The youth voters

Posted on October 16, 2010 by


In the 2008 election Democrats swept the nation with the idea of change and enthusiasm backing the party to a nations victory. Now just two years later that flame of liberal dominance has faltered, leaving Democrats hurting during this crucial election. The youth more then ever have been a driving force for Democrats in years past, but what has happened to their battle cry that aided Obama to his unconventional victory?

Inspirational agendas and an affluent speaker is what appear to have rallied together the average youthful voter accompanied with the traditional swing voter during the 2008 primary. The key question is will Obama be able to relinquish that desire to contribute to the nation by entering into the political arena and helping Democrats salvage what is left of the remaining campaign?

Targeting the youth is a significant demographic that is wavering away from voting during this election, can Democrats create enough commotion to excite them? Obama is going out to various college campuses spouting the need for the youth to stay involved.

“Change is going to come for this generation—if we work for it, if we fight for it, if we believe in it. The biggest mistake we could make right now is to let disappointment or frustration lead to apathy and indifference.”

Are these words enough when two out of every third voter under 30 was voting for Obama and now a third of those voters do not understand Democrats are the majority in Congress right now. I feel the harsh words Obama has been giving youth voters is a necessary endeavor that could potentially wake the youth up to the reality of American politics and create more then just excitement from the 2008 election.

“You can’t sit it out, You can’t suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so, on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections where we’ve got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans.” He added that “the energy that you were able to bring to our politics in 2008, that’s needed not less now, it’s needed more now.”

Now the democrats are starting to jump in the ring and battle to remain dominate. Obama appeared on MTV to have a town hall style meeting addressing questions and to reconnect with those youthful voters that jumped on the celebrity bandwagon previously to hopefully regain their acceptance.

Obama will continue this effort by making appearances with pop artist B.o.B at democratic rallies, also Democrats registered the first ever i-pad app to allow phone calls, register to vote, and canvass neighborhoods with a few simple instructions.

Obama and other fellow Democrats might be able to pull this one off by striving to reconnect with the youth.  How will these intellectuals respond to the repeated appearance of negative ads and inquires about the GOP?   Will this help the Democrats or place them in poor views?

Demonstrated in the highly publicized Buck vs. Bennett race in Colorado are advertisements high lighting negative attributes and views of the Republican Party. A favorite in Colorado would have to be the campaigns against Ken Buck.

The Democrats are just now starting to put up a fight, it could be a promising one, but is it to little to late? Has the lack of spirit and steadfast persistence counteracted the 2008 Democrat excitement or in combination with that has the low blows they are dealing opponents going to gain voters? Only time will tell.






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