Presidential Election: Why The Older Generation Should Listen To Us

Just because we can’t vote doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a voice

By Riley

So we all know now that Mr. Donald J. Trump is going to be the 45th president of the United States. Now before you get ahead of yourself, I’m not here to talk about how great Trump is nor am I going to do that for Hillary. You see, what I have come to talk about is how this presidential election affects the younger generations: the ones who can’t vote.

When our parents voted they most likely shared who that lucky person was who received their vote, and we as their children may have felt pressured to agree with them. We are supposed to choose whomever the ‘right’ president is in the eyes of our parents. Now I know that especially in this particular election many families were disrupted. It happened in mine. But why do parents care so much if we agree with them? After all, we cannot vote or affect the polls in any way, shape, or form. Do they care what we actually think? I believe that parents just want validation, to feel their choice is right. In this presidential election, they wanted us and everyone else around them to know they did what was best for their family. For those of us who did not agree with our parents’ political decision, our parents automatically assumed that we are just children and do not understand the importance of choosing a good president.

I definitely understand just how important a president is. In Donald’s term, three supreme court judges will be elected. That is a big number for just one term and like most know, the supreme court holds a lot of power which in turn, gives our new president a lot of power.

The decisions elected political leaders make determine our future as they have power over our education, laws and taxes, among other things. Though only a few of these affect us at our current age, as we get older, we are going to live with these decisions and learn how to navigate life while following them. When adults vote, it involves us just as much as everyone else. Like in the recent event of the UK leaving the European Union, the older generation shouldn’t always decide what’s best for the younger generation, and should consider listening to us. Just because we can’t vote doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still have a voice. We sometimes notice things that our parents don’t. Listening to our opinions can be worthwhile and may make our parents reconsider their decisions. Now I am not saying that every opinion that spews out of our mouths is going to be a million dollar idea or a college level philosophical question, but sometimes we as the younger generation have perspectives that are well thought out and may just surprise adults.

A few weeks ago, many heard about the nation’s “Anti-Trump” protests making the front page. As part of the country’s future, I often found people my age joining the masses to stand up for what they think about this election. I find this a wonderful thing and when I hear people talking badly about these protests it hurts me a bit. I’ve heard adults, even teachers talking badly about the protests on a daily basis.

I can understand them being upset about the violent protests, but what I cannot understand is the judgement and anger directed at the peaceful rallies. The peaceful rallies cause no harm other than inconveniencing with a large mass of people shouting. The only other explanation is that they don’t agree with the point of view of the participants of the rally. It seems that people forget that free speech is a constitutional right, one that we all use. I find it funny when people judge others for using one of our basic rights, whether they are teens speaking out or adults.

While we as teens may not always be the most brilliant or mature humans on the planet, our opinions still matter in presidential elections. The decisions of the older generation affects us. It’s important that those decisions are made for the greater good of all of us, whether that be toddlers or 80 year old men. We must recognize the value in listening to the opinions of everyone around us. For those who are reading this, don’t let people stop you from sharing your opinion and discussing the issues that matter. After all, it’s our right, and soon it will be our time to vote.

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