Politics may be messy cesspools but they can’t be ignored


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These days it is nearly impossible to watch the news without hearing a mention of President Trump or the US Government’s single-minded incompetence in solving today’s issues. You may be thinking “does this really matter to me-all this awful stuff-as an individual?”

Would it be surprising if I told you that ignoring the situation entirely is exactly what is contributing to this whole mess in the first place? That, given everything, politics are impossible to avoid in general discussion. It’s halfwitted to not pursue the knowledge necessary to participate. “But politics don’t affect me!” you might hear people say.


That’s not the point

If politics don’t directly affect you, why should you care about what policies are being passed? While isn’t it selfish to put your individuality above letting political issues affect you, these decisions are nonetheless important to know about. For instance, the government shutdown has caused a lot of rage in people who work for the government but in my general social groups, I have barely heard a word about it other than “Oh, that happened.”

This isn’t being ignorant per se, but acknowledging and knowing about current situations are two very different things. It isn’t blissful ignorance, but given how popular the political atmosphere is as a conversation topic, choosing to stay out of it is foolish. The knowledge itself is inherently useful to have.

As a side note, I have met many people who didn’t believe their vote actually counted. It would appear that their apathy (the belief that their vote is a drop in the bucket) is causing them to be more ignorant in turn.

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Photo credit: Reed Mccoy

Of course, as of the 2016 election, the election of Trump, the rise of the term “fake news” and the role of social media in shaping the political climate, it would seem that the ignorance of the past decade is on display. Those of us who are younger people are now waking up to the idea that politics are ugly affairs, but we must participate in the process of voting and demonstrating for what we believe in.

Reed McCoy can be reached at [email protected] or @ReedMcCoy6 on Twitter.