Election

Petraeous & Why You Should Know It's More Than Just Another Affair


No, Petraeous is not the next Ridley Scott film to follow up Prometheus. For those of you who don’t frequent CNN, MSNBC or any other news source, you may be out of the loop on this one (and that could very well sum it up to everyone in my age bracket - you twenty somethings.) 

Who is Petraeous and why should you care about it? Well, I admit, I scanned by the name a few times myself before giving it much attention. Turns out Petraeous isn’t a film or a soap opera (though there are enough characters involved for it to be the first Desperate Housewives of the CIA) but a leader who could have potentially caused quite the ripple effect in some major, recent “spontaneous” attacks on September 11. 

Petraeous is, or was, I should say, the chief CIA director who’s admission to a scandalous relationship is bringing up more questions than most any political or national figure we’ve seen take heat for.Through the years we’ve watched countless political leaders and moral figures get by the skin of their teeth after the breaking news of some poor choices - often receiving more recognition and more opportunities in the aftermath. But this leader in particular, as the assassination of 4 Americans, including the murder of a US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi took place, won’t be getting off so easily.

Unlike Clinton’s scandalous oval office appointments and JFK’s little birthday serenade, the ramifications of this affair are an entirely different ball game. David Petraeous had been the chief CIA in Afghanistan for the past two years and even had a book written on his leadership style, by biographer Paula Broadwell, who chose Petraeous as her Phd dissertation - a flattering gesture for a 60 year old man, no doubt. By President Obama’s reelection, an affair between Petraeous and Broadwell publicly surfaced and CIA director officially resigned. After admitting the affair Petraeous has been brought into some serious questioning over any classified information that may have spilled during their relationship, such as documents on Broadwell’s laptop, and any other information that may have trickled through the daily runs together. 

More important, the House and Senate intelligence committee are trying to figure out and what exactly occurred this past September 11, in comparison to what Americans were informed. Though it was communicated as an event that “arose out of a spontaneous demonstration,” now Petraeous "stated that he thought all along he made it clear that there was significant terrorist involvement." Speculators are proposing that the timeline of events concerning the Election, Lybia and Petraeous possibly mean that our CIA didn’t communicate as crystal clear as to our Nation they could have. 

While it’s all still speculation, and many are still in question and investigation, it would be worth your while to know why Petraeous is more than some sexy affair - though no doubt a movie is in the making.

Why Most "Young People" Don't Care to Vote...

Most young people don’t plan on voting and most don’t care to. I don’t mean to speak for everyone person under the age of 30, but when Scarlett Johanson gave a speech at the Democratic Convention, she mentioned that less than half of those eligible to vote four years ago, ages 18-24, actually voted. That said, it’s fair to assume that in the past 4 years we’re much more familiar with the new guy who plays Obama on SNL, than what he or Mitt Romney actually discusses.  Most voters, at least those old enough to vote, likely don’t care to watch the conventions (which, yes, already took place) and speeches much less all the other Election highlights leading up to the Presidential Debates (probably the most entertaining part of the entire season). Most of us “younger people” don’t take time to stay in tune with much of the Election season for several reasons, and therefore likely won’t vote. Why not? Here are a few possible reasons why most of us “younger people” don’t really care about the Elections, must less care to vote.

1.There’s always a lot of talking going on…

Let’s admit it: most of the speeches, debates and conventions seem like an endless sentence, which we can’t seem to figure out what they started talking about or when it will end. Sometimes hearing a president, or candidate going on about various topics puts us right back at another lecture, which we’d just rather tune out.

2. We don’t know what they’re rambling about.

Again, if we were honest (or at the risk of sounding impotent, I’ll be brutally honest myself) we don’t know what the heck their talking about. This current election has caused me to ask more questions than ever before about our Country and our government. Yes, I studied all these things in grade school or middle school - obviously I can’t remember - so I’m needing to brush up on my American Government knowledge. If we don’t know what they’re talking and arguing about, obviously we not only don’t want to care (because that then requires research), we don’t want to vote (because that would require research and responsibility.) Let’s not get in over our heads here, most of us aren’t even paying a mortgage yet (and yes, I even had to look up the spelling of “mortgage”).

3. We can’t waste our precious time.

All the research and new updates, deciphering what one candidate stands for to another could consumes some of our precious time. It’s a sports season without any game time. When Elections season kicks off, it doesn’t let up until the fat lady…, well, until November 6. You have to follow all of it to stay up with it’s current “play”, if you will. When deciding who to vote for seems to be such an investment of our time, we don’t want to be flippant about our decision. So why follow it? 

4. It doesn’t apply to us this very second.

We like things that are happening now, or tomorrow at the latest. When candidates are discussing issues such as social security, issues that may not affect us until much later in life (but affect us none the less), some of us just don’t care. If an election and an inauguration, (and tax-cuts lowered and an increase in employment) all happened in a New York minute, because of who we voted for, maybe we’d be quicker to vote.

5. It’s not as entertaining as New York Fashion Week.

I’ll admit this if not one else cares to, the most class and fashion we see in the Election season is Michele Obama’s new fall wardrobe from J. Crew. We like a clean and current image that can grab our attention, something that screams “I have a stylist.” And from what I’ve seen it wouldn’t hurt Ann to have a stylist herself. But - if it looks like another episode of West Wing, most of us tune out (unless you’re like my Dad and I - suckers for anything with Aaron Sorkin’s name attached.) We are aesthetically affected generation. If it doesn’t look or feel pretty, it’s not pleasant enough to keep our attention.

Though Scarlett Johannson’s speech likely stirred a variety of opinion’s, much like Clint Eastwood’s monologue (ok maybe not quite that much), she left us with an honest account of our generation’s current involvement in our Country: “Young America why are we only speaking with half our voice when so many issues here directly affect us… ‘We are the generation who feels like our voices haven’t been heard.’ So vote, that your voice is heard.” Yes, voting is responsibility, which requires an opinion, which requires some of your time. Election time is a good time to grow up. Vote.