It is time to stop going along to get along...it is time for the young left to establish a third party.
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America’s leaders are old—very old. We all know that the average age in Congress has never been higher, and our national leaders are all approaching 80. Older Americans own the most valuable real estate and investment portfolios. They’ve captured more than 80 percent of stock-market growth since the end of the Great Recession. They are not my target demographic in this election.
Older people vote shortsightedly, choosing the least progressive outcome. In surveys in the U.S. and the U.K., people over 65 — compared with people under 30 — were nearly twice as likely to be against gay marriage; half as likely to support legalization of marijuana; nearly five times less likely to want to spend money on education; 60% more likely to vote for previous candidates; and nearly 50% more likely to say immigrants have a negative impact on society, despite the fact that they are being dependent on them for their favorite foods, services, and activities.