Friday, November 7, 2008

New Voters

And there is no doubt that "new voters" turned out in this election. When they say "new voters" they are talking about people who have never voted in an election before. And of these new voters, 6 out of every 10 were under the age of 30 years old. So we are talking about the college kids and those people who have barely begun to formulate a mature thought about politics ... I know, I am going to catch hell for that ... "but not ALL college kids!"

My point is that these young voters turned out for Barack Obama in numbers close to 70% in some states. They came out to vote for their American Idol/MTV candidate. And these people are the future of this country. Maybe they will one day realize the repercussions of putting a Marxist in the White House when they try to open their own business. Maybe they'll look back and think "Gawd, how could I have been so ignorant? How could I have bought into this "change" rhetoric?" They will get what they voted for, and you can thank government schools, by the way.

I've been doing talk radio for almost 40 years. This is my 10th presidential election as a talk show host. A lot of younger listeners – the type who voted for Obama, I suspect – love to send me emails making fun of my age. The "hey old man" messages come now with regularity. Well .. tell you what. It's not my future that has been endangered by this election. I don't have to worry about the MoveOn Democrat party robbing me of my opportunity to make a good life for myself and my family. Been there, done that. Some of you younger voters might want to stop and take a moment to think about your own future though. Many of you will succumb to government paternalism and do just enough to get by ... collecting your "tax break" checks from the government and making sure that those checks never go away by keeping the Democrats in power.
Some of you, though, are going to become ambitious.
You're going to experience the desire to work hard, to work smart, and to go the extra mile. When you do you're going to find the government there ready to stand in your way and, if you manage to succeed, rob you of the fruits of your labor.

I have a friend who's daughter received her first paycheck a few weeks ago .. a check for one day's work as a substitute teacher. Now remember ... we're talking teacher here ... as in government schools. She earned $60 dollars for that one day's work ... but the check was for $52. She was shocked. "But dad!" she said, "They told me I was going to make sixty dollars!"

Hey, lady. You ain't seen nuthin' yet.


Anonymous said...

Good post, VN8!! We might have to wait a coupla days to see the media-massaged demographics, but I would guess a huge youth turnout did most of the talking this election. We talked about this before ... once they learn a little bit about economics, they will see voting as a sort of credit card. Might be wiser to charge only what you can afford to pay. This looks more and more like Carter-era stuff every day. Only we "made history" this time ... which apparently trumps "learning" from it.

Country Comes To Town said...

The percentage of young voters was up slightly but not as much as predicted. However the percentage young voters that voted Democratic was way up. They also turned out and helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980 when he inspired a new generation of voters. We'll have to see how it all works out in history. The good thing is that all this stuff gives us political junkies lots of good stuff to debate and talk about. Thanks for posting and letting me comment.