How do we go about true change and education, though? During this past election, a lot of my friends said they were voting for a certain candidate simply because they thought they were “cool” or that they could be “trusted.” When it came to the issues, they were clueless on what was happening in the country and said they didn’t care. I believe that the younger generation is going to make the change this country needs, but how do we go about doing so when an overwhelming amount of them don’t have any interest in trying to make that change?
We cannot simply wait around every four years and then expect something to just magically occur. We have to work. We have to educate. We have to utilize our time in between those four years to become involved. Seriously involved, if we truly want to make a difference. Too many people only care about certain candidates or issues when election time comes. This must change. We want to change Washington? Change the people we send to Washington. We want to see true change? We have to change the culture. We have work to do.
By Damien Christian
VERY great question Joelle! This comes up a lot in many different political movements and activists. We have to understand that our school systems have been teaching from one perspective for decades and indoctrinating our children. It’s like when you root for your favorite sports team, many start this as a young kid and you carry that love into your adult-hood. Now, whether or not this is a good analogy or not, the point is that we have many areas to dive into to make change. Our schools are a great start. Meaning, we need people to start educating on college campuses, host events at local communities, young people to run for local school boards, etc.
The next step is how to attract those who say they simply do not care? We have to find what they’re interested in and interact on that level if we must. We can be part of change if we truly evolve. Culture is complicated in that way. We can try to uncomplicate things by making politics fun or entertaining for the youth. Ever wonder why young people enjoy watching Saturday Night Live or Jon Stewart? Simple. It’s funny. Satire, comedy skits, music, TV shows, etc. We need to interact on a different level to reach many of our youth today whether we like that or not. We can do many things at once, but we must have goals that truly have change at the end of the tunnel. We just have to make sure we keep the light on as we travel through it as well.
@JoelleMartin I completely agree! We nee to follow through with our investigations of political figures and make sure their actions line up with their promises. Too often politicians promise one thing and then completely do the opposite. We need to hold them accountable! When politicians act against their word we need to publicize it and make sure everyone knows!
Regarding attracting people that do not care @ConservJ, we need to show them how politics affects their lives directly, because we all know it does! Hopefully Volkalize can be used as a tool to spread this kind of information. And I agree about making politics fun! We need to laugh at ourselves too!
@jordanbosstick @JoelleMartin Completely agree. We need to get people on the same page, but yes we must educate those who don’t care to let them know how politics affects their lives specifically. We can do this in a variety of ways, but we have to reach them. This is where the “fun” becomes a necessity. We know this is serious business, but at the same time we have to attract the youth as well. Easier said I realize, but this is what Volkalize and other movements are all about. This is why I do what I do. This is why many do what they do.
Yes @ConservJ I hope Volkalize will be used as a tool to spread information. I think it can be useful if we debate and then email or share entire discussions to people. Asking people to read through entire discussions will get them to see both sides of an argument and then they can make their own decision about the issues.
So how about some ideas on how to engage the millennials? Talk some 20-somethings into having a “discussion dinner” and get a good facilitator to ask questions and direct the discussions?
Start some kind of Twitter campaign NOW before we lose the opportunity for mass education?
Write a white paper (or graphic “dissertation”) titled Voting: How this vote, or that administration, or that ideology will impact your life in 5 years, 10 years, 30 years, to help the younger generation understand the long-term consequences of government action.
I think the Detroit Bankruptcy may be a usefulf teaching moment if it helps people to realize that there really is an end to the promises that can’t be kept.
All those people who have kept voting for candidates promising goodies are now going to lose their jobs,pensions,investments in bonds health care as they grow old and retirement dreams.
It’s tragic but when you sell your vote for free stuff that you are told other people will pay for you have to learn that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is not true.
Detroit is only the beginning.
The educators (?) teaching kids the Government has an endless supply of free money must face this.
The political parties making unfounded promises need to explain why fifty years of kicking the can down the road is catching up to reality.
Still as I have said, you can heal the sick, educate the ignorant, but stupid is forever.
@conservj I concur. If people want politicians to change they must themselves first (then the society). Consider the issue of civility. How can we expect our elected officials to act civilly to each other on how to run the country when we say vile things to each other about something like sports. How we can expect our politicians to spend wisely when we as citizens have the highest household debt in the world and don’t save money. We need to do what we expect from our politicians in our own lives, and stop blindly voting down party lines.
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