I started writing this book as a way to figure somethings out for myself; I was lost. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wasn't alone. My whole generation seemed lost. Millennials grew up in the best time ever to be a kid. The 90's were infused with a sense of optimism. There was no specter of nuclear war or vast political unrest. The biggest political problem revolved around the president getting a blow job. Our cartoons and TV shows depicted a utopia of post-racialism and an aura of general happiness. The world seemed to be spinning towards bigger and better things. We were Toys R Us Kids – we never wanted to grow up. We always knew it sucked being an adult and we were right. Our naïve '90s childhood was smashed on 9/11. Many of us graduated from college right around the 2008 financial crisis. In our 20s and 30s, we have seen the rise of extreme political polarization and tribalism, racial protests across the country, and the 2020 pandemic. Life comes at you fast.
What will become of the millennial generation? Will millennials be able to overcome denial and accept our current political problems for what they are? Can millennials accept getting older and taking charge? Can we grow up, or will we be Toys R Us Kids forever? The purpose of this book is to encourage millennials to reclaim our youthful optimism by confronting the challenging issues of our time: welfare, abortion, guns, climate change, healthcare, and race. It's time for millennials to take command of our political future.