Senator Ben Sasse recently gave an address to the New Jersey parenting coalition during which he discussed parenting methods and American values from his most recent book, “The Vanishing American Adult.” During the address, Sasse listed several of the key issues that he believes is negatively contributing to the decline in the values and responsibility of the millennial generation. The senator from Nebraska stated that the current generation of young adults suffered greatly from a lack of structure, exposure to consistent and rigorous work, and requirement to grow up.
The senator’s book was recently reviewed by the New York Times. The news outlet’s review of the book was not overwhelmingly positive, but the GOP senator doubtlessly expected nothing less from a liberal news source. Despite less than sparkling press from sources like the Times, Sasse’s published work struck a cord with a large percentage of the American people. For quite some time, Americans have noticed a shift in the priorities and willingness to engage in honest work among the younger generation. This phenomena, according to Ben Sasse, is likely a direct result of inadequate parenting.
In his book, Sasse recalls the required labor of his youth. As a boy, Ben Sasse was required to work on a farm and was responsible for certain tasks that were carried out on the farm every day. This required Sasse and his siblings to wake up at dawn every morning, preparing for a full day of hard work. Sasse recounts his experiences picking crops, hauling in heavy tools, and cleaning the barn behind farm animals. Anyone who has ever worked on a farm, even for a single day, can understand the senator’s sentiments regarding hard labor. Although Sasse admits he did not enjoy the labor he was forced to participate in as a youth, he would not trade his experience. For him, his parents’ and grandparents’ commitment to his personal development helped him to become the respectable, hardworking man he is today.