LESSONS LEARNED #69: “Democrats bank on the youth vote because they’ve lost the wise vote.” -Old Pithy
When America Changed
The youth movement during the Vietnam War destroyed LBJ. And lost the Vietnam War. The college protests. The explosion in drug use. Free love. Race riots. American terrorists bombing government buildings. Timothy Leary. Rock stars promoting drug use. Dying from drug use. And leading the youth movement in their anti-war, anti-establishment protests. This youth was everything their parents weren’t. It changed America forever. And not for the better.
The problem with the youth is that they’re young. They are inexperienced. And don’t know much. But when they learn a few things, look out, they then think they now know everything. Thanks to some manipulative college professors who fed these kids’ intellectual vanity. Told them that they could make a difference. And then these kids set out to change the world. Often with violent protest. Mob violence. Which was new in America. The youth protested the Vietnam War because they were drafting the youth to fight it. Or just because protesting was fun. But their protests only extended the war. For the Tet Offensive almost ended the war in 1968. The Americans hammered the NVA and the Viet Cong. Everywhere. And yet Walter Cronkite took to television and said the war was lost. Further inflaming the anti-war youth movement. Riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Protests at Kent State that ended in the shooting of 4 students by national guardsmen. Sparking violent protests on college campuses everywhere. Our enemies in Vietnam saw this and couldn’t believe what they were seeing. And they learned something. They didn’t need to win the war. They just needed not to lose the war. So they adopted a Fabian strategy. And sacrificed their people until the Americans grew weary of killing them. Which they did. Some 7 years later.
These college students grew up and became teachers. College professors. And have been trying to change the world ever since. By teaching their students to be like them. Feeding these kids’ intellectual vanity. Making them feel important. That they, too, can change the world. If they do as they did.
Tell the Youth what kind of Underwear you Wear and they’ll Vote for You
Walter Cronkite eventually admitted his liberal bias. He was probably the first that went from reporting news to influencing events. At least, the first that mattered. For he was the most trusted man in America. The transformation of the mainstream media soon followed. Gone were the days of Brinkley and Huntley. The days of passive news coverage was over. And the point of no return was the Watergate scandal. Never before did the media destroy a presidential administration. Like they did with the Republican Richard Nixon. The media bias was set. And became a part of liberal politics.
It was a perfect match. The youth movement. And the media. Together they would advance policy and influence elections. The media would control the message. And advance the liberal bias of public education. Instilled by those radicals of the Sixties. And you can see it really come together in the 1992 presidential campaign. Where Bill Clinton ran against the incumbent George H.W. Bush (Read my lips; no new taxes). Who had record approval ratings a couple of years earlier with the Gulf War victory. He was so unbeatable that no ‘first string’ Democrat candidates entered the race. Then a few things happened. He made a deal with the House to raise taxes in exchange for future spending cuts. The boob. Democrats never follow through on spending-cut promises. And Ross Perot.
Now, according to the exit polling, Ross Perot took an equal amount of votes from each candidate. Maybe he did. Maybe his third-party candidacy didn’t help Clinton by taking votes away from Bush. But he did do something else. There was a reason Clinton wasn’t a ‘first string’ candidate. He was flawed. There was some dirt in his past. Some scandal. But no one heard about. Because the little guy with the big ears who talked funny and had all those charts and graphs just fascinated everyone. It took the attention away from Clinton’s past. With a kind assist from the media. Who with their liberal bias helped their liberal candidate. And then Clinton went on MTV and told the kids what kind of underwear he wore. And played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show. He was a hit with the kids. The 18-24 demographic made up 11% of the votes. And that 11% split 46%-33% in favor of Clinton with 21% going to Perot. Did the youth vote push Clinton over Bush? They definitely helped. But more important is the lesson learned. There are a lot of youth voters. Historically it hasn’t been easy getting them to the polls. Because they’re kids who don’t think about politics or elections. They’re thinking about having fun. But if you can get them to the polls, and if you can get them to vote for you, they can make a difference. And Clinton showed how to do it.
Organizing the Youth Vote to Compensate for a Lack of Qualifications
In 2008, the Democrats ran the most unqualified candidate for president they ever ran. Barack Hussein Obama. A man that never had a real job. Or any executive experience. He had no foreign policy credentials. The only thing on his resume was a partial term as a U.S. senator. And a stint as a state senator. Oh, and he was a community organizer. Young, inexperienced and wholly unqualified, he was the man to beat. It should have been an easy task. But the Republicans let the media pick their candidate. During the primaries the media gave John McCain glowing coverage. Said he was what the Republican Party needed. Someone who can reach across the aisle. And govern as a moderate. Of course, they were just blowing smoke. Because the last thing they wanted was a conservative running against Obama. Because they were sure that in a campaign between two moderates, they could get their moderate elected.
What Obama lacked in experience and qualifications he made up in organizing a campaign. He was an excellent candidate. And ran an excellent campaign. He tapped into that youth vote. Who were fed up. Never in all of their 18-24 years were they as upset as they were during the 2008 campaign. The economy. Affordable housing. Jobs. Health care. The Iraq War. Things that didn’t touch their lives at all while they were ensconced in their cozy college utopias, living off the generosity of mommy and daddy. But Obama heard them. And told them that he heard them. Finally, someone who cared. And someone who wasn’t George W. Bush.
The youth would be his foot soldiers. Coming from Chicago, that’s something you need. He called for volunteers. And got volunteers. Some 4 million. And being the kids they were they knew how to use the Internet. They knew how to surf. How to design websites. How to ask for donations. And boy did they. They left the old man (McCain) in the dust. The Obama campaign was awash in cash. Even after beating a very well connected Hillary Clinton in the primary. It may have been her turn. But Obama never got that memo. Besides she was old. And had baggage (i.e., Bill Clinton). Obama was young. And new. He was everything and a bag of Skittles. First time voters turned out in droves. And voted for him 68% of the time. In a year with a record turnout of youth voters.
Young and Dumb wins Elections
It’s difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. So it’s important to teach the young what you want them to know. For once they’re thinking ‘correctly’ it’ll be hard to change their mind. Oh, sure, it’ll happen. As they grow up and mature. But you’ll get a few elections out of them before that happens. And, if you’re lucky, maybe they’ll become a teacher. Or a public sector worker. Or a journalist. But the sad reality is that a lot of these people will get jobs in the private sector. Raise families. And eventually become conservative.
That’s why in every election there is a ‘get out the vote’ campaign. To get as many fist time voters as possible. Kids who are politically unaware. Who know nothing about history or economics. Blank slates. Just waiting to be initiated. Indoctrinated. To become good Democrat voters. Because America is a center-right country. And the majority of people work in the private sector. Are politically aware. They know history and economics. And vote conservative. Which is why the Democrats don’t want to campaign against a conservative candidate. And will use the media to get as many John McCains as possible as their Republican candidate. Because history has proven that a John McCain and a large youth vote will get a Democrat candidate elected.
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