Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The Youth Vote
The polls were packed with kids this year, it seems. There were lots of news stories about kids going to vote with their parents, whether their parents were the Obamas or people like us.
My son and daughter think the voting age should be lowered. My son thinks one should be able to vote after age 12. My daughter feels that a 20-year-old should be able to run for president. After this election, it feels certain that younger people will have more say in American politics.
Living in a peaceful world, protecting the environment and endangered animals, treating domestic animals well, and having enough money and work that isn't boring are the issues my children bring up most.
The atmosphere last night was electric with people power. We Americans did something transformative together yesterday, and we go forward knowing that we have a chance of making positive change with a president who cares what we think and what we have to give. Our biggest problem has been not having a way to channel the considerable energy for the public good and native ability to innovate that our citizenry possesses. Let's hope that's the real change that's coming.
H-ealthcare for all
A-ction for the earth
G-overnment for all
Change we can believe in.