The silence of a generation


Living in a society where the only constant is change, societal and political climates are exploding like wildfire. Flashing headlines threaten foreign wars against politically unstable countries, internally combusting governmental structures, and social contentions debating ethical dilemmas as products of the turmoil we have created out of ignorance or irresponsibility. With chaos outshining predictability, we exist only to endure the constant scramble to exploit and remove all context and reason from the next scandal or aspersion, the rising generation is disregarding the power and necessity of its own influential political voice.

Despite the political environment existing in a state of constant turmoil, both foreign and domestic, the rates, not only of voter participation, but voter registration within the demographic of college voters aged 18-24, has drastically decreased over the past years’ national and local elections. In addition to the dramatic decrease concerning voter involvement in this demographic, general political interest is also declining. Even with the active increase of media presence and heightened accessibility to information through considerable technology outlets, college students casually abstain from engaging the information to form relevant and accurate opinions about the political climate.

With escalating bureaucratic, legislative, and economic disputes such as the current government shut down, impending threats of chemical warfare in Syria, and the struggle of social forces dividing the country, political activism within the college demographic is imperative to the success and rehabilitation of the stable disposition of the country.

Enduring the span of history, past generations have taken pride in political activism and advocated the charge of genuine causes. Protesting the Vietnam War, the pursuit of education, the equality of rights among the discriminated, and the social burdens hindering the development of our country, college students have historically come together to vocalize their authoritative, educated, and well-presented collective voice.

Although each generation has passed through with a unique collective personality, the current and recent generations of college aged students have neglected their responsibility to their country and themselves with regards to maintaining and cultivating their political presence and voice.

In the face of this recent devaluation of the consequence of ongoing negligence, the solution may not only solve this educational tragedy, it may also reclaim the essence of security, knowledge, and patience through this tumultuous time. Realizing the lack of collegiate presence and constructing a shared value of its restoration can only bring positive things to this frantic political environment.

Student’s often do not realize that political party preference is not necessary to register to vote, complete the action of voting, or support and in turn endorse a candidate or an issue. The collegiate years are full of change and inconsistency, therefore a standard or perpetual political view is unrealistic. However, the importance of being a registered and informed voter is a necessary facet of participating in the world. The act of securing a job, paying for student loans, and accepting and acting upon provided freedoms are all affected by who and what you vote for.

Additionally, remaining informed on current affairs not only creates a well-rounded individual, but also a functioning and well enlightened adult. Therefore, with a refocused mentality of person over party and a focus on ethical social values, college students should feel compelled to act responsibly and take advantage of their freedom and right to vote, participate in the political environment, and explore the unique time in life to advocate openly for what they believe in.