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Uncle Joe

(59,148 posts)
5. I posted this graph on another thread regarding a different subject but it clearly reflects the
Wed Oct 9, 2013, 01:59 AM
Oct 2013

disillusionment that you mention in regards to Presidential Voter turnout.

So, no. I don't agree with your post. The Kennedy assassination continues to intrigue because too many of us have this sense that the mysteries have not yet been fully solved. I hope that all the files will be opened to the public and especially to historians this year. 50 years. It's been a long time. But everything changed when Kennedy was assassinated. It completely disillusioned my generation. The hippies were in part a big reaction to that assassination. So was the investigation into Watergate and the upheaval that resulted. Reagan was a counter-revolution, a reaction to the generation that had lived through the Kennedy assassination and become disillusioned by that event and the Nixon years and had, thus, given up on government. Add a little racism in Southern voters and you have a Reagan election.

Presidential voter turnout peaks in 1960, the year JFK was elected and continually drops until 1992.

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