Barack Obama Victory Fallout: Raise Voting Age to 25?
on 12/27/2008 (9)
"Barack Obama will require you to work.
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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.
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