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    Vote! And not just in the national general election. Primary those lousy white Democrats. At least vote in the primaries. Vote in the local elections. Organize.
    Looking at statistics I can only shake my head in miserable wonderment when I see us winning a top spot and losing down ticket spots with vote counts dropping sometimes by double digit percentages. Just got finished with a comment above on that and my considered feeling that this is a particular disease among our "young" voters. Considering my age, about half a century of voting, I think "young" here includes plenty of forty somethings who also did not get intensive civics in classrooms or remember struggles from the Great Depression, war and civil rights movement days.

    I come from a time when it was a duty to vote in every election for every office and on every question. With the exception of a couple of times when I was so far "out" that even when my application made it in time my absentee ballot caught up with me or filled out ballot arrived for the count half a world and weeks late I've done that.

    I realize that on a day to day level what Obama does has far less to do with my life than state, county or other local officials. I realize that a president or governor without legislative support is a pretty frustrated and helpless figure with damn little real influence. I've talked with too damn many "young" (even with graying hair) that just don't get those fundamentals.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:10:47 AM PDT

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