GETTING WITH POLITICS by Koy Hoopes

GETTING WITH POLITICS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the sort of heart-to-heart that most kids steel themselves against, with the same tendency toward prolixity. Essentially a plug for politics as usual, it is seemingly and curiously directed toward the disaffected, that ""very small minority"" who demonstrate or drop out: but these are the very kids who'll resent Mr. Hoopes' write-off of mass demonstrations and individual protests, especially his egregious affront to the two who immolated themselves in despair at the Vietnam war. The man is talking to himself, and possibly if they persevere beyond the polemics to the still quiescent middle-class. If anybody's listening, then, there's a big boost for the effectiveness of teenagers in campaigns (including typical jobs and special promotions), exhortations from Democratic and Republican congressmen to participate (with description of summer intern programs), and party oratory representative of each purportedly to help the youngster choose between them. The importance of getting out the vole is emphasized with detailed references to the need for registration reform. Even more practical and pertinent to teenagers is the chapter assembling arguments for lowering the voting age and offering a battle plan for that purpose. Since everybody else lobbies, this makes sense; the rest is confelti.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1968
Publisher: Delacorte