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5/16/2014

Not Feeling Too Confident In Today’s Young Voters

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:43 pm

[guest post by Dana]

As if the narrow-minded bigotry evidenced recently at institutions of higher learning wasn’t enough, now we see that college kids are also some of the most uninformed people around.

When you have a student at George Washington University writing his senior thesis on Hillary Clinton and believing her greatest accomplishment was her ‘remarkable adeptness at handling international affairs’ – like Benghazi – you know you’re in trouble. Not even the cute athletic guys could save this.

–Dana

58 Responses to “Not Feeling Too Confident In Today’s Young Voters”

  1. And Libya was a high point, as it hasn’t been lost yet.

    Otherwise:

    Russia — many failures
    Iran — the elections and the bomb
    Iraq — defeat from the jaws of victory
    Honduras — supporting the dictator wannabe
    Syria — every which way
    Afghanistan — next year Mullah Omar will be back at home
    China — South China Sea. More 2 come
    England — Disdain for our closest ally
    France — to be fair it is hard to please France
    Germany — getting caught spying on their leadership
    Saudi Arabia — They’re Harkonnens, but the used to be OUR Harkonnens.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  2. Sure, Kerry is a bag of hammers, but that is better in some ways.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  3. hillary just sat there like a brain-damaged whore while hard-won successes in both Iraq and Afghanistan deteriorated into pathetic vietnam-like fiascos

    fiascos which demonstrate that the United States is a tremendously cowardly, remarkably irresponsible, and blazingly inept participant in the international arena

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. My eleven year old is better informed than these kids.
    The best qualification they could come up with was sadly that she is a female. Palin is a female, they probably don’t like her because of something Tina Fey said.

    Rich (a5d991)

  5. the people in charge of Saudi Arabia are obscene perverts

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. Amazing how these kids sing Hillary!’s praises, then completely collapse when asked to name one, just one accomplishment. That one poor young lady- just pick one. Any one will do. There’s been soooo many as you claim, just tossing one off the top of your head shouldn’t be a challenge.

    For those who actually chose Benghazi- really? Managing to get a diplomat and 3 others murdered, ignoring pleas for stronger security in the weeks leading up to, and placing the weakest possible excuse out for the attack out there after it happened? That Benghazi? The event that our Secretary of State fairly shouted that it made no difference now?

    This is the worn-out old bat you guys want running the country? You all need to be aware that a pretend “reset” button here won’t help, and the world’s bad actors know it.

    Bill H (f9e4cd)

  7. Honduras — supporting the dictator wannabe

    Comment by Kevin M (b357ee) — 5/16/2014 @ 6:59 pm

    I was grateful when Honduras told us to go pound sand. We had zero business interfering in their interpretation of their constitutional law.

    Bill H (f9e4cd)

  8. Look, these kids were like 12 when the older kids got to Make History with Obama. They’re jealous and probably a little pissed off that the best they can do (that their teachers won’t call them Nazis for, at least) is this old bag, Hillary.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  9. Some of these grads can barely string two coherent sentences together and that is the way the Left likes them… stupid, with a mountain of debt and with their hands out, looking for whatever they can get.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  10. These kids are probably related to the kids that thought Obama should have a TelePrompTer for the Romney debate.

    No kidding. They are that dumb..

    Mike K (cd7278)

  11. History, as taught today in public schools, is about Rosa Parks and Selma and not much else.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  12. And they probably don’t know all that much about Rosa Parks and Selma.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  13. Future occupiers.

    mg (31009b)

  14. Too many clowns, not enough circuses…

    Gazzer (e40c85)

  15. Hillary has a memory like Swiss cheese… selective at best… who has never accomplished much of anything on her own. She rides the coattails of her narcissistic, mama’s boy lecherous husband, who is known for the sulphur odor he emits and his wandering eye. They’re both the sort of people that Democrats consider star material.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Like it or not, the clowns and occupiers get to decide the next President.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  17. ‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
    Breaking us down when they all should let us be

    – Bee Gees

    elissa (fcdf94)

  18. Well around the time, I was graduating from high school,

    http://www.lyricsfreak.com/g/genesis/land+of+confusion_20058814.html

    ironic, they were being derisive about Thatcher and Reagan,

    narciso (3fec35)

  19. bee gees ftw

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. now we see that college kids are also some of the most uninformed people around.

