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young voter turnout (again)

I wanted to respond to a comment that was left on this blog after my little rant about the young voter turnout in last Tuesday's election.

The comment is as follows:

"I am a single 24 year old woman who voted for Bush and I sure there are more young voters who voted the same way. Maybe you would have been happier if they had voted the way you wanted them to...for that lying sack of skin Kerry. At least with Bush as president you can still work in American, Teresa Heinz Kerry supports workers abroad and that is why Heinz factories are outside the US.......so if you love Kerry so much move to indonesia and work in a Heinz factory and make a living off .33 cents a day........LOVE IT OR LEAVE!!! GROW UP AND QUIT COMPLAINING. OR MOVE TO CANADA, I'M SURE THEY WILL TAKE YOU AFTER THEY TAKE IN ALL THE TERRORISTS!!"

And here's what I have to say to that:

You're probably right that I would have been happier had more young voters voted the way that I wanted them to. But, while I did let my emotions get in the way, what I really meant to express was that I was disappointed in the percentage of voters who were young. When only 17% of the total voter turnout is young people aged 18-29, I think that's pretty sad. Here we are in the prime of our lives, just at the moment when we can really start to make a difference (by this I don't mean change, I just mean that we're finally able to have some real input and really start to participate in the decision making process that makes this country so great), we're doing nothing. To me, it isn't about whether or not you voted for Bush, or Kerry, or Nader, as long as you went out and voted your conscience.

Did I want Kerry to win? Yeah. Do I agree with the things that this young woman left in her comment? Not really, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Here's what really gets me though: that love it or leave bullsh*t. I don't know about you, but that's not how I was taught to view this country. The great thing about our democracy is that if I don't love it, no one can force me to, and instead of leaving, I can just continue to vote my conscience and work actively to support the causes that I feel strongly about.

I really don't want to go into this young woman's political beliefs. They're not really my business, and I truly don't want to attack what she believes when she doesn't really have the opportunity to fight back. I think it's clear that I don't agree with her reasons for voting for Bush, although I think that her emotions may have gotten in the way when she was leaving the comment so that her reasons weren't really articulated.

I'm tired of all this partisan bullsh*t. I really am. I just want to have a peaceful 4 years where everyone gets their say and the country moves on a track to improve itself and the lives of its citizens. I don't think that's too much to ask. Do you?

posted by Lauren@ 2:50 PM


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By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 15, 2004 at 2:01 PM  

i would like to again re-iterate that the anonymous poster who also goes by dante is not in fact myself.

just some random dumbass who apparently has nothing better to do with his free time than insult people online.

keep in mind that the youth voter turn out is also low because at that age range, a lot of kids are bitter and jaded about the world and the way it works. it's not until later on into life that people begin to work with the system and deal with it.

By Blogger Dante, at November 15, 2004 at 4:10 PM  

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