It seems most people are more concerned about¬†what dress the Kardashians are wearing than who’s going to be president. They don’t understand the importance of political participation, and they don’t care. Despite their ignorance, to many of them, the thought of Trump being in the White House is¬†scary, though they can’t quite point out why.

Trump’s “bogeyman” image is harming his standing with young people. Their refusal to hear him out is not only hurting his campaign, though. Everyone loses when people refuse to listen to each other. Critics¬†use insults and stereotypes to counter¬†Trump¬†(the exact bullying they accuse him of doing),¬†but have they even studied him? Probably not. The media has completely manufactured Trump’s negative image.

Today is an age where a five second audio clip can define an entire presidential campaign. Taken out of context, almost anything anyone says can be negatively spun. Why aren’t young people, many¬†of them college students, acknowledging this fact and trying to get the real story? Do they have no curiosity – no desire to know the truth? Why are they so easily manipulated?

It's impossible to respond to such a false equivalency without laughing
It’s impossible to refute¬†such a false equivalency without laughing

Young people have demonstrated no desire to know the facts when it comes to politics. Many of them couldn’t care less. That’s disheartening because democracy works best when as many people as possible are involved. Young people are a part of the population and are represented by government. They should be involved in electing that government.

The importance of political participation is critical. If people are informed, they can make better voting choices – and¬†every vote counts. The freedom of choosing one’s government costs dearly¬†and is not something everyone in the world has. It’s time to stop taking it for granted.

Why College Students Fail to Recognize the Importance of Political Participation

College and university is supposed to be a place of learning and expanding one’s intellectual horizons. That doesn’t seem to be how things are done anymore.¬†Stories about students demanding¬†safe spaces, where they will not be subjected to “offensive ideas” that threaten their preconceptions, are abundant.

It’s no wonder why American (and Western) society has become so infantile and anti-intellectual. If students¬†can’t even go to school and face things that make them¬†uncomfortable, how can they possibly learn¬†anything?¬†I use the word uncomfortable extremely reluctantly, as it seems just about everything makes college students uncomfortable these days.

The world of higher¬†education is not supposed to be something that protects your insane¬†ideas without challenging them. It’s supposed to be a place where bad ideas are defeated with logic and reason and where nothing is off limits.¬†Bad ideas shouldn’t be protected by “safe spaces.”

How can students understand the importance of political participation¬†when they don’t even know basic US history? This video is painful to watch.

It was once said that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. If that’s the case, get ready to relive the history books. US college students have repeatedly shown they don’t even understand the key points of their own history. I guess there was a football game on the night they should have been studying their history homework, or maybe a cool meme to talk about? Who knows.

If they can’t grasp the history of the United States, how are they possibly going to understand the importance of political participation? How are they going to understand what the candidates are talking about? Well, they won’t¬†– but they’ll have an opinion anyways! America – isn’t it beautiful?

How to get People to Care About Politics

The importance of political participation is clear: understanding what each party and candidate wants to do is crucial to moving the country forward. The government decides the laws, which steers the country. The people elect the government. Not all parties are the same, and neither are the candidates. Yes, your vote counts. Use it!

The US Deceleration of Independence
The US Deceleration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” –¬†US¬†DECELERATION¬†of independence, july 4, 1776

If overly sheltered, entitled people want to continue¬†spitting on their Republic, then so be it. That, too, is their freedom. It’s ironic they refuse to recognize the beauty of the¬†legal and historic institutions that enable them to do so.¬†Don’t vote. It’s your choice, after all.

Or you can vote without actually knowing what it is you’re voting for. That’s your right, too. You might expect college students to¬†know how to gather facts and think critically, but surprisingly, they are the primary victims of media manipulation. How are they so easy to deceive? Aren’t they the best and brightest the US has to offer?

Go ahead and believe that you or others are oppressed and use it as an excuse to continue your destruction. Burn down another city. That’s sure to help your cause. Steal¬†a TV while you’re at it – because justice!

It’s frankly repugnant because the United States is, without a doubt, one of the¬†most free, socially fair countries on earth. Whether you’re black, gay, female, or whatever, you have a chance to live and succeed in the United States. Sure, you might meet people who don’t like you, but that’s freedom.¬†Not everyone is going to like you.¬†Ultimately though, the only thing that limits you is yourself.

Barrack Obama, the 44th US President
Barrack Obama, the 44th US President

The USA is not perfect, but it’s certainly not the despotic hellhole some people make it out to be. A protest¬†in the style of “Black Lives Matter” in China would likely end very, very badly. There’s a large chance the protesters would¬†all¬†be arrested or¬†even killed.¬†Incidents in other countries aren’t isolated media circuses as they are in the USA;¬†they’re a part of daily life and countless people die. Many Americans¬†refuse to¬†see how good they¬†have it.

So, how do you get people to recognize the importance of political participation and care about politics? Well, you remind them what their vote is worth. If an understanding of history doesn’t make someone¬†realize¬†and appreciate the¬†significance¬†of a single vote, nothing will.

Sadly, people are more focused on internet nonsense and talent shows¬†than the future of their country – their home. They aren’t¬†showing they care what happens, all while the nation’s social fabric is being stretched to the limit. Everything has a breaking point.¬†The United States needs strong leadership, but how can it have strong leadership when it has such an ignorant,¬†easily manipulated¬†electorate?

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