What does Neo Libs mean in this article? Well, it refers to Libertarians that realize the Democratic Peace Fact as the fact that it is. And no, it does not refer to warmongering super-hawks like Cheney or McCain.
This is an article about how my fellow Millennial Neo Libs and I can save the Republican Party from the invalidation it currently faces a very near future of.
Politically Unclaimed? Or Neolibertarian?
Before I dig into what Millennials generally believe in, let me name a few celebrity Neo Libs. Yes, this is a mix of a call for my fellow Millennials to join me in making up a peaceful, Neo Lib reformation of the GOP; as well as a call for celebrities who have Neo Lib looks on the world but are known for something with nothing to do with politics to lead this reformation. Anyway, Here are the celebrity leader potentials:
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, world builders famous for South Park (proof they are Libertarian) and Team America (proof they agree with the Democratic Peace Thesis). Former GOP voters turned LP voter and non-voter, respectively
- Bruce Willis, movie actor who believes in “smaller government, less government intrusion” and that government should “stop [stealing] my money and your money and tax dollars we give them 50 percent of every year”. He also believes in larger police spending, education spending, and self-defense rights as well as a foreign policy that includes siding with fellow Liberal Democracy Israel against Authoritarian State Palestine. (“stealing” in brackets because those are not his exact words). States he is not a Republican but rather apolitical, but supports some GOP-leaning ideologies.
- Gene Simmons, classic rocker who adheres to most libertarian principles, while also adhering to the Democratic Peace Thesis (DPT), for the latter claim there is more evidence in his own writings to support. Votes more often Republican than Democrat, self-evidently an Independent at heart.
- David Draiman, modern rocker and leader of my ultimate favorite band Disturbed, who I have taken notes of thirteen quotes from a YouTube interview which he spends the middle of discussing his personal politics, one of them (not in exact words) being “Nine in Ten politicians forget why they are elected, and who they work for”. He thankfully has full support for Israel and all its actions in regard to the Arab-Israeli War, indicating a (hopefully) Pro-DPT set of foreign policy beliefs. I will discuss this one’s quotes in another post. But in the mean time I can not give a definite conclusion on how he votes or who he votes most often for in the elections.
Now let us discuss Millennial Politics. Most Millennial politics appear to be somewhat similar to the kind of Libertarian-in-moderation mentality associated with the Neo Libs like myself. Majorities take a mostly typical mix of typical and non-typical libertarian positions on specific policies, according to a Reason.com Report. Keep in mind, this is a study of people aged 18 to 29, from last year.
- 53% of (including myself, I am 20 about to be 21 in May of this year) Millennials would vote for a libertarian minded candidate.
- 65% of us want government to cut spending instead of raising the debt ceiling, along with 32% of Democrats and 96% of Republicans
- 58% of us want federal income taxes reduced, along with 10% of Democrats and 91% of Republicans (a further 3% of the GOP want national sales tax to replace federal income tax)
- 55% of us want federal regulation of business rolled back, along with 6% of Democrats and 99% of Republicans
- 66% of us (excluding me as I don’t believe in income taxes of any kind) want higher taxes on richer people
- 62% want government to have a job training budget
- 58% want government to focus more on infrastructure.
- An average of 60% of us prefer concrete policies to limit government over abstract analysis of how abusive government is.
- 67% of us are in favor of profit and competition between businesses
- 64% of us including me believe in Free Markets
- 52% of including me believe in Capitalism
- 61% of Millennials believe hard work leads to success, a stark contrast to most Democrats
- 57% of us believe in an economy where wealth is given according to achievement
- 81% of us are in favor of letting food be sold from food trucks
- 72% of us believe in letting retailers sell large sugary drinks
- 69% of us believe booze should be permitted
- 66% of us believe grocery stores should be allowed to utilize plastic bags
- 62% of us support letting trans fat foods be permitted
- 61% of us are in favor of letting consenting adult porn be available to adults.
- 60% of us believe in keeping E-cigarettes legal
- 58% of us believe the legalization of online gambling will benefit us by creating a new source of GDP for our economy and a new tax revenue source for our government
- 57% of us support legalization (possibly also taxation) of marijuana
- 49% of us support legalizing Bit Coin and all foreign currencies, a smaller minority (45%) are against such legalizations
- 73% of us support keeping hard drugs like cocaine illegal, favoring increased government devotion to keeping it out of America
- 66% of us hold that the government telling you through a constitutional amendment who can marry who is absurd, 54% of Millennial Republicans in particular agree that such a restriction is absurd.
- 52% of us believe in repealing or at least reducing the Drinking Age
- 72% believe in raising the national minimum wage to $10 per hour
- 68% believe in a “Living Wage” for minimum wage
- 54% believe in government guarantee of college education
- 69% believe in government guarantee of health insurance
- More Millennials believe in keeping government out of income gaps (48%) than in getting government involved (45%)
All of the above is from the Reason.com Report on Millennials in 2014. Using ISideWith.com polling data on issues not covered by Reason, and using “some college” as for Millennials:
- Financial Regulation; 67% believe America should not have bailed out the banks in the crisis of 2008
- Free Speech; 73% give a Yes answer to support for Free Expression, along with 64% of Democrats and 74% of Republicans
- Internet; 84% give a No answer to government regulation of the Internet, meaning that most do not want FCC or other government agencies controlling the web
- Israel; 62% of my fellow Millennials and I are actively Pro-Israel, supportive of it against the Authoritarian regimes it is surrounded by
- War on ISIS; 54% of us are in favor of waging war on ISIS
- Military Spending; 63% of us oppose military budget cuts as we know they would weaken America’s national defense
- Foreign Intervention; of all the possible full-sentence answers to the Foreign Intervention question, the most popular one amongst us is “Only in matters of National Security and/or Human Rights Violations”, taking the biggest piece of the pie graph out of all multi-word answers at 23%. The full sentence answer of “Only if there’s a direct threat to our national security” is second at 15% of us Millennials.
- ISIS Air Strikes; Out of us Millennials, 69% of us support launching air strikes against ISIS
- Evolution; 64% of us Millennials, especially me, believe in the Biological Fact of current animals having evolved over millions of years from prehistoric animals.
- Space Exploration; 53% of us believe in escalating NASA and other science agency efforts and budgets
- Stem Cells; 72% of my fellow Millennials and I believe in funding Stem Cell research.
- Patriot Act; Lastly, 54% of us support the Patriot Act, including a fifth of us who want Patriot Act powers to be limited.
So, Millennials can be seen as politically unclaimed, sure. But with multiple reliable politics sites being factored in, I say that majorities of Millennials share political beliefs (except for maybe in the ISideWith.com poll of foreign intervention) that can be most accurately claimed as Neolibertarian.
If the Republican Party reforms its party platform to cater to Millennials and to let proper Non-political celebrity leaders lead them, then I say the GOP can make an adequate comeback. I am not denying the utter stupidity of Super-Christian Far-Right liars like Kent Hovind and Ray Comfort, but they have been the face of the GOP for far too long! Instead in these 2016 elections coming up, the Center-Right, “apolitical” celebs like Bruce Willis and Gene Simmons need to the face of the GOP and they will be the new face of the GOP. In other words, there needs to be a Neolibertarian reformation of the GOP and there will be such a reformation. You can discuss all you want whether Millennials generally are Democratic Peace Thesis generation or if they are completely Unclaimed. As for me my input on the discussion ends at this part of this post. Thank you for hearing me out,