Abraham Lincoln

American ideal: What we were told, what we learned, why we vote

American ideal: What we were told, what we learned, why we vote

As Election Day 2018 approaches, I speak for my generation, the baby boomers, the 70 million or so Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964. Until the millennials catch us some time next year, we still constitute the largest generation in the U.S. electorate.

While it’s critical that millennials vote and start taking positions of power, it’s just as important that baby boomers pass on what we learned — fundamental and even noble beliefs that form the American ideal.

I don’t assume this was done in every household or history class. So, just in case no one from my generation ever stated what this all means — what our shared values are, and what we should vote for — I will...

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