What Do Young People Believe?

One of the most remarkable impressions  of election night was seeing, in places like Times Square and the Obama campaign stadium in Chicago, crowds of young people, cheering, laughing, dancing, crying with joy over the result. Since these are the people who will have to live with the consequences of this election the longest, it is worth asking: what is it exactly that they are cheering? What do they believe?

They must believe that their future is bright, that it has been saved from the ravages of the evil, uncaring, racist and homophobic Republicans with that rich, white vulture of the weird cult at the top of the ticket.  Their free education, free student “loans,” and free health care including contraception and abortion services are now secure. The fact that so many college graduates can’t find work today is George Bush’s fault, and that circumstance will soon be resolved by the wise policies of the revitalized Obama administration.

What do they believe about Republicans? They must believe that the 48% of Americans — half the country — hate women, gays and minorities, would force all women to have invasive ultrasounds, gays to be burned next to witches, and blacks sent to the back of the bus if not back to the cotton fields as chattel slaves. They must believe that Paul Ryan wishes to commit a Texas (or is it Wisconsin?) chainsaw massacre upon the entitlement programs that they are counting on and that those programs will now be solvent with no sacrifice required on their part.

What do they believe about America’s role in the world? They must believe that a foreign policy of apologizing for American Imperialism, bowing to Saudi kings, supplicating for a “reset” of relations with Russia, leading in reverse gear in Benghazi and throwing Israel under the bus, is completely adequate to the challenges of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, China’s expanding Pacific navy, the global Jihad network and the rest of geopolitics for the next four if not forty years, as long as we don’t have a warmongering president with an itchy trigger finger looking for another Iraq to invade unnecessarily. They must believe that it is a good thing for Obama to have greater “flexibility” with Russia, Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood in his second term. And they have to believe that the United Nations is a greater force for good in the world than America, and that America’s exceptionalism should be subordinated to the international “community.”

What do they believe about the economic issues? What little economics they have been spoon-fed in our schools and universities must be of the pseudo-Keynesian variety, whereby all good things come from the government and nothing good comes from greedy capitalist one-percenters. The fact that the federal government consumes a higher percentage of GDP today than at any time since World War II is not seen as a problem, because government tax revenue and spending is what brings about prosperity. They must believe that it was the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that bankrupted the nation; that fat-cat pure-capitalist bankers caused the financial crisis by redlining minority communities; that increased social spending such as on Obamacare has a positive multiplier effect on the economy. They must believe that entitlements and unfunded defined-benefit pension liabilities for unionized government employees are sacrosanct contracts that must be honored above any rights accorded to private-sector taxpayers yet to be born; that the federal budget deficit and the national debt are abstractions, old tin cans that may be kicked down the dirt road. They have to believe that there are fifty million people in America without access to health care who will now get it free of charge with no impact on the already-insured, on unemployment, on public finances or any other sector of the economy; that high-earning individuals and successful small businesses pay little or no taxes; that businessmen get fat in their sleep. They must believe that corporations are chauvanistic to the point of utter stupidity, preferring to hire and pay men 30% more for the same work that women willing to work for 30% less are perfectly capable in every way of doing, in spite of being driven by greed and greed alone. Any budget shortfalls can always be made up by raising taxes just one more time on the rich; after all, the 1 percent of income earners that now pays 40 percent of the taxes can always afford to pay a little more, with no harm to economic growth or unemployment.

It is difficult to tell what they believe about socialism, communism and capitalism, because it is doubtful they have any real understanding of the significance of those words, what are the histories of the nations that have attempted to implement them, and of the peoples who have lived under them. If they possess any understanding at all of what socialism is, they will deny that they are socialists while agreeing with at least 90% of the principles that animate European political parties that have no qualms about using the word in their names; and they will zealously strive to implement the same policies here under the labels of Hope, Change, Fairness, Justice and Forward.

Or perhaps they are not terribly concerned with any of these things, because espousing a purely self-interested point of view they have the expectation of being on the inside, of having government careers and/or belonging to unions whose power will insulate them from any crises; that their salaries, job security and pensions will be protected from any general economic conditions as long as they can hold off attacks by barbarians like Scott Walker and Chris Christie. They do not blame the United Auto Workers for the economic devastation of Detroit and the industrial Midwest, but celebrate its clout in the auto bailout. They do not blame collective bargaining on the part of employees whose salaries are paid by taxpayers for the bankruptcy of Michigan, New Jersey, California and cities across the fruited plain. Or they don’t care, because the point is not do what’s right but to get what one can, to work the system for one’s own and one’s (preferably protected) group’s benefit.

