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Response to cali (Original post)

Mon Aug 22, 2016, 09:48 AM

4. I hope so but I'm a little wary of the third-party factor with young voters.

I used to be a young voter, 2000 was my first adult election, and I remember the appeal of the "both parties suck, let's vote for Nader" message with young people back then. It follows from the the combination of idealism and naivete of youth.

There are differences, of course. First of all, W was not as scary as Trump. But on the other hand, Gore was not as unpopular as Hillary. And another thing is that we were just coming off the economic high times of the 90s, which some people thought would never end no matter who became president.

Needless to say, the Nader/W disaster wisened up my generation pretty quick. That was the event that sparked my interest in politics. I didn't even vote in 2000, I was part of the "who cares, it won't affect my life" contingent, another form of youthful stupidity.

I hope that we don't have to go through something like that every 20 years or so, and that the current crop of 20-something voters figures out that while "a third-party vote is a wasted vote" is not a very inspiring message, it is a factual message.

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