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Barack Obama Victory Fallout: Raise Voting Age to 25?
by Mark on 12/27/2008 (9)

Method Man Jones: Obama's divine kissing cousin in rather sub-divine Methodology
"Barack Obama will require you to work.

He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism...

Barack will never allow you to go back to your old lives as usual."

Michelle Obama, February, 2008

As the political sun sets on 2008, and the bespectacled, wild-eyed chanting throngs of college-age, cool-aid sipping Obama Youth fade into the ash pile of history, what can be gleaned by the Obama victory? How did someone so inexperienced and so completely unprepared rise to power so incredibly fast? To understand, one need merely look back in time to 1978.

Jim Jones rose to power the same way Obama did, by clever slogans, powerful oratory, and promises of a gilded future for any and all that would follow him blindly. The idea is certainly not new. Hitler, Marx and Lenin played the same gambit on the German and Russian youth respectively, and Osama Ben Laden is still playing to Islamic youth even today.

The naked, unsettling truth is that both Obama and David Axelrod, Obama's key election and PR strategist, were both keenly aware that by tugging on this flaw in human character, they could win, and the morose, sinister reality is, they went ahead and did it anyway. They did not reveal wisdom. They preyed on a tragic flaw in innate human nature, and even if Obama proves to be a reasonably capable President, it is not a moral fix. The end does not justify the means. The end must never justify the means. Damn them both.

The naked truth again be known, young people are the most vulnerable to movements based solely on the cult of personality, as the overwhelming youth vote for Obama has clearly shown.

So, what does this mean? How can an Obamaesque movement be mitigated or even totally eliminated from reoccurring?

One way is to raise the voting age to 25, where a more mature outlook on the human condition prepares one to be less likely to fall prey to personality driven cults and media-stoked brainwash. Historians must look long and hard at what has happened this horrible election year, and strict, prompt measures must be put into effect to prevent it from ever happening again. h=0" hei

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1. by Kris on 12/30/2008 7:40:52 AM
But there was no massive turnout among young voters. According to the exit polls, 18% of the voters this time were under 30, as compared to 17% of voters in 2004. (By comparison, 22% of voting-age Americans are under 30.)

The number of young voters was only slightly higher and certainly not enough to account for an Obama win.

If you want to look at the real reasons for the election unfolding how it did, look at the economic crisis (bad economy always hurts the incumbent party), the war (mishandling of it lead to Bush being one of the most unpopular presidents of all time), and the ability of Obama to inspire young and old alikeone" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Kris on 12/30/2008 7:43:26 AM
Regardless of who was running, given everything that has transpired since 2004, I think it would have been near impossible for a Republican to win in 2008.i </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Motz on 12/30/2008 10:50:28 AM
I am focusing on the youth sector, 18-24, and they fell prey to brainwash ala Obama. Bush did okay. I was very fruitful in the Bush years, I support the war, and you should have too.uil </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Motz on 12/30/2008 11:00:34 AM
In any case, these are my observations, not my opinions, and they are the correct ones. Obam must pay for playing our kids aginst us. He must be brought to justice and punished.n.r </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Kris on 12/30/2008 11:34:38 AM
Maybe Bush was fruitful for you personally, but the economy is in the shitter, we're engaged in an unnessasary war that has no end in site, we ignored countries that were actually a threat to the US because they didn't have the same oil interests nor personal or bussiness interestes, we've created more terrorists than we've eliminated, we've gone from a national surpluss into a huge deficit, damaged our international credibility greatly, and ignored countless other issues on the homefront (heathcare, education, and poverty for example). Take those Republican blinders off, Bush was a horrible President and left the country far worse off than when he took over through his meddling in forgein affairs and his incompetence in internal ones.

Obama is somewhat inexperienced (though much more so experienced than Palin) but he is well educated, well spoken, and has inspired many not only in our country but outside of it (which will do wonders considering how badly Bush was seen). He has solid plans for this country and has proven to be above petty partyline bickering. The President is the face of the country and it says a lot for our country that we can look past racial lines to elect the best man for the job.

To simply state that he won this election by some sort of youthful brainwashing is completely wrong. He is more than qualified for the position and certainly much more so than the outgoing </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
6. by Motz on 12/30/2008 12:46:19 PM
Fuck Obama. He must come down, at any cost by any means. Liberal </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
7. by psyclone on 12/31/2008 9:17:28 AM
"Fuck Obama. He must come down, at any cost by any means. Liberal filth. "
Not real big on the whole "democracy" thing, huh?isp </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
8. by Motz on 12/31/2008 10:39:10 AM
Fuck democracy. I have no use for your Democracy. It is a selective one.n.r </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
9. by Lindsey on 9/26/2009 11:02:01 AM
Actually, demographics of Jonestown members show that it had a very mature population. 36% were over 35 years old, and 38% were under 19, half of those children under 12, probably a small percentage of 18 and 19 year olds. Only 25% were aged 20-35, which leaves a very small percentage within the current US voting age that the author asserts is the population who voted in Obama (between 18 and 25). Therefore, the percentage of adults over 25 who lived in Jonestown by far exceeded the type of young, idealistic naive people the author equates with this cult and the election of Obama. His argument is untenable due to a false premise, not to mention in terrible taste. Source: "Personal Records: Members" MS3800 Collection, Peoples Temple Archive, California Historical Society.h= </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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