I am trying to get this to as many young people as possible, not to be a jerk but to make a point. Here’s the point. If you don’t vote you have no business complaining about the government.
In the last presidential election, just 49% of 18-24 year-olds voted. That’s pretty bad. This is your country. It’s your state. It’s your town. And actually, you DO have a say in your future. It’s pretty easy. It’s free. It works. Voting and getting others to vote like you is a really cheap and effective way to influence your world.
Figure out who you like and vote for them. Argue with your friends and your enemies about who to vote for. Decide what’s important and take a stand. If you don’t vote, I don’t want to hear one word from you about what’s wrong with your society. Don’t just be in the way. Don’t just make fun of the government. Do something about it.
Get registered. NOW. Figure it out and do it. “I ran out of time,” “I didn’t know,” “I thought……” those are lame, kid-type excuses. Grow up. Take responsibility for YOUR voice.
By the way, my generation (I’m 50) is pretty bad too. Our last voter turn out rate was just 67%, a third of us not voting. A lot of us older folks have not taken responsibility as we should and I’m sorry about that. Shameful actually.
But I AM YELLING to 18-24 year olds because this election matters more to you than to me. You have a lot to be angry about. Climate change. Economic opportunity. Social justice. Don’t just be politically angry, be politically active!
Forgive my bluntness but the time for bluntness has arrived. We ALL need to step up.
At least, at the very, very least: register, pick your candidates, and vote.