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Danger in apathy toward politics

Allison Galbreath

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One of my biggest concerns for this country is in regards to politics and voting.

Most people, typically young adults, honestly don’t know what they are truly voting for. I know I’m guilty of sometimes being ignorant and confused about what a particular law might be proposing.

Apathy is one of the biggest problems.

I know I used to be very apathetic about politics and that was mostly because it overwhelmed and confused me, which lead me to feel depressed about the overall topic.

I mean, who would want to think and read about something that makes them feel depressed and confused?

But being an informed citizen is, to me, part of the duty of being a voter.

Obviously this country doesn’t exactly make it easy for people to completely understand and recognize both sides of an issue.

But if one lives in the U.S., they are affected by the laws that are put into place. Wouldn’t it therefore make sense to care about what is being voted for? What a law may do? What a candidate plans to do in office?

One should always try to vote based on what they think about a particular topic, not necessarily because an answer fits with their decided party, like a democrat or republican.

I know this system of government is no where near perfect.

But that still doesn’t change the fact that this topic is important for people to think about, that affects their lives and the lives everyone around them.

Allison Galbreath can be reached at [email protected] or @agalbreath19 on twitter.

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