This generation of young people has grown up never remembering a time when the U.S. was not at war. The experience of living with war has made many more cautions about supporting U.S. engagement in foreign conflict. In today’s feature at The College Fix, Taylor University student Ryan Dennison reports how foreign policy is shaping the voting behavior of the rising generation:
Israeli leaders are not the only ones disappointed in the President’s handling of the Middle East. Many college students, particularly those who paid close attention to the excitement surrounding President Obama’s 2008 campaign, feel less enthusiastic about politics in general.
“I’ll be honest, I’m not seeing much of a reason to follow this election that closely,” said Matthew Stafford, a sophomore at the University of Michigan. “I’ll probably just wind up voting for Ron Paul.”
Republican Presidential candidates present young voters with a range of opinions about the Middle East. On one extreme, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich recently called the Palestinians an “invented people,” and claims the United States is setting Israel up for a nuclear holocaust. On the other, Representative Ron Paul advocates eliminating foreign aid for Israel and Palestine, and not to mention every other country. He argues that the reason Iran and stateless terrorist organizations target America is because of our involvement in the region…
Governor Romney on the other hand, has focused more on President Obama’s criticism of Israel, and labels it “being critical of our friends.”
That criticism, held up by Republicans as an example of President Obama’s failed foreign policy, resonates among some disenchanted college students. “It’s very unlikely I’ll be voting for Obama, no matter who the Republicans nominate,” said Alex Miller, a student at Cornell University. “I missed out on the election last time around. I’m definitely looking forward to voting this year.”