Our Millennial Revolution/ The Fall of Hillary Clinton
This election will be the third election I have the opportunity to vote my values and beliefs. What’s different this time is that we experienced the rise of Bernie Sanders, who lit the flame of the revolution inside of the hearts of over half of the largest generation in history. But what’s eating me alive inside is the fact that we have witnessed, yet again, another rigged election that the mainstream media will not talk about, no matter how much evidence there is to prove it. Lately, it’s been making me question not only our government but life itself.
I’m 27 years old with a 4 and a half year old daughter and considering the massive amount of student loan debt I’m in, the fact that I still have to depend on my parents to help me survive financially, and having grown up with the advancement of technology and into the Age of Information, I am considered what they call a “Millennial.” Just don’t believe the stereotypical rumors that Millennials are selfish, spoiled, and entitled. Not only is that completely untrue, it’s definitely not the case. It’s not our fault that we became the “cash cow” generation for the federal government and Wall Street to feed upon (that being student loan debt).
Think about it, they only give you 6 months after graduation to find a job to start paying them back. There are even those with master’s degrees who can’t get a job because of the competitiveness among the Baby Boomers, Generation Y, and Millennials. When applying for a job, they say the more experienced the better, but what they really mean is the older, the better. So how do they expect 100% of college graduates to get a job within 6 months of graduating? Not to mention that even if you plan to get married, you have to account for the fact that “their debt is your debt.” And if they have a master’s degree, that’s probably going to be a lot of debt worth a lot more than you bargained for. And when you have to consider things like that in your 30s just to get married, that puts a hold on your life and worst of all it impacts your bank account and in some cases, your credit score. This keeps people my age, and people into their 30s, from being able to purchase a house, start a family, or in a lot of cases, even afford health insurance. Most Millennials actually can’t afford to do much but barely make rent and pay a few overdue bills, while having to rely on our parents to cover the remaining debt we are stuck with.
When it comes to this year’s election, I think I speak for a lot of people my age when I say, things really need to change this time. And voting the lesser of two evils isn’t going to do it this time. I am sick and tired of being poorer than my parents, and it’s not like we did this on purpose. The mainstream media portrays this election to be some kind of political soap opera, as if scripted and planned years in advanced. I remember learning about rigged presidential elections in 6th grade, when Bush ran his first term, saw it again when Obama ran after my senior year of high school, and now we have just witnessed the most horrible election fraud and rigged electoral system in history. This is why my generation absolutely cannot afford to have Hillary Clinton as our next president. Take it from someone who has grown up with her in office since they were 3 years old. We know exactly what she’s capable of and what she’s doing. We have awoken now and there is no going back to sleep this election year.
While Hillary “says” she’s going to help students who graduate high school pay for public college, hasn’t she forgotten that an entire generation and those before us are currently drowning in student loan debt that far exceeds the amount of combined credit card debt in our country? The total has now reached into the trillions. Why must we be punished just for doing what we were told was the right thing to do? From freshman year of high school to graduation we were encouraged to get a higher education and earn degrees or attend a trade/technical school. After earning our degrees and receiving our certifications, come to find out that all we could get was an underpaying job to barely survive in the real world. It blows my mind that our own government can easily use the Federal Reserve to bail out Wall Street after the burst of the housing bubble, but can’t get them to do the same for us who are paying more than a third of our income on student loans because inflation has caused the prices of things to increase but our income hasn’t changed a damn bit since our parents graduated high school. It just doesn’t make sense. It must be a coincidence that it occurred during my senior year, because next thing you know, student loans are the way to go when it comes to going to college or needing money while in college. Hillary can say all she wants that she will “regulate” Wall Street, but it doesn’t help that her campaign’s top distributors come from the one place she wants to “regulate.” Sorry but we’re not dumb and we haven’t forgotten about what’s really going on.
