Thursday, October 21, 2004

Jonah is right (again)

Jonah Goldberg has made a name for himself for (among many other things) being willing to pour water on the notion that everyone, especially the young, should be encouraged to vote. (see this, or this). If he wants some empirical support for the notion that a whole lot of young people are simply too clueless to be encouraged to vote, he should look to the latest Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This article simply quotes local college students about the election. Some examples:

"My sister is telling me to vote for Kerry and my co-workers are, too, so I think I will because I don’t have knowledge of my own — even though my boyfriend wants Bush."

— MaiYi Lo, St. Catherine freshman

“I don’t know yet. I wanted to be decided by the third debate, but I wasn’t. I was totally swayed back and forth. It made me realize that it’s so easy for one candidate to win or lose because it’s so easy to be swayed.”

— Tom Simmons, UST (University of St. Thomas) senior

“I’m voting for Bush. It’s probably a bad reason, but when I was little my dad used to take me to all the Republican events and he just instilled in me that I should be a Republican.”

— Megan Brude, UST senior

“I’ll probably vote for Kerry. It’s sad to say, but my dad told me to. We’ve been union our whole life, and it’s helped my whole family. My dad left me a message on my cell the other day saying, ‘I know your friends are al old enough to vote. Tell them to vote for Kerry.’

— Chris Otto, UST sophomore

“It’s hard to decide who to vote for. I did pick one, and then I’m changing my mind, and then I’m going back. There’s things I like and things I don’t like about both. Whoever can stop this war first is who I’ll pick in the end.”

— Sherri Coons, St. Catherine freshman

“I’m voting for Kerry because I was really disappointed in Bush’s leadership. Everyone’s like, ‘It’s not his fault,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it is.’ Hopefully any change will be a good change.”

— Michelle Kuhnly, St. Catherine freshman

“It’s confusing. I wish they could have a ‘Dummy’s Guide to Voting.’”

— Chris Otto, UST sophomore

“I haven’t been following it much. I’ve been very busy working two jobs. I wish I had the time to read the paper so I could know what’s going on. There’s a lot of people hopping on the bandwagon and just a few students who are informed. I’ll ask friends why they’re voting for a candidate and they really don’t have a reason.”

— Chris Otto, UST sophomore

“I’m not even updated. I haven’t even watched the debates. I was going to, but I had to study, and then I don’t want to read about it because I find it boring. It’s politics, and it’s confusing. I’ve kind of blocked it out for a while because I’ve had so many exams lately.”

— MaiYi Lo, St. Catherine freshman

“I view myself as a Republicrat. You don’t have to stick to one side. I wish there were more candidates. We have 50 people running for Miss America and two people running for the leader of the free world.”

— Charlie Smoot, UST senior

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

But this one may redeem them all:
"C.S. Lewis stated that you cannot get second things by putting them first; you can only get second things by putting first things first. To make a long story impossibly shortened, we have many, many issues of life (abortion, stem cell, death penalty), liberty (gay marriage), and pursuit of happiness (distribution of wealth, taxes), to name a few. The first things in this situation have to be life issues because we wouldn’t have the other situations if a person were dead. Then among the life issues abortion dwarfs the number of people affected. That’s why I’m voting for Bush.”
— Brenda Mancl, U of M junior