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Do Youth Count on the Left?

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Like every younger generation, our kids today see clearly the hypocrisies and mendacities of our society, and as they grow up they begin to question in a fundamental way some of the lies that they've received from society. " This often leads to an ardent disappointment, and even anger, about the failures of our society to consistently uphold the democratic and humanitarian values that can be born in youths in this phase of their life. [5]

The disappointment is real--so is the anger. And at a time when the indifference with which Youth are treated couldn't be more evident, it's appalling to have otherwise "open-minded" editors and publishers blind to the suffering and deaf to the screaming.

The last 6 months alone have yielded gut-wrenching reports of:

A 15-year-old special-needs student slammed into the ground and battered by a police officer for walking down the hallway in an un-tucked shirt.

25 middle-school 12-year-old students arrested for a food fight.

A 10-year-old suspended for bringing peppermint oil to school.

An 11-year-old autistic and cognitively-impaired student charged with felony assault for simply resisting being subdued by school officials.

8 Afghanistan children, aged 11 through 17, executed based on inconclusive--and most likely mythical--evidence of bomb-manufacturing.

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