A letter to young voters

By James Cohn

I have been shocked and saddened upon seeing young people on television, when asked to identify the two candidates running for the position of vice president of the United States. None of these young people had any idea whose picture they were looking at nor their names.

It is very important that you pay attention to these two people, because if the president dies in office, then all of the authority and responsibility of running our country and being involved in both national and international politics will be thrust upon one of these people.

Many vice presidents suddenly found themselves thrust into a position of responsibility and not just a position of power. The most glaring example of this was back in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and all of the authority and responsibility was suddenly thrust upon the shoulders of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Fortunately for our country, Johnson already had experience in Texas politics, which allowed him to assume the mantle of responsibility of the presidency.

Young people: If you are old enough to vote, make sure you get to the polls and vote. Your future depends on you.

James Cohn


More from Around New York