Baptism By Fire

America. The nation founded on democracy. Since our conception we have prided ourselves on including all peoples and ensuring the equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We constructed a constitution, which has acted as steady guidelines throughout our young but eventful history. One of the most important constitutional rights is the right to vote. At the age of 18, every U.S. citizen is allowed to vote. No one can be denied that right.
I am 20 years old. By the time the 2016 presidential election comes around I will have just celebrated my 21st birthday. This is the first time I am eligible to vote in a presidential election. Since learning about voting in elections and the privilege of freedom and democracy in my 8th grade constitution class, I have always been excited to participate in the process. I conjured up this idea that when the day arrived when I would be able to vote I would do so for a noble cause; my vote would mean something. I’m a little over three months away from that day and I don’t have the same feeling of excitement anymore. Honestly, I don’t know what to do; I don’t know who to vote for. I am frankly embarrassed this is my first election I am eligible to vote in. It’s unfair. Could we not find two better candidates to run for presidency in either party? I don’t understand. It’s sad that this is going to serve as memory for the first time I was able to vote. I hear others my age talking about refraining from voting in this election. Normally I would argue and say that as a right and a privilege to vote you should be proud and excited and happy to participate in American democracy. I can’t argue with them now. What would I say? It’s still important to vote? I mean, it is, but look at the election. Look at who is running. Neither candidate is fully qualified and from the beginning we have all known this is going to come down to ‘who we hate less.’ What would our founding fathers think?
I don’t consider myself a democrat or republican. I am frankly too young to understand politics enough in order for me to pick one party. My philosophy is that I can listen to peers and read as much as I want about politics and about each party individually and make my decision based off that, but I do not think I can choose a party before participating in an election. Like anything else, understanding politics comes with experience. I pay attention to politics and listen to what my parents have to say – something most kids my age probably do when interested in understanding the subject. However, I still don’t think this knowledge can vanquish experience.
I’m going to vote in the 2016 presidential election. I don’t know for whom and I don’t know if I’m going to be happy with turning in my first ballot, but I am still going to vote. It’s my constitutional right as an American in no matter how disgusting this presidential election might be it is still my privilege. I guess, like most people, I’m going to have to look forward to the election in 2020.
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2 thoughts on “Baptism By Fire

  1. Been reading all your stuff but really enjoyed this one cause I feel the exact same jacky. I have to agree with this on all points and I’m sure we’re not the only ones who feel that way. Lovin what your doing keep up the good work buddy !

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