It is now 2017 and that means there are big changes. It’s a new year, a new semester and a new shift in politics.
Inauguration day has come and gone, and with it, a new president has been put in the White House. You can like it. You don’t have to like it. Either way, you do have to pay attention. When the going gets tough, it’s tempting to throw in the towel, turn away from what is happening and put on a mask of indifference. You can’t do that. Tuning out the world around you and living in your own little bubble says that you don’t care. Of course you care. You wouldn’t vote if you didn’t care. You wouldn’t voice your opinions and try your hardest to make a difference if you didn’t care. Don’t turn your back now. Our constant vigilance is absolutely necessary.
This goes for everyone. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, everyone needs to pay attention. All the time. You don’t have to be a political leader, a community organizer, or a journalist. All you have to be is someone who cares. If you show that you care, you will be amazed at what happens next. If you don’t actively try to change the world around you and make your voice heard, you have no right to complain. Turning away might seem like the right thing to do, but it’s not. Don’t let the negativity overwhelm you; let it inspire you.
Do your research. Get involved. Volunteer with organizations you feel strongly about. Watch the news. Do anything but sit back and live in your own little world. In order for this country to work as a democracy, the way the Founding Fathers intended it to be, you have to be an active participant.
Who knows? You might actually enjoy it.