At my age, I am ashamed that I didn't know left from right, and if/when I even voted, I asked my folks who to vote for. I never could remember names, so I checked the D box and went on my way.
Prior to this year, I sensed something very wrong. Things didn't feel the same as when I was younger. Naive, I never once considered that it had anything to do with politics. My younger brother came in for a visit and explained that our nation was deteriorating, and that I should look into other candidates since elections were coming up. Well, ok, I began reading up, though not too consistently at first. After comparing candidates and current elected officials, with how I lived my life on a day to day basis, I couldn't find one who really lined up with how I actually lived. Until I looked into Ron Paul. He was the last candidate (purely by accident) that I looked into. All of a sudden, I couldn't stop learning. Our nation, I learned, was in distress.
Some link brought me here to the DP. It was confusing at first but then I caught on. I then learned what grassroots was all about. I wanted to be part of it. I went to a local meetup and introduced myself. Most of the others weren't interested in doing real work, but rather wanted to sit around over drinks and chat. I friended a couple of others who wanted to do more than talk and we hit the pavement hard. Our base has grown since then, we now routinely engage in both PA and Ohio.
I've brought other Dems and Indy's to our side, they were pretty much like me. That's when I realized that many people vote the way that they were raised, never thinking how it applies to them as individuals. Still, many refuse to even discuss politics, they are either deeply rooted by family tradition, or couldn't care less either way.
"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul
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