Whether it's local, state, or federal government, follow high school student Karissa Swartz and see that the future leaders of America have a say in politics too.
Before I begin, I would like to let the readers know that there is a point to this blog, deeper than just being a community blogger. The reason that I chose to write on politics isn’t simply because I enjoy them, or aspire to be among the ranks of them someday. I, a current high school student, chose to write about politics in order to show others that high school pupils and youth in general do have opinions.
High school students do care about the world and the leaders who are guiding us into the coming years of the 21st century. We do want to be involved in government and informed on what is happening inside the walls of our city, state, and federal capitals. We, as a generation, desire to make a difference. The reason the age to vote was changed from 21 years old to 18 years old was the simple fact that men who fought for their country desired to also have a say in the direction the country was going. This basic human yearning has not changed throughout the decades and centuries and the voices of those who wish to be heard continue to echo throughout the years.
Now of course there are exceptions to every rule. Not every high school student will care, or even pretend to be interested. Some will shrug their shoulders when asked what they think about the latest budget cuts in the Harrisburg school district, and others will go as far as to relinquish their civil right to vote.
Yet there are others who care. That’s the main purpose of this blog; it’s not only meant to inform, but to get a valid and strong point across: that youth do care about the direction the world is going in. If youth aren’t involved in politics now, what will happen when the previous generation dies off? Who will be the future leaders? That is why it is so crucial to allow youth a say in politics, and not to look down on them because society tells you that they’ll have their turn some day. How did all the great leaders come about? By being involved. By actively participating. By not being held back, despite what society told them. And years later the society that tried to hold them back upheld them.
This is the whole point of my blog: to show readers that youth can be just as politically-minded as adults can, to prove to the world that not all youth are lazy and uninformed, and lastly, to encourage my fellow peers to exercise their civil rights, for these rights become their duties.