Why I’m going to Pittsburgh

Your generation had John Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau. My generation has checked out of politics for the longest time. We’re jaded. We’re cynical. We’re tired of spin and sound bites, tired of talking points, tired of being talked at.

We want authenticity. We want an end to corruption. We want inspiration.

In 1961, John F Kennedy said we could put a man on the moon in ten years. Look what happened.

In 2001, George W Bush told Americans to go shopping. Look what happened.

We deserve better. We can do better.

Barack Obama is our generation’s Kennedy or Trudeau, inspiring millions of people to get up and do something. Go look at an Obama office — it’s a hugely diverse group of volunteers — young black
men, twentysomething asian women, 50-something white women, Indians, white kids from the suburbs like me — everyone.

You should be proud to have a child who cares so much — one who’s politically active and not a slacker, stoner, ignorant or a cynic.

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