Wilson Op-ed: The New Greatest Generation

Jun 2, 2015

To the Class of 2015: congratulations—you have earned the honor of graduating from high school or college, and this achievement will undoubtedly aid in your future success. No matter your future plans, you are heading into the next phase of your life during a challenging time in our nation’s history. I urge you and your peers to stay involved in the political process to ensure your voice is heard in our representative government. 

For the majority of your lives, our nation has been in a global war on terrorism, facing the constant threat of attack. Under President Obama’s failed leadership, you have felt our economy collapse, seen a recession where millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes, and experienced a tough job market. As a country, we are currently $18 trillion in debt—your individual share is more than $56,000—and it continues to grow. You have witnessed the President’s continued disregard for our Constitution, including his illegal executive action regarding illegal aliens and Obamacare’s takeover of our nation’s healthcare system. This establishes dangerous precedents for future leaders. 

The Republican Congress is working to stop Presidential overreach and implement policies that create jobs, reduce the national debt, and help Americans keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Since January, we have continued efforts to block job-destroying federal regulations, repeal Obamacare, and provide critical tax relief to American families and small businesses. In April, Congress passed a budget that will balance in ten years—without raising taxes—and will rein in this Administration’s out-of-control spending. Our commonsense reforms will help get our country back on track by creating jobs, but there is still more work to be done.  

Despite growing up during uncertain times for our nation, the hallmark of your generation is your optimism and your belief that America’s best days are still to come. I agree, and I have no doubt that many of the challenges emerging today will be solved by your generation’s ingenuity and resourcefulness. 

Throughout your education, you have studied the world around you, and your abilities and knowledge can help you succeed. I encourage you to serve your community and use your passion to improve it. For some, you might volunteer or serve in our military. For others, you may enter public service, or start a business and create jobs. Giving back to your community can positively impact those around you, while taking small steps to enhance this nation we proudly call home. I can tell you from my own experience that there is no greater honor than serving one’s community, and I am confident your generation will continue efforts to improve the world. After my twelve visits to troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am certain you are part of the new Greatest Generation. 

No matter your path, I encourage you to share with me, and all of your elected officials, your ideas and priorities for the future, reforming our country, and improving our communities. We are eager to hear from you. 

Published in: The Times and Democrat, and North Augusta Star