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A Washington Times editorial today by some guy named Ted Nugent, who apparently is an unknown expert on the Millennial generation, states that Millennials “are being led to their own slaughter and are blindly following along instead of fighting for their own survival.”

Nugent is “stunned that they are not participating more in the Tea Party” and says Millennials “appear to be terminally stoned on apathy.”

While I personally condemn violence of any kind, I am stunned that they are not participating more in the Tea Party, even rioting in the streets, clashing with the cops, conducting sit-ins at their colleges, interrupting political events and so on. Instead, the young people of this generation appear to be sound asleep, lethargic and seemingly unaware of how badly their generation is being royally abused by the deep-seated corruption and abuse of power in the government. They appear to be terminally stoned on apathy.

According to Nugent, students should be raging against the things that matter most, like the deficit and not kicking enough ass overseas (or staying at home if we aren’t going to “implement total war and break the will of the enemy and all who harbor enemy actors. We have the weapons, warriors and technology to wreck everything.”)

While he may be right that Millennials aren’t flocking to the Tea Party and rioting in the streets protesting raising the debt ceiling, he is dead wrong about students not protesting at all.

A number of student protests have received national attention over the last couple of years: the California tuition protests, AZ SB 1070, Wisconsin and Ohio, the nationwide tuition protests. I decided to do a quick search on Google to see if it was truly that difficult to find other examples of recent student protests. Here are some of the results:

Students across USA protest over college funding, tuition
March 4, 2010

Dickinson College students protest school’s handling of sex assaults
March 3, 2011

Cerritos College students protest proposed summer cuts
May 18, 2011

Half-naked college students protest coal
April 15, 2011

‘Students are not ATMs'; college students protest budget cuts
March 15, 2011

College students, staff protest budget cuts
April 13, 2011

College students protest higher fees
January 12, 2010

Three Arrested at Hunter College Protest
March 4, 2010

College students protest death penalty
March 27, 2010

College students protest PA budget cuts
March 30, 2011

‘Ramen’ protest highlights community college fee increases
March 2, 2011

California college students protest higher ed budget cuts
April 13, 2011

High school, college students to protest state education cuts
March 19, 2011

PSU students, State College mayor protest funding cuts
April 5, 2011

College students protest HOPE cuts outside State Capitol
March 2, 2011

Vt. college students protest planned cuts
March 16, 2011

Phoenix high school, college students organize Capitol protest
March 4, 2011

Michigan College Students Protest Higher Ed Cuts
March 24, 2011

College Students Protest Voter ID Bill
April 4, 2011

Allegheny College students protest education cuts
March 18, 2011

College students protest strip mine plans
September 14, 2010

Carthage College students protest anti-gay speaker
February 24, 2010

College students protest HB 176
February 24, 2011

Emory protesters arrested during student protest
April 26, 2011

TUSD on image control after student protest cancels meeting
April 27, 2011

Supporters rally for students arrested at SB 1070 protest
November 16, 2010

Thousands of students flock to Capitol to protest SB1070
April 22, 2010

Wisconsin Students Protest Governor’s Attack on Unions
February 15, 2011

Zombie protesters lurch for voter, student rights

June 8, 2011

That’s just from a quick Google search. There have been a lot more protests, sit-ins, and flash mobs than this. A conservative over at TownHall.com even referred to college students as hot-to-protest. Though it is true that I couldn’t really find a lot about students protesting over the deficit. Perhaps this Nugent guy’s problem with Millennials is that they don’t protest the things he wants protested.

Photo by Steve Rhodes