These cheering, sunny-faced young people will be left to deal with the real-world consequences of these beliefs and policies on their own for thirty years after this author and his cohort are gone.  May God help them.

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  • Looking4Sanity

    "What Do Young People Believe?"

    In a nut shell…sex, drugs and rock&roll…and they should all be free forever.

    May God have mercy on this once great nation.

    2 Timothy 3:

    1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
    4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

  • UCSPanther

    Just look to Greece and its bloated government, unreal debt load, poor economy and civil unrest and you will see where entitlements get a country.

    Other European countries will follow suit. Just give it time.

  • PaulRevereNow

    A few years ago, I had an opportunity to correct some of the nonsense that’s taught in our public schools. While helping an 8th grade class with an exercise on the UN, I told them it is a corrupt institution; where nothing much gets accomplished. I then explained the meaning of the words “bribery” and “nepotism,” all the while receiving cold stares from the teacher across the hall. My explanation did have a bit of an impact on some students. At another school, the social studies teacher used an Economics textbook titled “Freakonomics,” an apt word to describe this teacher. But unfortunately, this article is spot on. God help them.

  • Mary Sue

    one thing I have to laugh my a$$ off about is the whole idea that an ultrasound wand (that goes up the hoo-hah) is "rape." By this rationale, so are tampons and those stupid little period-blocker cups. I've had the stupid wand, I PREFER it to the other way because the other way makes you have an uncomfortably full bladder.

    What do young people believe? Well if they failed to avoid brainwashing, they believe Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread. They were taught to think with their emotions, not their logical minds. Those that got subjected to crazy professors (or who wilfully went into Gender/Ethnic studies) got bamboozled by an ideology that wrests control of the debate and creates a situation where it's only ok to deliberately be offensive or hurt someone's feelings if they are white (or white and male). You see, if a woman or PoC (person of Color) does it, they are "rightfully lashing out at oppression".

    I've also noticed a fair number of them have, or claim to have, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, if the "trigger warnings" on posts in various forums are any indication.

    • PaulRevereNow

      I'm ignorant–what are trigger warnings on posts?

      • Mary Sue

        It's rampant on places like LiveJournal, basically what this means is, if a post contains references to rape, suicide, homophobia, racism, misogyny, then people will put at the top of the post "Trigger warning for (rape or whatever)" to avoid "triggering" these PTSD'ed individuals. And by "triggering" I mean when a PTSD'ed person reads that stuff without warning they are prone to fits of uncontrollable crying, anger, or other terrible reaction. So the "Trigger warning" is to people who have the PTSD, that they may find themselves triggered if they read any further.

        Now with a victim of a violent rape, I can understand…the rest, not so much.

    • William Emory

      You are so right. I see this emotional thinking every where. in order for people to think clear is to seperate their emotions from facts, not fantsy. thanks for your comment./

  • harrylies

    Socrates denounced the youth of his day. Some things never change.

    • tagalog

      Socrates most certainly did NOT denounce the youth of his day; he was condemned to death for subverting the youth of Athens by teaching them not to honor the gods but instead to use reason. The youth of Athens loved him for discomfiting their elders, and Socrates loved them back.

    • Mary Sue

      young people are crazy. Truth.

      I was like the only sane one in my class.

  • H.j.Dcruz

    The youth should not expect anything positive but Jihad and the end and bad times of the American dream.

  • David R

    The youth just express the idiom "Eat, drink and be merry…for tomorrow we die."
    What more do you expect from the blind being led by the blind fools the democrats identify to?
    May God have pity on our nation for the dismal failure we scored regarding our youth, and also for the way we squandered His graces. I guess that's when the word "disgrace" applies.
    We are hetting the leaders we deserve…no more, no less!

  • pierce

    Just who is going to benefit from their stupidity. Sooner rather than later they will realize the error of their wanton ways. Everything in life is not free, it is nice to think that, but sooner or later you won't have mommy or daddy around to bail your collective asses out. So think about tomorrow, and don't just live for today.

    • Mary Sue

      maybe, just maybe. They'll figure it out when they turn 50. But maybe not.

