Vote or Cry
was made in this election about the power of the youth vote. P. Ditty,
Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe all took to the road in a last-minute
attempt to encourage the young people of our nation to register and get
to the polls on election day. Like the similar “Rock the Vote”
campaign in years past, most of these efforts were focused not on one
particular candidate, but on countering disenfranchisement in general.
Though Americans voted in record numbers this year, the statistics regarding
the youth vote were worse than pathetic. According to the Wall Street
Journal, not a single American aged 10-18 even bothered to show up at
the polls. Not one.
There are a variety of possible explanations for this: perhaps none of
the candidates spoke to the issues most dear to these voters, issues ranging
from acne to fruit roll ups to Nintendos. Perhaps voter supression tactics
really did have a detering effect. But none of these theories can explain
the frightening apathy so clear in these statistics.
If these children can't sacrifice the small amount of time it takes to
put down their beers, get in their cars, and drive themselves down to
the polls, then America's future is in very dangerous hands indeed.
CORRECTION: There was a small typo in last week's edition
The editorial "Burning Bush" (November 1, 2004) should instead
have been entitled "America Let's Not Get Kerry-ed Away." Additionally,
the line which read "Only John Kerry has the vision and the diplomacy
necessary to win the war on terror" should have read "Kerry's
vision for using 'diplomacy' to win the war on terror shows that he lacks
decisiveness, and is probably homosexual". Finally, the statement
"Another four years of Bush would veer America dangerously to the
right" should have read "Another four years of Bush would veer
America whimsically in the right direction." These corrections
aside, we here at Supermasterpiece have stood alone amongst the raving,
liberal "elite" in endorsing our next President, the FBI and
the noble people in the Department of Homeland Security, and have great
faith in their generosity in rewarding their loyal constituants.