Tonight, Representative Joe Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert Kennedy and great-nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, is the Hail Mary pass of the Democratic party, tapped to deliver the response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
“From health care to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump’s broken promises to American families. Deeply honored to be chosen to deliver the response to the State of the Union next week. Stay tuned for updates!” tweeted Kennedy last Friday.
Thrusting the young Kennedy into the national spotlight, Dems hope to revive images of the Camelot Whitehouse, juxtaposed against their unceasingly brutish portrayal of the President. Still, pulling someone who’s yet to rise in their career past statehouse politics is highly unusual for any party, especially considering the 33-year age difference between him and the President.
As a member of one of America’s most iconic families, however, his last name offers a strategic advantage to garner the support of older Democrats who have felt alienated by the party’s new socially progressive stances, while his youth helps him identify with young Democrats, brought up on a diet of social justice, atheism and Marxism.
By 2020, the millennials will finally outpace the baby boomers as the largest voting demographic, and that means their vote will start to count—bigly—and as leftist professors continue their barrage against faith, it’s no surprise that young people are no longer looking to God for their security and the support of their faith community but are now worshipping government instead. In fact, 70% of them this past election cycle voted for Bernie Sanders, the so-called Democratic Socialist candidate.
As materialists, millennials don’t see us as one nation united under God, but as separate races all competing in a worldwide power struggle. They’ve been taught that the only solution that will lead to peace and justice is equity of outcome via socialism. For that reason, their economic policy is not something they are willing to compromise on.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis seems to be gambling with reforming the Catholic church in a direction that will make it more socially acceptable for Millennials to assume a Catholic identity.
Since assuming the Papacy in 2013, the Pope decreed that capitalist policies were based on a “crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system,” Forbes reported. For him, ‘inequality is the root of all social ills.’
By that logic, Pope Francis would appear to agree more with Karl Marx who once said, “Christian Socialism is but the holy water with which the priest consecrates the heart-burnings of the aristocrat,” than the traditional Catholic theology upholding property rights.
Moreover, he’s been seen honoring abortion rights activists, causing mass confusion among the faithful and leading many astray. For millennials, however, this might lower the barriers to entry just enough for them to consider joining the church.
This situation similarly parallels the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church after the fall of communism, to which the government became responsible for redistributing income, while the church massively revived and took on their spiritual needs.
As for the US, no one can forget how big of an issue JFK’s faith was when he was running for office. The predominately evangelical America questioned who would really be running the White House—him or the Pope? Nevertheless, he was elected as our nation’s first and only Catholic president—an identity carried on by his great-nephew.
If this plan works, Joe Kennedy may not only offer Millennials the policies they want, but a figurehead for Democrats young and old to rally behind, along with a new faith identity seemingly compatible with what most of them have learned in school.