The “Generation Gap”. It was a term made popular in the turbulence of the 1960’s by young people who felt that they could not relate to the values and norms of their parents’ generation. They had different concerns, different issues, different ideologies. Are Americans hungry once again for change? Could it be that conservatives will be leading that charge in 2016?
The answer to that may well be yes. From the second she officially announced her candidacy for the White House, Hillary Clinton had an entire army of eager robots in the mainstream media ready to pounce on any perceived misstep by any Republican candidate. But is the one thing the media has not counted on a revived generation gap?
Hillary Clinton is a child of the 60’s. Her teenage years were no doubt shaped by the images on the Rodham family television in suburban Chicago. She had a front row seat to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, and she would have been the prime age target for the women’s movement. Hers is a generation that saw America as the bad guy, and needed fixing badly. America needed to be wrested from the firm and twisted grip of their parents’ generation.
Candidates who could be touted as front-runners, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio grew up in a different country. It was the 80’s. The age of Ronald Reagan, prosperity, and strength abroad. Being teenagers, and a young med student in Paul’s case, they probably did not give it much thought. In the case of Cruz and Rubio, being the children of immigrants, especially from a place like Cuba, they saw first hand what could be possible in America, no matter what your life circumstances were.
While no one chooses the times in which they are born, perhaps they are able to choose just how much they will mold and shape their world view. Where a young Hillary Clinton saw nothing but injustice, social and economic, young conservatives like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul saw that you could start out at the bottom, be willing to work hard, and achieve your American dream.
The new generation gap. It could turn out to be more trouble for Hillary Clinton than she knows.