Organizing for Action and My Barack Obama ask young people to talk politics over Thanksgiving dinner.
Organizing for Action’s YPPM Erin Hannigan wrote to the Reader today urging young Americans to raise the level of discourse around the traditional Thanksgiving table as families gather across the nation this week. Hannigan outlines a bold Thanksgiving campaign for the White House, taking the battle for ObamaCare into every home where a Young Obama Supporter is invited.
Ah, the week of Thanksgiving—that beautiful time of year when families gather and parents everywhere feel the need to complain about taxes, government regulations, and the latest ObamaCare fees and cancelations.
You’re a precocious child. Folks at the dinner table look to you as a voice of reason on all subjects. They have jobs, and finances to take care of. They don’t have time to read up on the latest minutiae of why Ted Cruz hates America, or why those dastardly insurance companies are canceling their policies and blaming it on ObamaCare regulations, forcing them out of those substandard policies.
So, this year, be prepared when health care comes up. Which it probably will, because if you’re eating Thanksgiving dinner you’re the product of privilege and your family’s health insurance has just gone through the roof due to ObamaCare’s higher standards.
For millions of Americans, this is the first time that quality, affordable health care is trapped within a failing government program. But as long as they have the money and can navigate the web site, getting covered is easy.
That’s why you should take the time to talk to the people you love less than President Obama about what health reform means for them.
American academic: reduce political corruption by creating government campaign fund.
According to Harvard Law academic and political activist Lawrence Lessig, the United States can reduce political corruption by granting incumbent politicians power over whose congressional campaigns are funded.
Lessig describes this as a “moneyball approach” because it defies conventional logic.
What message does it send our children when they see men and women use firearms as tools to protect them? Violence is never the answer, especially when it comes to protecting children. A child protected by a handgun might as well be killed for all the mental anguish it causes his parents. Abstinence from self-defense is more important than prevention of murders.
Imagine dropping your son off for college and learning his roommate—some veteran you’ve never met before—has a gun in his desk. And it’s perfectly legal!
This was the unthinkable state of affairs during the heyday of the G.I. Bill—and you don’t have to know the unbloodied history of colleges in the fifties to know it was absurd.
Do we really want to return to those horrible days when students would bring their rifles to school and go hunting immediately afterward? When teachers, often veterans, were legally allowed to carry concealed handguns? Sure, it might have protected students from crime, but what kind of message did it send to them that guns can prevent crimes?