Thursday, October 18, 2012

Voter Apathy

In recent news, 30 year-old Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has been receiving attention for his outspoken views about gay rights.  He's not gay himself, but he takes it upon himself to speak out about "equality and human rights".  He also has opinions on the current campaigns, and has claimed he would be willing to debate any politician, although none has come forward.  He seems well informed on many of the issues.   I'm so impressed by his knowledge and 'chutzpah''!

Here is where I have a problem:  Why is this so unusual?  Why aren't ALL young adults passionate about politics?

I don't know about everywhere else, but in my experience with the 20-35 set, many have the attitude that all politicians are liars.  They don't see the point in watching the debates.  Some of them don't even think it's worth the trouble to vote.

I can understand some of the disillusionment, but we can't just throw in the towel.  If you don't become informed and you don't vote, then you have no right to complain about the outcome, in my opinion.

Yes, many of our politicians are flawed.  Human nature assures us of that.  But in order to make any progress in government, there always has to be concessions.  You have to understand that.  Once you get past that, you can look at the big picture.

There is no candidate that will fulfill  your total wish list.  I think the best you can do is A)  Consider what matters most to you, and balance that against the other issues, and B)  Look at how the candidates handle themselves during the months leading up to the election - (why you should watch the debates!).   Then make sure you vote.  And, one more thing to consider:  If your candidate doesn't win, you'll know what the other guy is all about if you've watched the debates.

Be Informed!

No comments:

Post a Comment