Rallying the Youth Vote – 2012 Election

In 2007-2008, the United States saw an unprecedented push to rally the youth of America to register to vote.  “Hope and change!” was the rallying cry.

Change we got.

Respect for the rule of law:  gone.

The president’s refusal to allow the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against lawsuits is one of the more mild of at least a dozen examples.

Respect for bankruptcy law:  gone.

Just ask the secured creditors of General Motors.

I could go on and on, but that is not what this post is about.

On Friday, January 20, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed its August 2011 interim requirement that all  health insurance plans cover contraception, including certain abortifacients, that is, after-the-fact contraceptives that induce spontaneous abortions.  The Department and the Obama administration refused to expand its all-too-narrow exemption for religious institutions that object to this provision as a matter of morality and faith.  Non-profits have an additional year to comply with the rule.

Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Cardinal-elect and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in response to the HHS press release, “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights,” Archbishop Dolan said.

Welcome to Obamaville, George Bailey.

Today is the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion (Roe v. Wade).  Several Marches For Life were held yesterday around the United States.  Seems apropos that these marches take place on the heels of the misguided HHS decision.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 23, 2012 (my mom’s 75th birthday; happy birthday, Mom!), pro-lifers descend on Washington, D.C. for the 39th annual March For Life in the nation’s capital.

For the first time in the history of the event, there will be on-site voter registration.  Students For Life will recruit pro-lifers to vote in the upcoming elections.  At the March For Life Youth Rally held yesterday, January 21, 2012, members of the organization Be My Vote, comprised of young people who are too young to vote, asked adults to register to vote and support pro-life candidates.

Meanwhile, recent polls report that support for the president among youth is eroding.  One of the most critical voting blocs that propelled Barack Obama to victory in 2008 is losing interest and not likely to be a factor in the 2012 election, according to Curtis Gans, Director, Center for the American Electorate.

Unemployment among 16-to-24-year-olds is double the under-reported national average.  A general malaise among youth has been reported in many media accounts.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful day if the youth vote propelled this shameful administration right out of office?

It is January 22.  We are a long way from the November elections.  Circumstances change.  But the undercurrent of youthful enthusiasm is drifting away from the president.

What kind of a future do you envision for you and your children?  Do you want a government that dictates what is good for you, what you can have, what you cannot have, what you must buy… under penalty of law?

Do you want a government that restricts religious freedom?  Do you want a government that flaunts its authority and dismantles the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Or do you want a government that protects and preserves our basic liberties?

You decide.

I hope we change.

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