Is the Trump victory the first signs of Gen X as a political force?

A reader emails:

Hi Cam,

As a political tragic, I have been following the US elections closely and as the race progressed Trump’s message resonated with me, even though I am a kiwi and couldn’t vote. I felt the same connection with Brexit but what struck me as odd was just how much I cared about both results. To me, it was clear if Hillary won and Britain remained our way of life would be gone.

So now as the dust settles people are trying to define these Trump supporters and Brexiters. You here all sorts of labels, Alt right (whatever that means), White Nationalism, Nationalists, Populists and worse but none of the labels fit the bill.

And then it struck me. Could it be that this wasn’t a vote from the generally disaffected and disenfranchised, the basket of deplorable’s, but in fact a generation finding its voice? Could the reason I cared so deeply about the results be because it was my fellow Gen Xers that were so unhappy with the status quo?

So who are they?  

Generation X is defined as born between 1961 and 1981, they are now roughly in their late 30s to early 50s. The age where you worry about raising family’s and paying back mortgages, where youthfully idealism dulls and safety and security become much more important. It’s also an age where voter turnout is high and it’s estimated there are around 80 million Gen Xers in the USA.

So what do they believe in?Gen Xers are viewed as cynical, disaffected and with a strong distrust of the establishment. Many pundits claim Gen X was the first generation to get shafted by their govt. They were the first generation to experience students loans and suffered financially thru the rise of P.C. politics in the 90s and 2000s.

Gen Xers are viewed as cynical, disaffected and with a strong distrust of the establishment. Many pundits claim Gen X was the first generation to get shafted by their govt. They were the first generation to experience students loans and suffered financially thru the rise of P.C. politics in the 90s and 2000s.They are patriotic,

They are patriotic,The Fire and Police who responded to 911 were Gen X as were the people who lead the passenger revolt on flight 93. The people who then signed up to fight in the war on terror that followed? Gen X.

The Fire and Police who responded to 911 were Gen X, as were the people who lead the passenger revolt on flight 93. The people who then signed up to fight in the war on terror that followed? Gen X. They are.

They are pro-business, they are often viewed as the hardest workers, the most helpful and the most skilled. According to Wikipedia “A 2015 study by Sage Group reports Gen Xers “dominate the playing field” with respect to founding startups in the United States and Canada, with Gen Xers launching the majority (55%) of all new businesses in 2015.”To

To summarise, Gen X are cynical, distrustful of authority, patriotic and pro-business. If that’s not the definition of a Trump supporter then what is? But what seals it for me was Michael Moore who said; “this election was the biggest F.U. in recorded history”.

What generation would be better suited to deliver that F.U. than Gen X!

Thoughts?

 

-tipline

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