By Nooreen Moinuddin
Stop and think for a moment.
Can you imagine living in a country in which you have no voice? What if everyone was just a machine that lived and breathed what the government said, without questioning it?
Believe it or not, these scary “hypothetical” questions are not so hypothetical. Our government does not care about the opinions and ideas of young people in America. And believe it or not, it’s not their fault.
We live in a country that gives us the freedom to vote and elect our political leaders, yet CNN reports that between the 2004 and 2008 elections, only 36% of the 24 million eligible 18-24 year olds voted. What does this say about our generation?
It sends the message that we’re not only uneducated, but apathetic. How can we sit around and talk about what is wrong with our country, or what could be different, and still not vote? The country that we live in is a product of what we make it and we need to realize that.
What is the main reason students don’t vote? We feel that we do not know enough about the government and politics to make an educated choice about our political leaders. To me, this seems like an oxymoron. We are going to college to get educated and are blessed with the privilege to go to a school like Benedictine.
Should a health science major only be educated about the biology? Should a math major only know formulas and number? No. We need toopen our eyes and be educated about the world we are living in as well.
Rather than watching “Jersey Shore” on MTV while studying or doing homework, tune into the news and learn of the injustices that are happening every day, not only in America, but around the world.
Our generation gets a lot of criticism for being careless and lazy. Today, we have more than double the resources than our parents and grandparents had when they were our age, yet many of us still choose to be ignorant. With iPads, laptops, cell phones and everything in between, what is our excuse for not knowing about the world we live in?
We have a lot of rights in America, one of which is the right to vote.
By opening our eyes and taking the opportunity to be heard, together, we can make America whatever we want it to be, rather than complaining about what it could be.
If we want our voice to be heard and our issues to be debated, we need to stop being apathetic and register to vote.