Ahhh kids. Those young whipper snappers that used to smash your pumpkins and cover your house with cheap 1-ply toilet paper on Halloween, are now off in College spreading their wings, putting the polishing touches on what it means to be an adult. They live their own lives while they are away from home, usually living off frozen processed pizzas, and bags of Ramen noodles. Lacking the wisdom of having lived a long span on the earth, they make up for in intelligence and curiosity. But, can they be trusted with what it means to be a voter? Well these are the questions New Hampshire's new state Republican Speaker is asking.
"New Hampshire House Republicans are pushing for new laws that would prohibit many college students from voting in the state - and effectively keep some from voting at all." -The Washington Post
From someone on the outside looking in, this would look like an attempt to silence a base of liberal supporters. College students are known for being progressive, and more liberal than their parents for the most part. In this new age of information technology, and the ease of sharing ideas and opinions with each other instantly, people are able to research the facts, and make their own decisions based on their own beliefs. The election of Obama in '08 saw a surge of young people come out in droves to vote for a Democratic nominee. Is this a trend? Why are young people more apt to be liberal?
"Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings." - The Washington Post
Voting with your feelings is something I would ask everyone to do, and it is something we all do. If students are so naive, lacking in life experience, why is it ok to send them to war to fight for ideals they might not truly understand or agree with? No this argument does not hold water. Making it harder for the youngsters to vote, is just another way of putting a roadblock in the Democrat's election path. This would be a non-issue if the young adults in New Hampshire were overwhelmingly voting republican.
How naive are these "kids" I wonder. The same "kids" that are inventing Facebooks, the same "kids" that help your parents "get on the Internet machine". The same kids that will be saving a life in an operating room, or the kid that will take Steve Jobs' job. Next time you get a pizza delivered be sure to tip the delivery boy extra, because he just might be the next Bill Gates, or a struggling developer of Iphone Apps.
So what do you think? With the protesting of union rights in Wisconsin, the boldness of new republican representatives, is this an attempt to knock out one of the legs from underneath the democrats election stool? Is the republican party afraid they have no chance of winning on their own merits and ideals? This hearkens back to the alleged African-American voter suppression in '08. Dirty tactics and cheap tricks are the calling card of these newly empowered republicans. They cannot expect young-adults to vote blindly into the wind. This new generation is intelligent, resourceful, thoughtful and reasonable. Decades from now when the political dust settles, bigotry and elitism will be things of the past. The republican frame of mind is a 20th century mentality in a modern world. It is simply outdated and obsolete. Modern day quakers surrounded by progression and equality. We will not go back in time to where women had no voice, and public workers were indentured servants.
Republicans will need to earn the respect and confidence of this dynamic group of young-adults through policy and merit. They can see right through the charade, they are smarter than you think.