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Civic Illiteracy Won the White House for Obama

Dave8528 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:54 PM
I strongly believe if you don't know the issues and the candidates, you shouldn't vote. I also believe that the voting age should be raised back to 21, but this will never happen. The voting age was changed in 1972, when I was 20. I didn't know the issues, I only knew I voted for McGovern because I wanted the $2,000 he promised me if he won. I voted for him, and of course I never got my $2,000. I think that many young people, and some older ones, don't know the issues and the candidates that are up for election. They shouldn't vote for someone based on what they promise, but what they stand for. That happens too often in our elections today.
It was only 7:15 last Tuesday evening when my daughter, who works in conservative journalism, texted me to say the election was lost. For a painful four hours, I watched the results confirm her early analysis. When it was clear the president would be re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had lost, I took an over-the-counter sleep aid and went to bed.

On Wednesday, I began a weeklong home improvement bender, drowning my sorrows in a five-gallon bucket of latex paint the color of vanilla creme. But there was no painting over my pessimism about the future.