On Friday, Newsweek reported that new polling reveals a decline in pride to be American among younger generations — and explored some of the factors driving this phenomenon.
"Ipsos polling of 1,026 people between June 25 and 28 showed a similar pattern. Overall, 69 percent said they were proud to be American. This figure was boosted by Gen X and Baby Boomers, with 71 percent and 84 percent respectively saying they were," reported Jacob Jarvis. "Among Millennials, however, just 52 percent said the same. Of those in Gen Z, 58 percent were proud to be America. It is a majority in both younger brackets, but there is a clear generational divide."
According to the report, one reason is that the country is facing a "racial reckoning" — driven by recent police killings like the murder of George Floyd and educational revolutions like the 1619 Project that center the role of slavery in the founding of America — which has set off a right-wing panic over what is being taught to children.
But these are not the only reasons for the shift.
The report also notes that younger Americans are experiencing an unprecedented generational wealth divide: "According to a Bloomberg report last year, Millennials own just 4.2 percent of the nation's wealth. Boomers hold some 10 times that and controlled substantially more—21 percent—when they were the same age as Millennials are now," said the report. "Underlining this generational wealth divide is sharply rising living costs, with the average apartment rental price surpassing $1,200 for the first time after a 10 percent increase in the first half of 2021 alone."
On top of that, the report also suggested that this generation has had fewer events of national pride to rally around, and access to social media that gives them more insight into how other cultures live their lives.
"Ultimately, the notion of patriotism itself — of tying yourself emotionally to one place and making it a definitive characteristic of your personality — is something younger people are less beholden to than those born before them," concluded the report.
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Michigan Republicans remain obsessed with Donald Trump's election loss in the state, which many of them insist was fraudulent despite all evidence to the contrary, and that could cost them in next year's election.
The party is split between pro-Trump factions pushing for election audits to undo the former president's loss in 2020 and other Republicans who worry that those efforts will scare away voters and political professionals as the party looks to unseat Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022, reported Politico.
"From a staff and leadership perspective, I don't know that top-notch professionals would want to go into this quagmire," said former Michigan GOP executive director Jeff Timmer, a Trump critic. "Unless you're going to talk crazy talk, they don't want you there."
Trump lost the state by more than 150,000 votes last year, but some party officials and conservative activists are pushing for an Arizona-style "forensic analysis" to uncover fraud that the state's Bureau of Elections did not find in its own audits, and the GOP-led Senate Oversight Committee could not find any evidence of that, either.
"The election wasn't stolen," said Jason Roe, who resigned this month as the state GOP's executive director. "[Trump] blew it."
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who previously served as Michigan GOP chair, is confident in the state party's chances to win the gubernatorial election and other races, but many Republicans are nervous that infighting and finger-pointing over Trump's loss will take the focus off next year.
"We're not focused on 2022, and I don't see that changing," Jason Watts, a former Allegan County GOP official who was pushed out as Sixth District treasurer after admitting he didn't vote for Trump last year. "Until we get beyond that, we're going to suffer the consequences and lose in the next couple of cycles because we just can't get off this circular firing squad of remorse, and somehow feeling that the other side cheated, when the evidence doesn't show that at all."
"It's a near-toxic environment," Watts added, "and I don't think you see any signs of that dissipating."
Now that the House select committee on the Jan 6th Capitol insurrection has become a reality, and the Justice Department has cleared the way for former officials to be subpoenaed, CNN legal analyst Elie Hoenig ticked off a list of who he expects to be served first -- and he included former president Donald Trump.
Speaking with host John Berman, the ex-federal prosecutor said subpoenas are likely on the way after Tuesday's gut-wrenching testimony from Capitol cops on the violence perpetrated by fans of the former president.
"So a source tells CNN that in just a matter of hours the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection is planning to meet to discuss strategy going forward," host John Berman began. "The big question is will they issue subpoenas and for whom."
"John, there's a huge legal battle brewing right now on Capitol Hill," Honig replied. "And there will be subpoenas. First of all, the chair of the January 6th select committee, Representative Benny Thompson, told us anybody who had a conversation with the White House and officials in the White House while the invasion of the Capitol was going on is directly in the investigative sights of the committee and I have no reluctance whatsoever in issuing subpoenas for information. So, who could be receiving these perhaps unwanted subpoenas?"
"Well, if you want to know what happened in the White House on January 6th, the logical place to start is this guy, the former president, Donald Trump," he said answering his own question as he stepped in front of a display with the ex-president's face on it.
"Will Congress want the political circus that goes along with subpoenaing Donald Trump? We shall see," he continued. "I think you're also going to want to subpoena Mark Meadows, chief of staff. Jared Kushner, senior adviser -- we know they were in contact with Trump throughout January 6th."
"Also, interestingly, a member of the House himself, a powerful member, [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)," he added. "We know he had a crucial conversation during January 6th when he asked Donald Trump to call them off and Donald Trump lashed out at McCarthy and we learned this week Jim Jordan also had a conversation with Donald Trump on January 6th. Any or all of these folks could receive subpoenas. I have a gut instinct they won't be super happy about it."
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