Youth And Politics: Gore Vs Bush

Some reasons why America's youth wasn't interested in the Gore vs Bush race of 2000.

With the upcoming presidential election, Americans find themselves meandering in decision between two of finest, whitest, steel grinned, politicians in our history. Both seem to standing in the shadow of our current president Bill Clinton, trying to fill his shoes without stepping in the wrong direction while wearing them. Both stand for change in the American attitude toward politics, and both are walking a fragile glass plank over scandal and controversy to the finish line in the white house. The overall appeal of these two presidents seems to be aimed not at the new coming generation of voters, but at the same social security concerned baby- boomers and minorities that make up the popular vote.

Bush/Cheney boast on their webpage a new approach at education, a decrease in taxes, and solution to the social security issue that seems to have been left behind by the Clinton Gore regime. Gore/Lieberman stand solid in the fight for women's issues such as standing behind roe v. wade, expanding women's career opportunities and equality in pay, at least that's what they claim to be offering if elected. These issues, despite their importance simply don't catch the interest of younger voters and for that matter, neither do the candidates. On one hand to look at the election from the point of view of the average 18-35 year old voter, it's easy to call the whole situation a joke. "Is it fair to expect our democracy to work for us if we don't bother to participate? Eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 35 have historically participated less in elections than any other age group."

This statement found on Al Gore's website tries to encourage younger citizens to vote. It is a reality check and it shows one how it's not the young vote that these candidates are in pursuit of, they simply don't need it surface in the polls. On a side note George W. Bush was accused of paying African Americans to stand on stage with him during some of his speeches to help widen his pull with minorities, and with Al gore picking Lieberman as his first Jewish vice president the public is in a stir over who is more graceful for letting any kind of minority peek through the curtain backstage of the American presidency.

What is it about old white, balding, southern politicians that Americans find so appealing for office? Could it be that the core of the Voting comes from old, white, balding cynical Americans? "To me, Social Security is more than a government program. It is a solemn compact between the generations. It is responsible to make the strength and solvency of Social Security a major national priority. And it is responsible to tell the American people exactly how you propose to do it." - Al Gore. It's a just a bit rigid too look at the big picture and find any kind of answers, but that seems to be the problem, young people have been told pretty much that the social security tax they lose in their paychecks each week or so goes toward a fleet of retiring baby boomers and even that is not enough because there are so many more of the older folk than they're offspring.

Besides that, what have these candidates done really to understand the problems of modern youth? There really isn't much attention paid directly to young potential voter, and for that matter, not very much attention paid in the way of America's youth in general. It's safe to say that the kid's in columbine and several of the other school shooting that found they're way onto late night news, weren't the only angry kids in our society, and certainly they don't look toward a rich monarchy of politicians to help them through the day.

The question has not become which one of these gentleman is the correct person to run our country, because if the future prospects of this country aren't involved how is that a democracy? All this is really just way of seeing the election, a young perspective on an old show and somewhere after it all the real issue is how much does it really matter who stands in the white house and gets all the credit or takes the blame for how our country is running. If the younger generation of voters really believed that voting made such a difference they'd be ling up at booths as soon as they could, but on election day, when young America is sleeping in, the point might get across that the standards for American politics need to get smarter, or young voters will just have to wait until they get older.

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