places and cut funding to public transit programs.


gymgirl2018

Well they would have to appeal an Amendment and no one has that power right now.


theory_until

Already hearing rumbles.


AdagioExtra1332

That'd require a constitutional amendment. Very likely to happen.


MPFX3000

Covid and Gen Z - I really believe if not for covid, trump would have had a much, much easier road to win 2020 But as a Gen Xer, hats-off to you ‘kids’ for showing up.


redditorx13579

Us Gen Xers have been eating Boomer shit for decades. We learned in school they were going to fuck every last system up since none of the underlying infrastructure could handle the pop. Definitely a hats-off.


MPFX3000

We had good music and good SNL


Less_Likely

Everyone thinks the SNL from when they were teens was the best. Probably because that's the target audience.


detroitiseverybody

As a Boomer, the idea that Gen Z & X are moving in to make changes gives me hope for the future. I hope/believe that this is just the tip of the Z - X iceberg in correcting course. We need a "G Wave" for every election. ETA: X, Y & Z


halfveela

Do millennials (Gen Y) get to be the forgotten generation for a while now? Thank god, see you all in 10 years.


detroitiseverybody

>ETA: X, Y & Z


halfveela

Lol, I was kidding, partly. Millenials have just gotten a lot of heat for liking avocado on toast and not being able to afford to own homes 🤷🏽‍♀️


detroitiseverybody

But, we all know that's bullshit. The same people who don't want low wage earners to be relieved of some of their educational debt (with exorbitant interest), yet ask for and received PPP loans, then asked and received forgiveness of the loans. Don't get me started ; )


halfveela

Right?? I'm happy to focus on how much ass Gen-Z is kicking for a while instead.


RiverDotter

Who's giving you heat for that? I've never heard anyone say that except maybe Republicans, but I ignore them.


halfveela

Where have you been? There have been a crap ton of articles and think pieces over the years about millennial spending habits (avo toast and starbucks, etc), debt, and our "creative alternatives" to home buying, like two unrelated people going in on a down payment together or how so many are "choosing" to live in RVs and vans. As if it has nothing to do with wages from the 90s with COS through the 2010s, entry level positions paying minimum wage but requiring a bachelors and three years expierence, etc. Not just on Fox News, but Vanity Fair, WSJ, NYT, etc. They've kind of moved on to criticizing Gen Z for caring too much about mental health, valuing their own time, and rejecting wage slave culture or whatever.


RiverDotter

I don't watch news because of sensualist crap like that. I read news, and not that stuff. Generational warfare hurts everyone, so I try not to engage in it. Sorry, I just saw this.


oldbastardbob

Yep, my generation produced some shit. Yours, however, ain't much to brag about. Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tucker Carlson, Bret Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Steven Miller, Alex Jones, Ron DeSantis, Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric..... I could go on a bit, but you get the idea. [Well, and then there is this.](https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/05/20/cherie-westrich-alt-rock-gen-x-maga-00033769) I'm not trying to defend boomers, or further this generational divide bullshit stuff. The plain truth is that every generation has their assholes and their shining stars. Dark Brandon and Bernie are boomers doing a hell of a lot more to save democracy than most. There's also an age old piece of wisdom that folks would do well to remember. Every generation thinks the one before them are cluelessly stuck in the past and the one after them are cluelessly inexperienced. Which is superfically true, but no generation is homogenious. Demographers report statistics based on generations. Unfortunately people lap them up like it means something significant.


PresentMinimum3274

Someone gets it! Thanks. The hate for boomers (why?) only keeps the divisiveness going.


oldbastardbob

I'm pretty sure that in addition to racial division being stoked by nefarious foriegn sources, attempts to pit generations against one another is also part of their methodology. Sometimes I'm not sure if the correct response to some of the "it's all the boomers fault!" comments isn't "OK, Sergey." or "OK, Li." Or maybe "OK, Ali."


PresentMinimum3274

Not a bad idea. Any of my replies regarding boomers on Gen Z reddits are met with down votes in saying not all bad or protesting Kent State or Vietnam or died in Vietnam. TMTAI


Karl_00_Hungus

Boomers have had a stranglehold on power in the House and Senate for decades and refuse to step aside. This is true on both sides of the aisle.


oldbastardbob

Vote 'em out.


PresentMinimum3274

Not all boomers.


