The overwhelming sentiment among my peers when I talk about this election is as follows: “Well, I’m disappointed in Obama, but I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for a Republican.”
When asked why, they will almost always reply, “Well I just can’t vote for someone who’s against gay marriage and pro-life.”
Are we really that naive? I’m a strong libertarian. I think the government shouldn’t be able to tell you what to do with your money, and I also think the government shouldn’t be able to tell you what to do with your body or who you can marry. Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. But the view of most young voters is currently the status quo, and it takes absolutely no leadership, conviction, audacity, or skill for a politician to take a stance for or against either of those two issues. They’re not changing and everyone knows it.