The scene at the Capitol in Tallahassee pic.twitter.com/lcJJgRzPA3
— Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet) February 21, 2018
The kids will be alright.
My first presidential vote was for Al Gore.
My first presidential donation was for Howard Dean.
My first presidential win was for Obama.
I’ve been pretty happy with my choices and my votes. And the losses have been clusterfucks.
I don’t think that I am too unusual for the people of my generation and the generation that is younger than me.
One error fixed:
Approx age you are now if you became eligible to vote in the last election this Pres was on the ballot*
*Doesn’t mean they won.
**18 voting age@LarrySabato
— Glen Bolger (@posglen) February 15, 2018
Everyone my age and younger has seen Republican presidents lead us into dumb wars, insult, bully and harass our friends and family members of color and/or non-hetero-cis gender identity and loot our futures while exacerbating large, long term climate problems. We’ve seen that. We’ve also seen the opposite.
Kids who are entering high school will have their political memories formed by the contrast of Trump and Obama. Just think about that for a while.
The kids are all right; it is our job as old and not so old fogies to give them the time and space to grow.
The excerpts CBS played on the evening news made me weep, enraged me, and made me hopeful all at once. Of course the asshole “president” doesn’t know how to look up “empathy” or “listening” in an unabridged dictionary.
The father, Pollack, was especially touching.
Yep. I am 63.7, and my first vote was for McGovern when I was 18, because there was no way in hell that I would ever vote for Nixon.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I saw a tweet earlier that a lot of the young organizers for the March 24 rally are asking about how to coordinate voter registration
David, FYWP is acting up with your tweet.
First vote was for Humphrey. Only vote not for a Dem was for John Anderson. I’m allowed one mistake, right?
Of course I was a kid in the 60’s and people viewed us as being far left, etc. Then Nixon got elected, then Reagan. And my age group were significant in pushing both GW and Trump across the finish line. So not sure you can predict the future by what you are seeing now.
But on the whole, I am impressed by what I see happening.
There’s a whole lot of stuff at the top of your post that doesn’t look like an embedded tweet.
The age was still 21 when I was first eligible to vote for president. HHH. I certainly would have voted for Bobby Kennedy had he been available.
Hell of a year for first time voters
My first vote, full disclosure, was for Reagan, then HW in 1988. My last R vote to this point and frankly ever, unless Mueller runs someday – then maybe…
Good a place as any to throw in a mention of parts of a song from Camelot intermittently running through the cranial area as a synopsis of sorts of present day Ruspublican philosophy. The beginning:
Fie on goodness, fie
Fie on goodness, fie
Eight years of kindness to your neighbor
Making sure that the meek are treated well
Eight years of philanthropic labor
Derry down dell
Damn, but it’s hell
Oh, fie on goodness, fie
Fie, fie, fie
and the end:
Oh, fie on virtue, fie
Fie on mercy, fie
Fie on justice
Fie on goodness
Fie, fie, fie, fie, fie.
I forgot to register before I left IL and failed to vote for Dukakis. I fixed that by the time Bill Clinton ran.
A 16 year old today was 7 years old in 2009. They grew up watching Obama and started high school watching Trump.
The contrast must be jarring.
My first vote was for Clinton in 1992. In 1996, I volunteered for the campaign.
Dems since Dukakis and the kids these days are really smart. Push that pendulum HARD.
My first vote for president was cast for McGovern and he won in the great state of Massachusetts.
Gin & Tonic
Prompting the creation of the “Don’t Blame Me” bumper sticker
351 cities and towns
It’s old business around here but I came home from Vietnam in Sept, 69 and I was still 19 until November. A year after I turned 21 they lowered the age to 18.
Superintendent of schools said the teachers need more money not guns.
This Women’s cross country event was the best thing I’ve seen in this Olympics!
@raven: That used to make me crazy. Old enough to be drafted and die for your country, but not old enough to vote. Same thing with drinking. Ugh.
Didn’t realize I was contemporaneous with you, David—that timeline pretty much exactly matches mine. Pisses me off to see the Repubs (probably) steal 40% of the presidential elections I’ve ever voted in, but at least I’ve never been under any illusions about exactly what the Republican Party represents =/
Also, I’ve been doing tutoring for HS Physics and Calculus since the beginning of this school year, and when I think about any of my students in the situation of the Parkland students, I just lose it. We’re sick as a country, and I hope I’ll be able to help them change that.
@WaterGirl: Unfortunately they are using that argument about what age you should be to buy an AR-15.
WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT FREESTYLE
@raven: They are morons.
@raven: Pretty incredible.
The video I saw today that sent chills through me was of the crowd of students streaming out of the train station in D.C., chanting. As they say, the kids *are* all right.
Made me feel like such an old lady because it made me nostalgic for my youthful anti-war marches. I’m thrilled for them in a way — they are fully immersed in experiencing “what democracy looks like.” It is feeling that has stayed with me and I think it can inspire a life of activism.
I’ll admit it, first vote was for HW over Dukakis. Solid D ever since, and I vote every chance I get. In the middle of Hillary’s book.
@raven: It was awesome.
First vote was for Shirley Chisholm in the CA primary, then McGovern. Then I fucked up and never voted for Carter — Ford and Anderson. Learned my lesson and I’ve been Yellow Dog Democrat since, top of the ballot all the way down.
@frosty: I wrote a high school report on Shirley Chisholm. She was a great person.
So funny, I can remember the topic of almost every report I wrote on public school. Vitamin B, the history of the NYC subway, Thomas Edison…
@Omnes Omnibus: I’m so glad I didn’t know anything ahead off time. This has been the least interesting Olympics I can remember.
@raven: I am enjoying the skiing,
@raven: Regarding “old enough”, my favorite quote of the day was “The same people who claimed that 13 and 14 year olds were mature enough to date Roy Moore are now claiming that 17 and 18 year olds are too immature to have an opinion about guns.”
James E. Powell
Show of hands. Who besides me thought David Anderson was a lot older than that?
@James E. Powell: Not me, he has a young child.
@James E. Powell: He fucking runs as a soccer ref. He can’t be that damn old.
@James E. Powell
That was Richard Mayhew.
First vote was for Carter, in 1976.
@raven: Indeed. I was rooting for the Swedes but really… anybody but Norway :) What a fabulous finish. Kalla and Stina were very gracious losers too unlike the Norwegians (don’t they have enough gold medals already?)
Has that ever been typed before?
@Omnes Omnibus: Previously, on Unsaid Sentences …
Clinton for AR governor, and then Mondale.
I don’t know how the ages can be different for Carter and Ford since they were both on the ballot in 1976. Ford was selected by Nixon and Congress to replace Agnew after he resigned in disgrace in the Fall of 1973. Ford then became President after Nixon resigned in disgrace in 1974 (interesting times, eh). Ford was only on the ballot in 1976. You would have to be born in 1958 to have been eligible to vote for Ford or Carter in 1976. If you voted for Carter or Reagan in 1980, then 1962 was the earliest birth year to be eligible to vote in the 1980 election and would now at least be 55 going on 56.
@Wyatt Derp: My wife voted for Reagan and I still give her crap about it.
My first vote was for Carter.