We are a few weeks away from the elections. It’s been a long, long political season, and the campaign for president of the United States has been particularly brutal, ranking among the nastiest in American history.

djn-2008-10-16-1-003Social media is changing the fundamental nature of elections. Sometimes it is hard not to be cynical about the current state of American politics.

But, I have found some encouragement in the Davidson Digital Archives. The Oct. 16, 2008, issue of the JN featured several stories of young Jewish voters and their perspective on elections, democracy and responsibility.

Hannah Posen, 18 years old at the time, stated that she was ready to “have my voice heard,” and that “even though there are millions of people, my voice still matters.”

In the same article, Daniel Chudnow — “I’m excited to vote” — and Sam Appel discuss voting for the first time and their deliberations on which candidate to choose.

There is also an article penned by then-freshman at the University of Michigan Stephanie Steinberg, which speaks to the many political activities of students on the Ann Arbor campus in the 2008 elections.

I find these stories of young Jews participating in our democracy to be very encouraging. If they and others in their generation are still participating — and still enthused — this is a very good omen for the future of America.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist


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