I remember in 7th grade when 9/11 happened, that following March 19, 2002 (my best friend’s birthday) president George W. Bush declared war on Iraq and thus we were introduced to such terms as “terrorist” and “terrorist attack.” Every morning in junior high, our teachers would turn on the news geared strictly for our age group where we were kept updated on what was going on around the world, as if we were forced into knowing that war is here and it’s here to stay. It was never any good news, and next thing you know, others my age started talking about joining the military to help “kill the terrorists” and “hunt down Osama Bin Laden” because they did 9/11. We aren’t even considered teenagers yet and 7th graders already wanted to join the military. And thanks to this Information Age we’re in, those willing to accept the truth know a lot more about what’s really going on inside our government and our military. But back during the start of the Iraq War, no matter where you were in the United States, a terrorist attack could happen anywhere. Or at least that’s what our government and the news wanted us to think. All the while, our military budget is increasing into the billions by 2005. Once Obama came into office, and appointed Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, everything went downhill from there. Throughout his campaign of encouraging “change,” he promoted peace over war. But once in office, he threw all of that out the window in hopes his supporters would forget. And thus, he got “Hillary the War Hawk” rather than the peace he promised. Not only did the military budget increase tremendously (currently in the trillions) but her idea of “fighting for peace” is creating and using war itself. Which is completely mindless if you ask me. And now things have only gotten worse after starting wars in Syria, Libya, and the Ukraine. She won’t think twice before allowing a drone to kill thousands of innocent civilians and children because she thinks there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. There is so much wrong with that and this election, we are voting for peace. And when it comes to ISIS, Green Party candidate Jill Stein states, “Clearly we can’t bomb terrorism out of existence. We have to starve it of weapons and funding, and address the root causes of terrorism.” I couldn’t agree with her more, starting by cutting off U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia, Israel and other human-rights violators. It starts with us. If Hillary becomes president, we will be in war for the rest of our lives, until she has complete control of the world.
The thing about Millennials growing up in the Information Age, we get our facts from all across the board with plenty of evidence to back it up. If there’s an article about it, there may even be a video with 10 different sources linked to it. Hence why it’s called the “Age of Information.” Thanks to Facebook, and other social media sites, we stay connected to the people we relate to the most and nowadays information spreads like wildfire and before you know it, we already know the facts by the time CNN does some propaganda-filled, scripted segment about why Hillary did this or said that, as if in her defense. Too late CNN, we know the truth so sit down because we aren’t listening to your bias lies anymore. It’s almost as though we know too much. I do agree that too much information is a bad thing, but the right information is a good thing. And thanks to the gift from God called Wikileaks, we know enough information about our government that frankly we don’t even listen to what the mainstream media says anymore. The fact that none of them have discussed the content of the 30,000+ leaked emails from Wikileaks just proves that they really were part of the plan to rig the primary against Bernie Sanders. It’s right there, in the emails. But they don’t see emails, they see an opportunity to turn the public in another direction to distract them from the truth by simply “blaming the Russians” and eventually attempt to connect them to Trump, again, ignoring the content of the emails. And it’s just a coincidence that 3 officials from the DNC just decided to all resign at the same time after the huge email leak. Sorry mainstream media but, again, we are not dumb. Thanks to the over abundance of information this election, we all know the truth about how the Clinton Foundation funneled over $2 billion through oil companies, The DNC is trying so hard to get Bernie’s supporters to back Hillary, and unfortunately, they aren’t going to be able to do it. We are smarter than that. This generation is different. We aren’t falling in line because, apparently, it hasn’t worked in the past. Like Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange said during his interview at the Green Party Convention, “What the Clinton campaign at the moment is trying to say is… Maybe we’re connected to arms dealers and to Saudi Arabia and yes maybe we subverted the integrity of the Democratic primary… But you’ll just have to swallow that or else you’ll get Donald Trump. That’s a form of extortion…” Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting evil. It’s literally insanity, which by definition, is to do the same thing over and over expecting different results every time. And my generation has come to the conclusion that this country is in dire need of a third party. We need an outside party, not bought out by special interest groups, corporations, or lobbyists so that we can all just “meet in the middle.” We can call it a “middle man party” for all I care, but regardless, those that are “on the fence” about things deserve to be given a place where they can help this country move progressively forward and not feel so helpless. I don’t believe in the two party fallacy, and thanks to the luxury of being in the Information Age during this election, we have another presidential candidate who is not bought out by corporations, doesn’t condone war, has the perfect plan to fight climate change and actually has policies identical to Bernie Sanders; which is why I will be voting for Jill Stein. As much as Hillary wants to flip flop back and forth on her policies, such as fracking, keeping coal industries in business, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, LGBTQ rights, and climate change, it’s physically impossible for most of us to be able to hold her accountable and hope for the best that she strives to be more progressive. My whole life, she has become famous for being a liar and getting away with being a criminal. Most of all, she doesn’t relate to my generation whatsoever, so why does she deserve our vote? She has absolutely nothing to offer to us and never has. We already know she won’t keep her word once she makes it into office. We can’t trust her. And for the sake of my daughter’s future, this Millennial will not be voting for Hillary Clinton. I will take her advice however, and vote my conscience. #JILLSTEIN2016
By Jenny Banks