Young people worry John Glenn.

The 77-year-old senator and astronaut isn't troubled by their clothes or music. It's the apathy young Americans feel toward politics, Glenn tells Time magazine in its Aug. 17 issue."They don't want to touch it," Glenn laments. "And yet politics is literally the personnel system for democracy. Not everyone needs to run for public office, but every time someone drops out of the system, it means they in effect give their franchise to somebody else."

Glenn says that when he talks to young people, "I try to get them thinking that politics is not only an honorable profession, it's one of the most honorable ones."

Glenn is training for a return trip to space this fall aboard the space shuttle.



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