By Sam Osborne
February 23, 2008
The candidacy of Barack Obama has excited a whole new generation
of previously disinterested young Americans. And though this
large and swelling involvement of youth should set Democratic
Party members singing Happy Days Are Here Again, a few in the
ranks of the regular and older members seem averse to joining
the movement and instead expect these young people to temper
their idealism and switch allegiance to a candidate of their
This wave of change is not going to happen if the incipient enthusiasm
of these young people is squelched; the bulk of the newly involved
will drift into the dead center of an apathetic public that has
little faith in any political party's capacity to set this nation
on a path that bodes a more promising and inclusive future for
working and middle class, and destitute Americans.
Before any of us good old Democrats let this happen, best we
remember John F. Kennedy's inaugural charge to the American people
of his time: "Let the word go forth from this time and place,
to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a
new generation of Americans."
West Branch, IA
Received February 22, 2008
- Published February 23, 2008
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