  • Mik

    @harrylies – you are correct in saying that every generation of elders bemoans how far the young have fallen. The difference this time is that there is a large portion of the elder generation that tries to emulate the younger generation in dress, language and beliefs. In the past the elders could say, "I used to think that way when I was young." You know the old yarn about the French politician who said that a 20 year old who is not a communist has no heart, a 30 year old who still is a communist has no brain. The difference today is that the once 20 year-olds have never grown out of it.

    • Mary Sue

      There needs to be a new saying. "Once a stupid hippie, always a stupid hippie."

      • Howard Hyde

        I resemble that remark! 'Stupid hippie' would have described me pretty well 30 years ago.

  • John

    happy!From then on. The fall in your lap.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ijohnwu John Wu

    From then on. The fall in your lap.

  • tagalog

    What percentage of people under the age of, say, 25 or 30 voted for Obama over Romney? Telling us that might have supported the commentary. I'm sure more young people voted for Obama, but I don't have a good idea of how many more. If it was something like 55% to 45%, I wouldn't despair over the youth vote yet. If it was 65% to 35%, I'd be more concerned.

    I heard on the radio that 91% of black voters voted for Obama, a nearly unheard-of percentage. Maybe we should despair over the black vote.

    • WEilliam Emory

      Thats because the Democrats sell their Votes to Blacks by Giving Legislation to help them
      and all the Free things they can give, Look at all the extra civl rights laws that was designed to help them over a half century ago do not have an expiration date. pretty smart of them to do this for the solid vote.

  • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

    Living in the remote city of Iquitos, Peru in the deep Amazon I tend to meet people who venture out of the usual bounds, young people who are sometimes interested in learning first hand about the world, though perhaps more often than not those who are simply interested in experiencing first hand the hallucinogenic and legal drug (in the state of Loreto, Peru) ayauasca here as they place themselves under the care of some New Age shaman expat from California or so who will guide them to new levels of spirituality in a "ceremony" of drug taking at a lodge in the selva at "a very low price per day." For those serious about hope and change, jungle drugs in the Amazon fit the bill. Twenty-ish kids in waist-lenght rat-dos and billowing, multicoloured pyjamas and embroidered blouses, and girls with wall paper tattoos and piercings– I do know where– saunter around smiling benignly at the locals, deigning to pass out advice about how to be authentic in the world by giving up the few material amenities here such as icecream for the benefits of veganism, and so on. For me, this city is six days by cargo boat from the last stop on the road. For many who come to be enlightened, Iquitos is a short plane ride from Cuzco. The would-be enlightened tell me about myself. I am, unsurprisingly, a bad person. Having pronounced, they fly away. Flap, flap. Then one morning I met a young man from Idaho, my own home that I haven't really seen in close to 40 years, my fears so deep that for the first time in four decades I would have a conversation with someone from my own home and that he would criticise me for being old and stupid looming like anacondas in the jungle boughs, that I would be crushed to meet a fellow of my own kind only to find him insufferable. I met a young man from Idaho, and being an old guy, I gave him advice. Kids hate that. I'm old. I do it anyway.

    I posted my best advice for him on the Internet, and to my amazement he left a comment some time later. It is his response I would draw to the reader's attention here, my advice being, well, wise, of course, but his comment giving my hope and joy, if not hope and change.

    For those longing for more free advice, please ask. I have an endless supply of it. Better still, send more kids from Idaho.

    • tagalog

      Isn't it funny? Taking drugs in some outback in Africa, the Middle East, China, or South America, with some fakir or holy man, was something wealthy white Europeans LOVED to do during the Victorian and Edwardian years of the 19th and early 20th Century.

      • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

        Yes, there were many well-known drug tourists in the 19th and early 20th c.s., and we can see the Beatles doing similar when I was a youngster, much the same as some kids on the road do today. Nothing much changes, though the experience is open to those from the “lower classes” today. But not everyone I meet on the road is a drug-taking buffoon. Few, in fact, are. Those who come to the jungle to take drugs are those who would take drugs anyway anywhere. They stand out here because the Freak Show is so ugly in a land of otherwise decent people in the wilds of the Amazon. The locals make money from the druggies, and the druggies go back home to brag about themselves. Nothing is perfect. But here, and even moreso in the wilder areas of Bolivia, I find a peace and freedom I cannot find elsewhere in the world: it is America.

        Totally lost, it seems, to many of the Modern world is the freedom of what is now the norm in such places as the Amazon. This is frontier world, what our home used to be like, the 19th and early 20th centuries when the upper class twits came out west (or east or south) to dabble in drugs and mysticism before returning to their salons to emote and proclaim. Nothing much changes. Ah, except freedom. That diminishes daily, though slowly in the jungle. This land is free. For those who never knew freedom, when it was the norm in America, one might find it for the fiest time in such places as Iquiots, Peru.

