Did you know the Millennial generation, made up of those age 18-33 — many who have Boomer parents — makes up nearly a quarter of the voting age in the country? Despite the potential to be a real political force, only 21 percent of Millennials cast a ballot in the 2014 election. College student Lucas Agnew believes that shows that the current political system does not appeal to Millennials’ more moderate nature, and he wants to do something about it.
On Friday Agnew announced on the Facebook page:
Pleased to announce Michelle Goodwin as our new Director of Outreach! We are now looking for motivated college students who want to lead the first Millennials for Jeb chapters on their campuses! If you are interested in becoming a chapter president, please message us at email@example.com #millennialsforjeb #jeb2016 #jeb
A mission statement on the website further explained the goals:
We are creating a grassroots coalition of Millennial voters joined together to support Jeb Bush’s presidential candidacy. This will be done by reaching Millennials through social media and on college campuses. Our grand ambition is not just to get Jeb elected president in 2016, but also to raise the level of civic engagement among the Millennial generation. Join us.
With so many names in the 2016 presidential pool, Agnew is clear about why he support Jeb Bush. He noted that Jeb once said, “In a divided government, you can’t just say, ‘It’s my way or the highway,’ ” and added:
Jeb is a leader who is well versed in the art of statesmanship and compromise, two forgotten virtues clearly absent in today’s political system. Jeb is not your average politician or Republican. He is a leader who believes in solving the very real problems that face the country through smart policies and solutions, not empty rhetoric designed to score political points. His stances and ideas on education and immigration reform alone prove this.In 2010, we witnessed the rise of the tea party which subsequently led to a more conservative platform in the Republican Party. Since Barack Obama became President and the tea party arose in response, our Nation has been plagued by hyper-partisanship. This helps explain why only half of Millennials affiliate themselves with either political party. Tired of the dysfunction and poor leadership in Washington, Millennials have the potential of acting as a catalyst for ending the hyper-partisan political culture. When we come together and get Jeb elected, we will send a message to the Country that we demand bipartisanship and effective governance.
In our society where the average Millennial faces so many barriers to success, Jeb’s mission is simple. Through his “Right to Rise” campaign, Jeb is attempting to remove these barriers and create an equal playing field for Millennials and future generations. Jeb is on a mission to restore the American Dream and bring our country back to its central premise: anyone, regardless of social status, race, sex, or religion, is capable of moving up the income ladder through merit, hard work, and earned success. Join us is in restoring the American Dream and making the “Right to Rise” a reality for all.
The National Journal looked at the Millennial generation in October 2014 (see Millennials Bolt Obama for GOP in Midterms) and noted:
In a stunning turnaround, likely voters in the so-called millennial generation prefer a Republican-led Congress after next week’s elections, and young Hispanics are turning sharply against President Obama.
The largest generation in U.S. history is “a pragmatic, demanding, relatively non-ideological electorate raised in an age of terrorism, war, and government dysfunction.”
National Journal added, “Millennials could be a critical swing vote … Ignore millennial voters at your peril.
A PAC of that generation is good news for Jeb.