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    I feel that the conservative-induced apathy of my generation (children of the 1990s-2000s) has far from died off with this election. Though it may be true that this election drew record voter turn out for younger voters, the people who turn 18 next year, or the year after that are unlikely to give half a crap about "politics". Conservatives have learned their lesson from this election: educating the nation's youth is dangerous, as young people generally vote for a more liberal candidate. I understand; I would be stupid as well, with the media (left and right, mind you) blasting "Anna Nicole Smith" for months on end. Conservatives have fed my generation with the lies of a perfect system; "let other people worry about it". Alexander Hamilton would be proud.

   Perhaps by now I've exhausted my own reserves of pessimism; here then, is perhaps a brighter side. I attend a public high school, and though people under 18 can't vote, I have seen (and in fact, continue to see) Obama tee-shirts, "Yes We Can" posted here and there on the walls. And to my shock, the week of the election was buzzing with exitement, especially amongst the seniors who had turned eighteen as of late. In the halls on the 20th, one could not go anywhere without hearing a muttering of "Obama!".
I hope this short entry has provided a small tad of insight into the minds of my generation. :)

Peace be with ye,


Originally posted to punkRockLiberal on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 02:15 PM PST.

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  •  They failed conservatism (0+ / 0-)


    "Conservatism cannot fail" they cry.


    says I.

    I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.~Terry Pratchett

    by LaFeminista on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 02:20:54 PM PST

  •  Good to know they are still wearing the T-shirts (0+ / 0-)

    what ever it takes to keep them involved.  You may want to remind them of the cost of college and which party is for funding and which is not.  Graduation is not too far off.  considering the job market they really are going to need a few degrees just to pay the cell phone bills andkeep up with the latest gadgets.  Just a thought!

    •  indeed. (0+ / 0-)

      I live in an urban area in the Northwest, and conservatism (at least in my age group) seems to be extinct. The few right-wingers of my generation that I have encountered have been these "godchild" goody-two-shoes kids, whose parents clearly are their only source of political insight.
      No Child Left Behind needs either serious reform or removal. My school district used to be one of the top rated in the nation (top 300) and ever since one Bill Sizemore helped pass Proposition 5 in 1990 or so, our schools have gone down the U-bend and into the sewer.

      My Advanced Placement US History teacher kept hinting our time back to the 1920s, and now I'm beginning to see why. :|



  •  CC (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a 37 year old, I graduated in 1990.

    Conservatives have fed my generation with the lies of a perfect system; "let other people worry about it".

     Maybe I wasn't paying attention at my Republican brainwashing  but that has never been right wing mantra. More like "The government won't do for you, what you won't do for yourself" would fit what right wingers beleive. It's cold ideology, that's the failing of the right. It's what Bush was trying to mitigate with "Compassionate Conservetism".

      The saddest thing about this election, is the LEFT don't even know why they won. So many of you think it's far leftist ideology that finaly defeated right wing dogma, it wasn't.

      Obama's optimism, is what won the election. That infectious optimism in a dark time.I don't think Obama will fail America, nor do I want him to. I think Obama's base will fail America and he'll get stuck with the blame. Only time will tell.

    •  hmmm yes, perhaps (0+ / 0-)

      I concur, however, a good friend of mine once said "If you go too far to either left or right, you end up on the other side". How this is relevant, I know not.

      Right, anyways, so we can believe in "pulling ones' self up by their own bootstraps", but what about the people who don't have bootstraps to begin with, let alone boots? "Compassion" my ass.

      I say, government issued "bootstraps" for the working class! That would certainly at least promote an slight economic upturn. Certainly, in our mixed-capitalist economy the government can't have too much control, but at this point I would say we have too little. If one looks into our history, any times in which the government has stepped in to halt wrongdoings in business and industry, the common individual has benefited.



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