When next year’s election comes around, it looks like the so-called silent generation — those who are now 66 to 83 years old — won’t be so silent. A new report shows that this group is angrier with politics right now than any other generation in the U.S., and that is prompting it to pay close attention to the 2012 presidential election.
Its members express “not just frustration with Washington but real anger,” says Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center. “Thirty percent of them say, ‘I’m angry.’ If you look at the youngest voters, it’s only 13 percent.”
While the silent generation identifies closely with Republicans, Kohut says there is one issue that’s a wild card: Social Security. The generation’s members are big supporters of it and Medicare and they’re as likely to favor Democrats on this issue as they are Republicans.
They don’t give a damn about the future, they only give a damn about the here and now. They are counting on being dead when the check comes: forget about jobs, never mind decaying infrastructure in our world, your student loan problems aren’t theirs.
As screwed up as our electoral system is, you still have to vote, even if it is to nullify their petulant, self-serving votes.