But soon thereafter, our conversation turned to politics (is this any surprise, knowing me?).
What happened next astonished me.
Internally, I was pleasantly surprised, because (as an uber-nerd) I’ve rarely met young adults so PSYCHED to vote.
Then, the story got even better.💙
Her: I used to think that he was so smart.
Her: Because he knew all the talking points on the radio...
Me: Why not?
Her: I realized at age 14 that I was a feminist.
Me (thinking WHAT? This is amazing): What made you realize this?
Her: A camp at Liberty University.😳
Me: Say what⁉️
“They were so diverse and had so many different opinions. It was really eye-opening.”
Me: How’s that?
Her: I believe in equality. And I realized that what I was hearing at home was NOT that. I think that everyone should have opportunity.”
Me: (I’m near tears of joy): So then, what?
Me: So what are the biggest issues that motivate you to vote?
Her: I think that everyone deserves a chance, so #equality. And I’m a huge feminist, so that’s a big part of it.
Before Julie can answer, Amy interjects: YES, she’s going to vote. We will vote together!
Julie nods: Yes, I plan to vote (she confirms that she’s registered!). I’m excited.
Both: (giggles) We are voting for Democrats!
Amy: Because we believe in fairness. In justice. We want everyone to be treated equally. To have a chance.
They look at each other, steel themselves. And then, the quieter of the two (“Julie”) said: I don’t care. It’s MY vote!
Her friend Amy high-fives her.🙌🏼
They then shared more reasons that they will #VoteBlue: equality, opportunity, healthcare, education, decency....
They just want an equal shot.
This wasn’t a #poll, but it is consistent with polls that show that younger voters lean VERY Democratic.
My point is that finally, these younger voters are VOTING‼️
Why, I asked?
Him: We can’t stand this. The meanness, the lies. We want better. Our rights are being taking away.
(It’s his first election.)
We the People have the power to make change. It’s OUR country. Let’s vote like it matters. Because I assure you: your vote DOES matter‼️🇺🇸