The 26th Amendment was a success due to American grassroots hope-and-change politics at its finest. I lived that ancient history. I was there. Things back then were certainly no less contentious than they are today; “politics” does not come from the word “polite.”
I was older than 18 but younger than 21 during the 1972 Presidential election. For me, that first vote was a serious obligation; it was also sweet and exciting. Since then, I continue to feel that voting is an awesome responsibility but, like the thrill of a first kiss, the blush has faded to sepia over the years. Still, I go in with the attitude that my vote may be the decision maker in a tight election. Call me delusional, but I feel that our elected federal, state, and local officials are the EMPLOYEES of the citizens and WE control their hiring and removal; they are not the brains for the people, they are the voice of the people. Voter apathy is the confederate of the corrupt and inept in government; look no further than Illinois for evidence. If you are looking for a revolution, head on over to the polling place and plant the seed.
At least in this area, early voting starts in about a week and you can count on me being there. My eyes have glazed over from so many years of reading the pro and con; I have put in my due diligence and I am ready and qualified. For me, this campaign is over.