GOP targets college students
By Todd SeabrookPosted Mar 29, 2011
College students are the next targets on the conservative movement list of people to screw over. The process started with the cuts to education budgets, since, to the mind of a Republican, saving money itself is better than using the money wisely.
But not only are they trying to take money away from education, they are trying to take the vote out of college students' hands as well.
When speaking about college students, New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien said, "They are kids voting liberal, voting their feelings, with no life experience.”
Apparently living for more than 18 years doesn’t qualify as actual living, or college students don’t count as actual human beings.
New Hampshire is tinkering with a bill that will not allow college students to vote in their city unless they establish residency before enrolling. The bill would be the strictest residency policy in the United States, and it is being imposed because Republicans don’t want those damn liberal college students to vote.
I don't see the need to delve into the utter idiocy in a statement that says people vote with their feelings (as if there is a quantitative logic they should use), or that college kids vote liberal (yes, colleges teach students to be broadminded and not dumb). But to say that college students have no life experience is a pompous and egregiously condescending statement about a major voting block. College students are as well informed as anyone else, and probably more so since we know how to use the Internet, something old people don’t.
Republicans have been waging a full-scale attack on unions, gays, minorities and women. And this is mostly because those groups don’t vote Republican. College students have been added to the list now, despite collegians being one of the most politically apathetic groups in the country.
Essentially, the conservative party is starting wars they think they can win by sheer hubris, something they love to do, and, once again, this is a political move that will backfire. The conservatives overstepped themselves in Wisconsin when they went after teachers. They awoke an army of angry, screaming women when they tried to shut down Planned Parenthood. Now they are poking the sleeping, lethargic, passed-out drunk giant of college students, and it will not end well for them.
College kids don’t vote a whole lot, anyway, but if there is one sure-fire way to get them to the polls it’s to say they aren’t allowed. This is also not the way to indoctrinate a new republicanism on the youth. When this generation of college students grows up, hopefully they will not forget everything they have learned like the generations before them. Maybe just once they will remember their voting right was impinged upon, and that was not OK. Of course, given their weed-based short-term memories, I don’t have high hopes.
There can’t be that many more groups the Republicans can ostracize before they realize they only constitute a tenth of one percent of this country, and everyone else actually works and isn’t old and white. The day will come, and I hope it comes soon.