        • tagalog

          Sadly, there comes a time in life when packing heat is just uncomfortable and not altogether reassuring.

          • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

            Iquitos is not exactly paradise, I must hasten to add. There are areas where a stranger after dark would be immediately murdered, no questions asked by anyone ever. But this is not to say there is a problem with living in such an area if one gets to know those who live there. Surpriingly, even savage killers like those I refer to above have some sense of decency, missing from many similar types in America and especially in the Middle East, where I have also lived a wild and weird life, somehow simply getting old and not having learned anything good. What I notice here in Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay over the past year and more of traveling very slowly, is the general happiness of contented people, even, if I may be so bold, among those who would kill me for stepping into their area after dark as a stranger.

            It is truly a shame that I'm stupid because I know so much, if not The Truth. I know, for example, that the totally poor in Iquitos would kill me in an instant if I wandered into some areas after dark, not because they are more vicious than others, but because they don't know not to be vicious toward me in particular. There is a sense of shame and a sense of fairness at play, if one knows the rules of this kind of game. I never kill anyone. I have never been killed, though many's the time when it's been very close. I know stupid stuff like when it's time for me to leave because the people around me are never going to get any better than the monsters they are now. I know when good people are pushed to horror. I know when America is being pushed into something too terrible to contemplate.

            I said once to a fellow that they just don't make kids like they used to. He didn't laugh. I felt then it was time to go. Because it's not funny. People make kids, if at all, not so much as lovers make babies or as people engaged in lust make babies, but even less so than the cosmic strangeness of breeding in the jungles of the Amazon. It's almost like a disease of the mind for many, the making and having babies in the Modern world. I can't like it, and I won't take it.

            Like then, it is now– time to go. Feel free to join me, and bring along Howard Hyde. Coffee and popcorn on me!

            Best regards,
            Dag Walker,
            Iquitos, Peru
            Nov. 2012

    • Howard Hyde

      Lo que conozco de Iquitos es de una pelicula Pantaleón y las Visitadoras.

      • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

        Oh, I clearly do not get out enough. This is news to me, and now I have a great excuse for sitting in some evening with my friends to watch what looks like a fun movie. Thanks for the tip.

        I might go so far as to advise you to take a look at visiting the city in person some time. I am, in spite of my proofreading flubs, writing a book about the city, and since it’s not yet out, and since it’s late in the posting day, I’m going to break a general rule I have and horn in on another’s writing to promote my own.

        Of the many people who followed my link here– and I thank you very much– I suspect some were expecting advice along the lines of Ward Cleaver, getting instead something more akin to the mind of a dissippated and geriatric Eddy Haskel. If it ain’t exactly me, it’s certainly my persona. For those who find it interesting to read such things and who can’t wait for my next book, Iquitos, Peru: Exilic Art from Selva to Plant, I would direct the reader to a page of comments on my last work, An Occasional Walker: http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2012/04/dagness-

        Available at amazon.com.

        Back to reality, I enjoyed your essay above and look forward to more.

        Best regards,

        Dag Walker

        Iquitos, Peru

        Nov. 2012

      • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

        Kids. I was sitting at the Plaza de Armas some months back next to two 20ish Argentine lads, one of whom was reading a book while the other was watching girls and daydreaming. The lad reading suddenly grabbed his friend’s arm and said, “Listen to this:…” The lad then began reading, eventually about four pages toward the end of the book he had, to his friend, both of them enraptured as they listened to the lines of Vargas LLosa, Love in the Time of the Cholera. When the reader finished, both lads sat in silence and stared at the book as if it were some magical talisman dropped from the heavens. The capacity is there for many young people to come to life with a feeling of awe and gratitude, but they’re so often given so little to love that they fail in life due to the avalances of ugliness that pass for culture, in Argentine planes as much as in the valleys of the Freak Show at home.

        Petulance and sentimentality pass too often for wisdom and feeling. Too often the young seek The Truth without ever encountering the truth of literature, the deep, universal truths of art. given the encounter, many are likely to rise to it and find love where there is now mere pseudo-scientific and sociological pretense. a novel? The conviction and art of a man who can convey universal truth to the masses as an individual? Where is the scientific rigour and the statistical analysis? The simple truths and the pure beauty of a few pages of a worthy novel. It’s not lost, it’s just not too well known to too many.

