it breaks one’s heart to see that with all the campaigns and the rallies that only 17% of youth 18-24 showed up on Tuesday, the same numbers that made it out in 2000. I mean, what’s up with that?

if you were 18 in 2000, this was your second election and last time in the same demographic; since in 2008 you’ll be in the next slot up. So most people are only in this area for two elections, nonwithstanding the smaller ones that happen every two years.

I mean, how much money was tossed around here for the vote? MTV, VH1, Springsteen and Bon Jovi out there on the stage… and yet no more kids went to the polls than went four years ago. I don’t know what that says about the average youth in America, but maybe the problem lies more in the schools and the environment BEFORE the big election push; where we don’t encourage kids to be thinking about the wider picture and not about the new PlayStation game or their new Nike sneakers.

it’s a bit much to toss them into the rock concert and then assume they’ll be out on Tuesday to vote, unfortunately. That sort of civil responsibility needs to be built BEFORE the election rush and BEFORE the bribes and parties and celebrity sponsorships are handed out.

hopefully it’ll be higher in 2008. ‘Cause it looks to me like Kerry put a lot of eggs in that particular basket and they let him down by not returning the favor.

sad, really.

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4 thoughts on “

  1. I heard on the news this morning a discussion about how many of today’s young people are into country music anyway, and may have responded better to a bunch of country concerts. (But country music is mostly Republican, so I don’t suppose Kerry would have gone that route.)

    • well, there ARE the Dixie Chicks…
      😉
      I still think the problem may be more societal, where our youth are thinking that voting ain’t such a big thing from the start and not being taught civic rights… not CIVIL rights, but those responsibilties that come with being part of a society – which includes voting.
      Heinlein had a warped view of this in Starship Troopers where you had to serve in the military to get the right to vote and citizenship… but maybe the old geezer had a point.
      😛

  2. I heard on the news this morning a discussion about how many of today’s young people are into country music anyway, and may have responded better to a bunch of country concerts. (But country music is mostly Republican, so I don’t suppose Kerry would have gone that route.)

    • well, there ARE the Dixie Chicks…
      😉
      I still think the problem may be more societal, where our youth are thinking that voting ain’t such a big thing from the start and not being taught civic rights… not CIVIL rights, but those responsibilties that come with being part of a society – which includes voting.
      Heinlein had a warped view of this in Starship Troopers where you had to serve in the military to get the right to vote and citizenship… but maybe the old geezer had a point.
      😛

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