First of, let me say that I am flattered that the Young Democrats are monitoring our Facebook page. If they really felt we were as much of a non-factor as they claim, they probably wouldn't be doing it.
And let me also assure you that our current woes have nothing to do with some type of youthful repudiation of the GOP platform. We've experienced a series of leadership changes lately, some very sudden and unexpected, to include the tragic death of one of our most active members. There are other Young GOP clubs all over the area that are flourishing, and soon the RCYR's will be as well. Despite what Mr. Coe thinks, the fact that more kids are currently playing with him in the sandbox is not proof of the superiority of his ideas.
Mr. Coe says he looks forward to the possibility of a debate. I applaud his willingness. However, I'd have to warn him of what a debate actually consists of. A debate is where one had better come armed heavily with facts and logic. Spitting out manufactured slogans such as the "war on women" doesn't work. You also have to explain your positions, and not act as if the existence of something is proof of its goodness (even if it has really nice words like "Fair Pay" in it), or act as if a candidate's position on a piece of legislation is self evidently wrong, no explanation required, simply because you said so.
All these things being understood, I likewise look forward to a debate some time in the near future. If the point of the debate is to see which party is better for America's youth, I like the GOP's chances. At a time when young people are being forced to pay into systems (Social Security and Medicare) that everyone knows are going bankrupt and won't be there for us when it's our turn to collect, the Democrats dogmatic refusal to entertain any proposed reform is certainly not a youth magnet. And I don't think the 53% of college graduates under the age of 25 who are currently unemployed or underemployed are quite so high on hope and change at the moment.
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Michael J. Peterson, Esq.