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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Taking on Democracy

**Help America's Youth Make Informed Voting Choices**

It is once again an election year (albeit primarily Congressional) and the voters have the power to change the government. That is, the voters who show up.

The youth of America fought for the voting age to be reduced to 18 and in the 2002 mid-term elections voters 18-24 were represented by 19% of people our age. That's right friends and compatriots, 81% didn't even show up. I think that is a pitiful representation of our generation. We're better than that.

However, this message isn't about getting out the vote (though you really should). It is about making it easier to go and vote. Figuring out which candidate to vote for can be a pain. There are limited places to find all the information you need about which issues they support or are against and even after you do, sometimes you don't even know where YOU stand on the issue.

It would be pretty hard to get you everything you needed to know about every candidate in one place, but helping you get informed about issues is easy to do. And you can help.

Below is a list of issues, big and small, local and federal. Take some time to look over them. For sure, you have feelings about at least one of them. Help the youth of America make informed decisions on these issues. Write up a statement (whatever length you'd like) and send it to:

takingondemocracy@gmail.com

Your opinion will be compiled and added to a database which will be made available for everyone to read. If you aren't able to write up a policy statement - have no fear. You can make your contribution by linking to this site and getting the word out to everyone that this service is going to be made available.

The youth of America are going to help educate each other like never before. It may seem early to get this started, voting not being until November, but it is going to take some time to get all the information together and get the word out. Please help get the word out.

Issues (By subject Matter)

~General~
Gun (Control)
Privacy
Drinking Age
Legalization of Marajauna
Crime
Terrorism
Public Transportation
Flag Burning

~Schools~
National/Standarized Tests
Elimination of Specialty Programs (Sports, Arts, Honors, etc)
Sexual Education
Evolution vs. Intelligent Design
Prayer in Schools
School Vouchers

~Defense~
Military Spending
Nuclear Proliferation
Placement of Overseas Troops
The Draft

~Minorities~
Affirmative Action
Racial Profiling
English as a Second Language
Immigration Controls
Border Control

~Right to Life?~
Abortion
Euthanasia
Death Penalty

~Money~
Taxes
Outsourcing
Campaign Finance

~Environment~
Greenhouse gas emissions
Pollution
Exploratory drilling for oil

~Homosexuality~
Gay Marriage
Gays in the Military
Hate Crime Legislation

~Families~
Welfare
Childcare
Violence on TV/in Films

~Social Services~
Social Security
Medicare/Medicaid
Prescription Drugs
Medical Research
AIDS and other disease education

If you are going to send a statement about one of these issues, or another that is important to you, please put the name of the issue in the subject line of your email to: takingondemocracy@gmail.com

You will get a reply statement when your statement is received including when your statement will be posted with a link to the site (it is as yet to be determined, depending on response rate).

Any questions can also be referred to the above email address. Questions about how to vote, registering to vote, etc. are welcome as well.

Thank you for reading this through to the end. We are the future of our country. It's time we started making some decisions for ourselves.

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