Teens and Politics: How Can You NOT Care?

Morgan is a 16-year-old from Goddard, KS. She enjoys writing, volunteering, acting as a positive voice for youth, and being politically aware. She loves History and aspires to be a lawyer in her future.


When asked why I have such an interest in politics when I’m not even able to vote, I wish people could see that the simple fact that I’m not able to vote is the answer itself.

It used to aggravate me when people asked why I care about politics or that ‘dumb grown-up stuff,’ but now I merely see it as an opportunity to express and explain the cause of political involvement.

Part of the problem is that “care about” isn’t strong enough a phrase. To me politics is power (and not the corrupt kind) — power to encourage prosperity, to help those in need, to protect the defenseless. It is power to change the world and change lives, and I am passionate about it because I want to bring about the change I wish to see in the world.

My day is pretty much like everyone else’s, although my perspective of everything is a tad different. I look through the world with a lens tinted by the fascination of all things political. Just as someone who is enthralled with biology looks at the natural world and wonders “Why?”,  I look at the world surrounding me and wonder why we face the problems we do and why do we deal with them in the fashion that we do.

History fascinates me and it always has; the United States path to a constitutional republic is there right in front of you, entrancing you with every word written in cursive penmanship. I had chills up and down my spine the first time I saw the Constitution. Looking at our nations documents shows how our past has influenced the issues of the day. My love of history was one of the first things that influenced my love of our nation and politics.

I don’t devote my time and energy to it for personal glory or gratification, it was brought on by the idea that I could help shape the future of this nation I love so much. My parents are not politically active and are scarcely aware of what is going down on the “shining city upon a hill.” It was a personal choice to get involved, and I wouldn’t change it.

I’m not able to vote or even run for public office for years to come, but there is no time to waste. The issues of tomorrow are being decided today. Although I’m not capable of being in the position to be making the decisions, I am going to make sure I’m involved in the process.

The other day I attended a political conference and a family friend criticized the party I supported, I was extremely upset. Not because she was attacking my beliefs (I’m used to standing up for my party and their beliefs), but because she simply was attacking my choice to be involved in politics. I had just spent the weekend attending a conference where I was able to meet several high-profile people and learn how to make an impact though social media networks, even if it is a small manner. As soon as the pictures went up on Facebook, I was bombarded with a message saying how appalled she was that I attended an event like that and she started attacking my choice to be active. Regardless of the political affiliation, a young person being involved in politics is a rare sighting.

I only wish people could understand that instead of pushing away or punishing teens from being involved, they should applaud them. Encourage the youth in your life to get involved in a political campaign or to at least be politically educated and aware.

Politics is some of the most fun I have ever had, but it is about something so much more important. Politics is about the future — not just about my personal future, but also about the future of our generation, of the previous one and of the next one.

Millions of adults every year cast their vote in the interest of their generation. I want to do everything I can in my power until I can cast a vote for mine.

Photo by “Beverly & Pack” via Flickr


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One Response to “Teens and Politics: How Can You NOT Care?”

  1. Concerned Mother
    July 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Great article! I’m glad young people are getting involved in the political system. We need people like you, Morgan, in DC and in various other capitols showing those old folks how things are done. It’s both an inspiration and a relief knowing that the future of our great country is in hands like yours.
    Thank you and God Bless!!

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