I've decided that out of sheer ambition and a dose of chutzpah, I'm going to do a post every day between now and the election (24 days from today) and tie it to a letter of the alphabet. All the posts—in order, from A to Z—will be election and politics oriented.
C is for children
A Jr. High school acquaintance sent me this video (below) today. She, along with some other concerned parents, put it together as part of a grassroots effort to get Barack Obama elected. I watch it and remember how much it's so about the kids, even as cliche as that sounds.
Parents on both sides of the aisle want what's best for their arriving generation. A father stood up at a John McCain rally yesterday and told the candidate he was scared of raising his soon-to-be-born child under an Obama administration. McCain, in a rare maverick-y departure from the recent ugliness of his campaign, told the man he had nothing to fear from a president Obama.
That McCain supporter's newborn may not be voting until 2030, but slightly older children are part of the expanding demographic that modern candidates need to converse with and understand. Clearly, Obama has grasped this far better than McCain and it's easy to understand why. Even though he's a Baby Boomer, Obama is really the first "Millennial" candidate. From his multiracial heritage to his confident use of technologies like social media and viral video, he acts like, and works within, the world of teenagers and 20-somethings.
In terms of race, the youth are shattering the prevailing adult American attitudes and comprising a new rainbow society the next president will have to manage. New York magazine recently reported on how the perception of a 10-year-old, in this election, is a lot different than the adults watching it unfold. It went on to say about the possible future, "If Obama is elected to two terms, an entire generation of 10-year-olds will come of age having been barely aware of anyone other than a black man in the White House." Take that, grown ups.
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