    They at least have an excuse — or sort of one — since naivete or willful ignorance (and plenty of the cheap sentiment of compassion for compassion’s sake) among the young isn’t nearly as pathetic as that same quality existing in people similar to, as one example, the 52-year-old guy now occupying the White House or, for that matter, the 66-year-old woman who successfully escaped sniper fire during her trip to Bosnia as First Lady.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  21. It’s one thing to be woefully uninformed, which this and similar interviews demonstrate is all too common on college campuses, that’s sad but it’s not new information, however, it’s quite another matter entirely when students parrot straight-faced an insanely twisted brand of Democrap propaganda the likes of which not even rabidly partisan Administration spinmeisters like Jay Carey or David Plouffe would dare utter in public without fear of turning red-faced with shame.

    Such backassward and apparently widely held views don’t arise on a university campus sui generis, they’re the product of an extended submersion in a brain-washing culture designed to inculcate rather than educate. American higher education is operating at the level of Mao’s re-education camps during the Cultural Revolution.

    ropelight (c9c6c7)

  22. Baffle ‘em with bullsh!t and buy last semester’s exam.

    Can’t wait to blow this popstand and get on with grad school, eh?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  23. I’m thinking maybe this kid’s education never got addressed.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/report–michael-sam-documentary-with-oprah-now-being-put-on-hold-235720996.html

    So, your agent thought whoever was going to draft you would love to have Oprah on the practice field for the leader and willingly trip over camera crews for a receiving team wedge specialist?

    “All about football”.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  24. Back in the mid-1980s, Sports Illustrated created quite a stir by putting Hulk Hogan on its cover. Many sports fans were outraged that an esteemed sports magazine would devote its prestigious cover (and a lengthy feature story) to a “non-sport” such as professional rasslin.

    Among other things, the story contained the following tongue-in-cheek quote from manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan: “The thing that scares me the most about wrestling fans is that they can vote, and they can breed.”

    Every time I consider the present state of American politics, I am reminded of Heenan’s wisdom, which unfortunately extends far beyond the world of professional rasslin.

    Whitey Nisson (2d7424)

  25. Alright, people are resegregating, just what do you propose?

    http://www.jammiewf.com/2014/woman-who-sends-her-kids-to-elite-private-schools-whines-about-segregation-in-schools/

    Milwaukee endured 20 years of forced bussing to fix the problem. Didn’t work? That’s all you’ve got. Try it again?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  26. So, your agent thought whoever was going to draft you would love to have Oprah on the practice field

    I have a hunch — just a hunch — that the guy’s politics are — ta-da! — of the liberal persuasion. Or an aspect of him that’s far more revealing and telling than that of his sexual orientation alone.

    Quite honestly, researchers really do need to undertake a study on the way that ideology affects other human traits and whether liberal bias and common sense (and, in turn, honesty) are mutually exclusive.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  27. 24. LOL.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  28. Alright, people are resegregating, just what do you propose?

    I happened to be at the website of the dailybeast.com (a left-leaning operation) and came upon an essay regarding segregated schools. The writer apparently is a gay woman with 2 children who resides in New York City. Many of the readers’ responses to her assessment of the issue (ie, liberal nonsense, as usual) take her to task for being a typical two-faced, phony-baloney “progressive.” They chortle because they’re sure she probably won’t be sacrificing her own precious kids at the altar of political correctness and send them to a public school merely to racially/ethnically integrate it.

    However, none of the readers cite the unhealthy, monolithic leftism that roils black America and how converting that to centrist much less conservative orientation — both politically and socially — is one answer to what ails the so-called minority populace—and with changing demographics, what’s minority in one era becomes majority in another.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  29. When I was an engineer working for Douglas Aircraft in the 50s, there was one engineer who showed up every day and did nothing for a year. No computers in those days except mainframes.

