Millennials, the Future of American Politics


Friday, March 17, 2017

As a millennial, it’s devastating to see the disgust and dissatisfaction that other millennials feel towards politics.

Politics influences the daily lives of citizens everywhere, thus the benefits to being politically up to date couldn’t be more evident.  Many millennials are not simply fed up with our political parties, but the fundamental structure of our democracy.  “A recent poll of people 18 to 29 years old by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found nearly half agreed with the statement that “politics today are no longer able to meet the challenges our country is facing.” More than two-thirds said the country is “on the wrong track,” and a majority rejected both capitalism and socialism as models for the future.”

These statistics aren’t just unusual, but they are rather troublesome. We’re living in a generation in which, the millennial demographic has simply stopped believing in the system that has worked successfully for hundreds of years.

Where do we go from here? That’s anyone’s guess.

It’s extremely alarming to me, as a strong believer in our current government, to think of a future in which American democracy has fallen from its glory. At a time in which we as a nation are approaching twenty trillion dollars in debt, the thought of government in which we the people don’t truly believe in is very worrisome.

It’s time for the millennial demographic to ask themselves some tough questions. For example, How can we get behind a form of government, that will resolve the challenging problems facing our nation?

It’s time for us as millennials, to stop rejecting our government every step of the way, yet providing no alternate suggestions as to what would happen if done away with our current system. The time has come for millennials to work hard and improve the government they so clearly don’t believe in.

Because let’s face it, a future in which the millennial demographic doesn’t care about politics is a scary one.

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About Brady Kenyon

University of Arkansas

I'm currently a political science major at The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. I'm currently a part of the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans along with being involved with the political campaign of Christoper Chamberlin. I'm a principled conservative who believes in a government in which can be held accountable by the people.

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