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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    I agree that many old views should be remembered and respected, however this rememberance and respect should be reasoned, not just there for the sake of it. As many have noted here, one of the great things about having young people in politics is that they can rock the boat a little, mix things up with youthful enthusiasm and passion (not to say that these qualities are necessarily exclusive to youth). I don't see that being the case much in Blairs appointment, which IMO is a shame.
    What sort of ideas would you like her to present that would rock the boat a little, or mix things up?

    By saying that some old views should be remembered and respected suggests she is rocking the boat a little, that 'new' ideas are not always great ideas. Of course this might disturb those who feel they are part of 'the smartest generation' (it was ever thus) and that is novel as well.

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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

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    What sort of ideas would you like her to present that would rock the boat a little, or mix things up?

    By saying that some old views should be remembered and respected suggests she is rocking the boat a little, that 'new' ideas are not always great ideas. Of course this might disturb those who feel they are part of 'the smartest generation' (it was ever thus) and that is novel as well.
    How about "SSM is fine"??????????

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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    How about "SSM is fine"??????????

    (sorry to bring the thread back to this)
    I think that SSM is fine, but it isn't how she feels, and quite possibly how the people who voted for her don't feel either.

    SSM isn't going to be a state issue anyway. It'll be a federal matter settled by SCOTUS. She has a right to have her beliefs, however much we disagree with them. Until recently, President Obama felt as she did.
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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    How about "SSM is fine"??????????

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    SSM is one of those fashionable idea that was spurned earlier by Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama but one which they approved of not all that much later.

    I happen to support SSM, partly because the traditions surrounding traditional marriage have been so watered down that they barely matter anymore so why not? That doesn't mean I am right.

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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I think that SSM is fine, but it isn't how she feels
    Preciseley. I would love to see our youngest elected politician challenge the historical status quo, not embrace it.
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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    pro gun is good. the opposition to same sex marriage is silly. No one is hurt in the least by state law recognizing gay marriage
    I think the issue with gay marriage is that it should be up to the states, not the feds and not the courts.

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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    SSM is one of those fashionable idea that was spurned earlier by Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama but one which they approved of not all that much later.

    I happen to support SSM, partly because the traditions surrounding traditional marriage have been so watered down that they barely matter anymore so why not? That doesn't mean I am right.
    I wouldn't call SSM a 'fashionable' idea. I would call it a new idea, and I would also call it incredibly important and, dare I say it, a great idea.

    I'll ignore your 'smartest generation' quip and say this: new generations bring new ideas. This is true of every generation, not just my own. Blair is in a position now where she represents not only W.Virginia but also a new generation who have, you guessed it, new ideas. I think that it's a shame that this representative doesn't seem receptive to many of these new ideas.

    Of course, that is just me calling it how it seems on the face of things. We'll have to wait and see how things actually go.
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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Preciseley. I would love to see our youngest elected politician challenge the historical status quo, not embrace it.
    I would as well, but I suspect this is her personal belief as well as her grandparents'. You'll never get 100% of the people to support SSM just like you'll never get 100% of the people to support any social issue.
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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Is the issue whether a newly minted adult can successfully serve in elected office?
    Or is the issue who agrees with this one's political philosophy?

    Obviously, a majority of local voters do agree with her political philosophy, or they wouldn't have elected her.
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    Re: Saira Blair Becomes Youngest Elected Politician in US

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    "I'm also curious how she has anyone's "life" in her hands? I have friends in the NH state legislature, and they have next to no power to do anything, much less control people's lives or have them in their hands."

    =

    "Don't worry everyone! I know she's just 18, but relax, she has no power to meaningfully affect us in any way!"

    From her website:




    If she has "next to no" power, how does she plan on doing this?



    If she has "next to no" power, how does she plan on doing this?

    Go to Issues - dev and you'll see some other issues she wants to tackle. How, if she has next to no power, can she do this? Because reading through her website, she certainly seems to be under the impression that she'll have the power to effect change, one that directly affects her constituency. Is she wrong?
    She would wield power and influence that could push parts of her agenda onto the table for voting, if correctly applied. I don't think anyone, including Blair herself, thinks she will get in that state legislature and change the world. But she could give the legislature a fresh and youthful perspective. Though I am in vehement disagreement with many of her views, that is something I would like to see.

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