Millennials Must Vote, Embrace Their Political Power This Midterm
Midterm elections are a time to reassess the state of politics in our nation and reinforce the structure of our government. The focus of political affairs are temporarily refocused on the lesser known, but just as important, federal, state, and local positions. In these times of turmoil, midterm elections are as important as ever. The controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has further empathized the dire need for millennial participation in elections, and the push against political corruption and interference. We now have Chad from Barstool Sports as a Supreme Court judge because we allowed twisted old politicians with dated ideologies to make decisions for a changing world.
To strengthen the nation, we must have politicians who are suitable for the times. It doesn’t make sense to elect politicians who are coming on 80 years of age to efficiently combat complex issues like sexuality, religion, and race. Individuals who have grown up in these times and who have experience with these new, daunting issues are perfect candidates for the job, but are being defeated by people who perpetrate the same dated, destructive practices. These individuals have an easier time getting elected because they are supported by people like them who already hold positions in the government. This is why voting is so incredibly important, because it’s the only way we can secure a promising future. A large amount of people may believe a certain way and want change, but it means nothing without some political support. We have to have efficient yet fair representatives in our government who can rationally judge a situation and make decisions that benefit the majority.
Luckily enough, these midterm elections are the best opportunity we have to elect quality politicians into office. Instead of using the Electoral College to determine the outcome of a vote, the popular vote is used. This way, there is no interference from members of the Electoral College who may have hidden agendas and would prefer one candidate over another for unrelated reasons. For these 2018 midterm elections, there are plenty of candidates who represent the millennial population, or the population who will grow to completely shape the nation.
One race in specific that stands out is between millennial Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Anthony Pappas. Earlier this year, Cortez staged an upset against incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley for the 14th Congressional district in New York City. Time magazine called it the, “Biggest Upset of 2018.” Now, she is set to face Pappas in the Nov. 6 general election. The odds weigh heavily in Cortez’s favor and have instilled hope into the hearts of fellow millennials who yearn for productive change in their nation and representation in congress.
In Arizona, Rep. Krysten Sinema is running against fellow Republican Representative Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, who decided not to run for reelection. After winning the Democratic nomination on Aug. 28, she is now the first openly bisexual person to win a nomination for a seat in the Senate. If she wins, she will be the second ever openly LGBTQ person to serve. This is just one example of a race that if won, would promote sexual equality and benefit the standing of millennials as a generation in the worlds view. All in all, it is incredibly important that millennials do their research and go out and vote for their favorite candidates. This cannot be a choice made because someone told you so, it has to be one that you have uniquely developed and truly believe in. The world is changing, and must be allowed to grow naturally, without being restricted by ancient politicians who want to ride their term out to the very end.