October 8, 2007

Hillary Clinton et al

Filed under: Assorted Politics,Estrogen,Rants,What the hell?,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 6:20 pm

Just one question for her. Who the hell does she think she is?

I’m talking to her. I’m talking to Tipper Gore. I’m talking to Elizabeth Dole. I’m talking to the rest of their ilk.

Women in power, awesome. But these women in power? Fail. Women like them make all women look bad.

What the hell is your big problem with youth culture? Or youth in general? It seems every time you open your mouth, it’s to decry the “horrors” of video games or music or the inevitable irresponsibility of young people. Even your daughter called you out on that crap!

I don’t know what you think to accomplish by this. What does it accomplish? Oh, just the continuing trend of alienating youth from the political system, leaving it a thing for only the grey-haired. Sure, politicians like to do little token things here and there to try to win the favor of young voters, but as long as they’re also bitching about young people being stupid and lazy and corrupted, they’re not going to get far.

Seriously. V-chips? School uniforms? Zero tolerance policies? Curfews? Tougher penalties for underage drinking? Video game restrictions? This is why you’re turning off youth. You’re punishing them for being young. You’re making yourself out to be the bad guy. No amount of little speeches at colleges or other little outreach activities are going to counter that.

And you wonder why the 18-24 voter group has such a low turnout? It’s because you’re their enemy and thus have given them no reason to vote for you. Party ties are about all they’d have, as well as those especially politically minded, but everyone else, they aren’t bothering to go to the polls because you’ve given them no reason to. You call them immature idiots who need to be controlled and hidden from what YOU deem inappropriate, yet you expect them to be all like “Yay! Clinton in 2008!”

And shame on all your supporters. Funny thing is, they all probably hate the Patriot Act, yet they support you, when your ruthless restrictions on young people, essentially training them to be deprived of their rights because of what the government decides is safe and unsafe for them, is exactly the sort of thing that enables things like the Patriot Act to exist in the first place. You’re training youth to accept that they have no privacy rights or any other rights when it comes to safety. These trained people will be voters. I’m scared.


  1. Win. And of course, the media isn’t going to pay any attention to a candidate or politician that might actually be good for YR.

    Comment by Adamantaimai — October 9, 2007 @ 12:44 am

  2. You got it. I wonder whether it’s a coincidence that the three women you mention are all married to former presidential candidates (one of them successful).

    Question: When did Chelsea Clinton “call [Hillary] out” on youth rights?

    Comment by Alexander — October 9, 2007 @ 11:38 am

  3. First, I just want to say that it is not just Mrs. Clinton who is at blame. Remember the “Today’s Young Men” speech by Obama?

    I am not even sure that those who are young care about V-chips or curfews. It’s very easy to not care about restrictions on others. And with the press routinely printing headlines such as “Teen Violence on the Rise” and with text such as “Hordes of teens roaming the streets” it’s no wonder that voters think the way they do.

    “And you wonder why the 18-24 voter group has such a low turnout? It’s because you’re their enemy and thus have given them no reason to vote for you.”
    Isn’t it ironic that politicians are upset about the low turnout of young voters yet deny the same right to those who are just a few years younger. Isn’t it funny that a 16 or 17 year old is told “You cannot vote” and then two years later “You have to vote–it’s an obligation”. Then people are baffled. “Why are 18-year-olds not voting?” they ask.

    Comment by Jesse L Hunter — October 9, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  4. Oh, I know Obama isn’t much better. He was included in this too even if not explicitly named.

    Alexander, I think there was one speech Clinton made a few years ago where she called young people lazy and irresponsible or something like that, and allegedly Chelsea (who falls in that age category) complained to her later that she was essentially calling her lazy and irresponsible. Something like that. I think it’s on her wikipedia page anyway, it was pointed out on the NYRA forums one time.

    Comment by Katrina — October 9, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

  5. Hill yea!

    Comment by Chip — October 10, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  6. Yeah, look up Chelsea Clinton on Wikipedia, it’s there.

    And, for the record, I don’t support Hillary anymore. Only reason I ever did was because I liked Bill. And even then, it’s simply that it’s impossible not to vote for an ageist person if you vote at all. Hence the reason I don’t vote. None of them are good for the job, imo.

    Comment by Lord Galen — October 13, 2007 @ 12:45 am

  7. Vote for Kucinich then. He’s pro-youth. 😛

    Not voting = epic fail.

    Comment by Katrina — October 13, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

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