Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The New Dawn of Young Era of CHANGE


I was just quietly confident that Obama would win the Presidency ever since I viewed his inspiring speeches when he fought Hillary Clinton for the Democrat's nomination of candidacy to the Presidential race.

With simple words and plain inspiring convictions he delivered his speeches. Its not about his race or color of his skin. Its just a plain passion in believing that the "Old Order" of the Republican's politics needs to be changed. He is simply a very convincing guy when he speaks on the rally stage. Even his victory speech was that simple and yet touching to the hearts of any human beings.

If we take a closer look at the Exit Poll results by CNN, we would notice that there is a clear trend in his support level. He has inspired the younger voters for the need of CHANGE so much that he won 66% of them to vote for him. And it seems to me that as the age of voters increased, the support for President Elect Obama tend to diminish.

It would mean that Obama walked into the White House mainly due to the stronger support of the younger generations. And it is indeed the Young that yearn for a REAL CHANGE, not only in America, but also in the World order.

It is the dawn of the New Era, not only the Obama Era but the new Era of the Young movement. Back in Singapore, I do also feel that there is a strong yearn for CHANGE in our younger generations. They are no longer feeling beholden to the past success of PAP back in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They yearn for a REAL CHANGE in the political playing field. A TOTAL CHANGE from the paternalistic approach of the PAP government. A DRASTIC CHANGE from the Monopoly of Power within the political system. And the DREAM of CHANGE in having a REAL OPEN society where REAL ISSUES could be publicly debated in a truly independent media. If the traditional media like Newspaper or TV programs cannot provide that platform, the NEW MEDIA will take over the traditional media as the NEW PLATFORM OF CHANGE.

I can only PRAY FOR CHANGE for my beloved country, a change for a better system to our future generations. And I believe, just like America, our young citizens could be the REAL FORCE to effect this CHANGE for our country.

Goh Meng Seng

2 comments:

justina said...

That is an interesting observation.

It has always been the elders who have strongly support the PAP - some argue it's because they have seen what we came from and where we are today. The young either don't care, or feel that it's time for a change.

What would be interesting to watch however, is the results of the next GE. The Government, who has been almost strangely silent about the whole mini-bond saga, might possibly lose the confidence of the elderly supporters who have been burnt, and possibly others who realize that they are not as protected as they imagined!

"With great power comes great resposibility!"

The Void Deck said...

Hi Justina

I think you hit the nail on the head with the generation bias in preference for the PAP. Assuming that the opposition can rally more champions to joust in more wards and minimise walkovers during GE, I think the PAP would find that they can lose power very easily. But of course the PAP can always counter that move by introducing 15-man GRCs.