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Why is our generation so politically inert?
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21 / M / Indiana
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Posted 11/10/12 , edited 11/10/12
The reason why younger kids my age don't vote is because they have no "responsibilities." Young adults under the age of 21 generally have no house, little or no savings, no kids, a part-time job, and have a lack of information regarding economics and politics. Compared to say my parents who both work 45- 50 hours a week, have two kids, a house, three cars, been working for 25 years, etc. They have a reason to vote, but kids my age do not. The vast majority of college students party, goof off, studying, and worry about trivial things. In some respects I'm glad they don't vote, most college students don't have the intelligence to vote.
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Posted 11/10/12

seth9991 wrote:

The reason why younger kids my age don't vote is because they have no "responsibilities." Young adults under the age of 21 generally have no house, little or no savings, no kids, a part-time job, and have a lack of information regarding economics and politics. Compared to say my parents who both work 45- 50 hours a week, have two kids, a house, three cars, been working for 25 years, etc. They have a reason to vote, but kids my age do not. The vast majority of college students party, goof off, studying, and worry about trivial things. In some respects I'm glad they don't vote, most college students don't have the intelligence to vote.


I argue that most college students have the intelligence not to vote.
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Posted 11/22/12
Protip, it's always been like this. But really, this generation bares the ability to be the most well informed generation with how fast information travels now. It doesn't mean we necessarily are, but we have the potential, and honestly people are more informed today than they were say 40 years ago. Also any blanket statements about young adults lacking responsibilities or work ethic rings out more to your own biases, probably negative. I think it's a better statement to say most young adults in college are coming from an affluent or privileged background if that's what you're getting at but don't generalize me.

The bigger issue to me is the lack of patience people have with politics and the lack of interest after big elections. It's easy to say nothing gets done(for example Obama) and regardless of your views and political leanings, it's not like nothing happened under his first four years.

Also, it's true, some people don't care and it's the nature of politics that made them not care. The people who care enough will vote, if someone didn't care enough to research their candidates or marginally pay attentions to the discussions of their policies, they probably won't bother to go vote.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Posted 11/23/12
Because politics is meaningless.

I don't understand how anyone can get into it.

Science is more important and fascinating to me.
Posted 1/7/13
It has much to do with apathy. Also, a lack of education concerning politics. You can't do much of anything to influence the political landscape if you don't know or even care to know anything about it.
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Posted 1/8/13
I wouldn't be politically inert if all politicians were completely moderate.
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29 / M / Las Vegas
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Posted 1/9/13
Whos generation are you referring to?
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23 / M / Cloud 9.
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Posted 1/10/13 , edited 1/10/13
You can't blame our current generation without looking at the people who raised us. The baby-boom generation is at fault in my opinion. They grew up with a really good life, no issues and never really had to work that hard for what they got because of how well our economy was doing. This all rolled over into our generation, a lack of people that work hard for what they want to get in life. An abundance of people who care more about how many followers on twitter they have rather than who they are and what they want out of life.

Regardless of all of that pointing the finger bullshit. Why the should I give a damn when it doesn't involve me and I'll never have any say or ability to make a change? Politics is too opinionated and corrupted for me to invest any of my time into it. I tried when I was younger because I was esctatic about being 18, but guess what, that was in 2008. I learned a lot about how our entire WORLD got fucked over by a few greedy chumps who are involved in politics. With all this new wealth of knowledge I decided to give up and not give a damn.

Does it really make sense that our presidential campaign is essentially a "who's more famous" vote or a "whos got the most money to campaign" ... honestly, politics is absurd and it's probably the least important thing to me and my fellow peers. I'd rather gouge out my eyes with rusty spoons then have to watch or listen to Romney debate ever again. And don't even get me started on our "news" channels here in the USA, corrupt idiots everywhere.
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25 / M / Pennsylvania, US
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Posted 1/28/13
I can't speak for everyone, but for me and most people I know (who are actually very politically well-informed, much more so than most older adults I know), it is because we are fully aware that our voices are meaningless. Regardless of which of the major parties wins congress or the presidency, they will only screw things up even more for us and for the nation as a whole, while only the extremely wealthy will benefit from anything they do.

That being said, I and most of my friends do take the time to vote. With only a few exceptions (which were all below federal level), I voted exclusively for third-party candidates, mostly as a middle finger to the Republicrats.
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27 / M / Nowhere, MI
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Posted 1/29/13 , edited 1/29/13
Apathy is bliss.. I have to admit I didn't vote for most the federal level candidates either, just the local level people, a few I actually met and had conversations with. The federal level politicians are all bought and paid for..


longfenglim wrote:

I argue that most college students have the intelligence not to vote.


