In America, one of the most exciting things about turning 18 is being able to vote for the first time. It’s a right given to all adult American citizens and it seems like just about everyone has an opinion on the political climate. While the voting age and rights haven’t changed, a lot of the issues and politicized events that people care about change through each election cycle.
I sat down with two Baby Boomers, who were coming of age during the height of the Cold War, two Gen Xers who were coming of age during the economic boom of the 1990s, two millennials who were coming of age during the War on Terrorism and economic recession of the late 2000s, and two Gen Zers, who are a junior in high school and sophomore in college respectively, just learning to navigate the world of politics and deciding where they fall on the political spectrum.
Each individual, though they all identify as Conservative Republicans, had a wildly different perspective of politics.
QUESTION 1: What was the first election you could vote in? Did you vote? Who did you vote for?
Baby Boomer 1: Let’s see it couldn’t have been Kennedy because I was only a sophomore in high school. I think it was 1968 when I voted for George Wallace