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Obama represents hope for youth

BY JORDAN HARP

Special to The Union

It’s hard to believe that after 20 years of mind-numbing status quo politics and a clogged system that there is still a fire within the youth to create the change that this country so desperately needs.



I have lived my entire life under a Bush or Clinton presidency, and I could not understand why anyone would want to stand behind a candidate in such a broken system. That is, I couldn’t understand until I heard Senator Barack Obama. Even though I am not old enough to vote for him, as I am a 17-year-old Senior at Nevada Union, I will do whatever I can to see him elected the next President of the United States.

There is nothing that can explain the inspiration I feel when I hear Senator Obama speak. The compassion that he has for the common man coupled with the sincerity and eloquence in his voice makes me believe that there is a bright future for this country and for my own generation. This is not a network of support or a group of activists; this is a national movement with one goal – change.




Just look at the droves of people who have shown up to hear him speak, the youth such as myself who have hit the streets with signs or made phone calls to potential voters, or the countless independents and even republicans who have voted for him in every kind of state and every kind of demographic. This movement doesn’t see color; Obama supporters don’t see red states from blue states, just as they don’t see black from white.

This is a campaign by the people and for the people, not because of false hope, but rather because Obama means to run a government that is “by the people and for the people.” It’s a beautiful thing to see the country come together, but the movement of the youth to elect Obama is unlike any thing this country has ever seen. College campuses are contagious with Obama fever.

High school students who can’t even vote are willing to volunteer their own time for a man who has promised them an education. And a phrase “Yes We Can,” coined by Obama, has become the mantra for a generation yearning for hope.

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Jordan Harp is a senior at Nevada Union High School. He’s the sports editor of the school newspaper. For his senior project, Harp is campaigning for Sen. Barack Obama. To submit items to the Learning Page, contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen at ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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