Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting Rationale

The kids at my children's school had the chance to vote for President yesterday. They learned about the process of voting and participated in a very realistic mock voting process, right down to having to present picture IDs. The teachers had made up picture IDs for each student using the kids' school pictures....even having the kids' ages, "address" (classroom number), and such on it. The kids showed their IDs to one of the staff members then went over to one of the computers in the computer lab and entered their votes for the Presidential candidate of their choice. It was a very realistic experience for the students. When DS and DD arrived home from school they were very excited about having been able to vote (even though they knew it wouldn't affect the outcome of the real election) and to tell me about their choices. DD was quick to inform me of her choice. She said, "Mom, I don't remember his name but I voted for the gray-haired guy." She then asked if I knew why she voted for him. When I asked why, she replied, "Because he has a girl that will be the Vice President if he wins and I don't think we need two guys in charge."Only the rationale of a 6-year-old could function like that: she doesn't know his name, doesn't know anything about him or what he believes, but the fact that he picked a girl for his Vice Presidential running mate is enough of an endorsement for DD. And in case you think DS is as easily swayed for his vote based on gender, he also voted for McCain. DS had more substance to his rationale. His class has read articles about the candidates and DS and I have had a couple of discussions about them as well (about their beliefs, the differences between Democrats & Republicans in general, and such). DS said he voted for McCain because he thought he would make the best President and make the best decisions for the country. So there you have it. That's 2 votes for McCain. Unfortunately for McCain, the votes of a 6-year-old and 10-year-old don't count.

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