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PresentMinimum3274

I am not a boomer. Stereotyping doesn't always work. Are you a Gen Z? Why would they want to talk about when it appears that no matter what is said, it is projected back as hate such as the post you deleted but showed up in my email. Look at the divisiveness. Why keep that growing when people are not open to see other viewpoints. ALL generations have things/issues they can or need to improve.


RiverDotter

You don't realize the liberties boomers made happen? You'd think the reality was fiction without the liberties you take for granted that boomers worked hard for.


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RiverDotter

That's not what I mean at all. I'm not talking about the boomers or the X'ers or anyone who supports Trump. I'm talking about history. A lot of civil rights reforms happened in the mid to late 20th century under boomers. I'm talking about the civil rights movement of the 1960's, disability reforms, protecting pregnant workers, ending age discrimination in employment, like forced retirement, making sure families didn't lose their jobs for caring for their families. You were probably born with all these rights because of that movement. All generations have more and more of their population become conservative as they age. The same will happen with millennials and gen z. It's already happening with X. But we don't throw out the ones who stay true to individual liberties. That's my only point. I think it's harmful to dismiss people based on the year they were born or attribute characteristics to them that aren't true. We're all important if we're going to fight the scourge of conservative fascism that is trying really hard to take over our culture. Every single one of us including liberal 90 year olds.


Camel_Natural

As a boomer I'm also glad you showed up.


imnotbobvilla

Proud of everyone that vote


PrettiKinx

I think conservatives lost this election because most of their voters died from covid, as they were not vaccinated.


SnooAvocados763

Elders with weak immune systems are mostly Republican voters. I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them died due to the lies spread.


mps5002

Minority communities that traditionally go democrat were hit early in the pandemic when the death rate was higher. So, it is reasonable to assume that both sides lost many


BMHun275

While true, you also have to remember there is a higher proportion of non-voters in traditionally Democrat voting demographics as well. Or at least there was.


HalforcFullLover

I agree with my fellow Gen-Xer. And thank you Gen-Z!


DAecir

Trump would not have won popular vote but by electoral, like the last time.


Marksmith2345

Covid should have been a blessing for Trump, just like 9/11 was for Bush. But, he was incapable of any reaction other than denial. If he just pretended to care about saving lives he would have won.


Frisky_Picker

If it wasn't for Covid Trump definitely would have won. However I should clarify if it was for Trumps *handling of* covid he would have won.


Happy_Currency_425

I don't buy it, the polls pre covid and the final election results are basically identical.


Ligmund_Freud

And as those old MAGA fucks start dying in greater and greater numbers, the population is only going to lean more to the left. Adapt or die, GOP. I'd prefer the latter.


PrettiKinx

I think conservatives lost this election because most of their voters died from covid, as they were not vaccinated.


brian111786

Oh *that's* why they want to let unqualified people teach in schools. *shocked Pikachu face*


mermiss1

The major difference, the Democrats realized this before the election and spoke to the younger peoples concerns. The Republicans just hammered their tired old message to their "base"


PrettiKinx

And attacked young people as being too soft, too gay and too stupid.


mermiss1

Yep, too bad! Laughs on them. Young voters will be voters for many years, old voters a few years. The future looks bright!


PrettiKinx

Yup!!!


MealDramatic1885

There is no path to victory for Republicans without voter restrictions, voter suppression, gerrymandering, courting white supremacy, and trying to get their base to intimidate the other side with guns.


PrettiKinx

Yup!


tinyNorman

I’m one of the cancelled out voters, and I couldn’t be happier!


phred14

I wasn't cancelled because I voted the same way.


tinyNorman

Oh, yeah, I didn’t think about that. You are correct, I also voted for the future, not for corporate profits.


Annonnymee

And so did everyone I know my age. Thank God for my liberal boomer bubble.


JROXZ

Tired af Millenial vanguard here trying to break into my career to help everyone behind me. Thank you so so much Gen Z.


