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Challenging the Young Vote to Come of Age

McCain might hit a home run by issuing a uniquely American call to service that only he could make.

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Jeff Pope

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September 30, 2008 - 12:08 am
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The so-called young vote, those under the age of thirty, has been assumed to be the sole province of Barack Obama. That is not hard to understand, as vague promises of “change” play best among those who have little history to match change against and are prone to be discontented with where they are. For far too many, the sense of civic and social responsibility so strongly taught to upcoming generations in the past was replaced with a willful institutional indoctrination that pushed both benign socialization among groups and finding self-fulfillment above all else. While this training may benefit some at twenty years of age, it is poor preparation as time matures a person’s desire for a more serious and meaningful adult life. Might this lack of a sense of something bigger than self be a reason the traditional advancement to marriage, family, and career choice is increasingly delayed by the current generation of young people?

If so, there is an incredible opportunity to appeal to the generation that will soon be making the critical decisions in this country. A lack of clear direction leaves a void where leadership can gather individuals to a traditional American direction. John McCain is in a unique position to describe the duties and responsibilities of being a citizen in America and the pride that comes with honoring her founding principles. In urban areas at a minimum, few of the young have heard this call clearly made. For those seeking a direction and meaning for the rest of their lives, a call to seriousness might just be a siren’s song.

Were I to step into John McCain’s shoes for a moment, here is what I might say:

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