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Lame, Unclassy Attempted Rocking Of The Vote.


The Detroit Free Press (via Social Security For All) has a funny take today on the lameness of Rock the Vote and its town-hall meetings (something we've commented on before here):

The decidedly Democratic-leaning program featured U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Jehmu Green, president of Rock the Vote, which for more than a decade has pushed MTV's music-loving audience to get politically active.

Both Dingell and Green oppose President George W. Bush's proposal to privatize Social Security. And both said today's youth should pay particular attention to the numbers-heavy hoopla spewed by both sides of the issue.

But it was hard to tell whether most of the young adults in the audience actually cared at all.

Here's a rundown:

• Half of the 100 in attendance appeared much older than college-age.

• Of the approximately 50 who did appear to be students, 13 left the program early.

• More than half of the queries posed in a question-and-answer forum were asked by balding, white-haired men.

• Of the handful of questions asked by young adults, about half were presented by students who helped organize the event.


WILLisms.com has commented before on the sheer and utter left-wing partisanship of Rock the Vote, and how it teams up with other far-left causes, many specifically antithetical to the political hopes and dreams of young people.

Rock the Vote is selling young people out. Jehmu Green and Hans Riemer and the gang are displaying a weird adherence to ancient liberal orthodoxy, rather than looking out for the needs of the WILLisms.com generation and the future of Social Security. Rather than take a stand on behalf of the under-30 crowd, Rock the Vote has decided to become a de facto wing of the DNC. It is sickening, and Rock the Vote ought to be ashamed of itself. While those over 50 are far more likely to oppose personal accounts and Social Security reform, those under 50 are far more likely to want reform ASAP. Part of the left's strategy, then, is to try to change as many young minds as it can to fall in line with the AARP's "in 1935, they knew what is best for us today" position.

At least Rock the Vote's town hall meetings seem to be less than effective, even venturing into completely lameness. Young people don't want liberal dogma from Rock the Vote, and the less-than-enthusiastic reception described above in Michigan emphasizes that point.

Oh, how these must be flying off the shelves:


Rock the Vote, shame on you. Shame for becoming an instrument of old left-wingers in their game to maintain a broken status quo. Shame on you for putting partisanship above of concerns of the MTV crowd. Shame.

Posted by Will Franklin · 21 March 2005 11:06 AM