Mat at the Soapbox published a manifesto written by his friend Tim who is 16 and will be voting in his first election this year.

And most of all, I am a Democrat because I am patriotic. And while I certainly love our flag, what i love more are the ideals behind that flag. I believe the true meaning of patriotism isn’t the kind of blind patriotism that liberals and Democrats are so often accused of lacking, but rather a coming together of our people and community to SACRIFICE in order to build a stronger, better nation.

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