reply to post by empireofpain
hey, I'm the one who made the 'cold, dead hands' comment. And I agree with a lot of what you're saying.
One point i was trying to make is that this ISN'T a matter of left v. right. And you're 100% correct that not all youth, college educated or not,
are Liberal. I'd say the split is no different than adults when it comes to political leanings.
I also (thought) I made it clear that I don't believe a job to be a RIGHT, however I do believe in the right to a reasonable opportunity for a job.
Now, things are harder than usual because of the recession. The job pool has shrunk, and employers are able to raise the bar to entry. The risk is
that this bar won't be lowered back to reasonable expectations when the economy starts really recovering.
You're absolutely right about many in your generation feeling entitlement to the point that it's sickening. I'm just over a decade older than you,
but I assure you that if I, as a teenager, DEMANDED my parents get me a cell phone two things would have happened: 1) They would laugh at me for the
suggestion, and 2) they would slap me upside the head for being such a damn fool and demanding anything from them.
But now, not only do teenagers expect cell phones, but demand iPhones, or whatever the new hotness is. Part of the problem is your generation grew up
not getting backhanded when they stepped out of line. (I'm not trying to insinuate that about you personally, just an observation about a lot of
people your age).
I don't believe everyone is intelligent or competent enough to make a 6 figure income. Some people are destined to pump gas. It becomes a problem
when you have people with degrees or better pumping gas.
And we wonder why there's a brain drain.
Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of a job as a right, with over 50% unemployment for people in our general age range a HUGE problem is
Like I mentioned before, people will do whatever is needed to survive. If someone can't survive working a job, they'll find other means to survive
(even if their definition of 'survive' means 'buy new xbox games). So they'll turn to theft, robbery, selling drugs.
I have no doubt that a lot of Conservatives/Republicans have been through hard times, my dad was/is one of them. But Republicans tend to trend towards
the richer and whiter among us.
As for gun ownership: I'm not against gun ownership, although I don't think it should extend to automatic and high powered weapons, as some people
do. It was more a comment on mindset. It should be said that statistically countries with stricter gun regulations have lower rates of gun-related
You should feel proud that you're much more articulate and well spoken (err.. in this case, typed) than many of your peers seem to be, and I don't
mean that flippantly. You seem like a person who understands the difference between their, there, and they're. So, kudos to you.