Political Apathy

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Issue 13, political apathy, Politics, staff ed, staff editorial, Opinion - By Quaker Campus on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 05:04

Despite the love we all hold for democracy, people seem to be rather uncaring when it comes to politics. Many people make excuses, saying that it does not affect them or that they are too lazy, but voting is one of the most important things you could possibly do, and it will most definitely affect you.

If you do not vote, you have given up your ability to have a voice in the things that happen around you. If a policy is made that directly discriminates against a group you belong to, it is partly your fault because you did not vote to oppose it. Voting is, and always will be, a vital part of the democratic process.

But voters do need to be informed. Seeing political propaganda commercials that tell you to vote for a specific candidate because they will fix all the problems in the country is not being informed. Research all your options, whether it be for political candidates or specific policies, and make an informed decision so that your vote means something. Casting a misinformed vote is even more harmful than not voting at all. As American citizens, we have all made the commitment to casting informed votes.

When elections come around we simply hope that everybody can exert the effort to cast their vote and make their voice count.