        My best,

        • Howard Hyde

          Love in the Time of Cholera was written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pantaleon y las Visitadores was written by Mario Vargas Llosa.
          But your point is well taken.

  • The Truth

    It is probably so difficult for Mr. Hyde to understand what young people think because he has not included in his article any rigorous survey or series of broad-spectrum interviews he has personally done with young people. This is an example of the laziness of blogging, where an opinionist makes a bunch of sweeping character judgments without investing time and effort to do any real work. The internet makes everything easier, including writing very 2-dimensional pap like this article.

    As you may notice, no credentials are posted for Howard Hyde, but this article linked from his blog here:

    The blog is a "me" posing as a "we" e.g. a man who because he has a blue button down shirt is instantly an economics expert and an "an international forum." That spells huckster.

    • tagalog

      What if he wears a pink button-down shirt; what then?

      • The Truth

        Then he can write for Edwin Meese with Matt Vadum.

        • Howard Hyde

          Oh no! I have been outed! I don't have a PhD from an ivy league university! How will I survive this scandal? I shall retire from public life and never open my mouth or take up my pen again.
          Yes, I have a personal blog site which I hope to grow beyond just me. What do you have against the audacity of hope?
          How about addressing the SUBSTANCE of my article, to wit that any possible explanation for the jubilation has to be preposterous premises that can only lead to destruction for all Americans, young, old and yet to be born?
          Howard Hyde http://www.HHCapitalism.com

          • tagalog

            You're lucky they're only accusing you of wearing a blue shirt. They'd have a field day if it was pink. Talk about outed; that would be outed, tarred, feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail.

            The way I hear it, you have good reason to be proud for not having an Ivy League degree (though I still have some regard for the Economics Dept. at the U. of Chicago).

          • The Truth

            Your style and your substance are identical. As I said, you did no due diligence.

          • Howard Hyde

            In that case I suggest that you contact all of your 30-and-under friends and ask them to post here the true reasons they are celebrating.

          • The Truth

            I don't maintain a coterie of 30-and-under friends. I am a grown up. Grown ups don't clean up after other grown ups unless they are in sanitation. Why don't you do your own due diligence and research your article's subject before publication? Do you know the difference between articles and blog postings? I don't think you do. The difference is that blog posts don't distinguish between rants, opinions, speculation, editorialization, and fact. Articles are generally non-fiction. Your blog post here is generally speculative fiction. When you are hiring yourself out as an expert speaker, people are going to know that you don't know the difference. They are going to see your name on a lecture list and say "that's that capitalism blog guy who doesn't know what he's talking about." Why don't you collect all your 40-50 and over friends and ask them why they can't write well researched articles?

          • bkopicz

            Mr t a.k.a. Shlomotion your antisemitic ranting mixed with nonsensical pseudo intellectual tripe leaves you in no position to criticize anyone especially Mr Hyde. Your previous postings were so offensive that they were removed.

          • Mary Sue

            ….says the person who doesn't know what they're talking about.

          • nightspore

            Now you remind me of the story about the old French priest, who when asked what listening to confessions for 50 years had taught him about humanity, said, "There really are no grown-ups."

    • DebbieOhio912

      This article is spot on. I'll give you my 23 year old's phone number and you can discuss it with him.

  • BLJ

    Lenin had a good term for these people:

    Useful Idiots.

    I do agree that not all young people think this way. Sadly enough of them do and they are a by-product of the Left hijacking our education and culture.

  • Spider

    What do young people believe? They believe that all the free stuff is going to just keep coming but the bill is never going to come due. I have some news for them. The bill for the Obama spending orgy will come due long after most people on FP (including me) are retired. So who do they think is on the hook for the 100 or so Trillin dollars + interest? So i guess the joke and the scam is really on them Huh?

    • Mary Sue


  • Mo_

    The really tragic thing is that it's not just young people who believe this nonsense!

    That's what happens when we have allowed the Left to take over the entire culture, and for a few generations now.

    What's the answer? I honestly don't know at this point. I can't see one.

    • Mary Sue

      I've seen people 80+ years old who were too old to be stupid hippies when there were stupid hippies who were, despite all odds, stupid hippies. I think they caught it from their kids. :/

  • patron

    Not all young people are like this, just the dirtbags and drug addicts who the Democratic Party subsidize every four years. I see some 50 year old trying to pass as teenagers.

