I saw this ad from "Vote Our Future" dot com. It's a good ad I think. It tells the truth about what is being done to young people today... in short that they are the ones who will be paying for all the free lunches. What I find odd however is that the ad doesn't lead anywhere, other than to encourage young people to vote. It acknowledges that if young people vote that they can thwart what is being done to them, but it doesn't give any direction or reasoning as to who or why to vote one way or another.
Part of this I think is the thought forms of the demographic that the ad is attempting to reach. The minute anyone mentions a political party, or a candidate, this age group is inclined to dismiss it. After all, everyone is angling for something in life, except, of course, the person who says that everyone is angling for something. So nothing is mentioned... only the favorite whipping boy: "the faceless, party-less "politician".
Still, I find myself watching this ad and thinking So? Voting is what got us here. Young people are not being stuck with the bill for our folly because of a lack of votes but a lack of a coherent worldview. I'm not sure how much good telling young people that they are getting screwed by older people is going to do. But it does cause me to realize the fears I've had all along. Older people now, by handing their healthcare over to the government, are in essence handing it over to the up and coming generation, a generation that has been taught by the same older people that there are no absolutes, not even that everyone should absolutely get taken care of when they're sick or broken.
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