Friday, September 21, 2018

College Students: It's Too Hard To Vote

            College-age kids aren’t what they used to be.
Of course, in the not-so-distant past they used to be adults, typically having received an eighth-grade education before going to work and raising a family. In the 1800s many of their age group managed to hop in the Conestoga wagon-- along with a gun or two and their other belongings-- and travel across country to carve a life out of the remote wilderness.
Today, the hardy young scholars at Haverford College outside of Philadelphia have been demanding to get a polling site closer to their campus because the closest one currently is nearly a mile and a half away. According to, Haverford students make up the majority of voters in the district, but most don’t have cars. What’s even more horrifying is that part of the road to the elementary school is not flanked by a sidewalk. But I’m sure the students have access to bicycles, and, as anyone with any familiarity with modern cyclists knows, they refuse to use sidewalks anyway.
As if a polling place 12 blocks away wasn’t a big enough cross to bear for today’s students, a recent focus group revealed an even bigger hurdle they might have to clear if they wish to vote-- even once!-- for their favorite socialist candidate. The students who can’t find a way to get to the ever-so-distant voting booths are also stymied in their attempts to send in absentee ballots. A recent focus group of college interns from many different departments revealed why. WTOP reported that the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, who hosted the focus group, discovered that the students didn’t know where to get stamps.
What’s more, it said, the United States Post Office “seems to be a foreign concept” to college students. The office’s Lisa Connors stated the students can obtain and fill out the absentee ballot, but then are utterly flummoxed at what to do with it. Connors said: “That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across,” adding, “They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp. Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’” Thank the Lord.
These college kids wouldn’t be able to answer most of the questions on an eighth-grade test taken in a one-room schoolhouse in Kansas in the 1800s. They sure as hell couldn’t survive being 15 miles from their nearest neighbor and having to farm, hunt and work long days at hard, blue-collar labor to survive.
 Even sadder, many probably aren’t aware that the Liberty Bell exists, let alone that it resides in Philadelphia…near Haverford College. The iconic bell first cracked in 1752 (13 years before the British imposed the Stamp Act on the colonies) due to its being too brittle. Today's students aren’t taught about the Stamp Act. Nor can they find a stamp.
Today’s college kids don’t care much about liberty, because they are so brittle they are more concerned about finding “safe spaces” where they can hide from politically incorrect thought and speech.
That makes me want to go postal.

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