Brooks McFadden

What political parties have to offer, millennials don’t want

When I walked into the Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention (RNC), held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, I identified as a Republican, but now I’m not so sure.

I felt positive about my affiliation with the party and assumed everyone there identified as Republicans as well, even millennials.

A few hours after the Patriotic Nationality Ambassadors led the pledge of allegiance on the second day of the RNC, I met two millennial ambassadors, Nicholas Craciun from Romania and Mark Drozd from Ukraine.

Even though they chose to attend a Republican event, neither endorsed the party’s platform.

“I think the Republican Party relates to me more as a Ukrainian rather than as a millennial,” said Drozd.

He said while the party supports his country’s army, he feels the party alienates those based on ethnicity, a prime example being what he called Trump’s “Anti-Mexico” wall.

Drozd struck a theme found in many millennials in that he hopes solutions are found, but “not by one party’s idea.”

Millennials hate both parties blaming the other for the nation’s problems.

Millennials hate the popularity contest of the presidential elections.

Millennials hate corrupt party politics. The people represent the party rather than the party representing the people.

Millennials want an open discussion on opposing policies, but the parties won’t listen to each other.

Millennials want transparency, but the parties focus their efforts on attacking the other party rather than openly clarifying their own views.

Millennials want change, but the parties have their own personal agenda to fulfill.

However, the parties have discovered the power of the millennial voice.

“It seems like social media is where they are trying to focus because that’s where we are,” said Erin Batyko, a student from Kent State University.

Batyko said millennials don’t care for the critical messages parties are sending, so millennials have started their own digging.

“Social media is a great start,” said Maggie Wachtel, another student from Kent State University. She also suggested researching and following reporters and journalists.

Social media is the weapon to fight back against the onslaught of corrupt party politics.

Facebook, in particular, allows individuals to share their views and opinions about current issues.

The Purple Tent is an organization with a mission to bring civility into the media, schools, workplace and politics, according to

The organization hosted a panel discussion outside of downtown Cleveland. Katie Harbath, the global politics and government outreach director at Facebook, joined a panel with other political and communication professionals to discuss millennials involvement in politics and role of social media.

According to Harbath, since January 1, 2016, 89 million Facebook users in the U.S. have had 2.9 billion interactions — likes, comments, posts and shares.

It’s no surprise with that number of users and interactions, Harbath considered Facebook “the new town hall.”

Unfortunately, corrupt politics has crept its way into social media where opposing viewpoints result in a digital fist fight.

Many agree with millennials that the current method of discussion isn’t working, but it looks like millennials are the ones speaking out against it.

I believe millennials can lead a change in politics through social media.

I believe millennials can stop the Republican and Democrat Parties’ blame game.

I believe millennials can create a new culture of politics to unite rather than divide.

The United States needs to be just that — united. Millennials know the country is anything but united. It’s only through open discussion that unity can be made possible.

Because of the RNC, I don’t identify as a Republican. Doing so somehow classifies me as someone against Democrats or vice versa.

Voting for a party has taken the place of voting for a president.

As a country, we need to unite, because right now we are two parties under God, not one nation.

'What political parties have to offer, millennials don’t want' have 2 comments

  1. July 27, 2016 @ 2:20 pm N

    While I agree that parties are a an issue and unity is great. Factions are part of reality. While the two party system separates the nation, it also unites several factions under each of the two banners. Without the two parties we will be more divided than ever.

    I think the problem is polarized media like MSNBC and FOX News. Fear-mongering and slander machines combined with all the snippet forms of information. These snippets (from blurbs of talking points, 20s sound bites, 140 character tweets, and headlines) reduce complex issues to oversimplifications. Then the oversimplications fall easy prey to criticism.

    The solution is longer formats of political discourse. No nuance over looked, every point justified, with real scripted action plans. We need thorough vetting of candidates to verify intellect, in depth knowledge of current issues, and viable solutions.

    In short the problem is catering to the lowest common denominator, letting attention spans dictate our decisions. Mellennials are not fixing the problem, we’re the poster child for the problem. The solution is making a real effort to overcome our attention deficits, and push beyond reaction level behavior.

    Of course, how do we overcome the obstacle, without the very same problem? When the demand for instant gratification is the problem, any instant solution perpetuates the problem. The public needs to purposefully, tediously, and painstakingly learn to push past their old habits. The parties are just amalgams of the masses, the public needs to change and parties will change with them.

    Is there hope for that? That’s a good question?


  2. September 16, 2016 @ 7:34 pm Landoe

    Social media is a tool for politicians and the government to appease the audience of millennials. Politicians and candidates buy off news groups (via Fox News, CNN, MSNBC.) to support their agenda under the name of their affiliated political party, which warps politics to be more bias and opinionated and in turn questions the validity of certain events and constitutions. The solution to our nation is redefining the political parties and establishing tolerance. We must constitute a level of long-term or short-term perception between what is needed and what is wanted within both our economy and society. Consider the logical way of thinking between inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning. You can’t just have a subjective solution without it satisfying the opposing objective.

    This is the reason we need political parties- Pretend you have four cards with the characters: 2, K, A, 7 and the statement was that if you turn over an even number there will be a vowel. How would you determine this statement to be true or false? What two characters would you choose to clarify the statement? Inductive reasoning would suggest to choose 2 & A. However this isn’t logical, because this doesn’t clarify if it is true or false. Deductive reasoning would suggest to pick 2 & 7 because then you could logically clarify the state 2 being the even number and 7 being the odd number. Take gun rights for example, a political way of determining gun rights, a conservative wouldn’t want a persons right to own a gun get taken away whereas a liberal wouldn’t want those who couldn’t carry a gun be in any danger whatsoever. My point is there is almost a yin and yang to having political parties. You can’t have one without the other. In other words we need to establish unity and tolerance within the parties.


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