    Many young people serve in the military and police, raise great families and are highly successful.

    • tagalog

      I am reminded of a movie scene I was thinking about a couple of days ago, from the Michael Douglas movie about the nutcase aerospace engineer who travels through the slums of L.A. with a bag full of guns. He's accosted at one point by a guy in his 20s (the movie takes place in the 1990s), who claims to be a Vietnam vet. The Michael Douglas character says, "What were you? The little drummer boy?" That was great.

    • DebbieOhio912

      Patron, my son is neither a dirtbag or drug addict. He works full-time and is paying his college debt. But he has been indoctrinated and would rather get his facts from college professors, students and Noam Chomsky rather than his mother.

  • Bartemais

    Such is the end of "Christendom". In the days of Noah the people went on with their lives as if nothing would ever happen to them. The young Obama supporters are like that generation. They have no clue as to what is coming in the near future.

    • tagalog

      Boy, it's a darn good thing you weren't around in North Africa or the Holy Land during the last 25 years of the 8th (maybe it was the 7th) Century A.D., when Islam arrived in Christian North Africa and the Levant.

      You'd have freaked out on that "end of Christendom" thingie.

  • flyingtiget

    to be fair, many college students are busy with studies and work to take an interest in politic. When I voted for the first time I did not know the issues or what Jimmy Carter or Gerald ford stood for. I voted democratic because everybody else voted that way. After four miserable years under Carter, I learned to think for myself.

    • Mary Sue

      nowadays people tell these idiot kids that the Carter years were at least as bad, and that Carter got thrown out of office and so should Obama. They don't listen. The honeymoon isn't over from electing the First Black President.

      I wonder what Toni Morrison would say now. (Pssst, that's the person that said Bill Clinton was the First Black President).

    • DebbieOhio912

      Good for you, kiddo! Colleges should teach kids to think for themselves, not train them to become part of the socialist machine.

  • zhi

    this country is going down in history turning into United States of South America, or United States of South Africa.

  • "gunner"

    my circle of influence is small, but i warn my grand daughter and her friends that they will be paying the bill for the "free stuff" from government all their lives, long after the politicians who created the mess are dead, gone and forgotten, and their own children will curse them as they labour under the mountain of debt that will be their inheritance.

    • Mary Sue

      Let's hope they listen.

  • R.C.

    In general–there is no hope for the "next generation"!

  • R.C.

    The "young" and the rest of the American people are getting what they deserve for supporting Barack Obama and the Marxist democrat party–and they aren't going to like it–and for the most its too late–they have made their bed and have defecated in it and–now they will have to lay in it

  • Ghostwriter

    Not every young person went along with the Obama campaign,but enough did. Now,those young people will have more problems than they can handle.

  • Howard Hyde

    Thank you to all who participated in this discussion. Interestingly, out of 50 comments, not a single one contained a substantive rebuttal of any of the points made in my original article. I therefore consider my due diligence complete.

  • Jim Dandy

    I would have to say that in my considerable experience young people are rational, intelligent, and utterly uninformed.

  • Len_Powder

    "May God help them."

    He already has in the form of his Son, Jesus Christ. But it's unlikely that He will 'help' anyone who has made a pact with the Devil – willingly, knowingly, or otherwise. Be careful what you wish for. You may just get it.

  • Tanner

    The youth of the Left are giving today's youth generation a bad name. I also feel bad that the youth is not being taught how to think, but what to think. Lenin was unfortunately right about the "useful idiots" strategy. And it seems to be working. I'm sure glad I'm not one of them. So much corruption in the education system by radical professors. But the battle for hearts and minds is not over.

  • Bruce

    Americans should consider a serious reform of the system.

    to be fair, if Obamacare cover children under 26, then any youth not older than 26 shouldn't vote.
    2. anyone who aren't paying tax to this country shouldn't vote.

  • Ann

    they are morons…can't see their future … many young people in nazi germany thought hitler was great…they have no common sense…they have been schooled in socialism…it is sad that YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG…

  • stardust2013

    To say that we must start from scratch is an understatement when attempting to discuss how to get out of the mess we're in. We can't blame the young without pointing the finger at ourselves. We gave our children to corrupt organizations such as the NEA who have indoctrinated their small undeveloped brains to mush. Most of us ourselves were indoctrinated as well during the good old seventies with Nixon and affirmative action, Carter and the EPA, and other failed experiments throughout our time. We did let it break, now we must fix it.