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Response to David__77 (Reply #5)
Sun May 13, 2012, 01:57 PM
MessiahRp (5,405 posts)
11. And from a political aspect this is exactly what they needed to get young people energized
Let's be serious, the last 4 years let down a lot of young voters who had hoped for more rapid signs of that "Change" that Obama promised. After George W. Bush forced the country so abruptly and harshly to the right, many were under the "Hope" that Obama was going to pull us far back enough to get us back to pre-Bush levels on a lot of issues.
That hasn't happened nearly as fast as many of us would have liked. However this move has energized the younger part of the base that might have re-considered their attachment to Obama in 2012 after working so hard for him in 2008.
The young people win you elections. They are the ones that give up their lives and travel all over the place to work for the campaign for next to nothing. They're the ones who canvass, door knock and phone bank until they're ready to drop. They are the ones willing to give up a year or more of their lives to work towards a cause. Older folks have families and careers and let's be honest, often times lack the energy to participate in many of these things.
Obama NEEDS these people more than ever and whether or not the Fox News aged crowd likes it, the announcements this past week just energized those people. Now it's not just about re-electing a Washington politician, now it's about fighting for gay rights and for many younger people, that's their friends and family and people they deeply care about. To younger people with more open minds, they know a ton of people that have come out to them and live openly gay around them. They are not just tolerant, they are accepting and warm.
That's what the Fox News people never understand. If you are an asshole bigot, people won't come out to you. If people don't come out to you, you think it's just a few abnormal people rather than people you see everyday and since you don't know any of these people you never see just how normal they are. Your ignorance has blocked you from ever knowing these people so you segment them off as strange and dangerous to your world and how it works. It's a sad existence really. So they'll keep fighting to keep their world "normal", even though more and more of their likeminded peers die off every day and the next few generations of people all disagree with them and gay marriage/gay rights isn't just a crazy thought held by leftists... it's INEVITABILITY as deemed by everyone.
Obama has those other generations, the ones ready to make Inevitability happen now, fired up and ready to go. His campaign needed this shot in the arm. Romney stands no chance now.
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