    “Good enough for government work.”

    He was NOT on the commercial side.

    Mike K (cd7278)

  30. @ ropelight,

    It’s one thing to be woefully uninformed, which this and similar interviews demonstrate is all too common on college campuses, that’s sad but it’s not new information, however, it’s quite another matter entirely when students parrot straight-faced an insanely twisted brand of Democrap propaganda the likes of which not even rabidly partisan Administration spinmeisters like Jay Carey or David Plouffe would dare utter in public without fear of turning red-faced with shame

    Parroting the propaganda without even wincing or being embarrassed about it, speaks to the lack of critical thinking skills at work. There is no disciplined manner of thought involved in being able to analyze and assess how valid what they’re being spoon fed, is. Without that skill set firmly in place, this is the end result. You have to first be willing to think and then be able to think. And by default, critical thinking naturally challenges what is being imparted. Something vital is missing in these young people.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  31. Comment by Kevin M (b357ee) — 5/16/2014 @ 7:45 pm

    I suspect you may be more correct than not.

    creeper (2ed604)

  32. I agree Dana, it’s as though a mindless and unquestioned conformity has been dredged up from the intolerant past, repackaged and redefined as the epitome of critical thinking and spoonfed to the last few generations of college students as revealed truth.

    ropelight (c9c6c7)

  33. I was in high school in 1968, and the climate there was pretty much against what was going on (the draft had something to do with it). Nearly every student was ignorant of history or politics or much of anything other than what band was coming out with what album or what movies were good for dates.

    But there was a great opportunity for the Democrats. Had they nominated Gene or Bobby, us kids would have gone wild for them (not that we could vote yet, but slightly older ones could).

    But they didn’t. They nominated Herbert, who had once inspired people but now was just some old fogey party hack. And Nixon won.

    The moral: Turn Hillary from “the 1st!!11! woman” to “that old bag” who wants to keep on with the drones and spying on our cell phones and more of the same. They may not vote for the Republican, but they won’t turn out for Drone Lady either.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  34. Drone Lady? Hang Butcher of Benghazi around her neck and she’ll find out What difference it makes.

    ropelight (c9c6c7)

  35. What’s sad is that these George Washington University students are theoretically some of the cream of the crop of their generation, since it is a competitive school to gain admission into.

    Elephant Stone (a3634b)

  36. I loved how the chick who kept talking about all of Hillary’s wonderful accomplishments as Secretary of State, couldn’t actually name one.

    Elephant Stone (a3634b)

  37. ES, of course they could name here major accomplishment in public life.

    She was born with ovaries.

    Steve57 (c8cb20)

  38. * here

    Steve57 (c8cb20)

  39. *her

    Steve57 (c8cb20)

  40. I’d love to see the outline submission for his senior thesis, assuming that an outline submission is required nowadays.

    I doubt his sincerity since so little is actually known about Benghazi, such as accounts of individuals that were actually there, aka eye witnesses.

    hadoop (f7d5ba)

  41. Milwaukee endured 20 years of forced bussing to fix the problem. Didn’t work? That’s all you’ve got. Try it again?

    I can’t think of anything better for a child’s education like a 1+ hour bus ride to and from school.

    hadoop (f7d5ba)

  42. narciso, the people who’ve been fretting about the NSA’s surveillance have been, if not exactly wrong, missing the greater threat.

    It’s the inter-agency Federal Data Services Hub that the feds are building in order to enforce Obamacare.

    If you claim a subsidy, you are practically guaranteed an IRS audit in your future.

    Steve57 (c8cb20)

  43. California Chrome wins the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.

    ropelight (c9c6c7)

  44. “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/05/17/Hollywood-Stars-Host-Fundraiser-Soiree-for-Wendy-Davis

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  45. tranny appreciation day and wendy davis have a lot of synergies I think

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  46. she’s that texas hoochie what abandoned her kids yes?

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  47. Actually, Hillary’s forte is dealing with domestic affairs.

    Ken in Camarillo (2c0dee)

  48. “hillary just sat there like a brain-damaged whore”

    - happyfeet

    How DARE you!

