Folly of youth

By AL DIAMON  |  April 3, 2014

State Representative Ellie Espling of New Gloucester doesn’t list her age on her website, but the second-term legislator doesn’t look old enough to remember rotary phones. Likewise, state Representative Stacey Guerin of Glenburn, state Representative Aaron Libby of North Waterboro, state Representative Matthew Pouliot of Augusta, state Representative Corey Wilson of Augusta, and state Senator Michael Thibodeau of Winterport are all on the south side of 50, and all are Republicans. In fact, Thibodeau is the GOP leader in the Senate.

It’s to LePage’s credit that he’s exposed these wet-behind-the-ears subversives before they do more damage. Of course, without them in the State House, Democrats would run rampant, but that’s a small price to pay for freeing ourselves from the “firm agendas” of adolescence and their long-term consequences.

Actually, it’s remarkable there are so many young Republicans in office, since among voters 18 to 25 years old, just 19 percent are registered in the GOP, while 33 percent signed on with the Dems. Given LePage’s attitude, I don’t imagine the Republican figure will be seeing much improvement in the near future.

Just to be fair (for once), I should consider an alternative possibility. Perhaps the trouble with Maine isn’t young people, but rather rigid ideologues of any age. As one critic of the current system put it, “Maine keeps doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Let’s do something different this time.”

That’s from an op-ed written earlier this year by the aforementioned Alexander Willette.

Indeed, young whippersnapper, lead on.

If we replaced all the young people with old coots, wouldn’t the Legislature smell funny? Email answers toaldiamon@herniahill.net.

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