NoRecommendation470

I'm a boomer and I want you guys to keep showing up and voting blue. It's up to you now. Fix this shitstorm that we as a generation caused.


shecho18

There is a saying future stays/proceeds on young peoples back. They have showed what is important to them.


callmebaiken

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/12/us/young-voter-turnout-election-democrats.html The statistics, however, are more equivocal. Students make up about 8 percent of the 120,000 residents of LaCrosse County, but turnout there actually dropped some five percentage points, and some 2,000 votes, between 2018 and 2022. Indeed, of five campus-heavy counties in battleground states randomly surveyed, only one — Centre County, Pa., home to Penn State University — recorded a turnout increase compared with 2018. Moreover, the Circle analysis noted that while young voter turnout this election was robust, the preliminary figures indicate it actually made up a smaller share of the electorate than in 2018 — 12 percent, down from 13. David Shor, who founded the Democratic data analysis firm Blue Rose Research, said the turnout numbers from early voting do not support the notion that turnout by young voters was especially crucial to Democrats’ success. “The early vote data tells a pretty consistent story: Republican turnout ended up being higher than Democratic turnout,” he said. “There couldn’t have been a surge in youth turnout if the electorate was more Republican than Democratic.”


AbarthCabrioDriver

And as a middle-aged man, I thank them for it, and my father would be proud if he was still around.


Additional_Buyer_110

My Gen x ass is grateful


Classic-End-5505

Millenials 4 Gen Z. Medicare 4 All.


AfternoonPast3324

You mean to tell me that 18-29 year olds aren’t longing for things to stay the way they were 40-50 years ago? Shocking! /s


Fast_Championship_R

Yep and we showed up and defeated the GOP in AZ and now Nevada! https://preview.redd.it/fqze2jhm9oz91.jpeg?width=1128&format=pjpg&auto=webp&v=enabled&s=a210cc4061d93f404e0606a5804aa58884f0bf1f


PrettiKinx

👏👏👏👏👏


Amerlis

Going forward, as more and more of the 65 plus exits stage left and more 18-29s age out of “politics got nothing to do with me” and seeing more stuff becoming relevant that affects them and their future: minimum wage, healthcare, environment, etc. And they’re getting pissed.


PrettiKinx

Yes!!!


Over_Swordfish3554

Made sure my kid voted from college. Next presidential election, another votes. Another democratic vote. And plenty of their friends are LGBT friendly. Republicans should probably adjust their hate.


Overhale

Democrats need to play the long game like the GOP, except with Gen Z rather than Southern whites.


BumbleMuggin

Youth is the engine of the world.


uncultured_swine2099

Warms my heart to see that. And likely more will vote in 2024.


PrettiKinx

I hope more keeps voting. Gen Z, Gen X, and millennials all want the same thing. The dems speak to that and better take action on promises.


ausdoug

The ultimate 'OK Boomer'


Vargoroth

Then the democrats better make sure they're worthy of Gen Z votes...


PrettiKinx

Exactly!


SoloCongaLineChamp

How is it record breaking when 2018 saw higher turnout from the same demographic?


True-Specialist-726

Democrats win the senate whoo hoo!


begely

Young people usually have their finger on the pulse and know what's going on, we should have more faith in them.


PrettiKinx

Absolutely!


oldbastardbob

"Gen Z literally saved democracy." Histrionics aren't just for Republicans anymore, eh? It's awesome that the voter turnout among 18 to 29 year olds was high, and it's always a good thing when young folks pay attention to politics and vote. But lots of other people voted for Democrats too, and Democracy isn't "saved" yet. The Republicans aren't done and SCOTUS is currently a train wreck. Sadly the McConnell-Trump antagonism left a multi-generational problem to be resolved before they turn America into Republican Jesusland. As the future belongs to the young, I have confidence that those next generations are going to do a fine job though. Well, except Gen X. I'm not sure about them from what I see of their political leaders. Somehow Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor Green, and Bret Kavanaugh, cheered on by Tucker Carlson, just isn't quite the future that seems best for everybody.


PrettiKinx

Yea. The work continues.


100percentish

My son is gen-z and about 20 years ago probably would have voted republican more often than not. This is his 3rd election he's voted in and he's pretty much a democrat at this point and I don't see that changing. The question becomes who is going to replace the "outgoing" (i.e., dying) voters? This isn't a today problem for the GOP, it is a long term problem and to be honest I couldn't give a shit less. We got more important things to worry about than making people miserable for not loving how you think that they should.


Milk_Mindless

Good! Cater to those coming in not those going out


Jennipops

Finally, we are starting to see an end to boomer domination across the west. We can start cleaning up their mess now and paying off their debts….


Ok-Classic-7302

And yet the corporate, center-right wing of the DNC will go "nah, we don't need to pander to them, we can just continue maintaining the status quo" and wonder why they lose the WH in 2024 to an actual fascist be it Trump or Desantis


ItBeTheD

Is Gen Z 29? I’m fairly sure I’m a millennial at 29.


