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Thu Nov 23, 2023, 08:29 PM Nov 2023

Mark Hamill

WOW. Mark Hamill sent a truly kind note this Thanksgiving with an important lesson for all of us: NEVER give up on democracy. NEVER give up fighting for what is right. ALWAYS make your voice heard by voting. We will win 2024—together. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Mark Hamill (Original Post) sheshe2 Nov 2023 OP
As with Mark Hamil, my first time voting was in 1972. ProudMNDemocrat Nov 2023 #1
Me too dflprincess Nov 2023 #5
Oh, let me tell you. I volunteered for McGovern... electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #7
We must be the same age dflprincess Nov 2023 #13
Yeah, same age. Hmmm, I don't remember what my college's mood was... electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #15
Mahalo, she, for Mark Hamill and Victor Shi!💕 Cha Nov 2023 #2
I love them both! sheshe2 Nov 2023 #3
Wow. McGovern's was my first election also! ananda Nov 2023 #4
That was my first election. ChazInAz Nov 2023 #10
This makes me smile LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2023 #6
1972 was my first time voting in a national election. I registered in 1971. My first vote cast was for a Republican. DFW Nov 2023 #8
The GOTV is strong with this one. djacq Nov 2023 #9
K&R spanone Nov 2023 #11
I voted in a small community back then and was registered Independent. twodogsbarking Nov 2023 #12
An extra thumbs up for the props to Victor Shi. GoCubsGo Nov 2023 #14
Mark Hamill is the best! Initech Nov 2023 #16
We make them right wryter2000 Nov 2023 #17
👍 sheshe2 Nov 2023 #18


(28,101 posts)
5. Me too
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 10:22 PM
Nov 2023

and like Mark Hamil, I was crushed when McGovern lost & I have never not voted ever since.

Worthy to note '72, was the last time Minnesota's electoral votes when to a Republican.


(15,069 posts)
7. Oh, let me tell you. I volunteered for McGovern...
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 03:13 AM
Nov 2023

My first actual election was '71 the first year of 18 yr old voters!

But McG would be my first Presidential Election.

I walked in the NYC hotel for McG's volunteers etc after college classes that day where it was like a ghost town. There was this big screen with a map of the USA, and you could see the devastating losses in each State already. It was Awful! ☹️


(28,101 posts)
13. We must be the same age
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 12:05 PM
Nov 2023

I didn't have an election to vote in in '71, so McGovern was the first vote I cast. I was 19. I recall most people the in my classes at the U of MN the next day looked as shell shocked as I felt.


(15,069 posts)
15. Yeah, same age. Hmmm, I don't remember what my college's mood was...
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 12:43 PM
Nov 2023

the next day! Wow, how do I not remember that?!

It was/is an Art, Architecture, Engineering & Science college. I'd say it leans liberal. The draft conselor was a Quaker for goodness sakes! 😄 But there were some conservative students there, too. We also had dour 😄 looking socialist workers party students hawking their newspaper in the wide hallway adjacent to the Cafeteria.


(28,941 posts)
4. Wow. McGovern's was my first election also!
Thu Nov 23, 2023, 10:03 PM
Nov 2023

I voted for him and was so bummed when he lost.

And I also have never missed a vote, and I've also
voted Democratic.

I also worked elections, worked for campaigns, and
organized and/or participated in many marches and

Keep the faith !!!!!!!!


(2,583 posts)
10. That was my first election.
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 10:59 AM
Nov 2023

The loss was devastating.
I still think we lost because our party blew it with Vietnam. Despite all of Johnson's great, liberal actions his failure to pull the plug on that useless war doomed any Democratic candidate. Then, Nixon's and Kissinger's ratfuckery and culture wars crushed the real peace candidate. Then they dangled that carrot on a stick in front of the voters all the way through the next election..
Of course, those two war criminals convinced me never to vote for a republican!


(54,596 posts)
8. 1972 was my first time voting in a national election. I registered in 1971. My first vote cast was for a Republican.
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 07:03 AM
Nov 2023

That was the first and last time I ever voted for a Republican. But I did it then, and would proudly do it again.

The Philadelphia Democratic machine was solidly entrenched in power, and infiltrated by corruption. They nominated the brutal, oafish, ignorant police commissioner, Frank Rizzo as their candidate for mayor in the 1971 election. This guy used to brag about how he liked to bash protesters of the Vietnam War over the head with his billy club, and even wore his billy club in his cummerbund at formal occasions. He encouraged physical brutality in his cops, and always defended their use of it. He used to brag that Nixon was his "friend."

The Republicans, knowing they had no chance, looked for someone to be their martyr, and found him in a mild-mannered, honest city bureaucrat named Thatcher Longstreth. Rizzo won, went down to DC to hang with Nixon, and soon switched to the Republican Party, which is where he belonged anyway. He was forced to drop out of a re-election campaign when he couldn't explain how he was suddenly financing house costing over ten time his gross salary. I gladly voted for the opponent of any corrupt oaf like that, and if he was the nominee of the Philly Democrats, then so be it. I have never voted for a Republican since


(10,042 posts)
12. I voted in a small community back then and was registered Independent.
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 11:06 AM
Nov 2023

When I checked in at the polling place the woman said "so you are the one". Next election there were two.
Dem now.


(32,117 posts)
14. An extra thumbs up for the props to Victor Shi.
Fri Nov 24, 2023, 12:34 PM
Nov 2023

I love that kid! It's great to see him getting more exposure and recognition from somebody who has the ear of lots and lots of people.

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