In my life I have always followed elections even before I could vote. I am also a big history fan so I have done some research on other elections and other presidents candidacies. That wasn't until recently though. I wanted to know what happened in the country and why and where our country started to become what it is today. I am very uneasy about this upcoming election and I do not like either candidate nor do I think that they are strong enough to even put a dent into what this country needs. I believe that the problems with the country will get worse before they get better. I have many different opinions about why this would happen and I could write a lot more on it. I feel very informed about the candidates and what they are about and what the issues are and where they stand but I don't believe that they can fix or even begin a process that will attempt to fix the problems. I know I sound negative but a lot of the problems steam back many years and I think it will take many years to pull us out of it not just 4 or 8 years. I believe youth should be informed about issues and common issues that reoccur time and time again and if they youth are educated before they can vote they are more likely to have a better understanding when it comes time for them to vote. I like the websites because they talk about the issues at hand and also show people where they can go to vote and what to expect which is nice because when I was able to vote for the first time I was nervous and not sure what to do and the website can give people an idea of what to expect and what they will see when they have to vote which will lower anxiety. I am not drawn into this election and I am not sure if I will be voting this year because I don't believe in the candidates. Some questions I have would be: How can we educate youth about politics? Does it start with digging into the history of the problems? Can these candidates solve or begin to solve some of the problems? How?
These are just some of the questions I have coming into this election and I would have some more and I will bring some of them up in class this week. I just hope that the country doesn't go too far into a hole and that we can pull ourselves out of it. I think it begins with education about what the problems are and the youth of the nation are the solution. We need to grow and be together rather then divided because I look at our country as a divided country.