View Full Version : SERIOUS DEBATE: Younger Generation and Politics
April 22nd, 2006, 09:56 PM
I was reading in my AP Gov't text book the other day on a chapter that has to do with mainly people's recent lack of interest in politics. It showed that the older generations have started participating in politics more, and that younger generations show no interest whatsoever in politics. I we discussed it in class of course, and came to the conclusion that without any new ideas added to our government and economy, that it could be threating in the future to many different things. It would affect everybody. What do you guys think, should the younger generation start participating more in politics, to save the future of this country, or should they continue the way they are going, not really caring about political things?
April 22nd, 2006, 10:41 PM
I consider it a grave mistake not to take an interest in what's going on in a democracy. Look at the efforts made to get even displaced residents of New Orleans to vote in their mayoral race! Even under normal circumstances, every effort is made to get folks to PARTICIPATE in the election process, from being able to register to vote about anywhere to having "absentee" balloting beginning well before election day itself. There is actually no excuse I can think of for eligible electors not to vote.
Actually, one doesn't have to be of age and eligible to vote to be heard by your officials. A frequent claim we hear is "There's nothing for youngsters to do around here!" Believe it or not, some of the city officials will agree with you.
EM, you and your classmates are onto something, realizing that without new ideas, things are either going to stay the way they are or get worse. Ideas come from CREATIVE THINKING. That can also be used to try and address some of the brush offs you might have to contend with, such as "no money", a favorite ruse if the particular jurisdiction is strapped for cash. Investigate alternate approaches. Rally supporters and compare notes. Not much happens in a vaccum. NUMBERS seem to have an interesting effect on City Halls, and not just those with dollar signs. ;)
Definitely get to know who your aldermen/city council reps are. They're there to represent YOU, remember? Let them know what YOU are concerned about. Guess what? They don't hear from their constituents, they think everything is groovy and ticking right along but WE know better, right?
I would suggest EVERYONE attend their next ward/council/town or other public meeting. That goes for school and board/commission meetings that are open to the public also. At least get a working knowledge of the "system", THEN decide if you're going to continue to sit back and let things continue the way they are.
April 22nd, 2006, 10:57 PM
I agree completely Raptor! Also, you know how people claim they never know anything about politics, well maybe they can learn something if they actually go to the public meetings once in a while. It is better to know what is going on instead of being effected by other people's decisians and not knowing why or how. Now if they would have went to the meetings they would have known. Also, if we don't get new people with new ideas into the gov't, there is always going to be the same ideas, and same strategies everytime, and that is the message that things are not going to last. With out no new ideas, things are going to break down, and become repeditive until things finally go bonkers.
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