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‘Bernie or Bust’ youth need to grow up
by Bryan Gray
Aug 10, 2016 | 2111 views | 0 0 comments | 290 290 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Author Henry James once described young men and women as “baffling little mysteries.” During the recent Democratic National Convention, there was little “mysterious” about some of the younger attendees. The only real mystery is how they will survive in the real world.

Outside the convention, for instance, youthful demonstrators told reporters they were anguished and frustrated. One told a Salt Lake radio newsman that young workers have little to say in the workplace. He was tired, he said, of being told what to do by his employers.

Sorry, but that’s not what you call a “lack of power.” That’s how society makes the rules. The employer, the boss, the supervisor – whatever you want to call him or her – makes the rules. That is neither unfair nor unscrupulous. If a young person doesn’t like receiving orders from an older manager or employer, then he or she should open up a business, become the boss and then see how they like it when their own employees scoff at the rules.

Another demonstrator complained that employers “made all the money” and didn’t distribute it to employees. The answer to that is simple: make yourself indispensable to the employer and he’ll fork over more money (If anything, you will probably be promoted to management so you can be despised by the employees you are directing. Talk about karma!).

To me, the comments of the demonstrators showed a lack of education and proper parenting. For too long youngsters have received a trophy just for showing up.

And this same behavior was evidenced by the noisy “Bernie or Bust” delegates. I am not anti-Bernie; on the whole, I thought he made the Democratic Party stronger, bringing up the evident inequality in wages. As he often said, when less than 10 percent of the people gathered more than 90 percent of the income gains, there is need for reform.

However, it was always obvious that Bernie, not an official member of the Democratic Party, was not going to win the nomination. The path for Hillary had been paved for two years; if she saw the popularity of his message, Bernie’s challenge could only make her a better candidate.

Too many of Bernie’s backers got their information from Facebook rather than the news media. As first time voters, they didn’t understand the caucus system or how delegates are selected. They didn’t figure out that a Hillary win in a highly-populated state like New York or Texas was worth more than a Bernie victory in North Dakota or Utah. It wasn’t “fixed.” At the end of the day, Hillary won by more than 3.7 million votes.

I appreciate their passion for Bernie’s “revolution” but I can’t sympathize with immaturity. At an early age most of us learn that it is silly to pack up our marbles and go home when we lose a game or an argument. Most businessmen will admit that they learned more from failures than they ever did from successes.

I cringed when a young Bernie supporter told a Utah reporter, “The Party didn’t listen to us.” Yes, it did, and the party platform contains much of Bernie’s goals. What the Party didn’t do was pin a medal on the young lady, give her 12 months of free bubble bath, and provide a ringtone declaring how wonderful she is.

As for those Bernie fold who decide to protest and not vote in the coming election, that result will be exactly what the demonstrators were complaining about outside the convention hall: those in power will continue to make the rules and tell them what to do.

Either get involved and stay involved or stop complaining. Oh, and while you’re at it, grow up!

The opinions stated in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the ownership or management of this newspaper.

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