Scrungo_Mungo

You are on the very very tail end, I’m 33 and I’m a young Millennial lol


Independent_genZ

gen z is only 1997-2012 is what i’ve seen. i can’t be sure though


gabuiknlfkn

any media group refers to anyone who not yet old enough to basically assume they have children are gen z. it’s not accurate but it’s just how they’ve been doing it


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PrettiKinx

This election is a win for democracy. Republicans thought they'd get an easy win and have a red wave. That's not the case. People voted in high numbers. Dems made history in many local elections. Michigan has gone blue!! This election just shows how important it is to vote every time! Also, votes are still being counted for who will control congress. It's not over until the fat lady sings.


gymgirl2018

because on average the party who holds the president looses over 30 seats in the house and looses the senate. The fact that we still have a chance to hold both is amazing. Something like this hasn't happened in decades.


dwebb1984

The Nevada senate seat is still very much in play making the Georgia runoff the possible 51st seat. But yeah, the House is almost certainly going Republican controlled.


[deleted]

Yes.. now don’t screw up the student loan. I swear to god, I will vote all Republican in 2024 if they screw this up. Currently Senate Majority, House is looking close, Presidency in the clutch! Step up your ball game Democrats, don’t let us down.


theory_until

If it ends up in the courts tho don't blame current congress for a previous administration's appointed judges.


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Trumpian Federal judge from Texas is going to get smacked around and stayed by the Supreme Court, again. Not so sure how these Republican advocacy freedom groups are going to attract the same voters that keep crushing them at elections pulling these idiotic stunts.


PrettiKinx

Exactly! They better put abortion into law as well.


PresentMinimum3274

People talk about giving too much money in handouts...... Other site posters mention this as a problem for them particularly if it ends up with them paying higher taxes.


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80% of our taxes goes to Military weapons. So much blah blah budget and how many billions have gone to Ukraine aid.


Curious80123

Sorry, don’t believe it, every vote over 65?


c5Sal_tt

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LAX2PDX2LAX

Fuck yea.


5ygnal

Great job, kids!


Consistent_Grab_5422

And the antivaccine maga boomers are dying at a faster rate. The future is brighter now.


DamnOdd

Ya know, some of us old fooks are NOT Red, you know that right? Most of us ain't Blue either, we know that the two party system is really what is killing the USA. I mean who can afford that 10 million dollar ante to just get to the table. And when Bernie did show up, the two parties took great delight in shutting him down and out. Sorry, I digress. Delighted to see the kids voting!! Well done.


vagabondvisions

I don't know that they "saved democracy" so much as they were a welcome influx of reinforcements to bolster the barricades against encroaching fascist hordes.


HAMmerPower1

Thanks You Generation Z! Ironically they helped save social security from Republican designs that could have fundamentally changed the program.


old_Trekkie

I am 65 and a Democrat. I am so glad to help Gen Z do their part.


PresentMinimum3274

On Twitter, this guy took some heat for stereotyping generations and underestimating women.


HereWeGo_Steelers

If we want them to keep showing up we need someone other than Biden in 2024. I wish Michelle Obama would run.


fromthewombofrevel

Most of Gen Z grew up knowing their physical autonomy is sacrosanct. Republicans simply can’t understand that normal people are sick and tired of their rapey ways.


chmbrs

Well, they are the ones who have to pay for this mess down the road. Choosing it might make that pill easier to swallow.


wr0ngdr01d

It’s mostly Republican policy that has us in *this mess right now* so might as well try something different knowing the ignorant will blame democrats either way.


astate85

He’s a tucker carlson fan, don’t even entertain his dumb ass.


chmbrs

I'm a bowtie afficionado.


astate85

So you’re a douche? Noted..but didn’t really need the confirmation from you.


chmbrs

Which policies specifically?


