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Are you more interested in politics now or when you were younger?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 5, 2006

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“Probably now that I have a family and more responsibilities. It’s more on my mind now.”

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“I’m more concerned about politics now.”

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“I’m definitely more interested now. Back then I didn’t give a damn; I was just having fun. I was forced to grow up.”

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“Oh, I’m wildly more interested now. I think that when you are a part of the economy and part of the system, you really see how it affects you.”

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Richard Heckler 11 years, 9 months ago

Reagan/Bush certainly got my attention when they began a heavy push to bust the unions by opening the flood gates at the mexican border so corporate america could hire in at slave labor wages. Then they ignored the Sherman anti trust act which allowed many hostile takovers, questionable mergers, and thousands were laid off as a result. Next think you know shipping jobs overseas kicked into high gear and the chinese goverment is pleased to take in as many Wal-Mart dollars as possible. All this thanks to Reagan,George H.W. Bush and Ed Meese. The icing on the cake was the Iran-Contra Affair and watching the Environmental Protection Agency regulations being ignored. Thanks again Reagan,Bush and Meese. Yes these three scoundrels got my attention big time. Becthel Corporation was big within the Reagan Administration. Reagan pardoned Caspar Weinberger for his part in the Iran-Contra Affair before he went to court.

Neil Bush was part of the Savings and Loan scandal that sent untold numbers of retired people back into the work force because a few scoundrels ripped off their retirement funds.

GHW Bush/Dan Quale were able to retain my attention then George W. Bush came along with Cheney,Rice and Rummy who somehow overlooked the 9/11/01 culprits which killed 3000 people and the next thing you know we are invading Iraq who no longer had WMD's but also had nothing to do with 9/11/01. Now we have over 2000 more americans dead and spending billions upon billions which will quickly total a trillion dollars

The Bush family of politicians know how to get your attention.

The Viet-Nam war initially got my attention however the Bush family of politicians and their cabinet members have sealed my interest in politics forever.

I never had the same level of interest in Clinton's sex life as the Reaganomic Neocons.

KsTwister 11 years, 9 months ago

I keep monitoring the local politics now when it used to be State and National. Only because old problems like roads and streets and sewers and infrastructure does not receive any fixes while paper selling bans on cell phones,smoking,fireworks,dog laws,speed limits,noise,sign limits(or balloons & SpongeBob).You cannot educate stupid but with our Commission the citzens keep trying. Really fix something? Not in my lifetime.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

I used to be much less interested in polyticks when polyticks was more concerned about little ole me. Now I'm more interested in polyticks and polyticks couldn't care less about me, my life, or my fate. Ain't Life strange? That's OK, cause tomorrow is 666! Anybody know what your spose to do?

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

Lets ask Marion. She'll know what to do.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

The girls should all be named Marion.

Jayhawk226 11 years, 9 months ago

Growing up on Chicago's NW side, politics was VERY exciting!

I learned a very young age, everybody has a hand in somebody's pocket. If you want a tree removed, the precint captain pays a visit. He'll pay a visit after checking your recent voting record. "Did you vote for 'hizzoner' and show 'im loyalty?" After about $50 and an assured future vote, more sunshine on the front lawn with one less tree.

I grew up with the dream that one day, I'd become Mayor of Chicago. I still have that dream.

Unfortunately, I have also acquired lots of cynicism toward national politics. Pork, lobbyists, agendas, mud slinging and the fact that a "common man" who didn't come from a $$$$$ family, doesn't seem to have a chance in hell at the national level.

Thank goodness for my dream in Chicago though...that $50 spent back then, doesn't seem that bad.

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

blue73: My boy may be born tomorrow. My wife was due last Wednesday, but we are still waiting. We have a doctor's appointment today and she may be induced tomorrow. But, if he is born tomorrow his name will still be Alex.

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

This is the first time I am actually involved in campaigning for some one. I want Romney to win in the next presidential election and am involved to some extent in helping him gain popularity.

MomMeg 11 years, 9 months ago

congrats enochville -- maybe he'll get here today -- I've always thought today is a good day for a birthday (at least it's served me well the last several years :) )

As far as today's question goes -- more so now, and probably more local than national!

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

Thanks, blue and Mommeg!

