The tone of this anecdotal article is condescending, but strangely encouraging, not just for Obama supporters, but for the nation as a whole. As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination continues, youthful volunteers for each candidate have been campaigning with bright-eyed brio, not only door-to-door but also at home. But the young supporters of Mr. Obama, who has captured a majority of under-30 primary voters, seem to be leading in the pestering sweepstakes. They send their parents the latest Obama YouTube videos, blog exhortations and “Tell Your Mama/Vote for Obama!” bumper stickers. One of my biggest pet peeves is the old adage that families should avoid discussing politics, religion, or other controversial topics for fear of alienating their loved ones. But those conversations don't have to be adversarial! They can be enlightening! And it's certainly more interesting than talking about crap like the new television your cousin bought or the weather. If Obama is prompting open dialouge between kin about political economy and the trajectory of the country, I think that's a very good thing.
Adam Doster, a contributing editor at In These Times, is a Chicago-based freelance writer and former reporter-blogger for Progress Illinois.