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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Who could be against getting young people to vote? Sure they're immature, uninformed, reactionary, and worse, but some day they'll grow up, and when that happens we want them to be active citizens. To that end, Rock the Vote always seemed like a good idea; pander to the young people enough to get them interested in politics, then get them to the polls. I should have known better. After all, what do you get when you combine self-righteous adults with impressionable kids? Liberal activism!

According to their website

"Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 1990....The goal of Rock the Vote’s media campaigns and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout."

I don't even know where to start; how about the "Rock the Vote Awards" held last night. Apparently the politicians rocking the vote the hardest this year were Bill Clinton, Barack O' Bama, and, to keep up appearances, John McCain. Two far-left Democrats and one weak-kneed Republican: the very definition of non-partisan.

Of course one could just dismiss it as inviting the politicians the kids are most into (O' Bama is pretty street), but how do you explain this:

RTVpic

This has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard of, a major campaign to convince young people not to support Social Security Reform. That's like the RNC starting a "Dump Affirmative Action" movement at Morehouse College. Actually it's worse, since you have to get kids to care about it first, before you convince them to oppose it. Listing the Democrats talking points probably isn't gonna get it done. Maybe they'll have luck with their other non-partisan causes, like government funded healthcare or fighting the nonexistent draft.

If you're like me, you wonder how the Democratic Party has any members at this point. Here's your answer. Get 'em while they're young and dumb, scare them into believing all the garbage to feed them, and then turn them loose at the polls. Oh yea, and sell them a $15 baby blue trucker hat if you can.

UPDATE: The National Review has picked up this story, but Brash had it first. Tell your friends.

6 Comments:

Blogger Nedhead said...

"immature, uninformed, reactionary, and worse"

Wow, sounds just like a description of the republican party I heard the other day.

Have you ever attended a Republican Fund raiser? Have you ever attended a Democrat Fund raiser? I have been to many, on both sides. You know what I've discovered the difference is? Better food and music at the republican parties. No joke, that's it. Otherwise it is the same shit, and I mean SHIT, pouring forth from the mouthpieces, just a different names.

"I Love Social Security" it says on the front of the T-shirt. I guess I can't see the back where it must say "As Decreed by the Democratic Party for Democrats only, since Democrats and Liberals are the only ones who support and love Social Security, unlike those dirty Republicans whose only agenda is to destroy all life!"

I also know, I've got an inside source on this one, that Bush, Cheney and Rove were snubbed at the gate, they weren't on the guest list! The even slipped the bouncer a C-note! They ended up crashing a Paris Hilton Bash at the next hotel. Good times!

6/09/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Ned,
The point is that this group claims to be non-partisan; clearly it's not. Even if the social security thing isn't blatantly liberal (it is) a non-partisan organization whose only goal is to encourage turnout would present both sides.

6/09/2005 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

what is the other side? i hate social security? Bush isn't saying that. He wants to modify social security, no? (however misguided, in my opinion, and that of many, many rightwingers).

6/09/2005 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Ned,
Read the site. They are anti-personal accounts, and pro-raising taxes (or "paying a bit more" as they put it). By definition, if you are anti something, there must be a pro, and vice versa.

6/09/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Truth be told, I am not much for Rock the Vote. I agree with your analysis. Just being contrarian.

6/09/2005 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brash lets put this in MTV terminology:

You had Butthead in his Metalica T-shirt, You had Beavis in his AC/DC T -shirt , and you had lame ass Stewart in his Winger T-shirt, This countries youth doesn't like you guys telling them to put on the Winger T-shirt. They have the most to loose from Social Security as they are caught in the time line when the actual impact of what we do today will occur, and they will inhierit the debt of that Bush's presidency has inccured. So when there is a market to sell I love Social Security T-shirts over Metallica T-shirts on an MTV web site it should tell you what you guys are doing wrong. These T-shirts aren't there as a partisan effort their there because Social Security has become an issue that teenagers are actually concerned about.

And by the way Rock the vote is the reason I didn't absolutley hate Newt Gingrich in the early 90's

-Napolean

6/09/2005 12:20:00 PM  

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