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  •  So you were doing all of that at age 19? (1+ / 0-)
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    Flaming Liberal for Jesus

    You woke up one morning after graduation, found yourself no longer living at home, you were married, had kids, a mortgage and a full time job? Wow that is amazing.  You knew everything then that you know now as well?
          There really is no comparing the two and is kind of foolish to do so.  It would be like expecting a new driver to go out and win the Indy 500.   A good deal of people graduate from high school barely knowing what they want to do with the rest of their lives.  Their exposure to politics is probably very narrow and one-sided if it exists at all.  Its a part of growing up and learning to be an adult and that does not instantly happen just because you are in a new age bracket.
       I knew a good deal from my schooling but had almost no knowledge from my conservative parents.  Now I am a far left liberal that would disagree with most anything that my parents believe politically.  It hardly happened overnight and I didn't find my political beliefs until my mid 20's.  
        As a parent I see it as the unreliable method of comparing a room full of 4 year olds and expecting them to have all the same skills and knowledge, just because they are 4.

    •  I was a sergeant in Vietnam. I was not even (1+ / 0-)
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      allowed to vote. When I came home I voted as soon as I could. My first election in which I was allowed to vote was in 1972 when I was 22 and had already served in a war for which I had no authority to vote. I have never missed an election since.

      Sorry - no excuses here. If folks are old enough to serve, are old enough to be on juries, old enough to pay taxes, etc they should vote.

      As a society we stretch the youth phase out forever. I have even seen the media refer to under 30's as youth or even worse young adults. From my point of view this is demeaning and pandering. They are adults and should start acting like it. IMAO

      If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

      by shigeru on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 04:57:31 PM PDT

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