You can choose to wait and find out what not voting does to you and your generation. You can choose to be “too cool” and not get “caught up” in politics. You can choose to listen to what your parents told you to follow as a political opinion.

Each and every election our country becomes more polarized politically. Due in part to the media being hellbent on titles, clicks, and views turning into misinformed and manipulated voters. These two things mold into something even bigger; a general mistrust of our government, misrepresentation of our nation and a whole hell of a lot of mistreated people. These mistreated people lose interest in the voting process because nothing they’ve done has changed their spirits, lives, or experiences. Whether or not this was purposeful, it happened. It’s happening to this day. We have one of the lowest voter turnout ratios in the entire world. Why? Because we’re made to choose the lesser of two unwanted people. Honesty was replaced by greed, love was replaced by fear, people were replaced by corporations. I don’t speak from a place of contempt, I speak from a place of worry. I am worried we’re losing our voices in a fight that is as much ours as it is anyone else’s.

Before it’s too late, before our opportunity has passed, before the world moves in a different direction, before you wish you cared, care. Whether or not you’re able to vote, you can research. Speak your mind, discuss with others what you’re feeling, seeing and thinking. Practice open-mindedness, think about others lives, not just yours. Don’t forget that basic ethics are never negotiable. Tomorrow is a new day. A new day to possibly figure out what you want in this life, for this country, for our world. Our children will inherit what we do in the next 30 years, what would you make happen for them that didn’t happen for you? It’s time to accept responsibility for this task.

Let’s put people first, value love over fear, replace greed with honesty. May we be trailblazers, forthright thinkers, imaginative, creative, resolving people. I know we can be, I hope we will be.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. — John F. Kennedy
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