First off, a correction: the kid in the videos I mentioned in the previous journal is nine, not eleven. Hard to tell from the camera height. Sheesh... and he's never taken dance lessons. God damn, he's a natural.
A few interesting things caught my eye this morning while I was trying to work up the energy to go make a coffee (damn catch-22...). But here's something to chew over for tonight.
"Political leaders should be encouraging young adults to participate in civic life, but many Republican state lawmakers are doing everything they can instead to prevent students from voting in the 2012 presidential election. Some have openly acknowledged doing so because students tend to be liberal." - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/opinion/keeping-coll...
Kinda makes me laugh, since I know quite a few more right-wing young people. But of course, the baby-boomers are terrified of what's going to happen when this current generation can vote. It's got nothing to do with life experience, and everything to do with social progression, and they know that.
Social progress is why we don't believe women shouldn't be allowed to hold jobs. It's why we don't believe in being terrified of the notion of sex and withholding sex ed from youths. It's why more and more parents are shying away from corporal punishment. It's got nothing to do with age, because these values are held equally true today by those that fought for them when they weren't so universally accepted. It's why this world is a better, fairer place now, and...
... It is why the next generation is going to vote for gay marriage. ... It is why the next generation is going to vote to see gulag schools regulated. And so on.
The argument that younger people are more "liberal" is just idiotic. It's not the age, it's the generation - they're going to remain more or less the same as they grow older. I once had someone tell me that they had never, never seen someone become more "liberal" as they got older.
Liar, I've got dozens of examples, and if he hasn't seen any then he isn't looking hard enough. I AM one, though I'm still a right wing libertarian. I've seen teens raised in restrictive, religious and generally backwards families swing so far to the left when they get out of the house I'm surprised they never blasted into orbit.
It has got absolutely nothing to do with age, and everything to do with the generation, willingness to see change, social progress, and fucking education.
That reminds me. There was a young man who ran for mayor in America not too long ago. He came dangerously close to wresting the position from the incumbent, who then promptly upped the age of eligibility for the position of mayor, proving that he doesn't give a fuck about what democracy actually is.
That's perfectly legal. Think about that. Imagine if he declared women can't run for office after a woman threatened his position.
Now, onto something a little more serious, and bear the above story in mind here:
Do not vote for Romney. Jesus Christ, America, do NOT vote for that scumbag. He will scupper every attempt at stopping the abuse in these facilities. He will forestall every effort to create non-abusive, effective alternatives.
He is a perfect example of the kind of coward that is desperate to see young people kept away from the polls. He is a perfect example of the stubborn, backwards, blinded element of his generation that refuses to see the facts and has done nothing but spread misery under the disingenuous banner of "moral fiber" and the Bible. Worse, anyone who actively supports facilities that inflict psychological abuse, assault and worse upon defenseless teens with nowhere to run to... is a monster. Worse, a monster who thinks he's right with God.
Do not make this man your president, he does not want to help "troubled teens." He doesn't know anything about troubled teens or how to help them.