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IQ: The Age of Apathy 

Folks, I am one of the members of the high school graduating class of 2000. Most of us who are a part of "Generation Y" were born and have lived under three presidents: Reagan, Bush and Clinton. None of us even have the satisfaction of being disappointed about having once had a fine leader standing in the front of our country and now having a putz for a president. Nope, we've always had that, and 18 or so years is a long time. I think that it's about time the people of our country took enough time to elect someone worthy of us into our highest office, don't you? With the emergence of stronger third party politics and the beginning of racial and sexual equality in politics, there's a good chance that someday in the near future we'll be looking in rather unfamiliar places for our commander-in-chief.

click to enlarge Debbie Davis
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Debbie Davis
Travel agent
Neighborhood: North Central

How would you describe this year's presidential election? Boring.

Who owns Al Gore? Special interest.

Who is Ralph Nader? Some kind of activist.

What would be the first successful third party to elect a president? The Independent Party, I guess.

Who was the best president? Probably somebody like Jefferson or Lincoln; someone a long time ago.

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Charles Quinn
Consumer support
Neighborhood: Central

How would you describe this year's presidential election? The usual choice: none.

Who owns Al Gore? Who doesn't?

Who owns George W. Bush? Same answer.

Who is Ralph Nader? He's a presidential candidate, but he doesn't know how many states he's registered to run in.

What would be the first successful third party to elect a president? I hope the Libertarian Party; I'm a member.

Who was the best president? I always liked Teddy Roosevelt.

click to enlarge Jessica Schneell
  • Jessica Schneell

Jessica Schneell
Teacher
Neighborhood: Manitou

How would you describe this year's presidential election? I would say that people are still pretty apathetic about it, and they think that the outcome has already been decided.

Who owns Al Gore? I think it's the same people who own Bill Clinton.

Who owns George W. Bush? Big business, really. The capitalist market.

Who is Ralph Nader? Ralph Nader is a businessman, and that's all I know.

What would be the first successful third party to elect a president? I think the Green Party. I think they have more of a chance than anyone else.

Who was the best president? I'd have to say Abe Lincoln because of how much he changed the entire country. I think we're still feeling the effects today.

click to enlarge Rosalie Walker
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Rosalie Walker
Office manager
Neighborhood: Downtown

How would you describe this year's presidential election? Almost a waste of time, but I always vote, anyhow, because that way I feel like I can complain.

Who owns Al Gore? I don't know, really, because I don't like him.

Who owns George W. Bush? I would say George W. Bush is definitely owned by his party.

Who is Ralph Nader? He is a defender of ... shoot, I know who he is but I can't remember what he does.

What would be the first successful third party to elect a president? It's hard to say ... it scares me.

Who was the best president? I thought that was John F. Kennedy.

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