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Young talks Voting 101 at ASU

Former Ambassador Andrew Young, speaking Nov. 1, 2012, to students at Albany State University, stressed the importance of voting and shared his political views and life experiences.

Former Ambassador Andrew Young, speaking Nov. 1, 2012, to students at Albany State University, stressed the importance of voting and shared his political views and life experiences.

ALBANY -- Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young reminded Albany State University students of the importance of voting in Tuesday's election and liberally doled out other advice on a variety of subjects.

"Every vote counts, every vote can determine your future," the two-time mayor of Atlanta and former congressman, said. "Every time you vote you should remember who suffered and died for your right to do so. Also remember when you vote you are selecting the person who is in the room representing you when the money is divided up.

"You aren't voting for the man, you aren't voting for a party. You are voting for the issues."

Young then touched on the Great Depression, World War II and the Iraqi War.

"World War II brought us out of the Great Depression because after we won we immediately went to work rebuilding our former enemies," Young said. "Because we had to rebuild Europe we had to also build more trucks, and produce more cement and build more steel manufacturing.

"We rebuilt our economy by rebuilding Europe."

Young added that the nation's economy is still recovering from a three-year recession despite spending trillions during the war in Iraq.

What happened after World War II didn't happen after Iraq and that's part of the problem now," he said. "Halliburton moved from Houston to Dubai so it wouldn't have to answer hard questions from Congress. The money was never reinvested in America. There's at least $21 trillion sitting in offshore accounts and tax havens all over the world.

"So we have to regenerate a new economy, but that's too complicated to talk about during a presidential campaign."

Young then recalled his days in the civil rights movement which used economic power rather than violence to gain the vote for black people.

"Violence was really not an option for us," Young said. "We found people in power with economic stakes in a community and worked with them. If you can do that you can find a non-violent solution to any problem,

"We really couldn't have done it any other way. All we wanted to do was get the right to vote."

Young, who was a key strategist and negotiator during the movement and later as a diplomat, said finding common ground is crucial.

"Don't get mad, get smart," Young said. "Help one another out and understand your differences. Find common ground; what are our common interests?"

The 80-year-old ambassador said he tries to see all sides during disagreements.

"I get along with just about everybody, even the hip-hop generation," he said. "We get along except for one thing -- jail house booty culture saggy pants. That ain't hip and that ain't cool."

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Sorry this is Albany they are definitly voting for the welfare/foodstamp prez. His color may help them decide also. lol

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Bulldawg 1 year, 10 months ago

Voting 101, Ha. The speech should have been called, "vote for Obama, vote for Obama, repeat after me.... You get the idea. What a joke.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 10 months ago

"World War II brought us out of the Great Depression because after we won we immediately went to work rebuilding our former enemies," Young said. "Because we had to rebuild Europe we had to also build more trucks, and produce more cement and build more steel manufacturing. I agree with his statement here because the US emerged then as the world's greatest creditor nation. Today we are the world's greatest debtor nation loosing manufacturing jobs to China and other competitors. So much for globalization!

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Bulldawg 1 year, 10 months ago

That is true. What I was referring to in my initial comment is that there is an obvious hidden agenda at work here. i think it ironic that a major african american political figure goes to a HBCSU to talk with students about "voting 101."

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Parent 1 year, 10 months ago

What's wrong with that? He is encouraging them to express their right to vote. He didn't say who to vote for.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree. Young and I don't agree on most political issues but I do agree with him about civic responsibility. He came from a generation that had to bear the scare of discrimination. His generation appreciates civic responsibility like voting and public service. It is part of his Christian creed. Today's generation unfortunately does not appreciate the freedoms and responsibilities of citizenship.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't see a major white republican going to talk with ASU about voting 101. What's wrong with that picture. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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mnp317 1 year, 9 months ago

Help one another out and understand your differences. Find common ground

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

There is at least one little Democrat born every hour at Phoebe Putney at taxpayers expense. 85% of the student body at ASU is not from here. Gotta glean those votes too. BTW, did he push his Bounce TV station. Bet he does not give the Democrats free adds.

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alleebrin 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, I can tell for whom to vote, that is, if they want a job and not live on handouts. Those handouts are going to end when those working either lose their jobs or decide to join the ranks of the WELFARE, too! If you want to see this country go down the toilet, VOTE FOR OBUMMER!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 9 months ago

Obama is gonna win and you haters will cry....I cant wait!!

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Bulldawg 1 year, 9 months ago

Here we go again. Someone must have let you out of romper room to comment with the grown ups.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

I heard they took coachjohnson to get an x-ray on his head to see if he had a brain and the results came out negative.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Joe Biden, at a campaign event yesterday said, “There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president.”

Read more: http://conservativevideos.com/2012/11/biden-theres-never-been-a-day-in-the-last-four-years-ive-been-proud-to-be-his-vp/#ixzz2BCJhH7Uq

Well at least we agree on one thing, because we are not proud that you are his VP either.

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missdaisy 1 year, 9 months ago

Andy Young and Jimmy Carter need to go fishing and quit hanging around in public making fools out of themselves.

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