I went to the Virginia Tech Young Democrats officers’ meeting this evening. It was quite disappointing. I’d anticipated a meeting of eager young liberals, all believing that they could take over the world through leadership, politics and activism. That’s the sort of enthusiasm that has historically been the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. If that’s still the case, it’s certainly not true here in Blacksburg.
This seems to be one of those organizations that exists primarily to perpetuate itself. They didn’t seem to have any sense of what draws people to be involved in politics, or in a particular party. They didn’t understand — or care about — the role of partisan organizations in the political process. They didn’t understand the need for partisan political organizations to ask tough questions (and demand good answers) of candidates. My explanation of the importance of informed, selective endorsements was derided as “bullshit details.”
All involved seemed to be well-intentioned, and I imagine that they’d be really helpful with postering or helping out at fundraisers. But I just don’t have the time or the patience to play political tiddlywinks.