COMMENTARY – A recent article in the Wall Street Journal states that young people are abandoning the Obama camp. Conservative (and that is with a small “c”) parents are doing the fist pump and saying ‘yeah’, thrilled that their children are finally seeing the folly of their ’08 ways.
In a November 8th article, the Journal quotes an Obama campaign official as saying “As with all of the electorate, these people are going through a rough time. There’s not the euphoric atmosphere of the ’08 experience.” Indeed, the Pew report notes that, in a troubling sign for the Obama camp, these younger voters “are much less engaged
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, the 18-29 demographic came out in droves to support then-Senator Obama in his White House bid. They believed in his ‘hope and change’ rhetoric. Unfortunately, they have come to learn what many in the older age groups have known from experience. Political rhetoric and political action can be two very different things. And the change they have seen over the past three years, is not what they had hoped for.
Some of them are disillusioned that the President is not doing more of what he said he would. They are finding out that not everyone will simply just let the President do whatever he wants, that they would actually block his efforts to change things. And they are even, incredulously to them, seeing it being obstructed from members of the President’s own party.
Others are finding that the things the President promised to change don’t actually change things for the better. Some things even change for the worse. And that even making positive changes to things makes other things worse if you don’t account for them from the beginning.
Still others are coming to a more conservative and less liberal point of view on things. A natural occurrence over one’s life as their life situations change. Becoming a parent often lends to a more conservative view of things.
But what I see is the sadness of a disillusioned youth. True, I would not be happy to see a resurgence of the youth vote for the President, as I think he is doing a terrible job and should not be re-elected. But what I see is that our children have been dealt a sad lesson in life. Something every parent feels heart ache over. Those who feel betrayed, will make a parent angry at the person who hurt their child. Those who feel overwhelmed that the world does not work the way they want simply because they want it, makes a parent want to hold tighter to their child and tell them it will be okay. And those who began changing their outlook from a less liberal one to a more conservative one makes a parent feel sad that their child must grow up way too soon and may not be able to enjoy a carefree life as long as they should.
Now, not every parent will feel this way, and not every member of the demographic so important to the President is ready to abandon him and his ideas. There still those out there, in all age groups, that still support the President and what he is doing. But there is a growing movement away from the President. Also, from all age groups.
However, as a parent, I feel there needs to be a message sent. Maybe the message will come ion the form of this loss of support. But it needs to be sent in a way that they will understand. They need to realize WHAT has been done to the youth in America. The message that needs to be sent to the President, his campaign, and anyone who would try to “get out the youth vote” for whichever side, is this; stop messing around with our kids. Stop betraying them. Stop making them grow up too early. We parents have a tough enough time dealing with the economy you have so righteously destroyed, looking for work you so surreptitiously plant obstacles in the way of and paying the bills you are so determined to make higher. We don’t need you hacking into their beliefs or ideals and using them to get yourselves elected to another four years, with no intent of actually following through. (And knowing you probably can’t do what you say but will try anyway is just as bad as not even intending to try in the first place.)
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