October 30, 2008
The first comes from a person ironically identified as LogicalMan2:
It is very sand indeed!....Very sad that the idealistic and unrealistic 18-20 year olds get to vote. These young young people have never paid taxes, had responsiblity or experienced life yet. Speaking in general, of course, how can these young people ever cast a vote that reflects their life experiences.Next comes from a character known only as Funkadelic:
I'm not suprised! Colleges and Universities are the liberal bastions of society. They continually poison and corrupt young minds. I should know, when I was young, dumb and inexperienced I fell into the same trap. I was led by my idealism. An idealism fed by my college professors. Professors who, for the most part, have no real-world experience. They hide behind the walls of academia, with their tenures and such, and pretend to understand the real world - they don't! When I entered the real world, the one where I had to work, pay bills and taxes and provide for myself, I quickly realized that all of that liberal idealism was worthless drivel. The real world simply doesn't work that way - not should it!And finally, someone going by the pseudonym newskid:
I'm 28 years old and it frustrates me to no end to see these college kids (who are not THAT much younger than I) who know so little about what is really going on here. I guess that's what you get when you have liberal-agenda teachers unions and liberal-leaning college professors at John Carroll warping their minds with this stuff. Just remember all you college kiddies out there...we'll see if you feel the same way in10-20 years once you get out into the real world and actually experience a little bit of life.I will be the first to admit that for a lot of people, college is nothing more than a bubble that is not necessarily reflective of the world around us. The idea, however, that we should discourage young people from becoming civically active because they tend to favor a liberal or progressive ideology is a major step in the wrong direction. In January I blogged about a story that made me cringe - a study that found that a majority of NYU students would sell their vote for tuition money and some would even give it up for an iPod. Even that isn't as sickening as calls to take away the right to vote for those students who actually take the responsibility seriously.
It's funny that, despite their trashing of the culture and perceived politics of higher education, you will be hard pressed to find a parent who thinks his or her kid would be better off not going to college. Yes, I am a full-time student. I also took a semester off to work full-time and work part-time when I am in school. I have seen the "real world" that critics argue college students are blind to until well after graduation, and I find the argument that my politics should shift to the right after it becomes obvious what the "real world" is all about entirely unconvincing.
Some people identify as liberal for all the wrong reasons - probably as many that identify as conservative for all the wrong reasons. It is not a problem that plagues one side or the other. There are plenty of young people with real, practical reasons for supporting particular candidates and issues in this election. To label college student as "ignorant" or "idealist" or to blame the institution of college and their professors is shallow and superficial. College is far from perfect, but until an alternative of equal or greater value exists, parents will continue to encourage and do everything to help their kids to attend college, and probably continue to complain about these issues along the way.