The Politics of Millennials: Nick Troiano’s Run For Congress
The Millennial Generation, defined as those born between the years of 1982-2003, approximately 95 million Americans, have a lot to say and other, older generations need to listen. They are being compared to and have been found to be the most statistically civic-minded generation since the beloved and revered “Greatest Generation”. They are the largest and most diverse generation in history of the United States. Millennials are goal-oriented, respectful of authority, and follow rules. They are probably the most tolerant generation of gay and religious rights, and understand the life of a working mother. They are least likely to cast moral judgments than any other generation. Most importantly, very much like the “Greatest Generation,” Millennials consider world problems their own. They, too, are products of economic crisis and war.
While Millennials are strongly committed to Community Service, they do not see government or politics as a way to improve their communities, their country, or their world. They are increasingly cynical about the political process; many believe that politicians’ motives are self-serving. 56% of them believe that politicians do not do what they’re elected to do, and they believe politicians are too partisan. The Conservative-Liberal Debate, especially prominent since the 2008 Presidential campaign and after, bores Millennials. They are more interested in debating how to re-invent government for the new century. Millennials would like an inclusive governing system that empowers state and local governments and civic institutions to create successful solutions.
One such Millennial, Nick Troiano, has recently announced his bid for a Congressional run on the Independent ticket for Pennsylvania’s 10th District. Troiano’s platform is simple and forward-looking. Like half of his Millennial counterparts, Troiano believes that the politics of today are no longer able to meet the challenges that this country faces today. The antiquated system of yesteryear yields too much partisanship, too many promises to keep, and is distinctly flawed. Troiano believes that his generation is more likely than his parents’ “Baby Boomer” generation to make hard choices required to tame the United State’s debt problem, reduce income inequality, increase economic mobility, fight climate change, to reform 20th Century political institutions and the two-party system that has been in place since the birth of this country. Troiano’s point of view draws inspiration from Harvard professor Nicco Mele’s book The End of Big, in which Mele suggests that the government should be flexible, transparent and accountable, similar to the workings of a computer operating system.
While Millennials seem to have nothing in common with today’s Republicans, today’s Democrats need to pay attention too, because they’re not safe either. When Millennials came of age to vote between the re-election of Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, the political scene was distinctly polarized and gridlocked, and it remains that way still. The Millennials blame President Obama for not being able to overcome the gridlock in Washington – but they also blame the GOP for causing it. 45% of Millennials are self-described “Independents;” as my sister-in-law is fond of saying, “The right person, not the party.” This number has increased nearly 11% in the Millennial generation, nearly twice the rate of all generations combined.
Nick Troiano is eager to prove that the there is a future for Millennials in politics by building on the notion of “Generational Equity.” Troiano believes that politics and government can effect positive change. There is always time for change.
Find out more about Nick Troiano here.