Young and Apathetic

My comment reposted from The Huffington Post

The other night I was soaking in my apartment building jacuzzi listening to four young women in their early-to-mid 20’s— neighbors of mine and some of their friends— chatter amongst themselves. They’ve all got glasses of wine with them. They’re bank tellers and managers, and one is a nursing student. They’re chatting about their jobs and their boyfriends and their trips to Vegas and parties. They casually mention the weed they smoke in their off hours. At this I cheerfully comment, “So, you’ll all be voting for Proposition 19 then?” After a momentary awkwardness they all admit that none of them vote— that none of them really feel like their vote matters. “Oh,” I think to myself, “so that’s why Prop 19 won’t pass.”

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