Voting With Our Pants Down: Why 44 Million Young Voters have the Power to Begin the World Over Again

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9781887542975: Voting With Our Pants Down: Why 44 Million Young Voters have the Power to Begin the World Over Again

Grabow returns to follow up on a previous book, What We Think: Young Voters Speak Out, published just before the 2004 election, in which he and co-editor Dean Robbins, Gonzaga University seniors and political opposites, set out to provide a voice for the 34 million 18-to-24-year-olds in the United States with a provocative compilation of essays, poems, and other works by 90 young adults from across the political spectrum. That first work addressed subjects from the war in Iraq to organized religion's place in the political arena, the morality of armed conflict, gender, affirmative action, and the draft. As a result of their work on that project, Grabow and Robbins were interviewed on CNN, MNSBC, and CSPAN's Book TV. In Voting with Our Pants Down, Grabow aggressively tackles the topic again in a style that is part memoir, part political essay, and part research paper, making a unique, compelling argument for why contemporary young adults will likely be the voting bloc to decide the upcoming election. Grabow delves deeper into the tectonic sociological shifts that have shaped and defined today's post-racial, digitally dialed-in generation. The book is divided into three sections: A Stake in the Neighborhood - Who Are Young Voters? , Political Truthiness - How Do Young Voters Think? , and Preview of Coming Attractions - Why Should Anyone Care? In these sections, Grabow takes up the political clout of the under-30 generation in not just in the United States, but around the world. He offers cogent answers to a wide range of topical questions, including, why does Obama lead McCain by 23 points among young voters? What factors increase young voter turnout? Why do some young voters choose not to vote? Why is it that political engagement and concern don't always translate into voting? How will the Internet, growing market economies, and huge youth populations in regions such as North Africa and the Middle East converge to impact global political changes in the coming decade? It's especially interesting to learn that 60 percent of Iranians are under 26 years old. The book also makes the following points, among many others: today's young voters are the most diverse in US history. Nearly 40 percent are minority. They're also among the best educated, best traveled, and most financially literate, and 79 percent describe themselves as religious or spiritual. The book includes excerpts of submissions from students all across the country, many in swing states. The book shows where young voters stand on hot-button issues ranging from gay marriage, race relations, and affirmative action to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economy, and education, to name a few. There are over 44 million young voters with the power and will to adjudicate the outcome of the coming US elections. Young voters are registered in record numbers. In 2004, 51.9 percent of young voters turned out in 2008 that percentage might well reach close to 60. With a passionate sprinkling of storytelling and pop culture, this book makes the case that the demographic will be even more likely than before to play a critical role in the coming election's outcome.

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In 2004 Rob and a friend, college seniors and political opposites, compiled and edited the country s first non-partisan political anthology, What We Think: Young Voters Speak Out. As a result of his work on that project, Rob was interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, and had a one-hour long book presentation air in it s entirety on CSPAN s Book TV. In 2005, Rob graduated Magna cum Laude with a degree in finance from Gonzaga University. He s an avid traveler who has lived in four countries and visited over thirty. He speaks fluent German and conversational Spanish and Italian. Rob is deeply passionate about young voters, has delivered keynote addresses on the topic at venues across the country and, for the past four years, has dedicated himself to learning about his peers and the profoundly powerful voting bloc of 44 million they represent.

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