Hollywood has trotted out celebrity after celebrity to back Barack Obama. But none has had a greater impact on the presidential race than Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s repulsive Girls. Dunham cut an ad for Obama in which she likened voting for the first time to losing one’s virginity. “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” she cooed to the camera. “You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy … who really cares about and understands women.”
And who is that cherished lover?
Why, it’s Barack Obama, of course! As Dunham describes Obama, “A guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge. You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don’t want a guy who says, ‘Oh hey, I’m at the library studying,’ when he’s really out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act.” And most importantly of all, Dunham says you don’t want to be caught still being a voting virgin after the election: “it’s super uncool to be out and about and someone says, “Did you vote,’ and ‘No, I didn’t vote, I wasn’t ready.’”
Dunham is widely perceived in Hollywood as the voice of her generation. Which is to say, my generation. To which I say, paraphrasing Ronald Reagan, I’ll sell my bonds.
But this is how the Obama campaign – and the left – views young people. We’re a bunch of sex-obsessed morons who don’t care about the economy. We don’t care about the future of the country. All we care about is condoms now, abortion later, and sexual freedom forever.
But that’s not us. That’s our parents.
The truth is that my generation does care about the economy. Half of us graduate from college without jobs to go to. More and more of us pile up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to get degrees in useless majors. Our college choices are rarely geared toward our future careers. We know that our taxes will be jacked up to pay for our parents’ and grandparents’ Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments. And we know that by the time we hit our parents’ age, the chances of us receiving those social welfare benefits are slim and none.
If we’re not getting married at the same rate as our grandparents, that’s our parents’ fault. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults were married; by 2010, it was down to 51 percent. Overall, 6.8 out of every 1,000 members of the US population get married each year. In 1960, that number was 8.5. That’s a substantial decline – but that number really began to decline steadily in approximately 1970. Our parents thought marriage was taboo; they celebrated sexual profligacy. That’s why so many more middle-aged women seem to care about abortion than younger women. Polls show that 59 percent of people aged 18-34 want serious restrictions on abortion; 58 percent of those aged 35-54 say they don’t want serious restrictions. In other words, older people are more concerned with sex, abortion, and the rest of the Democratic social agenda than young people.
The truth is that Lena Dunham isn’t speaking to people of my generation. She’s speaking to post-menopausal women who spent their youths annoyed that they didn’t go to Woodstock, then got married, divorced, and married again – and now vote liberal to maintain a ghostly connection with the good old days they have otherwise severed in their conspicuous consumption. There are few young adults seriously concerned about the availability of condoms. Kids in college know that free condoms are just a dorm resident advisor away. These scare tactics simply don’t work.
And we’re not dumb enough to mistake sex for voting, either. Only our parents, who coined the notion that the personal is political, would make such an idiotic mistake. And only our parents worship politicians to the extent necessary to make decisions based on fantasies of which candidate they’d like to sleep with.
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