In the last few weeks, the local media have delighted at covering news of Democrat caucuses around the state. Unusual enthusiasm and energy were reported, with an outpouring of support for candidate Barak Obama, who visited the state capitol of Boise to adulation from an overflow crowd.
(As a side note, one is forced to ask if the illiteracy displayed in the written story is attributable to the author, reporterette Bridget Shanahan [most likely] or the teens and teacher who are quoted. But that is neither here nor there, I suppose.)
Bingham County has selected five teens, a high school teacher, and a couple of others, to attend the June Democrat caucus in Boise. The teens were thrilled. According to the broadcast story, several students didn’t even know they were Democrats! Apparently the high school government teacher helped them sort out their identity:
“We will change the world one high school student at a time…”, said Mrs. Kartchner, in a stunning admission of her political influence over an impressionable student in her class.
Rarely has such a revelation of Democrat methods been seen. A teenage girl “didn’t even know she was a Democrat”, and a public school teacher (who apparently knew her own party affiliation) stepped up to help her student clarify her political identity.
To further illustrate the depth of understanding of these young and newly awakened political activists, consider this statement:
“It’s not necessarily a vote that counts it’s the person that counts. I think and people actually standing up and saying what they believe and fighting for what they believe,” Sally Ames said [punctuation preserved from original story].
Try telling that to Hillary Clinton, as she struggles to stay in the primary race with Barack Obama.
One can conclude from this statement that 1) every person she passes in the halls on the way to government class – even that poor girl wearing K-Mart shoes – is special, and 2) armed conflict over a difference of opinion is justified. (I wonder if that was the message Mrs. Kartchner intended.)
I suppose this story (and its over-the-top reporting) should come as no surprise, given the enthusiastic but completely vacant message of “hope” and “change” being delivered by the party’s front runner, Obama.
Democrats reading this story are sure to feel they “count”, whether or not they have a vote in the completely closed Idaho Democrat primary process. And they will feel ready to “fight for what they believe”, no doubt.
Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, will have a strange sinking feeling, similar to that felt by a ship’s captain as he watches an unthinking and senseless rogue wave bearing down on his vessel.
As long as emotion, complete disregard for reality (and grammar), and the politics of personality vie with logic, fact-based decision making and constitutional principle, our liberty and our very way of life will be in jeopardy.
And, by the way, stories such as this should raise the question of returning the voting age to 21, and the repeal of women’s suffrage.
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