I have to agree.
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Posted 1/30/13
I used to be politically active in my high school years and that was only a year ago ha. I was so fervent in my belief and sure of my understanding of social policy and was very critical of society. I questioned why so many teens around me were preoccupied with trivialities (drugs, promiscuity, media culture, a sea of ignorance ), I felt nothing but malice toward them, eventually I had written a caustic essay for AP Government criticizing the public education system of my city district getting into bed with municipal politics. That got me expelled. It would seem having a few extreme ideas, perception, and being able to think and form a sound opinion weren't positive traits to have. Before I progress further I was an odd mix of being a nationalist, a socialist, a progressive, and moderately conservative; picking an choosing the standpoints that best appealed to me, I'm still unsure where I stand today, perhaps neither between being a rightist or leftist but just holding onto my convictions. After my transfer I was met someone deserving the title to be called a teacher and professional, after finishing high school I was very disillusioned about politics in the United States, supposedly we're a democracy, but that was a fallacy. In truth we're supposed to be a constitutional republic, but I realize that the United States of America is not as united as we are taught to believe in schools. Every region has its own politics and elected officials characterized by the regional population's traits. An ideological schism results from cultural differentiation and is further exacerbated by the partisanship of our "democracy". If the republicans go into office we become a plutocratic oligarchical aristocracy, and if the democrats go into office...well we become a plutocratic oligarchical aristocracy with tunes of socialism and liberalism being blared out to distinguish the two of "hey we're not those guys, yup nothing like them". Actually I realize that some republicans also want hints of theocracy. No thanks, I prefer the air quality as it is, without the book burning.

Politics is just legal bribery with old guys contributing to global warming with inane senseless talk and no solutions to show for it. If people weren't so busy shoveling $h*t down their own throats and actually thought for themselves or looked at both points in an issue logically without referencing their own opinionated and inflated beliefs, the politicians would be out of a job and so would the clergy.
Posted 2/1/13
Are you talking about my or your generation?
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Posted 2/2/13
I believe the primary reason so many people are politically inert within the U.S. is due to the fact that our country is no longer a Republic or even a democracy it has deteriorated into an oligarchy. Our country is controlled by corporations and VERY special interest groups that offer the politicians substantial gratuities. Everyone knows it even some insiders will admit to it, off the record of course, so no one, almost no one trusts the politicians. Let's be real in the last 2-3 elections did we vote for our candidates because they were a good choice or because they would do the least harm of the two choices. I know I voted the later how about you? No one is inspired because there isn't a single politician who inspires us or the majority of us that they will do right for our country. Even president Obama's national healthcare program is suspect to corporate engrossment. Instead of modelling our healthcare system after Eu systems or Britain/Canada healthcare ( and yes there is not a perfect system in existence), which are state run programs. The EU and Britain combined have within reason a similar population to the U.S. (approx. 313 million) so it is possible to provide and run a state provided healthcare system for our country. But instead the U.S. is looking to accept an arrangement that will do nothing but increase health costs and profit the insurance companies. Yes we understand that the government and politicians would have to bust their tail ends to create a similar program but isn't that what we pay them for? As opposed to France's program which offers everyone healthcare, offers optional care such as out of network specialists or private rooms by opting for additional insurance through corporations (so the insurance corps won't go out of business). They're physicians are provided with cars and make house calls. When was the last time your doctor came to your house instead of your schlepping to his office feeling like crap? But the fact is corporations are dictating the policies and the country either isn't aware of it or feels completely helpless not knowing how to change the tide.
And don't get me started on 1998's deregulations. How many of you are aware that 80% of your food products have been an unregulated commodity since 1998. Ever wonder why your food bills keep rising?
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Posted 2/2/13 , edited 2/2/13
Politics always make the most loquent threads on the Internet; no matter what the general consensus thinks about it. The problem with governments is that they've acquired too much power, without the understanding of how to use said power. United States, being what it wants to be considered the "most powerful country in the world" has the greatest margin of corruption known in modern day (in regard to politics and business principles alike). The United States has a two-party political system, no matter how you try to turn it. Independents exist, yes. Do they really get much done? Not really, no. Party politics always comes first when it comes into a conversation about the United States and their system. Though, personally, I find it comical how people find ways to insult the same "coin" (Republicans and Democrats are essentially the same party, just with slightly different focus and phrasing of opinions).

I've seen people try to insult the "younger generation" (though, technically, a 15-19 year old is basically in the same generation as I am, at 28) due to their apathy and lack of concern in politics. Why are less people voting? It's not just apathy; but the lack of belief in the system of politics and governments. Throughout history, governments have always gone wrong - corruption, greed, and (eventually) economic decline. In modern day, we're losing more and more of our "social liberties/rights" as the governments around the globe become more and more paranoid that something will happen where the citizens will put up a fight (not simply in a physical way, I mean - more so just an "uprising" of beliefs). So my question is: Why bother? Why support something that's going to ruin you? Less than a third of people voted in the United States (not taking in underaged children in consideration, of course; but still!). The Middle East has had conflicts among themselves, social uprisings and revolutions. Who is to say that the Western world isn't too far from something similar? Congress and the House of Representatives are defunct, out of date, and the people that get elected into office care more about the lining of their pockets (lobbyists giving them funding to support/pull support from certain special interest-based laws/regulations) than they do about helping "We, the People".

Sure, a new to the field politician may have the bold and daring idea to do something "for the people". Once they realise that they can't play hardball with senior members (pulling multiple terms), they bunker down and just play the game along with them.. So as time progresses and people realise this, there's going to be fewer and fewer people that are going to vote. This isn't the first time such things has happened, either. The United States is insanely young; and in order for the country to succeed, they must fail. Woes of being a "teenager" (so to speak).
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Posted 2/14/13
This assumption is so far from the truth.
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