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  •  Bingo! I do talk to young voters and the DO NOT (2+ / 0-)
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    edwardssl, fcvaguy

    get it for the most part. I find a few that do, a few I can convince, but most just glaze over. Civics 101 lessons are incomprehensible for most. Our senior high school  class civics (required to graduate and last of a full subject in 5th and 7th grades and following required "Government" in 11th) teacher taught on a level most college courses I've observed since can't match—and she was in a middling sized Southern town. All who wanted, and all did, filled out voter registration forms as a class at the registrar's office (Bet that was not the case over at the segregated and very non equal "Negro school"!).

    I think there is a second reason. Coming from a time most of "the young" (and for me that includes almost under 50!) simply do not grasp I have come to believe much has to do with their living in a world that, except for a tough economy now, has fairly few practical and gut level reality checks and threats. Flunk out of college and get your head shaved, uniform issued and basic? What is "flunk out"? What is "basic"? Did they really shave your head?

    Young people work in a paper shuffling or service economy for the most part now. How many understand what happens on an assembly line when there is a screw up by someone up the line? How many know deep down that unless we all work together to save this ship, or just harvest the hay before the storm, disaster and not just a paper glitch will happen? Not many I've found.

    Don't show up for an election and "shit happens" but I don't think many connect the cumulative effect of that stuff happening with their economic woes or the other practical effects.

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

    by pelagicray on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 01:43:02 PM PST

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