thatpotatogirl9

It's more that we're already the ones paying for the awful economic, environmental, civil, and morally bankrupt choices made by the generations that came before us and it only gets worse from here on out. We will have to pay the price for the last 7+ decades of uninhibited pollution. We're the ones who won't get things like social security because y'all let the government bankrupt it. We're the ones who don't get to have an education because it's prohibitively expensive. We're the ones who don't even get to dream of owning houses because wages are beyond stagnant and the housing market gets more and more expensive and you guys refuse to support better wages. We're the ones who can't afford the private Healthcare you guys insist we keep. We're the ones who had to grow up practicing to maybe survive the mass shootings that just keep increasing in frequency because you guys insist on keeping weapons of mass destruction legal and available to almost everyone. We pay our taxes and just have to live with the fact that a fraction of that money will actually go into bettering our country while the rest goes to bailing out corporations, funding states that continually vote for the people who bankrupt them, the salaries of people who are actively stripping away our rights, and a ridiculously huge military budget so we can start wars that only benefit billionaires. We're sick of paying through the nose for you guys' morally bankrupt choices and want our money to actually go to our communities. Voting for people who *might* actually listen to our needs instead of actively dragging us back to when minorities and women didn't count as human is a pretty easy choice.


chmbrs

It gets much much worse, yes. You reap every benefit of the last 7 decades of pollution and you, in your short life have contributed to more than anyone else. Outsourcing it to Asia doesn't clean your filthy hands. The education you would have gotten isn't an education anyway. You will come out with absolutely nothing useful. I didn't insist anything. Do you think I'm a WW1 veteran? You practice for mass shootings, the generation before practiced for nukes, before actually had danger. I'm sorry that you have to learn about mass shootings in school. You should be learning about statistics and media literacy so you wouldn't be so fucking afraid of mass shootings. Your taxes are meaningless. If they can just turn to quantitative easing when needed why collect your taxes? Why hire 87k people to go get it? What rights are being stripped away other than your first and second? They aren't listening to you dude. Joe Biden was a senator LONG before I was born. He's not listening to you.


thatpotatogirl9

Ah. I see. You're too far gone to actually understand any of what is happening. How many nuclear bombs got dropped on the US? Tell me, how many times in the last 100 years has a nuclear bomb been detonated to destroy a city? Meanwhile last year there were 693 mass shootings. Statistics my ass. That is one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard. Then again I don't know why I'm bothering to argue with you. You seem to think a single redditor contributes as much pollution as an entire natural gas corporation or a mass production facility. What simplistic and shortsighted thinking. The thing we're fed up with the most is you all and your belief that because you'll be dead when our world collapses or gets eradicated in the process of climate change, it's just not going to happen. Your right to medical privacy hasn't been overturned nor is your freedom to marry a consenting adult you love at risk, so there can't be any rights at risk other than your right to be able to have a weapon that can kill or injure tens of people in seconds and your right to say the n-word. So self centered.


chmbrs

There were that many mass shootings in Chicago over just the last couple of years, we just don't call it that even though it is. Are we talking about school shootings or mass shootings? Where does this goalpost land? You know you can move right? Maybe you'd like somewhere nice and safe with strict gun laws. Honduras perhaps?


AsphaltAdvertExec

Being that you're taking a red pill, nobody gives a shit.


chmbrs

Nobody here. I bet I'm older than you. Looking forward to draining your tax dollars in my old age.


AsphaltAdvertExec

You already do, loser.


gabuiknlfkn

age =\= knowledge. older people have had more opportunities to gain knowledge, doesn’t mean they all took those opportunities


chmbrs

You sure didn't.


gabuiknlfkn

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oater99

What's the point in the end if people vote full on Republican or Republican lite Dems? Do you think the Dems will take stock of their record going forward and legislate according to their constituents or according to the oligarchs? This is far from a victory. With the loss of the house they can legitimately sit on their hands and say- "well, we don't have control of the house for two years" while the oligarchs switch their donation habits and tactics. The real power has already been shifted to the rabid Republican ideologues via packing the Supreme Court as well as the rest of the judiciary. This was done with the acquiescence of the Dems who refused to fight but agreed to every nomination. It is painful to watch people celebrate the fact that their totalitarian system stepped in to modify the worst case scenario electing barbaric, regressive politicians because even the people at the top were apprehensive about what direction they would lead the country. Stop treating elections as if they are an expression of the people. The only people that won were the oligarchs.


wr0ngdr01d

We have a long way to go but we’re further from an end to democracy than we were before, and that’s a win for everyone.


Happy_Currency_425

omfg people still trying this shit So tired. Let's fend off the fascists then you can go back to being too cool for shit


oater99

Yeah, people thinking rationally rather than like children with short attention spans and faulty critical thinking skills. You did not stop fascists you tool. You believed in their fake elections and that somehow your team "won". It's the game not the players fool. You voted for Coke over Pepsi. Coke still dominates the niche and isn't going anywhere.