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Naive Teens Don’t Realize Consequences Of Actions

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These idealistic “Hussein-ing For Obama” kids are nothing new using Irish artist, Jim Fitzpatrick’s iconic 1968 stylized “Che Guevara” look to promote Barack Hussein Obama. They don’t even realize that Guevara was a Stalinist or the horrors of Stalin killing an estimated 40 million victims. They don’t know that Stalin squashed free speech or individuality.

When I was a young teen, I thought it was hip to be against the Vietnam war, just because all of the more vocal, older high school students politicizing with their new-found oats. These anti-establishment rebellious teens were enthusiastic about voicing their anti-war sentiments and railing against our military soldiers. Bumper stickers and tee shirts touting peace signs and love, “Stop the War in Vietnam and Start One in China,” “Stop The Draft,” “Flowers Not Weapons,” and “Make Love, Not War.” University students staging love-ins, sit-ins, all in the name of rebelling against the government. I remember the spitting on and assault on our soldiers coming home, even if they weren’t in Vietnam. They were hated. The US was hated around the world.

I didn’t understand the consequences of my actions. I didn’t understand what I was saying or asking for. I wanted to be cool and hip. After leaving school, getting married, the first election, I voted liberally. I voted for Jimmy Carter. He was from the South, he was a Christian, and he was so nice. He smiled alot and made you feel good. I didn’t understand the consequences of those actions. It was a mistake that I quickly regretted when buying our first home and running my own business. The changes that Carter brought and his solutions were devastating to our economy and to our integrity around the world. The very next election, I voted for Reagan and was relieved at how President Reagan changed the course of our country and for the better. I became convinced at the differences of values, integrity, and fiscal responsibility of conservatism and the consequences of my votes and support.

These teens adding Hussein to their names want to be hip and cool. They don’t understand economics or government. They think they do, they think they have the solutions, they think they should be allowed to freely express themselves. But, they live with their parents, they’ve never run a business, and they’ve never had to pay a capital gains tax. They aren’t responsible for themselves, or for other people’s lives and welfare. They don’t understand the consequences of their actions.

It’s easy to change your middle name to Hussein on Facebook. It’s not as easy to recover from national liberal economic disastrous solutions. They won’t be able to understand the consequences of what liberals are imposing, till they start to pay taxes, buy homes, buy property, start their own businesses. The very middle class lifestyle that supports these young adults is the very one that Obama wants to change. These kids aren’t old enough to have experience or savvy enough to investigate what kind of person is running for election, to discern the candidate’s background, to look at their friends and business associates.

I hope these teens stay in touch. Let’s see how many of them consider themselves liberals when they have families of their own, businesses to run, and worry about the security of their country.

How many hippies eventually cut their hair, went to work, became “the Man” and realized how naive they were as young adults? I know I grew up and realized for myself how foolish I had been as a teenager.

The oft misquoted phrases below show insight into the wisdom of maturity, and life experience.

“Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.” ~ Francois Guizot (1787 – 1874)
“The man who is not a socialist at twenty has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at forty he has no head.” ~ French Prime Minister Aristide Briand, (1862 – 1932)

“To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.” ~ Robert Louis Stephenson, (1850 – 1894)
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  1. well said.

    butterfly

    July 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm


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