Monday, October 15, 2012

To the sixteen-year-old who came to my door.....

This blog post is touching and incredible. IN THIS BLOG, a man details his experience with a sixteen-year-old who went door to door encouraging people to vote for Obama. But this kid was WELL INFORMED, LITERATE, EDUCATED, and KNEW what he wanted and what he was talking about.

It's a simple and incredible post.

"I assumed at first that you were seeking donations for the high school baseball team or taking pledges for Jump Rope for Heart. But the first words out of your mouth were, "May I tell you why it's important to vote for Barack Obama?"....

"Please do," I said warmly, not revealing that my intentions to vote for Obama were already set in stone. And so with passion and startling eloquence, you began:
"Well, the most important reason for me is health care. I'm an only child and my mom's a breast cancer survivor. With Obamacare we can get insurance. And so if Mom gets sick again, she can see a doctor. But did you know that Mitt Romney wants to take it away from us? If he wins, my mom won't be able to get insurance. And if she gets sick, there's nothing she can do."
I offered my sympathies, and that I was glad she could get insurance, but wondered aloud if the government should get involved in health care, a private matter for many people.
You responded immediately, "The government's been involved with Medicare and Medicaid for a long time already. And those are really important and save lives. It's not like this is new."
Shit, I thought, this kid understands what he's selling. I wondered if you were doing this on your own, or if you were volunteering through the local Pittsburgh campaign office. My intuition told me that, remarkably, the former was the case...."


Jennifer Haining, American University 2013

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