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Response to lifesbeautifulmagic (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:38 PM

16. I am proud of you Millennials!

I wish my generation would have been more like yours. I am 37 years old (hence the 1975 in my user name) and I didn't vote in 2000. My attitude was one of apathy that masqueraded as wisdom. I thought at the time that both parties were equally owned by the corporations and that my vote did not matter, I flirted with voting for Nader but I knew there was no chance he would win so like many in my age group I just didn't vote. Of course I wanted Gore to win and was really pissed at what happened subsequently in Florida, but I did not consider at the time (nor did most, to be fair) the very real and disastrous consequences that election would have on our country. But then again, the economy I had experienced up that point was vibrant, jobs were plentiful and it had been that way most of my working life. For me who was born in the seventies, and others like me who voted for Nader or not at all the Bush administration is a catastrophic reminder that complacency and apathy are the true enemies of freedom. I remember a long article in the Onion right before the election, basically predicting with scary accuracy what would happen under a Bush administration. It was full of "jokes" like he was going to "save" us from prosperity and peace since the Republicans were running on a campaign of bringing decency back the Whitehouse, as it turned out Bush really save us from these two things. I don't pretend to speak for my generation, and I know for a fact there were many people my age who campaigned and were heavily involved in that election, but as a generation we turned up in small numbers. Had we managed to turnout even 85 percent of what you guys do there is no doubt Gore would have won. Our turn out in 2000 was less than 40 percent, in the last two elections the youth vote has turned out more than 50 percent. Obama is President because you voted, Bush was president because we did not.

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