By: Rylee Dahl
Following politics isn’t a hobby. Although it seems like another drama-filled reality show, it’s important for citizens to stay in tune with our government, whether we disagree with the current state of the White House or not- because after all, the decisions of politicians play into our daily lives.
This country is quite filled to the brim with injustices, that you should be able to attach yourself to one that has personally affected or outraged you to the point that you do want to take action, and a great way to provoke that change is through voting.
With actions being taken towards an inquiry for Trump’s impeachment, we can use this critical time while the dust settles to educate ourselves on the presidential candidates for the 2020 election.
In the media world of lies, cover-ups, and bias, it’s become a task in itself to sift through the dirt of press and find the truth. It’s more than easy to go along with the views that celebrities post and assume they’re competent and have the best interest of the people. A time-consuming but reliable way is to allow for listening. That includes watching interviews of an array of candidates and reading up on the individual’s policies. I prefer interviews (the Democratic debates included) because a lot can be said about the way a person answers critical questions, especially whether or not they possess the honesty to be straightforward with their thoughts or beat around the bush never giving a real solution.
Another factor to consider is keeping in mind who would best benefit America overall instead of having the mindset of “who would best benefit me, my lifestyle and values.”
As a country, we’re at a crucial fork in the road with hate and divisiveness rising and becoming normalized. The average citizen holds a certain amount of power that when united can alter the course of the White House towards equality and safety, which are two astronomical issues this country faces.
It can get overwhelming the more you delve into American politics but don’t allow yourself to believe that your life isn’t associated with it.