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Too Quick To Pick

I turned eighteen last year, so that obviously means this presidential election will be the first non-school election I get to vote in. The same goes for many of my friends. The problem with young voters, like me and my friends, is that we are too quick to pick which party we belong to. Even though we really knew nothing about each party when we registered to vote.

What most young adults know about each is party is only what we were taught from outdated and falling apart text books and family biases, I dodged one of those bullets but not the other. These text books tell us just the basic ideas of each party. Like republicans are described as the party that is anti-government  and supports more power for the individual states than a central more powerful federal government and was often described as the party of Thomas Jefferson, who wouldn’t like that. Democrats are described as the big government party, the party that supports a big central government rather than more powerful individual state rights and was often described as the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the original Welfare President, not sure if I like that party.

There’s obviously more to each party, especially now when politics and political parties are changing and growing faster than ever. Take for example the Tea Party, a branch of the republican party. While they are fairly new to the political spectrum they have caused a raucous as large the creation of the dixiecrat party, a separatist democratic group, in the 1948 election. However, the Tea Party isn’t mentioned in any textbooks and neither are the dixiecrats.

There’s also the newer parties that aren’t as outrageously far right as the Tea Party or as outrageously far left as the Coffee Party, yes there is a Coffee Party. The right has; for the most part, Libertarians; but some libertarians identify as democrats. Then the left has progressives and liberals, why the left doesn’t have an in between branch bewilders me. Most teachers won’t discuss the in between parties they simply teach students what’s in the book and that’s fine because if teachers tried to teach students about every party the students may not learn anything else.

Now let’s get back to the serious issue here. Young adults are choosing which party they belong to simply because of two factors, family biases and not so current political interpretations of each party. Since kids are being taught what they political political parties believed rather than learning what they believe now. Now because of this fact this country will see a lot of young voters vote for somebody simply because of their party. And that means if Newt Gingrich wins the republican nomination a lot of young voters will vote for him. If we have learned anything from the last election, young voters are what are what make the difference. So let’s educate young Americans and allow them to choose a candidate based on the candidates character and similar beliefs rather than the party the individual party the candidate is from.

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