After he's born, I'll refer you to his picture on the Lawrence Memorial Hospital new babies page.

cutny 11 years, 9 months ago

Good morning citizens. LJ Reader: Thanks for showing the true genius of your nature. A matching gift coordinator raises funds that are matched privately by corporations or individuals. It sounds like you might have your work cut out for you trying to think that one through though. Paladin: Marion's a guy. Right Thinker: bless your tiny little brain, we know your processing just as many thoughts as you can.

neopolss 11 years, 9 months ago

Now, as the liberals and conservatives continue to polarize this country from discussion, and the average American loses. Now, as we are drowned in scandels, bribes, and lobbyists who have reduced the American citizen to a spectator to the industry. Now, as the elected officials have become out of touch with what is REALLY important to most of us day-to-day people. Now, as the American public shamelessly falls for these smokescreen issues to keep us from focusing on our corrupt government.

It's time to start sending that message by NOT voting. I will NOT pick from the better of two evils. I will voice my discontent for a government I do not approve of by NOT participating in a process that will bring one to power. Say NO to political extremism and crusading zealots.

staff04 11 years, 9 months ago

enochville- If you ignore the incredible opportunity to name this child Damien, I will forever be disappointed.

Seriously though, congrats.

Ceallach 11 years, 9 months ago

congrats enoch!!!!

"when you were younger" is totally relative -- for some of you it would apply to highschool :):) Not so for me. When I was younger, say in my 20's, I had no interest in politics. 30's through 40's I still thought I could get to know candidates, vote for the best person (one who agreed with me:) and help make our world a better place. However, as the 50's hit (a time of true enlightenment in oh so many ways), I had to acknowledge and accept the truth about politics and politicians. So now I have very low expectations of truth, justice and the American way, in either DC or Topeka. I cling to local politics because they are so darned funny!!! They provide comic relief and occasionally elevated my blood pressure in these, my golden years. btw, what hawnyock started calling them the golden years? Probably some politician seeking votes :-P

sgtwolverine 11 years, 9 months ago

When I was younger. I've become bored with politics. It just sounds like Republican this, Democrat that, conservative this, liberal that. I don't think the parties are terrible; I'm just tired of the simplistic arguments that pervade the political landscape. Not all Republicans think exactly alike; not all Democrats think exactly alike. If you want to make a statement, be specific. Don't take the easy way out by lambasting one big group.

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

lol, omb! I wonder how many people don't even know what you are talking about?

acg 11 years, 9 months ago

I was just as interested in politics when I was younger as compared to now, but for different reasons. When I was young, I naively thought that a person could make necessary changes if they stood up and made their voice heard. I used to think that protests had definite effects and policitians were good people and that the scumbags were the exception to the rule. HA! How quickly we learn exactly how the world really works, eh people? Now I'm interested in politics because of the entertainment value. Nothing is funnier than watching some pathetic mouthpiece backpedal or to see some holier than thou jerkoff be busted in a juicy scandal.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 9 months ago

When I was younger I was really interested in the causes of the time (Vietnam, draft, civil rights) at a national level, but it is hard to feel a connection to the federal government anymore without feeling the need for disinfectant. I use to only vote in the federal elections, but now I wouldn't miss a local election for any reason. The local government touches my life more than any. I am really sick of our federal government avoiding real issues (economy and the war) instead debating misc. stuff like who is having sex with whom (Clinton and Gays) or worrying about what to do with all the immigrants. It's such an obvious smoke screen.
acg - Although people can't change things through normal political channels, such as the Dems and the Reps, you can make a difference in other spheres of life.

Redzilla 11 years, 9 months ago

I used to be happier--that's how I know I wasn't terribly informed about politics, whatever my professed level of interest. Now that I know, I have the same level of interest you get with a train wreck. I'd like to look away and I just can't. As for 54-40, I'd like to borrow from the Emperor Maximillion: Poor Canada--so close to America, so far from God.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

I used to be interested in sexual politics, then social politics, then office or, as I liked to say, orfice politics. Now I'm pretty interested in political politics. But, its more boring, by comparison, and sleezier, and more depressing. Hopeless, really.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

I've been going around, out there in the real world, today asking people what they think about 666 being tomorrow and what's going to happen and what they're going to do about it. Nobody seems to want to talk about it. Seems like, they don't want to deal with it. They keep changing the subject.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

Erstwhile, Emperor George has pulled a pink herring out of his pants pocket. He wants to distract you from thinking about or even paying any attention to the fact that 666 is tomorrow.

