But things changed

I use to vote because I was brought up believe voting was a right
a privilege, an obligation, a way to participate
when people voted for an certain political party or man in a party
they were supporting a political outlook , similar enough,
with some give and take, to their beliefs
about how they wanted the country to be run, how the country should be run
so therefore when a person voted they were showing faith
that politicians would abide by their word
do what they said they were going to do, implementing the will of the voters
if not zip- bang they were gone in heartbeat in the next election
you had to be 21 to vote or buy alcohol, an arbitrary number indicating adultness   
(but only 18 to buy cigarettes or go to Viet Nam)
All well and good for discourse in a political science class,
starting in grade school where we were taught to be good citizens,
or dinner table civics lessons, led by those who barely survived
the great depression and were determined to endow their children
with the social idea that politics was to provide for a more equal, the common good,
thus becoming a person’s public  social conscious
and in those days, those ideals became manifest
and people’s lives got better than they were during the great depression
people had jobs, schools had enough money, people could afford college
people could go to the doctor, save money, have a car, go on vacation,  
be a boy scout or campfire girl, and nobody dared call the president a liar,

(at least not in public)

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