Robert Knight

When I was 18, I thought I knew plenty about life and politics.

I was wrong.

My views had not yet been honed by the experience of trying to live on a paycheck that the government seized in order to hand much of it over to someone else.

I also believed that people who created the monstrous federal bureaucracy really cared about the poor, even as their wrong-headed policies destroyed marriage and families and plunged urban centers into unimaginable violence.

In short, I was easily manipulated by the welfare state’s emotional appeals, just the sort of sucker that Rock the Vote (RTV) is looking for today.

Before you accuse me of waging a “war on young people,” I readily admit that not everyone my age at the time was naïve, nor are some young people as naïve today – just whole bunches of them.

Facing astronomically high unemployment or under-employment, with the world blowing up around them, the majority of 18- to 29-year-olds still identify as liberals in survey after survey. I’d say “mug them again,” but you can mug people and suffer disappointment only so many times.

Instead, I remain cautiously optimistic that time and reality will steer them toward more conservative views, as it did me and many other former useful idiots. Getting a job and getting married boosts the whole process. Having kids is another huge reality check.

Rock the Vote is gearing up for a repeat of 2008, when millions of teens and twenty-somethings were recruited as shock troops for the Obama campaign. By 2012, RTV claimed that it had registered 5 million new voters under 30.

Founded in 1992 as a “non-partisan” creation, with funding from George Soros and other lefty sugar daddies, RTV has fresh-faced new leadership, such as its president, Ashley Spillane, a veteran of the Atlas Project, whose mission is “to arm the progressive community with historical elections data, sophisticated analysis and real time updates for all 50 states.”

RTV also sports a lengthy roster of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Sheryl Crow.

The former is on a crusade to overturn the laws of Nature and Nature’s God, and the latter posted this idea online in 2007: “I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting."

Yes, she was only joking. Ha. Ha. I’d keep laughing except that some of the Chicken Littles on her side dream of such “climate change” directives if they could only get their little green hands on more power.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.