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If you’re a young Obama voter and you happen to be reading this, then give yourself a pat on the back for having the intellectual curiosity to read something else besides what Jay-Z and your ex-hippie college professors think. You’re in the minority, and I applaud you for it.
And it’s not your fault that you don’t know anything about American politics. Your professors haven’t taught you anything but the left-wing pablum that has been spoonfed you since second grade.
You voted in 2012 for Obama. Here’s your participation trophy.
But it looks pretty bad when repeated “man on the street” interviews show that the most unblinking Obama voters know very little about the basic functioning of American government; whose platform was whose before the election; and the main issue facing citizens: the economy. To be fair, if you airdropped someone into the backwoods of America and asked your typical conservative recluse about basic civics, he would likely fare no better. Yet liberals are supposed to be intellectually superior to everyone else, due to their proper academic pedigree.
These videos are important not just because it shows some of the silliness pervading college campuses in the United States, but they provide some explanation why more than half can’t find a decent job after graduating from college (a vast corporate conspiracy, I’m sure). More than that, they show that most conservatives are approaching politics wrong in the new media era.
Consider this video, that shows Obama voters slamming Mitt Romney, while supporting his policy proposals; and hammering the policies of “Mitt Romney,” which actually belong to Obama:
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Or how about shock jock Howard Stern’s infamous videos of Obama voters before the election:
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Yes, conservatives might want to rethink not their beliefs, but their angles of opposition to gay marriage, strict anti-abortion, and condemnation of illegal immigration; many voters may have no idea what they are voting for, but they do feel strongly about these issues and clearly turn out to vote for them (see: election results). But these videos show that many Obama voters know next to nothing about politics, including the suburban and urban left-wing intelligentsia, and get their voting clues more from the culture than from the pasty-faced politicians who frequent the Sunday news shows.