the city chicken

The under 25 sect
11 4 2008, 2:08 pm
Filed under: politics

So everyone is wondering what young voters will do today – I would like to think they will show up in droves. Not just because that would likely mean a land-slide victory for Obama but also because that means that young people are taking an active roll in caring about their government. By simply showing up and partaking in the process they will be that much more likely to vote again in the future and will be more prepared in those future races by becoming more educated on the issues. 

However, young people might not show up – as usual. 

From my perspective right now, it would seem that everyone within my age demographic is fairly politically interested and will at least go vote, however I am proven wrong over and over again everytime I speak with someone outside of my little circle of daily life.

Brian is very political and between the two of us and his roommate, we can talk for hours about the subject. As far as law school goes . . . well, it is law school! I have a state Senator in one of my classes – I just talked to him 15 minutes ago! I am reminded every other day that law students are just not a typical group of citizens when it comes to their political interests. Then again, sometimes I am shocked at how uninvolved some of my classmates really are. It is certainly possible they just don’t want to discuss politics – things can get volatile quick around. Indiana is a notoriously red state (as I am sure you have heard on the news recently) but college students and professors tend to be left leaning. Combine two such groups and you have large numbers of students here at school who are bright red, blue, and purple! It certainly isn’t like my undergrad experience where you could rest assured that pretty much any individual you struck up a conversation with would be against Bush. 

Something I have heard a lot lately from various individuals is that regardless of who wins this election, their lives won’t change. Some of the people who say this, I am convinced just want to pat themselves on the back for not getting caught up in the rhetoric. However there are plenty of people that I am sure truly feel that way. I, on the other hand, know for a fact that the next President will affect my life in a big way – I am going to graduate from law school and be searching for work here shortly. I have school provided health care coverage that is shitty, plain and simple. I have not ruled out running for an elected office one day myself . . . *eyeing an AG position*. I have ZERO income right now. I would like to buy a home one day. I would like to get these loans paid off with the help of a federal subsidy for attorneys who choose to work in the public sector. I’d like to be able to travel out of the country one day and not get bizarre, unanswerable questions from foreigners. How is my life NOT going to be affected by the next President?


Well, it is election day and clearly I am excited. One of my professors has offered us a carrot and has promised not to cold call anyone today – straight lecture all the way for the first time! She didn’t want anyone to have a reason to either not go vote or not show up for class. Personally, I wish she would have opted to give us the day off – I would have gone to work the polls if I could have finagled my way outta there.


After class tonight I am going to head home, curl up with Oliver (my Sarah Palin supportin’ cat), munch on nachos (what better way to ring in the new President!?), and watch for as many hours as need be.


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