ms_canada 11 years, 9 months ago

OMB - I know what it means - fifty four 40. Studied about it in school. Prospector - that tippycanoe stuff really made me laugh as my dear old daddy used to say that all the time, don't ask me why. He had a lot of silly sayings, one favourite was. you can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led. Oh daddy, so silly. I have always been interested in the political scene and have worked for various candidates over the years on their campaigns. Even signed nomination papers for one guy several years in a row. I despair of the youth these days, my grandsons have no interest at all in politics.

jonas 11 years, 9 months ago

Paladin: Tomorrow I'm going to watch the new remake of the Omen in celebration of day 6/6/6, and gleefully amuse myself in the silly, irrational superstition of it all. What are you going to do?

jonas 11 years, 9 months ago

rightthinker: Before I have to go to work, I have to ask, what frame of comparison or reference are you using to refer to the Clinton years as being horrible?

ms_canada 11 years, 9 months ago

OMB - I don't mind you bringing that up, especially since we won and got 49" instead of the 54"40' :o) those 5 degrees meant a lot to me when I lived at 50" (approx)

Sandra Willis 11 years, 9 months ago

enochville: Congratulations! I hope you are not too overcrowded by family afterwards. enjoy this time you have with your wife and son.

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 9 months ago

I have a little daycare boy here and his name is Damian Anakin.

Both parents love the Omen series of movies and are huge Star Wars fans. Hes the cutest boy with blonde hair and big blue eyes. Theres nothing evil about this Damian.

Congrats to enochville and his wife for becoming parents. Theres no greater joy then bringing a baby into the world.

As far as the question of the day goes.......I have become more and more interested in politics in the last few years. With all the craziness going on lately, you can't help but be interested and concerned.

acg 11 years, 9 months ago

Clinton got his knob slobbed jonas and rightthinker is very much against anyone in this world having any fun that he doesn't approve of. That's probably why he's whining about Clinton again. Come on, he's been off on tangents against gays, illegals, porn, stoners, hippies, democrats, free thinking, free love and free life. He's probably on that other board slamming that poor girl with HIV even as we speak. We already know he lives in the woods and pees outside so I can picture him somewhere, cleaning his guns with his rebel flag gun cleaning kit, just waiting til he can shoot himself a bonafide illegal or liberal hippy.

KsTwister 11 years, 9 months ago

Meanwhile, Bush is walking in the garden talking to God...of course if he really was a believer would he have to ask???

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 9 months ago

blue73harley Where did you get the shirts. I want the "No Teacher Left Behind".

RonBurgandy 11 years, 9 months ago

I have a random question... Where is a good restaurant to take kids in lawrence that is not fast food and is not pizza. Can't be really expensive either.

Any ideas?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 9 months ago

jonas - You need to go see the movie in Topeka. Isn't their zip 66606? Fred Phelps ran a campaign to change the zip, but I thinks it's because it brought attention to him (the antichrist) living there.

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

OK, OMB, I am not sure that you got that I do know the significance of that line of latitude.

Thanks for all the congrats. My wife is scheduled to be induced on Thursday, so no 666 birthday unless he decides to come on his on.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

Desee vivo Kinky! Ãl es mi hombre. I'm going on up to Canada tonight for 666 tomorrow. That seems to be a more righteous and civilized area. And buckle down and pray. And I'm taking all my supplies and stockpiles left over from the Millennium thing. What a disappointment.

Ceallach 11 years, 9 months ago

Marion, I left you a message at the end of yesterday's thread on couples.

paladin 11 years, 9 months ago

Uh, I changed my mind. I seem to have lost my keys. Oh well, I'll just tuff it out down here in my bunker. md-Shame on you. It may be hard on you tomorrow, 666. I was told today, by a very religious guy, that nobody knows what time the final conversion cutoff is. Not even JC. Its anybody's guess. So the sooner you repent and all that, the better.

justsomewench 11 years, 9 months ago

at 2 or 3, i was quite the zealot. now - not so much.

enochville 11 years, 9 months ago

Multi: Yes, Mormons are supposed to keep a year's supply of food and emergency supplies in storage just in case they are laid off or natural disasters, etc.

I know because I was a Mormon up until about 2 months ago.

james bush 11 years, 9 months ago

I get angrier, thus more politicized, everyday........OR IS IT VICE-VERSA. Too much news/internet, I guess. Thank goodness for the LJW because I read that Topeka Cap Journal rag but have no outlet for the anger the liberal editors there generate, so here I am taking it out on LJW and readers.

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