    That’s DIFFERENT!

    Et CETERA!

    Leviticus (f9a067)

  49. “she’s that texas hoochie”

    - happyfeet

    How DARE you!

    That’s DIFFERENT!

    Et CETERA!

    Leviticus (f9a067)

  50. Sorry. Just making my record.

    Leviticus (f9a067)

  51. In the kinds of resumes they write, everybody (who doesn’t get fired) does a superb job – is here any kind of way of doing a job?

    Sammy Finkelman (8e96a4)

  52. The reason there is so much debt is that there was no more appetite in Congress (thanks to Republicans)about 20 years for increasing government educational grants and no appetite for restraining tuition costs, not really, so they just let more people borrow more money to go to college. Extremely shortsighted, but Congress doesn’t have atendency to look ahead at what will be.

    All that Republicans cared about, for the most part, was that the government should’t lose money on the guaraneteed loans, and they passed laws making it more difficult, if not impossible, to discharge student loan debt in bankruptcy.

    And here we are.

    Now the proposal by Senator Schumer is to allow student loan debt to be refinaced at the current lower rates – this will impact on the government debt, so he’s proposing to recover the lost money by taxing incomes over $1,000,000 a year. (things that have a little difficultly passing are “paid for” In this case, he’s not really so interested in passing the lasw, as in blaming Republicans for NOT passing the law. Of course, he would accept just adding the lost interest to the cumulative goverment debt, but Republicans aren’t interested in adding to the debt.

    Sammy Finkelman (8e96a4)

  53. 38. Comment by Steve57 (c8cb20) — 5/17/2014 @ 1:51 pm

    ES, of course they could name here major accomplishment in public life.

    She was born with ovaries.

    More important, she was ambitious, knew Bill Clinton, and shared his non-values and was good at lying and coverups, especially after he trained her some.

    Sammy Finkelman (8e96a4)

  54. Comment by Kevin M (b357ee) — 5/17/2014 @ 11:12 am

    They nominated Herbert,

    Hubert!

    Humphrey.

    Hubert Horatio Humphrey.

    Herbert is Hoover.

    who had once inspired people

    He delivered a famous speech at the 1948 Democratic convention in favor of civl rights.

    but now was just some old fogey party hack. And Nixon won.

    Probably because he ran against the crime and the Supreme Court. His justices never reversed any of the Warren Court decisions, and he court even even added Roe v Wade to the list. Blackmun happened to strongly favor legalized abortion, and after that started to change his judicial philosophy.

    The moral: Turn Hillary from “the 1st!!11! woman” to “that old bag” who wants to keep on with the drones and spying on our cell phones and more of the same.

    But to be a hack, there’s got to be somebody or some policy to be a hack for.

    Actually, she’s in danger from Waco and Vincent Foster. And Benghazi.

    They nominated Herbert, who had once inspired people but now was just some old fogey party hack. And Nixon won.

    They may not vote for the Republican, but they won’t turn out for Drone Lady either.

    And who are they going to vote for instead? Eric Schneiderman?

    Sammy Finkelman (8e96a4)

  55. Save us Sammy Finkelman, you’re are only hope!

    Hadoop (f7d5ba)

  56. I just read something today in the Wall Street Journal.

    There’s another problem for Hillary: The Haiti fund that Bill Clinton controlled. Under the supervision of the State Department.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/haiti_earthquake_recovery_a_debacle_under_management_of_mr_and_mrs_clinton.html

    It was a slush fund. It was more about handing out contracts than doing anything good. This is the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, which distributed U.S. aid.

    http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/fs/2011/154141.htm

    New York Times story from over 2 years ago:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/opinion/haitis-slow-recovery.html?_r=0

    Probably he thought nobody in the United states would care what actually happened. But this was not like the government handing out government money.

    This is not the more widely advertised Clinton Bush Haiti fund.

    http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/

    In fact, Bill Clinton’s general charity is a problem.

    That’s why they renamed it the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and put Chelsea in charge.

    http://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center/about/bill-hillary-chelsea-clinton-foundation

    Sammy Finkelman (8e96a4)


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