( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)
The Case for 2010: Young People in Texas Look for a Democratic Future
Austin, TX - Living in Texas, we are often told that Republican victories are inevitable. We buy into the lie that because we are young and because we are Democrats our votes don't really matter. We don't get excited for our elections, we don't get involved, and sometimes we don't even vote. Republicans would have us believe that they will always be in power and that there is nothing we can do about it.
"If you want to make something happen, tell a Texan it can't be done"
However, statistics show that our generation trends in the opposite direction. In 2008, if 18-29 year olds had decided the election the Lone Star state would have been blue on the electoral map. Within the Democratic Party, Texas continues to lead in national youth roles:
David Hardt, YDA President (2007-2009)
Katie Naranjo, CDA President (2008-2010)
Renee Hartley, YDA Vice President (2009-Present)
Alejandra Salinas, CDA President (2010-Present)
Democrats have an incredible opportunity to win big this November starting at the top of the ticket of great candidates by electing Bill White to be the next governor of Texas. White represents our best opportunity to win back the Governor's mansion since Ann Richards while Perry represents the greatest vulnerability. People often forget that he won re-election in 2006 with only 39% of the vote.
Rick Perry has proven his corruption and incompetence to voters across the state through murky land deals, a dropout crisis in our public schools, a $18 billion budget deficit, a rental mansion that is costing taxpayers $10,000 a month, claiming that the BP oil spill was "an act of God", or seriously talking about how Texas should secede from the Union.
"Shouldn't we be the state the leads the nation, not that leaves the nation?"
The eyes of Texas are upon you. Organize your campus, register people to vote, and volunteer for our candidates. America is watching us-waiting to see if we will allow for Rick Perry to have an unprecedented 3rd term and the Texas GOP to remain a source of national shame. We must do everything in our power to take back our state.
Let's get to work,
Texas College Democrats