Young Americans, dissatisfied with the Two-Party System, are “Going to Revolutionize This Country,” Says Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger

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Former Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger last week conveyed his belief that the current young generation in America is growing increasingly dissatisfied with the traditional two-party system. He suggested that this demographic is poised to “revolutionize” the political landscape of the nation.

Rising Dissatisfaction 

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With the 2024 presidential election on the horizon, a growing sentiment of dissatisfaction is emerging among American voters, particularly young voters, regarding the two-party system. 

Age and Vitality 

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This sentiment reflects a broader debate on the age and vitality of presidential candidates, as well as the limitations of the current political system.

Oldest President in History 

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The dissatisfaction comes as former President Joe Biden, currently 81 and the oldest president in U.S. history, is poised to run for re-election. Should he win, Biden would be 86 at the conclusion of his second term, raising concerns about his capacity to handle presidential duties effectively. 

Trump’s Age Raises Questions

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Similarly, former President Donald Trump, now 77, is also expected to seek to regain the presidency, raising similar age-related discussions.

Democratic Values

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Speaking at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, Kinzinger, a former participant in the House January 6 committee, emphasized that it is important to maintain democratic values. 

Political Polarization

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He pointed out the prevailing political polarization in the United States, marked by a slender Democratic majority in the Senate, a slight GOP majority in the House, and the anticipation of a tightly contested 2024 presidential race.

Personal Sacrifices

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Kinzinger discussed the personal repercussions of his vote to impeach former President Trump and his role on the January 6 committee, including being ostracized by family members and facing criticism from a former copilot from his time in Iraq.

Accountability and Learning

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Kinzinger reflected, “We are defined by how we take accountability for those bad days and what we learn from them, how we come back and how we commit ourselves to never do something like that again.”

67% Want New Candidates

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According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month, 67% of respondents expressed being “tired of seeing the same candidates in presidential elections and want someone new.” 

Majority Oppose Biden and Trump

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In the poll, 70% of respondents, including about half of Democrats, concurred that Biden should not seek re-election, while 56% of those surveyed in the poll stated that Trump should not run, including around a third of Republicans.

A New Direction

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Kinzinger noted in his address that young Americans are set to steer the nation towards a new path. 

“Revolutionize this Country.”

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“The young generation is unique in that they’re not buying into the Republican/Democrat thing,” he stated. “They have their own ideas on stuff, and I think they’re going to revolutionize this country.”

Lack of Enthusiasm 

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A December poll from the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School also reveals a decrease in enthusiasm among younger voters for a Biden-Trump rematch, as more of them indicate a potential inclination to vote for a third-party candidate or abstain from participating in the 2024 election.

“Young People aren’t Thrilled”

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Ethan Jasny, the student chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project, remarked, “It’s clear from this poll that young people aren’t thrilled about facing the same choice in 2024 as they did in 2020.” 

Gen Z & Millennials

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Poll results indicate an increasing dissatisfaction among Generation Z and late Millennials with the major political parties, particularly in regards to their handling of critical issues.

Voters Distrustful of Key Issues

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This demographic exhibits a lack of trust in both Biden and Trump, not only in addressing domestic issues like gun violence, climate change, healthcare, and crime but also in their capabilities to manage international conflicts such as those involving Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine.

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