- Posted October 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
A Note from the Next Generation
I'm a high school sophomore with a bit more interest in politics than is normal for a kid my age. Make that a LOT more interested. So I took a little survey to see what my peers thought of the government shut-down.
Some of the people I asked had honestly not heard about it. They were surprised and anxious when I told them. One expressed a thought that many have had, "Congress can do that?"
Those who hadn't heard, however, were the minority. While some were more preoccupied with homecoming preparations ("It's not really on my mind right now"), one sentiment was all but unanimous. "It's stupid!"
In a time where voter participation among young adults (18-29) is already less than 50%, Congress can not afford to further alienate America's youth. In the eyes of the next generation, Washington is a broken relic, not worth their time or effort.
Democracy has always depended on involved citizens. Congress, don't throw away my generation's trust. Your children will pay for it and, quite frankly, so will I.