Tuesday, July 1, 2008
THE OLD PEOPLE VOTE
It has come to my attention that most people over the age of 60 aren't ready to have a President who is bi-racial, or like he likes to call himself, black. While many people are ready for "change" and conservatives fight stupid change, there are those in the electorate that are not ready to change themselves. They will forever hold on to the prejudices they have been taught and quite honestly lived with for decades. The change I am referring to is racism. I believe that SOME in the older population of America are scared to freaking death of having a black President. Now, most of the Dem's in the world would like us to think that, THAT little nugget, is part of the philosophy of most non-Obama supporters and republicans. Most political junkies don't give a rat's butt about Obama's ethnicity and are appalled by his policies. But for most of the older population, I have realized that racism is going to be an issue for him. I am not saying all old people are racist, but I am saying that there are still a lot out there and while some portray themselves as progressive, the old cliche still stands that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Race is very much a factor in this election. The demographics I am not sure about, though polling data is only as accurate as the honesty of the individual taking the poll. I heard a statistic the other day that Obama's numbers are about 10% inflated because of the "fear of appearing racist" factor when poll taking. So, when all is said and done, he will not get all the votes promised by the polls. This number astounds me. I think America has come a long way in race relations. But I do think there are some older Americans who are knee deep in foolish traditions. I see John McCain getting most of the geriatric vote from both sides of the aisle. I may be wrong. But the data is so unclear, that most websites projecting a number of older peep vote, all stipulated the lie factor. Nobody in this day and age is going to be honest about why Obama will not get their vote, especially when speaking to a political inquisitor. I can only state that I am personally grateful for an education system that taught a clear and concise moral concept regarding prejudice. Previous generations were brought up in a completely different world than I was. It was a world that will only die with them. As we Americans struggle to iron out the kinks in our racial divide, let us acknowledge the lessons taught to our predecessors, and NOT pass them on to this generation. This is why Obama has the youth vote. They are the generation of racial objectivity. But, I do see older Americans as being more appreciative and more patriotic. There is much lost in a generation that sacrifices very little and is entitled to very much. I am not saying that the older generation is lost in a sea of prejudice, but lets face it, they come from a world where it was common place. This younger generation has its own issues and their supporting a candidate because he is black, is just as appalling. All in all I see a demographic of old school individuals with ideals that should be lost and ideals that we should cling to. And a new school of individuals with no concept of sacrifice, and new ideals that should be lost and some that are a welcomed change.