June 2, 2012

National Review Writer Says Conservatives Should Beat Socialism Out of Young People

I honestly wasn't sure if I should reference the quote in the title because references to violence freak me out, but there it is. Via Think Progress.
GOLDBERG: Personally, I think the voting age should be much, higher, not lower. I think it was a mistake to lower it to 18, to be brutally honest….[I]t is a simple fact of science that nothing correlates more with ignorance and stupidity than youth. We’re all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young. And yet there’s this thing in this culture where, ‘Oh, young people are for it so it must be special.’ No, the reason young people are for it because they don’t know better. That’s why we call them young people. [...] 
The fact that young people think socialism is better than capitalism. That’s proof of what social scientists call their stupidity and their ignorance. And that’s something that conservatives have to beat out of them. Either literally or figuratively as far as I’m concerned.
First of all, I don't think the reason they call us "young people" is because we're stupid. It's because we're young. Frankly, we're not even THAT young - we're adults. We have responsibilities, and jobs (well, some of us), and some of us are even married and/or have kids. We participate in society as much as you do, and have as much right and responsibility to make our political voices heard.

And I'd like to be all smart-sounding about this, but I really can't think of an appropriate response to the claim that SCIENCE says young people are stupid, because it's just wrong.

You know what? I think that in a lot of ways, capitalism kind of sucks. I think socialized health care would be great. And if you think that's a fair reason for violence against me than, one, that's seriously disturbing, and two, it probably means your ideas can't stand on their own value.

1 comment:

Foxie said...

5Well, based on that quote, they seem to be defining 'stupidity' as 'doesn't agree with my personal views'. As people tend to be more conservative the older they get, it is kind of true. Based on their definitions. And if you confuse correlation with causation.

WTF is this 'socialism' they're talking about, anyway? They've just found a whole bunch of ideas they don't agree with and put them in a big pot and started saying they're all the same thing.

I mean, the whole conservative ideal is individuals standing on their own, right? Making their own choices, reaping their own rewards for those choices. So why the hell isn't pro-choice a conservative position? Your home and your property are yours to do with what you want, but your body is property of the government? Idiots.