There is no denying that young Americans have been the power-house behind all Democratic wins in the last decade. Young voters comprise over a quarter of the electorate; without us a candidate cannot win a People’s Choice Award, let alone a major election. With us, comes electoral victory. Period. And I don’t mean “period” like you do Mr. President. We are the only votes that matter for 21st century electoral victory. Mr. President, you have us to thank for your election and reelection, for Obamacare, and for the rash and foolish decision Senator Harry Reid made in ushering filibuster reform in the U.S. Senate.
But it is time we said no more, Mr. President, no more.
We are young, we are passionate, and we are the product of failed Republican leadership. We came of age in a time where Republicans led the charge into Iraq and Afghanistan to target ‘weapons of mass destruction’; a time of horrible economic downturn that turned into distrust of the free market, and a time when healthcare and education seemed to be headed down a path of self-destruction. All this led to a blind and faithful trust in Democrats and their vision for the country.
In particular, we put our trust in a senator from Illinois who promised to have our backs in Washington D.C., who promised jobs, education, and the most transparent administration in history. As with most politicians, all we got were broken promises and a president who doubled down on polarization. We have a president who throws us under the bus during every game of political chicken, the least transparent administration in history, skyrocketing costs of education, and an economy only offering minimum wage and part-time jobs.
But we stuck by you, Mr. President, and secured your reelection. We trusted you one more time and this time that has led to the biggest political debacle since biggest political debacle since Bush thought it was a good idea to have the U.S. Army establish Mesopotamian democracy; Obamacare.
The Obamacare rollout has singlehandedly erased every political gain Democrats have secured with young voters in the last decade. Now, in 2013, we are still young, we are still passionate, and we are now the product of failed Democratic leadership.
Look at the polls Mr. President, look where your leadership has taken your party. The latest polls show 48 percent of young adults disapprove of your job performance, 68 percent of young adults think the country is headed down the wrong track, and 59 percent of young adults oppose Obamacare overall, while 38 percent approve of it.