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On Do you think young people are more or less politically involved these days?


Jonathan Fox 1 year, 7 months ago

I'd say over all, less. But new ways to get involved using the internet are a big help. And young people still use traditional ways of being heard such as the 300,000, mostly students, who marched at the Capitol in DC this year.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Are you better off now, than you were 4 years ago??

Reagan asked that question,got elected and by the time he and GHW Bush were finished millions upon millions were out of jobs and many had to come out of retirement because the Savings and Loan scam put their retirement money up in smoke. A lot of people lost their homes about this time. People in their 60's and older don't get hired easily.

GW Bush and Cheney pulled off a repeat performance. ......

And republicans have the gall to put forth this question again? Excuse me....


irvan moore 1 year, 7 months ago

it was better when the parties held true to their roots, the democrats were the working mans party and the republicans were the rich guy party, none of this liberal and conservative crap


Liberty_One 1 year, 7 months ago

It's far less for a reason: when politics became more national instead of local, your lone voice didn't matter anymore. When it comes to the city of Lawrence, you can rally a few people to your cause and make your voices heard. The little guy can have influence without having to have millions of dollars. When the national government started to collect more power to itself the little guy got shut out. As such, there's little motivation for most people to be involved in politics, old or young.


deec 1 year, 7 months ago

I think a lot of young voters were energized in 2008 and voted. Many of those voters are disillusioned now. I'd expect much lower turnout this year because they are so disappointed in Obama and don't see Romney as a viable alternative. They may vote for more third party candidates, but overall the numbers will likely be way down.

Young people were involved politically in the Occupy movement, which was harshly repressed. The government doesn't want engaged youth, because they are not likely to support the status quo. With a trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt, youth will increasingly opt out of a political and economic system that offers them no hope and no future.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 7 months ago

You need to give them a good reason to become involved. Become involved in a war for no apparent reason, start a draft, then exempt the sons of the rich and politically connected, and you'll see our young adults become involved.

Isn't it time for the student union to undergo a major renovation?


labmonkey 1 year, 7 months ago

I would say, in most cases, the same. Politicians have always lied and used half-truths and relied upon the ignorance of the people. Many of the greatest generation still have a love for FDR, even though his policies may have exasperated the Great Depression, not eased it (most people seem to forget that World War II ultimately got us out and Republicans had overturned most of the New Deal legislation by 1945). Many older people have held blind allegiances to their parties even though they fundamentally changed socially (i.e. watch Zell Miller's 2004 GOP convention speech). The more things change, the more they stay the same.

If you go to the beginnings of this country, it was slow communication and the perceived ignorance of the people that caused the electoral college.


gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

Becomming discourage because of the the lies and half truthes by both parties and the media. Even fact checking websites are not as reliable as people think. You read history, and compare it to current politics and it appears very akin methods dictators of the past. Blame an easy target, so you do not have to take reponsibility for your actions.


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