Voting for Young'ins

By Andrew Justus | 11/30/11 11:55pm


As many of us pondered where to go for the best deals on Black Friday, many Egyptians were busy wracking their brains wondering who to vote for in their first real election in about 7,000 years. One of the Arab Spring’s pioneering countries held elections last week and this week to choose a parliament to take over power from their military council.

Back in ‘Murrica (sic), many young people are disinterested in politics and do not seem to care about it. At this point I could head off and rag on about what annoys me about young people not being politically active (the crotchety route), or provide some insight as to why young people are cold to politics and explain how to change it (the non-crotchety route). After a brief poll of my roommates landed narrowly in favor of the non-crotchety route, here we go.

Sometimes I think to myself that maybe young folks are increasingly turned off by the gross polarization in politics. We young people are generally an easygoing bunch who wouldn’t lose sleep over homosexuals fighting in the armed forces or raising income taxes for the wealthiest 1 percent of earners. However, in politics such things lead to arguments so uncompromising you would think someone were trying to convince a Michigan Man to have Brutus the Buckeye tattooed on his biceps.

The cure to that ill would involve getting more people involved and educated in politics, because as it is now, too many ridiculous folks hold influence over the political system. Having more “non-crazy” people in politics would give common sense and forward thinking ideas a fighting chance.

Maybe with so much in life competing for our time and energies we can’t help but become disinterested when political battles rage on for years compared to battles in Call of Duty (which I don’t play) that may last 30 minutes. Little can be done to speed up the political process, but I feel like streamlining the legislative process would allow more smart ideas to be made into laws or regulations. If any of those laws and regulations proved to be ineffective or counterproductive in the real world they could just as easily be repealed through a legislative process that limited the power of such roadblocks as the senate filibuster.

While politics may not cater to young people quite as much as it could, we should at least try to meet it half way.

ajustus@lanthorn.com

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