Chatterbox: Down to Earth



Anyone interested in any kind of political discussion?  Who do you want to win the election?  Who do you think will be McCain's VP choice?  What do you think of the candidates?

Sorry if you don't live in the US!!! 

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 28, 2008 - 12:25 pm)

I really don't want McCain to win. He really scares me, with all his talk about "war on terror". I think we've had enough war, personally. Thank you Hannah for finally asking about politics.

submitted by anais a., age 14, bay area, ca
(August 28, 2008 - 2:37 pm)

This is becoming all about Sarah Palin.

And, it's only from one perspective.  My perspective is that Palin is NOT the best VP for the country.  Neither is Joe Biden.  I would have liked for Hillary to be Obama's VP choice.  

I can post all kinds of stuff about McCain, but that will just waste time.  I don't want him to be president, and that's it.  Although politics is rough, it doesn't need to be THAT rough.  I would just like to say, one reason why I don't like McCain is because he is so old.  He's 72, which means he may die before his term is up.  In that case, Palin would be president.  There are so many reasons why this shouldn't happen.  If you're in doubt, find out what Anne Kilkenny said in the New York Times.  There is a site, too, but I can't post a link.  Please do read it, the woman who wrote it knows Sarah and is telling only the truth.  It may tell you something you didn't know.

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(September 7, 2008 - 1:34 pm)

He scares me too!!!  But, at least he isn't Mike Huckabee, who scared me even worse, and at least Huckabee won't be his VP choice.  Did anyone see the speech last night??? (Democratic National Convention)

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 29, 2008 - 2:15 pm)

AAAAAAAAAAH! Please no politics! That sort of argument should be reserved grownups only.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 29, 2008 - 7:30 pm)

I agree with you, Emily.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 30, 2008 - 5:52 pm)

I agree with Emily and Paige that adults are the main people who talk about politics, but I also think that it's nice when kids like us speak up too. That doesn't mean that everyone has to, but the presidents are very important to our country and our lives, so whoever wants to should say their opinion.:)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 12 (almost, California
(September 2, 2008 - 3:31 pm)

No one said you had to join in.  If you don't want to be in this discussion then don't. Some of us actually CARE about our country.

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 30, 2008 - 6:52 pm)

How are you caring about the country by arguing????  I don't see much care.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 31, 2008 - 3:48 pm)

I think that one of the best ways to care for my country is to actively debate all policies carried out by the government, because it ensures that you are remaining an active citizen. If no one argued, then whoever was in charge could do whatever they want to.


How would you define caring for your country?

submitted by Vendy, age 16, Museica
(September 3, 2008 - 8:30 pm)

Look everyone calm down don't argue.

submitted by Emma H., age 11, VA
(November 4, 2008 - 10:52 am)

Paige and Emily never said that they didn't care about our country.

submitted by Julia, age 12, Oregon
(September 1, 2008 - 2:35 pm)

Just because you are not willing to charge into the battlefield of politics does not mean you do not care about our country. Some people find politics tiring, and I do no blame them.

submitted by Joel T, age -, North Carolina
(November 8, 2008 - 9:09 am)

I disagree. The only way America's going to stop and hopefully reverse the downward slide it's gone into, is if the young generations, even those too young to vote, start taking an interest in the government and learn what they need to in order to make the right choices when they are able to vote.

Remember it's the "grownups" who elected Bush; look where that got us. And you'll be an adult at some point, as will I and everyone else here, so we might as well figure out how to have a calm, reasonable debate now rather than later. A stitch in time, if you will.

Anyway, why should it be reserved for adults only? Because we're minors? Because our prefrontal cortexes are currently undergoing major development, causing our logic and judgment to be impaired? Just because we aren't full-fledged members of society doesn't mean we can't have our own opinions and discussions.

To paraphrase my English teacher, Get out there! Get involved in your community! Research so you can form an intelligent opinion! Learn the skills you need for Life after you can't rely on Mom and Dad.

We're the future adults of America (unless I get my way and end up living in England, in which case it's just you). We should be doing all we can to prepare ourselves for the responsibility, whether it's picking up a book and reading about the economy or government or suchlike, or debating among ourselves, or actively taking an interest in the environment and people around us.

If we sit in our protective bubbles of childhood all day, we're going to end up thrust into America's harsh environment and have absolutely no idea what to do with ourselves.

We can't just leave it up to the adults. They've messed up America enough as it is!

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(August 31, 2008 - 11:49 pm)

Go, TNÖ!! 

You're on MuseBlog right? 

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(September 2, 2008 - 9:39 am)

Thank you.

And yeah, I'm on MB, under the same name. :) 

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(September 2, 2008 - 6:27 pm)