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By @emmocupcakes

My name is Zoe Anne, and I am 12 years old. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but I am who you’re busting your butts for, because I’m going to inherit this mess.

I won’t be able to cast my first ballot until the 2022 midterms, but you can bet I will vote in every election that season, and every election thereafter. I always kinda-sorta knew I would be leftish. I’m being raised in a Redemptorist, Liberation Theology Catholic family, church, and school.

Yesterday I attended a rally for Jason Kander with Senator Elizabeth Warren at the College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center downtown. After yesterday, I’m a liberal in my own right, not just because of how I’m being raised.

When my grandma said she wanted to take me to a rally on my day off from school I wasn’t thrilled, I honestly thought it was going to be really boring. When the first state representative started talking about her time with Jason Kander I was actually really interested by what she was saying. All throughout I was listening and I actually learned a few things. The main thing that I remember was when Robin Smith, who is running for Secretary of State, started talking about how many real cases of voter impersonation there have been (31 out of a BILLION ballots cast) and all the other laws that are trying to be passed to strip certain people of their rights really made me think. How many hoops am I going to have to jump through to register to vote in a few years if these guys get their way and keep taking more and more rights away?

I didn’t know who Elizabeth Warren was until two days ago when my grandma told me about her and the CEO of Wells Fargo, but when I saw her I was so excited. Everything she said was really inspiring and sometimes very thought provoking. I’m actually quite hopeful for some of this year’s politicians and I hope that they live up to the expectations we have for them.

Jason Kander said several times his generation would fix things. I hope those weren’t just words, because my generation is counting on them.

This post was written by my 12-year-old granddaughter after her first rally. Apples, trees, yadda yadda… Blue Girl