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Gabriel Brady: To me it's simple

To me, it’s simple; I don’t believe in voting and I don’t care about it. There’s always something. There’s always a problem. I don’t know how to explain it; it’s difficult. There’s always a problem. They’re always trying to fix those problems. They create more problems by trying to fix them. I haven’t been paying attention much [about politics]. I used to before, when I was younger. Maybe 10. When Obama was running for the first time. After he became president, I just lost interest. I was around my family more and they were into it

I don’t know what those are [Democrats and Republicans]. I heard of them. Democrats, Republicans and Independents, but I don’t know what they are. I have an idea of them. Like, when certain people are running for president, they’ll be a democrat and if I was a democrat, I would vote for him. It is like they are just a group of people that believe in something because they are in the same group.

The only thing [about the election] that I see is the drama. Like, for example, people say Donald Trump is a racist for what he says. I’ve seen the jokes [of the presidential debate] on Facebook. What they were saying back and forth was funny. Like, it’s suppose to be a debate, but it’s more of an argument. What I think the difference between an argument and a debate is a debate would go out by facts. They take turns, they don’t interrupt, and they use their inside voices.

In an argument, people are yelling at each other, they go back and forth, nobody hears the other side, and they just interrupt each other. And most of the time, they don’t go on by facts. Most arguments are funny, if you’re not in the argument.


Gabriel Brady is a 17-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Gabriel Brady worked with his mentor, Danny Cordova.

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