The Voting Bloc Known as Young People
Young people are being encouraged to register and to vote in this election like never before. The Democrats see this group of people as their somewhat of an ace in the hole. Why? Because young people are so easily impressed upon. Also, our public schools and institutions of higher learning have for so long been guilty of shaping the politics of the young people entrusted to their care (supposedly for academics) while being hostile to any young people who held opinions not politically correct or what those in academia believe the young person's opinions should be. It is sad but true that the young person of faith is more inclined to be influenced by the culture around them rather than being an influence on the culture. Indeed, the young person who does not agree with the politics of their teachers and professors is likely to be subject to hostility and mockery if they make known any differing views. Before you know it, the person of faith is a person of little faith or of faith of no real importance or influence on their opinions or in the shaping of them. To that end you have the MTV influenced young person who is going to be for abortion, homosexual special rights inclined and anti-President Bush, just to name a few hallmarks of their belief system, who will be voting for John Kerry in the upcoming General election. I would venture to say that few of these young people know the issues or what is even at stake in this election, let alone are interested in them if they do know them. For the most part all they know is that they hate President Bush, though they cannot say why they do. They speak his name with obvious hostility (very disrespectful) or with a sneer in their voice. One married young man stated for a camera that he would vote for a single celled-amoeba before he would vote for President Bush. Is he kidding? Isn't a amoeba by definition a single cell organism?
What is really worrisome about those behaviors and opinions of this particular group of young persons is that the bandwagon they have hopped onto is supposedly looking for 'tolerance', 'inclusion', 'anti'hate' and 'anti-war'. In a sentence they are hateful in their intolerance of anyone who disagrees with them to the point of violence in their vehement desire to exclude them.
By contrast, there is another group of young people who are ever mindful that no man is perfect, but that there is a standard to which we are called to live by. These young people research the issues, read various news sources, check their facts, try to understand political doublespeak and are respectful even towards those with whom they disagree.
I continue to ponder on that young person's comment regarding getting a 'corruptive' president out of office in the upcoming election. I cannot help but think in what ways he thinks our President is corrupt. More than likely it is something he read by someone who hates the president, not something he has researched on his own. Even more I think about whether this young person thinks that John Kerry is 'uncorruptive' replacement! Young people who think like that is an even scarier thought than John Kerry being president.