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  •  Sounds like you are on target (12+ / 0-)

    It's been a long time since I worked with a bunch of young folks but it was clear they grew up with a more cosmopolitan view of the world than I did. I can't pretend to know how best to reach your generation, but I feel safe saying cynicism and jadedness is trendy with each generation. ;)

    A chink in the jaded cynics armor goes along these lines: If you really don't think anything can be done about thee faults, and if you really cared as little as you say you do, then you would not spend so much time and energy thinking about them. Perhaps it is the cynic who cares most.

    When trying to motivate the jaded cynic, plan your debate strategy to expose that chink to a stiletto thrust of reason. I've used that attack to good effect upon myself from time to time.

    •  Cynicism (15+ / 0-)

      I have noticed this trend in comments and it really bothers me.  At the Democratic Convention the Blacks and Latinos were passionate for good reason.  They are closer to the blow-back and they know it.  For older voters who lived with Jim Crow, it is unbelievable.  Even a white person could be refused registration like me, but of course they smiled and pretended they registered me to vote until I arrived on election day and they had not.  No apologies.  In Virginia in the 1960's before the voting rights act in 1964 they did what they wanted and were proud of it.  Florida has registered Republicans, but Democratic registrations are down 95%.  They want to throw the election like 2000.

      •  Absolutely (6+ / 0-)

        The Democratic party is stronger because, well,, we have a more democratic picture of what America really looks like.

        When I looked for Sarah Palin's "Real Americans" I did not see it in the faces of the Republican National Convention.

        But that level of political awareness has to compete with the Paris Hilton's of the world. In other news, Nicki Manaj has a big ass.

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