The Hill: We the Millennials, In Order To Form a More Perfect Democracy

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Jeffrey Clements is a cofounder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to oppose corporate personhood and pass the People’s Rights Amendment.


Free Speech For People’s counsel and resident millennial, Scott Greytak, is published today in The Hill.

Free Speech For People’s counsel and resident millennial, Scott Greytak, is published today in The Hill. Greytak explains how and why millennials will take leadership in restoring our democracy. He writes,

“From the 35,000-foot view, it’s easy to see that millennials have the most to lose from this new world. We’ve come of age in this brutally incompetent political system, and we’re threatened with having to live with it the longest. Put it this way: While earlier generations who fought the good fight for reforms like McCain-Feingold are collecting their pensions — whatever those are — the largest generation in American history will be watching Sallie Mae-sponsored attack ads over Snapchat. Can we do better?”

Scott thinks we can—and we agree.

Plenty of evidence suggests we can. While it’s true that millennials — roughly defined as those Americans who became young adults around the year 2000 — vote less frequently than other living generations, and are often accused of sporting a rabid sense of self-entitlement, we’re also the most educated (though worst paid) and the most racially diverse generation ever, and we’ve helped raise everyone’s voice through the technology we’ve created. Most importantly, millennials are uniquely concerned about the influence of money in politics, and more and more of us are itching to get involved in the fight to save our democracy.

Scott Greytak and Jasmine Gomez will speak this Saturday at a millennial round table at the National Citizen Leadership Conference this Saturday. Brought together by American Promise, the first-ever Millennial Roundtable on Money in Politics will offer perspectives on the democracy issues that hit our generation the hardest: voting rights, youth empowerment, issue intersectionality, and the cross-cultural components of a new, Millennial-fueled reform movement.

The consequences are clear: We, the millennials, have the most to lose — or gain — in the fight for an equitable and responsive democracy, and we are coming together to make clear the political priorities of the soon-to-be largest voting bloc in American history.

The end goal of our generation’s works isn’t a Golden Age of American politics; it’s progress toward one. It’s the rebuke of the failed system we stand to inherit. And it’s a big, burdened, and yet determined step forward on the journey for American democracy.

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