Re: [sixties-l] Critique of Bruce Franklin

From: Chris Shugart (
Date: 10/24/00

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    All opinion polls and anti-war demonstrations aside, no one has mentioned 
    what effect lowering the voting age to 18 may have influenced Vietnam war 
    policy in particular, and the political landscape in general. I tend to 
    believe that most protest demonstrations (then, as well as now) have little 
    effect on the political establishment unless it accompanies a tangible 
    voting constituency. I'm no political consultant, but I know how 
    politicians think. As long as they get their votes, they can ignore 
    everything else, in spite of what they might say about being "sensitive to 
    the issues."
    Chris Shugart

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