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Is it Still Worth It?
I’ve had convos with young, eligible voters who dis voter registration and voting in general. From these conversations, I have brief moments where I doubt my personal foundation and life’s meaning, I’m not mad at them – I don’t like it, but I understand.
Got my voter registration card around August 19, 1983. True story though – I sat out a year and was well into year 19 before I thought I needed to be registered to vote. Registering to vote was too confusing and ridiculously inconvenient. I always assumed that since it was my birthright I was good to go on my eighteenth. Hey, if the Feds could find me to make sure I paid my taxes and to prep me up to fight, then was it unusual to expect that I would just get my voter reg card in the mail
I did something unthinkable: ditched work to go register to vote. The impending election of the President in my life got me fired up. The trash talking candidates – and my nagging dad – made it plain that it was time for me to get into the game. For me, a few of them were eloquently bold and politically cold. I saw a person or two who I felt would persistent on my behalf and challenge me and my generation to dream and to achieve something important for the country. I was drawn to one candidate who laid it down – don’t just try to do what’s possible when the system is busted.
The issues the men who wanted to be President beefed over were issues that I owned, too: war; equality; joblessness; urban spots that did not empower young people; my safety; and, help for people in need. On the strength, I identified with a tone of defiance from a few of the candidates. I thought I would be allowed to have a voice in the making of the country. This was the first time politicians motivated me.
As that guy with roots in the country’s segregated past, I felt that my little vote would finally be effective. The Ancestors would be pleased.
Any progress on these issues? Should the motivation to participate always have to come from a politician? Are these still the issues that matter for the 16-24 year old set?
Peace (with a reprise of an existential Voter’s Playlist).