Happy Independence Day!
-What political issues are most important to you? Is there a particular issue that sways your vote in one direction or the other?
-Do you identify with one particular political party? Has that changed over time?
-Do your views differ from your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers?
-What are your earliest memories of politics?
-If you have kids, do you talk with them about politics and current events?
My earliest memories involving political affairs are from the 1984 presidential election. I was eight, and boy in my class drew a picture of Ronald Reagan on one side, looking sweet and kind (like, he practically had the rouged cheeks, except it was a pencil drawing), saying, "I'll lower taxes!" and a picture of Walter Mondale on the other side, craggy and hideous, possibly even smoking a big cigar, saying, "I'll raise taxes!" At the time, I had no opinions on the matter and just thought, "Wow, that Mondale seems like a pretty mean guy." Looking back, it's hilarious to me, and pretty obvious what the boy's parents talked about at the dinner table.