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Political Apathy

Elise Sullivan, Co-Editor in Chief

It is quite alarming to hear a graduating high school senior, who is about to embark on a four year college career, express that he/she has never heard of Steve Bannon, or that he/she does not know what the Environmental Protection Agency is. These are two indicators that teenagers and young adults are often unaware of occurrences in the political world surrounding them, and that something should be done to change this.

While there are teenagers and young adults who are interested in and hold an appreciation for politics, including political and governmental news and events in the United States of America and around the world, the majority are usually uninformed about the political world. Whether it is due to a lack of interest, motivation, or the feeling that political events do not affect them, BBC news states that less than a third of young people (aging from sixteen to twenty-four years old) express any interest in politics.

Though it is fulfilling to be knowledgeable about the occurrences on Capitol Hill, it is event more important for young people to know how they can be truly affected by political decisions made by people such as President Trump, or groups like the House of Representatives, or the Senate, that make decisions regarding national security, taxation, health-care, and social security. These are four major elements that concern young people today, especially as they will be graduating or already have graduated college, and are about to enter adulthood, in which they will have to pay taxes and will receive health care and social security benefits. Therefore, people should be knowledgeable about political decisions that are made, which can have direct impacts on them.

In addition, as many young adults are turning or have turned eighteen years old, they will be getting ready to vote for a presidential candidate in a few years. If they are not informed about the policies and goals that the candidate will pursue, they will not have many factors to base this crucial decision on.

Young people can become more informed about the political world around them in a myriad of ways, which include, watching a news channel for five minutes everyday, reading a handful of articles in a local newspaper every week, or conversing with their teachers and parents about important political events and decisions that occur.

 

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