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By Leslie Salzillo

Since the Midterm Elections, speculation and blame is running rampant on Social Media as well as in the traditional media. Many wonder why there was such a low voter turnout, and why Democrats were unable to attract young voters. Carl Gibson, founder of US Uncut, published this open letter in RSN/Reader Support News. I am re-publishing it here on Daily Kos, with permission.

Dear Democrats,

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Even though the Republicans have made it clear they won’t raise the minimum wage, legalize marijuana, or address climate change as long as they’re in power, they at least have a unified message that appeals to enough people who share their values. They can also communicate that message in a confident way. The Republican platform comes in easy-to-remember, tweet-sized sentences. We all know their buzzwords – “national security,” “family values,” “free markets.” That may translate to endless war, homophobia, and corporate feudalism for the better-informed, but for most people, those are catch phrases they can get behind.

You Democrats, on the other hand, looked pitiful in the year leading up to the midterms. You didn’t seem to stand for anything in particular, you just pointed the finger at the other guy, told us they were bad, and that you weren’t like them. That’s not enough.

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6 thoughts on “Founder of U.S. UnCut Sends Open Letter To Democrats On Young Voter Disillusion

  1. BTW, it’s not just “young voters” who are disillusioned. I can’t remember the last time I hummed “Happy Days are Here Again” and I bet most modern professional Democrats don’t even know why anyone would want to.

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  2. An important message about the absence of a clear, compelling, unified progressive agenda, although I don’t buy the argument that voting for the “right” is an age issue. As someone over 60, I have been increasingly alarmed by the total lack of information my under-30 and under 40 students and neighbors have about what’s going on in the nation and the world today.

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    • There are so many societal, cultural, and political factors which produce disillusionment and disengagement in young people that I can’t detail them all here. Some are natural phenomena which persist across generations (e.g. inexperience, sexual preoccupation). Some are artificially induced and unique to recent times (e.g. conservatives’ anti-government sentiment).

      Regardless, the resulting effects are so straightforward that they could easily be quantified mathematically. People of all ages who never vote, or vote inconsistently, are much more likely to be liberal or progressive in their thinking. When voter turnout is low, the net conservatism reflected in the electorate increases (as we witnessed quite dramatically last week). Since young people today are more demographically diverse than the immediately preceding generations, and that demographic diversity is inherently more liberal/progressive, any drop-off in voter turnout within that group will noticeably skew the electorate rightward. Hence, the “old people are conservative” rationale which isn’t necessarily true. It would be more accurate to say that white people have become more conservative over time in response to the “browning of America,” and that white people represent a higher proportion of the elderly population.

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