For Youth, Anything but Politics – Richard Fox and Jennifer Lawless 11/26/13

November 26, 2013|Posted in: Accountability, Bipartisan Compromise, Distrust of Parties

http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/column-for-youth-anything-but-politics/article_5604855f-848f-58a8-97c5-e1c01ee58573.html

“Only 11% of our survey respondents reported that, someday, when they were older, they might consider running for political office.”

Ouch.

“The fact that young Americans do not want to run for office cannot be divorced from their perceptions of the political system, which could not be much worse. Eighty-five percent of our survey respondents did not think that elected officials want to help people; 79 percent did not consider politicians smart or hardworking; nearly 60 percent believed that politicians are dishonest; and fewer than 30 percent said they thought that candidates and elected leaders stand up for their convictions.”

I’m here to break all these stereotypes.  Reread all those statistics and let them sink in.  Each of them are very powerful.

This campaign is different.  I want to help people.  I’m smart and hardworking.  I’m honest.  I’m full of convictions.  In fact we will post more convictions that are tough to present as opposed to a watered down ‘like us’ message.  Compare us today.

“These negative perceptions are reinforced by the attitudes of the adults with whom high school and college students regularly interact. Three out of four respondents, for example, said they had never received any type of encouragement from their parents to consider politics as a path to pursue. And parents were, by far, the most supportive of such an endeavor. Only 17 percent of people in our sample reported receiving encouragement to pursue politics from friends, 12 percent had from teachers or professors, 5 percent from members of the clergy and 4 percent from coaches. Put simply, these citizens have no interest in encouraging the next generation to aspire to enter the electoral arena.”

This is not shocking.  We need more encouraging, mentoring, and guidance to the next generation.  It made the difference in my life.  We discuss all these points in our three main stances.  The lack of encouragement from the clergy is astounding.  Romans 13: 4-6 guides us that authority figures are “God’s Servants”.  We need our church pushing leaders forward in every area of society.

“……the fault lies with a political system and political figures whose behavior has turned off an entire generation.  Politicians need to think seriously about how they do business. When our elected officials cheer failed policies, shut down the government, stymie political appointments as a blanket policy, accuse their opponents of trying to destroy the country and refuse to do their jobs, they engage in more than hyperbole and hyper-partisanship. They damage the public’s short-term sense of political trust and confidence; and, in the long term, they undermine future generations’ faith in the system and aspirations to be a part of it.”

Well said Professor Fox and Professor Lawless.  Help me change this system of behavior voters!  Be courageous–think different!  Support Watson!

 

1 Comment

  1. Brittany
    December 17, 2013

    Why isn’t there more support for the right thing in government through the churches? If our spiritual leaders aren’t encouraging the people to stand up against the wrong and support the good why would young people want to be involved. I have heard over and over from the under 30 crowd that they don’t think it’s their problem and God will handle it. They feel no personal responsibility towards electing any government officials. Which is the exact opposite of what I feel God has called us to. Maybe the churches should light a fire under its people! Get them active and participating again!

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