We are the Yawning Majority and we are â€¦ whatever, dude.
Howâ€™s that for a rallying cry?
But yes. We â€” and Iâ€™m talking Generation X and the first adults coming out of Generation Y â€” are the Yawning Majority. If youâ€™re an American born anytime between roughly 1963 and 1985, you qualify. And this group of people â€” about 140 million strong â€” are going to be the ones shaping public policy in the years to come.Weâ€™re going to be in charge. We almost already are, with President Barack Obama being the pointy tail end of the Baby Boomer generation. And while itâ€™s not a certainty by any stretch, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s a solid coin toss as to whether 2016 will see the first Gen X president.Yep. Generation X â€” a term popularized by Canadian author Douglas Couplandâ€™s 1991 novel of the same name â€” is going to be running the show. Weâ€™re going to dominate politics along with our younger Gen Y cohorts, and the country as we know it will change.Richard Nixon had his silent majority, and Gen X and Y will be known as the Yawning Majority. Why â€śyawning?â€ť Because when it comes to almost all social issues, save for abortion (which I will discuss in greater detail tomorrow) the younger generation of America has a very permissive attitude. Things that cause great debate today and can turn elections on a momentâ€™s notice will be foregone conclusions by 2030. It would be similar in scope to the legality of beer being a dividing line in our culture today.And none of these social issues â€” for my generation and younger â€” are seen in terms of right vs. wrong, or religious vs. non-religious, or anything of the kind. Itâ€™s simply a giant, great, heaving yawn of â€śwho cares.â€ť To each his own, whatever dude; thatâ€™s the theory here. In short: Yawn.Letâ€™s break down a few of these issues, eh? (And sorry for the stats. Major takeaway is this: People under 50 are overwhelmingly cool with dope, gay people, foreigners and booty calls. People over 50 think marijuana is the devilâ€™s weed, gay people have limited rights, foreigners are icky and sex is for men and women who are married.)Also, please note 45 percent of our current senators are at least 65 years old, and 92 percent of them are at least 50 years of age. And of the 431 current members of the House of Representatives, a full 72 percent of them are over the age of 52. Keep all this in mind as we plow forward here.MARIJUANA: Over 62 percent of 18-29-year-olds, along with 56 percent of 30-49-year-olds, favor the full legalization of marijuana, according to an October, 2011 Gallup poll . The 50-64 age group comes in at 49 percent (and remember, a good half of this group is â€śSummer of Loveâ€ť people) while the 65 and over crowd is only 31 percent in favor of marijuana legalization.SAME SEX MARRIAGE: Maybe the biggest yawn of them all. Over 70 percent of the 18-34 age group, along with 53 percent of the 35-54 age group, think gay marriage should be legal right now. Compare that with a mere 39 percent of the 55+ crowd. (Thatâ€™s a May 2011 Gallup poll.)http://www.trentonian.com/article/20120630/120639999/marijuana-sex-abortion-immigration-yawn
on Jul. 1, 2012 at 2:57 AM