by Mike Payne
Veteran’s Day—what does it mean? Apparently, not much to America’s young people. It was recently reported by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation that there is a marked distinction “regarding beliefs about socialism and communism between older and younger Americans.” This report found that 80% of baby boomers and 91% of elderly Americans believe that communism was and still is a problem in the world today, while just 55% of millennials say the same.
Only 37% of millennials held a “very unfavorable” view of communism, compared to 57% of Americans overall. Here is the amazing part. Almost half (45%) of Americans age 16 to 20 indicated they would vote for a socialist, and 21% said they would vote for a communist.
Regarding Capitalism, 64% of Americans over age 65 said they viewed it favorably, compared to just 42% of millennials. In addition, there is widespread ignorance about Communism among youth, as about half were unfamiliar with Zedong, Guevara, and Lenin.
What is behind this paradigm shift among the younger generation? There are at least three aspects that I believe play into this ignorance that is so critical it could affect our very existence as a nation. The first is, obviously, the lack of our public education system to teach the basics of how much America has given and sacrificed to maintain freedom by simply not insisting that our children understand the devastating effects of Communism and Socialism. Second is the revisionist history being woven into the very fabric of our society by left-leaning liberals. Third are the blatant socialist and communist professors teaching in our institutions of higher learning today.
Even more tragic than the numbers cited above are the hundreds of thousands of Americans who bravely fought to their last breath, many of whose lifeless bodies are buried around the globe, in defense of freedom, both for America and the world. As we approach this Veteran’s Day it is my prayer that America will wake up, and that our children will be grounded in the truth that we are, because of these sacrifices, the greatest nation on earth, and there is no shame in proclaiming that fact. On this November 11th, on behalf of all of us here at Fidelis Publishing Group, thank you to every man and woman who has stood strong against tyranny that we might live to raise our children another day in the land of the free and the home of the brave.