I have begun to notice an emerging trend in Liberal tactics that I find concerning. It may be that it has always been this way, but this is the first that I have become acutely aware of it. Between Ignatieff's school tour, and the CBC parading of young students as the roots of this Facebook prorogation protest movement; it is becoming more apparent that they are increasingly focusing on young people as their target audience. Whether older and wiser people are less likely to buy their snake oil, or young people are just the easiest converts, I don't know. I suspect that it is a little bit of both.
I was watching Evan Soloman interview this 18 year old kid who claims that all by himself with no external influence, he decided to organize a protest of Parliament Hill over a routine legislative procedure; who was on a panel with the kid who decided with no external influence to start the anti-prorogation Facebook group. Iggy has been going to schools to try and convert the young because the bulk of the adult population has largely rejected him as a viable Prime Ministerial candidate. In the interview Evan was repeatedly emphasizing their young age to present these stories as an uprising of our nation's apathetic youth. One of the biggest problems that the Liberal party has faced is that the people most likely to vote Liberal are the same people who care the least about voting.
I remember being an 18 year old male. I'm sure most men would agree, at that age you spend 80%-90% of your time thinking about getting laid. Young people can be phenomenally intelligent, but many of their higher brain functions are not fully developed. Life is similar to a career, the more time you spend doing it, the better you get at it (gymnastics notwithstanding). You need to get punked a few times before you learn how to adapt and read a pending punking before it unfolds. When I was 18, that Nostradamus scholar convinced me that 2/3 of the world's population was going to die in 1999 and 7 months. It never happened, and I became a skeptic. Then a few weeks ago I watched a documentary featuring the same clown telling me that the world would end in December of 2012. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, well you can't fool me twice.
I encourage young people to become more interested in the political process and the world around them, but when I see them taking leadership roles on constitutional matters, unlike Soloman I don't get excited. To me it just seems that as the left has increasingly ostracized itself from the adult community, they keep setting the limbo stick lower and lower in a desperate attempt to gain some sort of traction in any demographic and stop the bleeding. Seriously, Soloman is doing entire segments on a voluntary webpoll of Facebook visitors, and then Kady O'Malley cites it as a “study” in the same God damned segment! Then the kid who ran the poll and started the group begins breaking it down like he's Nanos, and how miraculously the results disprove all the misconceptions about the Facebook group. Thanks, but no thanks.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
Some Liberal bloggers are really jazzed about the Liberal Youth movement....