The 2016 Presidential Election is bearing down on us all. People of all ages are being inundated with points of view, ideas, and information to consider. Mainly, during these times we see and hear hotly contested debates regarding the candidates and are asked to ponder which one would perform the best in office. There are many differing ideas and policy plans between the various candidates. The outcome of the election can affect not only the future of our country, but also the future of our daily lives as young adults. The next President of the United States could implement policy that will affect our lives twenty years down the road. This is why it is vital that we as citizens, of the young adult population in the United States, get actively engaged in the election. It is important for us to realize the significant roles we play, as well.
In school, we are exposed to a variety of different ideas and philosophies. We study the history of our nation, politics, business, and literature. These areas of study are filled with material and information that we can use to make educated decisions. We have been provided with the resources and guidance needed to choose who we think can best serve as the President of the United States of America, while still holding fast to our own particular values. It is not an easy decision to make, yet it’s a vital one. The younger generation has the responsibility to become informed.
Of course, it is important to rely on our studies and school, but it is also critical that we are able to find time to research and understand the issues in our country and the hot topics of the presidential election. Students are able to vote at the age of 18 and an educated vote is the best vote. As young adults, we cannot solicit information from sources that are unreliable or just based on another person’s opinion. We can’t get caught up in who has the “coolest” campaign or the most catchy campaign slogan. It is also important that we are able to develop ideas and views on our own independent of others. Therefore, we can make the most educated and natural decision come election day. Although I will be unable to vote for the next president due to a December birthday, I remain engaged with the news and daily occurrences in the 2016 Presidential Race. Some of us, like many of my friends, will be eligible to vote on November 8th. It is advisable that when citizens show up to the booth on election day that they are making an informed, educated, and independent decision on who will be the next leader of the free world.
By Jordan Lyon