First Political Awareness

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    Change of pace for Politics Forum, really can't argue..

    When was the first time you became aware of politics or government?

    I was 9 years old, it was around 11:00 am, we were living in the Los Angeles area CA., I was at school, on 11/22/63 and President John F. Kennedy had just been shot. I recall teachers and kids were crying, there was a gloomy uneasiness in the the air, like the world was in group shock.

    The school just sent us home, I recall riding my Schwinn banana seat bicycle home with people stopped in cars sobbing, people on the streets sobbing and again a strange gloom on a sunny day.

    I got home to find my mother crying as she watched the news on our black & white television, Walter Kronkite.
     
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    1974, I was 9 years old and we were on vacation down Keansburg NJ, my father made me sit down and watch the tv as Nixon resigned, though I really wasnt interested at the time my father said it was an historic event so he made me watch and now I am glad he did.
     
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    It was a similar experience when Elvis died.

    Strange thing I was not taught in church how bad those liberals are. Things have changed a bit.
     
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    1972...my father's second tour in Vietnam and no one could explain to me why he was going over there.
     
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    That must have been tough,

    I was in high school and I recall the school pulling us out of class to protest the war. I also recall at the time it was still the lottery system and I was 21 on the list and required to go get a physical for the Army. My parents were debating with me to go live with relatives up in Canada. I did get the physical and was ready to go but they stopped the draft.
     
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    I'd have to go with the Kennedy assasination also. I was out on the school playground and they called us all back to our classroom to make the announcement. I was aware of JFK and his kids and family, but had not really followed the politics of the president.
     
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    I was 4, Kennedy-Nixon presidential race. My parents were die hard Kennedy backers, (Irish-Catholic), my best friends parents were for Nixon, (German-Lutheran/Presbyterians). we spent that summer fighting who'd win.

    We'd swing, singing, "Stinky in your pants, lost your head, don't know what to do. Kennedy, Kennedy, he's our man, Nixon belongs in a garbage can!" Sometimes we'd reverse it, otherwise we couldn't be friends.

    Our mom's made a bet, whoever 'lost' had to have luncheon. My friend's mother was 'too upset that the Pope would run the country to keep the bet. :lol:

    A few years later, my parents were Republican and her's Democrats.

    We had a confusing childhood. Interesting, but confusing.
     
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    It came to me in a wet dream. A cartoon.

    Oh wait.

    Wrong topic.
     
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    I was on the 6th floor of a building in Dallas behind the barrel of a high-powered rifle when I noticed the cover of a Life magazine sitting on a box of books with the Astronauts of Apollo 12 on it and thought, "I wonder if there are any politicians on the moon?"
     
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    I'm guessing, posters want to argue...
     

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