Youth more radically opposed to present government than tea parties, poll finds

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 -- 11:56 am
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Partisan news missing the point: Youth, poor have greater reason for
dissatisfaction than tea parties

londonstudentsriotslavesAFP Youth more radically opposed to present
government than tea parties, poll findsPredictions of a youth uprising
sweeping the United States in 2011 appear to be turning increasingly
true, according to a recent poll.

Figures supporting that hypothesis, produced by the left-leaning
Public Policy Polling (PPP) for a liberal blog, were cited by partisan
news figures as proof of a growing violent radical element in the tea

But that's missing the larger statistic.

Across Europe in the last year, youth have led sweeping civil unrest
in protest of corrupt governance, harsh austerity measures and what
they see as a guided collapse of their economies.

In Greece, riots became a daily reality in 2010 as Athens has been
repeatedly crippled by black-clad youth openly fighting police in the

In France, hundreds of thousands shut down the economy in response to
a proposal to raise the retirement age.

In Italy, cars burned and shops were smashed over the barely-there
coalition government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

In London, a massive hike to college tuition fees led throngs of angry
students to smash up the Supreme Court, Treasury and conservative
party buildings. Protesters even got within grabbing range of Prince
Charles and the Dutchess of Cornwall, attacking their car with blunt
objects and paint as it passed.

In Tunisia, acting on disclosures by WikiLeaks about the economic
dominance of the former dictator's family, a 26-year-old street vendor
set himself ablaze in protest of high unemployment, sparking the
unrest that quickly toppled their government. Thanks to his success --
even in death -- more self-immolations have been reported in Algeria,
Egypt and Mauritania as authoritarian Muslim regimes looked on in fear
of their populace.

And that could just be the beginning, if the predictions prove accurate.

Partisanship obfuscates truth

A statistic from PPP that got little play from liberal commentaries
showed that American youths -- not the tea parties -- are more
inclined to think of violence against the US government as acceptable.

tunisiariots afp Youth more radically opposed to present government
than tea parties, poll findsA full 17 percent of those ages 18-29 said
yes, that violence would be justified, while a further 15 percent were
not "not sure." Granted, while those figures come out to a clear
majority of young people -- 68 percent -- saying violence is not
justified, it also means that 32 percent either disagree or haven't
made up their minds.

Another statistic sure to surprise some beltway liberals were the
responses of poor people, who tied with tea partiers at 13 percent in
saying violence would be justified. A further 24 percent said they
weren't sure, bringing their level of certainty against violence down
to just 63 percent.

Compounding the potential for civil unrest, the poor and the tea
parties, according to prior statistics, were two very different,
separate groups with virtually no cross-over.

In a survey of Americans who voted in 2008, the nonpartisan group
Project Vote found that, by and large, those sympathetic to the tea
parties were white, wealthy and affluent people, whose political views
represented approximately 29 percent of the electorate.

By comparison, blacks, youths and low-income voters, who turned out in
record numbers to support President Obama, make up 32 percent of the
electorate -- and their views could not be any more different than
their conservative counterparts.

The poll, published last Sept., described tea party participants as
"overwhelmingly white" and "universally dissatisfied," even though
having "the least reason for dissatisfaction."

tunisiaprotests afp Youth more radically opposed to present government
than tea parties, poll finds"Only six percent [of tea party
participants] reported having to worry about buying food for their
families in the past year, compared to 14 percent of voters
nationwide, 37 percent of blacks, 21 percent of youths, and 39 percent
of low-income voters," they added.

Discussing the partisan rhetorical fray on MSNBC last night, liberal
news anchor Keith Olbermann failed to mention these figures, focusing
instead on tea partiers and violent rhetoric prevalent in many
Republicans' public discourse.

Global revolution?

Speaking to Russia Today recently, trends analyst Gerald Celente --
who predicted the 2008 economic collapse far in advance -- suggested
that a youth uprising is inevitable thanks to the emergence of a new
kind of journalism that values full disclosure over other goals.

"What we saw in England, again with 'off with their heads,' what we
saw in Italy with the students taking to the streets, you're gonna see
in Spain, you're going to see in Ireland," he said. "You already saw
it in France. Figure it out."

"The US is going to be slower, but it's going to happen here at a
different level," Celente concluded. "Remember, the US has been beaten
down and pushed down. You're going to see a revolution world-wide.
What's going to unite them in this cause is another major trend:
Journalism 2.0."

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