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"Becoming" more liberal

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.

And yes, folks, that's how high this goes.
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Added: 7 years, 3 months ago
7 years, 3 months ago
Four more years! Four more years!
7 years, 3 months ago
Fuck... I knew Romney was a scumbag but I didn't know he went that far.  Though, hopefully soon, with enough pressure he'll drop out.  His tax returns are being called into question and he's being suspected of hiding millions in the Cayman Islands.  I can't actually say I'm surprised, I mean he is Republican after all.

In addition, any one who thinks that amending the constitution to make gay marriage illegal is one bigoted ass hole.  If you feel and I quote, "It's okay for loving homosexuals to want to commit to a loving relationship" then why deny them the right?  And to add to it, this is Romney's definition of marriage: "A 'relationship' between a man and a woman."  I'm sorry, the fucking relationship comes BEFORE the commitment that marriage entitles.  I DO NOT and SHALL NOT ever be married to my own mother or sister!  (Unfortunately I cannot find the video but I will keep looking.)

Starts at 00:51 It totally does mean that!  Because there is no alternative which gives the same equal opportunity and legal rights! And yes!  The Christian church should be discriminated against!

And just as a side note as bat shit crazy as he is, Ron Paul for President 2012!  There I've said it!

7 years, 3 months ago
For some reason the link never coppied so here it is.
7 years, 3 months ago
I don't get into politics. Hell! I don't even know where I'm suppose. To vote (moved here about 3 months ago). But now I have a clue. Thanks.
7 years, 3 months ago
God damn liberals. Fucking up my country. No but seriously what the hell. The whole mayor thing sickens me and is a disgrace to the morals the us was founded upon. And I wouldn't say this generation has become more liberal but I would say more accepting. As shitty as my school can be (we had a record 2 fights this week. A record low) no one targets someone based on race or sexual preference. It's mostly every ones a smartass. Seriously it's almost an unwritten rule that if your gay youre kinda off limits cause then it's considered a hate crime. The school doesn't take that lightly at all and even a derogatory term aimed at someone has huge consequences. And I personally hate every republican candidate and would rather have Obama than anyone else. He's a crappy president but we know what were gettin with him.

Also my friends are all republican except one and we tease him all the time bout it. Where great friends and alot of times we get into political "arguments" which entail both of us pointing out stereotypes. Oh and he also drives a prius.
7 years, 2 months ago
Romney is no doubt unnacceptable as a President, but are Santorum and Gingrich any better options? Santorum sounds like he wants to turn the USA into a Christian totalitarian government if it were up to him. (Yeah, right, running on a platform of "social conservatism." That translates, in real language, to "I believe something is right, so I'll enforce it on my country")

Paul seems like the only decent alternative to Obama, imo.
7 years, 2 months ago
And when it comes to politics, all I really want are my freedoms. Sure, the economy matters and all, but even good presidents can fail to create jobs. That's understandable. On the other hand, signing bills that enable indefinate detnetion of "suspected" terrorists, congressman who suggest garbage like SOPA, PIPA, and the "Protecting Children from online pornographers" act, opponents of LGBT rights, lawmaking based on an individual's own morals...these things just aren't acceptable. Grown men who don't understand human rights don't have much of an excuse.
7 years, 2 months ago

This is one of the best things I've got as a journal comment. Agreed 100%.
7 years, 1 month ago
Romney's going to get the nomination, I think. But what I don't see happening is him winning the election, simply because there are enough conservatives who can't stand him that even if he manages to win over moderates, he won't have enough votes from his own party.

I've seen efforts firsthand to keep young people from voting. In Ohio, there's a bill that's been petitioned to a vote this coming November that would lighten up measures precincts take to make sure you're voting in the right place, as well as shortening the time you have to register prior to the election, both of which make it harder for college students (who change addresses about once a year) to vote.

As for the liberal-gone-conservative thing, I think in some cases it's a matter of greed. People become conservative with age because they're greedy sons of bitches who want to hoard their "hard earned cash" when they're old, but want a piece of the pie having not worked for anything when they're young. It's selfish, but that's the current mantra of American conservatives; to hell with the greater good, what's in it for me? I like to consider it Daffy Duck Economics: "IT'S MINE! MINE! MINE! ALL MINE! I SAW IT FIRST!!"
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