“Old enough to kill but not for voting” was a 1967 lament of those under the age of 21. In October of that same year I had just turned 18 and beginning my freshman year in college. I would walk precincts for “Clean Gene” anyway. By March of my senior year, the voting age was dropped to 18. The number of troops in Viet Nam went from over 500,000 in 1968 to less than 157,000 by the end of 1971. By May 1972 that number was down to 69,000. In 1973 it was lower than 24,000. The whole war was guised in subterfuge. It was a clear crisis of leadership regardless of party. We must not let it happen again. Make the effort to be informed, to be engaged. Take the time to read.
“I run because this country is now involved in a deep crisis of leadership; a crisis of national purpose – and a crisis of American ideals. It is time to substitute a leadership of hope for a leadership of fear. This is not simply what I want, or what most of us want. It is, I believe, the deepest hunger of the American soul.”