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Last Year

That's what he said. He's a millennial. Newly married. He's got his career ahead of him. He's a DINK (Dual Income, No Kids). He and his wife want to have good times for another 3-5 years before they have children. We were at a 4th of July party at the couple's house when they told me their plans. It's a good plan. I hope they can make it happen and said so with a light hearted, snarky, quip; said with a chuckle. I was not expecting him to blurt,

"I Hate Politics!"

He ranted a little bit about how divisive they are and how it's all bullshit anyway. I don't remember all he said, but I decided to cool it. I don't think he entirely believed me when I replied, "Sorry, me too. There are better things to talk about." He accepted my peace offering and changed the subject.

Despite all the posting I do here and other places on line, I really don't like politics. Especially when they intrude into our bedrooms. I know, it's a paradox. I can see how people think I like politics, but it's really more pragmatism than liking. Politics is something I monitor, because what happens in Congress, the State House and local Council meetings can f^ck up my life and yours. Too often, we lose.

Later on that evening, I was helping him empty and clean out the coolers when he brought up the subject. "I don't understand what you get out of politics. What can we really do about it? The government does what ever it wants. My vote is meaningless."

That earned him a flat, "Bullshit." I've heard this before and don't buy it. We live in Florida. "In 2000, all we needed was another 500 (more or less) voters to vote for Al Gore and we'd have a very different political situation today. I doubt if we'd have spent what $4 trillion on the Middle East for one thing. Anyway, that's 500 or so out of what was then, 10 million registered voters. My mistake then was that I wasn't as involved in talking about politics then as I am now, but you're right I need to be less snarky at parties."

I wish I could remember what I actually said that set him off earlier, but I remember what he said while we were cleaning up, "Well, it was funny and you weren't mean. I took it the wrong way and over reacted."

"No worries. It's already forgotten" it really is.

This Year

The 4th is here again and we spoke about this year's party and that I needed to bring ice. After making arrangements for the important stuff - the party, he wanted to talk about the Hobby Lobby decision.

He was concerned. "Did you really mean it when you said you hated politics?"

He took me by surprise. I had to think for a minute before I remembered, "I take it you are concerned about either the Hobby Lobby case or the labor union case?"

I could tell he was a little embarrassed talking about birth control, "Well, yeah, Hobby Lobby. What's it mean? Where's it going to stop?"

Too often, this is how political awareness comes to 20 somethings. Something political happens that f^cks up their plans for their life and after the steam clears, we have a baby activist. You have to be gentle with a newbie, "I don't know. I thought my mother and her generation settled this in the Sixties. I don't believe it is as limited as Justice Alito wrote in his prevailing opinion."

He chuckled, "Of course, you read the opinion." Then he paused and thought for a moment, "That's what you meant about hating politics, isn't it?"

"You mean about getting upset when things don't go my way? No one likes that, but I do strive for balance. I can't get angry every time some right winger says or does something stupid, but there are five men on the Supreme Court who have me upset right now."

He continued, "I'm not sure what's going to happen at work. Our owner is Catholic and we both get our insurance from my job. I found out we're self insured, maybe you can explain that to me later ....anyway, it would be just like him to declare a religious objection when all it would do is save him some money."

Five days later and I'm still angry, and he's worried. My friends' children have always used me as a resource for birth control. I'm the only parent in my circle that doesn't moralize about using it. "Well, if that day comes and you need help in finding a cheaper solution, call me. I'll see what I can find for you."

"You're the best. See ya around two. You can tell me how I can get more involved later, ok?"

And, this is where we are today.

Will this last until November?

It depends upon how many "closely held" corporations decide to follow Hobby lobby's folly.

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  •  Tips (20+ / 0-)

    I suspect that there's a lot of people out there that didn't care about politics before, who care more now.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 11:58:39 AM PDT

  •  Closely held corporations have a choice to make. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JDWolverton, cjtjc, allensl, Mopshell

    Be corporations without personhood or give up limited liability.

  •  A picture is worth 1000 words (7+ / 0-)

    Yellers & Gunners Vote - Will You
    fb If You Don't Vote
    They vote 2014 - are you!

    These and more are available in a Flickr album of images I collected off the Intertubes. None are my original and they are all available for sharing. You might email him a pic or two ;)

    The album link:

    Now please, share share share!

    My crafts are 100% Hobby-Lobby Free! Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 12:29:37 PM PDT

  •  Maybe the only good thing we can say (4+ / 0-)

    about SCOTUS is that they are politicizing the apathetic, especially the youth. People who have never been political before are changing. And not in a way that will help the Repubs.

    'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none go just alike, yet each believes his own. - Alexander Pope

    by liberaldad2 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 01:46:46 PM PDT

  •  This: (4+ / 0-)
    Too often, this is how political awareness comes to 20 somethings. Something political happens that f^cks up their plans for their life and after the steam clears, we have a baby activist.
    Funny how that works.
    From my early teens onward, the VietNam war was boiling and people I knew were being drafted to go fight it. Focused my political activism for life.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 04:47:55 PM PDT

  •  Your understanding of the 2000 election is (0+ / 0-)

    flawed. By one newspaper recount, Gore won the state by 20,000 votes had the recount been conducted by the standards of Florida law. But there was no real recount.
       Other things that happened: Highway Patrol checkpoints on the route to black precincts in Leon County, election officials "finding" sacks of ballots after the count was turned in, Republican operatives allowed access to absentee ballots so that they could "correct" them, a decision to allow absentee ballots that were turned in after the deadline, allegedly to make sure that absent military votes were counted, but there was little to no verification of the ballots.
       There were also many accounts by people who claimed that the screens on the voting machines converted votes for Gore into votes for Bush, and that their complaints to the polling place officials were met with shrugs.
        But if that had turned out to be inadequate, the Florida Legislature was meeting in special session. Some Republican leaders announced their willingness to test the theory that the legislature had the right to overturn the popular results and name its own electors.
       Bottom line: The fix was in. The Governor of Florida was the brother of the Republican candidate. The Supervisor of Elections was his Florida campaign chairman.
       You could have voted to your heart's content. Bush was going to win Florida.

    •  I'm quite aware of those issues. (0+ / 0-)

      Here's one study's results of that election. Most of the studies these days site the Bush won by 537 votes due to a multiple of election irregularities. Many reporting agencies, bloggers, periodicals and more refer to the win as close and cite the 537 number.

      What I learned in that election is that hyper vigilence is necessary in Florida if you plan to cast a Democratic Party leaning ballot. That and getting just a few more people to the polls might have made a difference.

      Yes, you are welcome to take the cynic's view that a few more votes would have been as easily disposed of since Jeb Bush was in charge of Florida; but to me, that's a defeatest attitude that won't help us get more and better Democrats in office.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 07:38:57 AM PDT

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