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  •  LOL! For me, it was my son... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... he turned 18 in 1998 and 2000 was his first Presidential election.  He was appalled to find out that, although I had been a registered voter for years (had to be to get my homestead exemption), I had never been in a voting booth outside of  high school government classes.  

    He hammered at me for months, kept emailing me from college about issues and candidates.  

    We both still feel guilty over the 2000 election, because we both know darn well that the first time I attempt to do anything new, I screw it up.  Living in Florida just compounded it.  We were so excited - I was at my scout meeting when they called Florida for Gore and I called him from my cell phone on the way home.  Then I get home and put on the news and find out the news media changed it... we both stayed up into the wee hours, never expecting it would be 35 days before we would know... hanging chads, pregnant chads...urgghhhh - I KNEW that part wasn't my fault - even though it was my first time, I had enough experience with punch cards to flip my card over and rub all the loose chads that were stuck - all of my punch holes were clear when I turned it in.  

    Since then, I've become addicted to "news" - discovered MSNBC with Keith and later Rachel, was a constant listener to Air America (bought my XM radio because of it),  constantly bombard his FB page with messages about what Governor Voldemort is doing and why we need to take our state away from these idiots.  We both fight with my mother a lot - she has no idea how much the Republican party has changed in the 85 years she's been on the planet.  My dad was a news junkie and would vote on the issues (conservative mostly, but he had his moments where common sense won the day) - I really think she votes Republican because she always copied him and now she won't change, lest my dad come back from the dead and try to keep her out of Heaven (or something - I have no idea where she gets these ideas).  

    No matter what I show to her, she is not convinced that there's been a major shift in the philosophy of both parties.  All the old Republicans that she worships would be Democrats today.  She's one of those who wants the government to keep their noses out of her Medicare and Social Security.  Sometimes I think, like driving, when you get past a certain age, there out to be a test to allow you to keep your voter's card.  But only sometimes, when she makes me really mad.  Driving is a privilege, but voting is a right - I keep telling myself that even stubborn  old ladies have their right to vote.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:56:48 AM PDT

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