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The University Utopia (Why do America's Youth vote for dependency?)
RCP ^ | 03/27/2013 | Robert Tracinski

Posted on 03/27/2013 8:12:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them.

I have begun to revisit these paradoxes. In part one of this series, I laid out the case for why the pro-free-market right needs to reclaim these key demographic groups—young people, racial minorities, and city dwellers—and why I regard these as natural constituencies for the free market whose lockstep voting for the left is a paradox.

In this installment, I take up the first of the paradoxes: Why do the young vote for dependency—when the essence of youth is a quest for independence? My purpose for now is mostly just to solve the paradox, to explain the reason for the apparent contradiction, and to indicate what this implies for how the right should change its message and its sales tactics. When I am done looking at all three paradoxes, I will look in greater depth at an agenda of reform for the political strategy of the right.

First, let me explain why I do not include women among the main demographic groups the right needs to reach. Despite the left’s rhetoric on this issue, women are not a monolithic voting bloc. If you break down the numbers for last fall’s election, for example, Mitt Romney won the vote of white women by 56 to 42 percent. President Obama only won the women’s vote on the strength of his enormous advantage among racial minorities. The “marriage gap” was equally striking. Romney won 53% of the votes of married women, while Obama won 67% of the votes of unmarried women.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dependency; elections; voting; youth

1 posted on 03/27/2013 8:12:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Answer: Free School Lunch Program.


2 posted on 03/27/2013 8:33:30 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf
in my liberal Catholic HS we had a liberal offbeat history teacher...he was out there...

but back then, liberalism meant lesser govt control.....free speech....refusing the draft....stopping war...

he got us all thinking about govt intrusion in our lives....could we think of anything that we did almost daily that the govt didn't have a hand in?"

the answer was "no"...

but younger people nowadays have never been encouraged to really do critical thinking...its all whatever is going on now and nothing is taught in perspective...

I don't think they understand that their work lives will be spent paying taxes so the bankers can steal us blind, so govt workers can retire at age 48, or earlier, that the tax burden on their children will smother them...

do they understand that giving govts more responsibility in our lives just gives them more authority to take more of their money...that often they take from them and will give to the most lazy slobs, the most undeserving...

3 posted on 03/27/2013 9:26:12 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL!
They’re not voting for dependency - - they’re voting for “free stuff”, confiscated from their neighbors and handed over to them in exchange for their votes. ...Just like Democrats everywhere.


4 posted on 03/27/2013 9:37:01 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SeekAndFind

At the the risk of being accused of a “these kids today” type of rant, I find this phenom much more simplistic.

1: Youth today have been deliberately de-anchored from the Constitution. There is no appreciation for this founding document and the stories of the people who created it, absolutely unique in the history of mankind and which allowed a nation to rise to the pinnacle of the world in 200 years.

2: The idea that America is an evildoing nation that has never done a single thing that didn’t make money for rich white people at the expense of some downtrodden victim group has been pounded into their heads. The vanquishment of the Nazi empire in WW2, WW1, the foreign aid we have poured into other countries, never mind that 90% of that money was stolen by the types of dictators these kids admire and revere, is a great big nothing. While that was going on, we were polluting their air, stealing their resources, and basically acting like pirates, taking whatever wasn’t nailed down.

3: And so in the end, these kids have been taught that America is just another country, no better than any other, and kind of a vicious one at that, because whatever can be seen as apparent progress was ripped off from somewhere else. Never mind that every one of these morons with their iphones glued into their ears, this of course wasn’t America, the internet, that wasn’t America, the idea that they don’t have polio, that isn’t America. All they know is that America craps in their clean air and water.


5 posted on 03/27/2013 9:54:01 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Graewoulf

The educational establishment does not know who they actually are “working for” (since the 1800’s).

google the Peabody Educational Fund and the career of its benefactor.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 11:01:27 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: SeekAndFind

“(Why do America’s Youth vote for dependency?)”

Because 35 is the new 15.


7 posted on 03/28/2013 2:42:43 AM PDT by equaviator
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To: cherry

At my Catholic high school which I attended in the sixties I distinctly remember a social studies teacher saying what worried him most about current societal and governmental trends was creeping socialism. I don’t know how many teachers like Mr. Sammartano are left in today’s schools.


8 posted on 03/28/2013 3:12:22 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: aflaak

Ping


9 posted on 03/28/2013 4:55:45 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: cherry

Well said.


10 posted on 03/28/2013 6:36:58 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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