The advice sits right up there with the intellectual equivalent of eating healthy and exercising: go out and vote.
The same year Diddy told young voters to “vote or die,” the voter turnout among people ages 18-24 rose to 47 percent, an 11 percent increase over the 2000 election. Likewise, young people came out in droves for the 2008 election, which boasted the highest youth turnout since Vietnam.
Even so, a Gallup Poll published earlier this summer showed that only 58 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 said they will “definitely vote” in the upcoming presidential election, lagging behind the national average of 78 percent by 20 points.
Even though 58 percent would be a substantial increase over 2008, the youth demographic should strive to throw around more weight during the elections, especially when the rest of the country is poised to do the same.
Young voters, especially college students and recent graduates, should not dismiss elections during times of high unemployment, soaring tuition costs and massive student debt. The same issues young Americans love complaining about are the very issues they could impact by choosing the candidate who they believe best represents their views.
Some would-be voters argue that all politicians share the same corrupt traits and voting for any candidate would amount to a waste of time and energy.
Others simply don’t care or are more concerned with other aspects of their lives, which is OK.
Our pet peeve arises, however, when the same aloof bunch who didn’t vote begins to launch their dissatisfied gripes at the government.
If one isn’t going to try and fix something, he or she shouldn’t be allowed to complain about it being broken.
An almost blatant example of this, and one that may hit too close to home for some, is campus life and culture here at Texas Wesleyan.
Sadly, sometimes it seems like second nature for Wesleyan students to complain about the lack of this or the need for more that.
And while school administrators and student organizations continue to make strides in improving Wesleyan, the outspoken and unsatisfied student always lurks nearby, ready to moan and unwilling to act.
Whether it’s on campus or in the voting booths, we encourage students to do more than speak their opinions — we encourage them to act upon them.