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  •  I don't know your students or many of that age (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Eyesbright

    outside my own family. What I do see is the attitude I've described on this site and in other gathering places for "progressives" and "liberals" and others supposedly "our side" in general.

    You now describe precisely what has hurt "us" in too many cases. Anyone, your students included, diverting support from and overall "better" and electable candidate for a niche candidate strongly supporting their single issue view in a general election is effectively a deserter in the long term effort to "change America" and keep it in that path. It is what I call the lack of strategic voting. It is emotional voting and has the same result of the racetrack gambler that always bets on the long shot horse they most "like" while disregarding most likely to place. You will win a few big ones and lose your shirt overall.

    I recognize most people vote that way. I also recognize that is precisely why issues I thought settled twenty, thirty, forty and fifty years ago are still bubbling up and roiling our society and jeopardizing our future. Despite gallant efforts of such as you with our young I think most parents and elders have done a miserable job of getting across gut level lessons (for a circular reference) of the past so that we don't keep looping. (My kids hated my efforts sometimes, but I think it took!) Sometimes I'm amazed we aren't still chipping flint outside our caves!

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

    by pelagicray on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:49:42 AM PDT

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