Lets face it. Americans are like children avoiding a good stern talking to. We knock over an expensive vase and nobody is willing to fess up to the crime. The same goes for our economic crisis and our impending doom as elected officials and those individuals Americans trusted to put in charge of important things like social security and the economy keep pointing fingers at one another and dishing out hefty sums of blame.
While avoiding the consequences of the faults of others or even ourselves, may produce some temporary tranquility we cannot elude the problem at hand. We spend all our time talking about the problem without actually working to solve it.
The politicians we elect into Congress are only worried about one thing and it’s not the concerns of their constituents. Instead, they base all of the important day to day decisions America must make on whether or not the electorate will get angry with them. There is a constant voice inside their head that skews all their voting and it’s always repeating, “How will this affect my seat in office?”
Suddenly, officials looking to run for re election aren’t as gung-ho about privatizing social security as they were a couple of days ago before the figures rolled in. This outcome is often the case as risky, but potentially advantageous legislation slips out of America’s grasp and it’s all because nobody is willing to “go there.”
Unlike the mass media before me, I suggest that elected officials shouldn’t bare the brunt of all that bad press. Sure, they were the bright ones who panicked and came up with the brilliant idea of handing out 700 billion dollars to greedy businessmen only looking for a good spa treatment, but hey aren’t we the bright ones who elected them?
Instead of writing angry letters of disapproval to our congressmen, we’re busy text messaging. Instead of tuning into the presidential debates, we’d rather be watching re-runs of the Hills. Where does all this negativity come from? How can we stop it? As a young person myself, I feel overwhelmed. What does it matter if I watch a lousy debate? What does it matter if I vote? Every news report keeps telling me that no matter I do today or how hard I work right now, social security will be long extinct by the time I’m even eligible reap its generous benefits. The environment is crumbling before us, our important natural resources are diminishing, and soon we’ll all be in a nuclear holocaust. As the bad news keeps pouring in, it’s really hard to remain gung-ho about anything and I think that’s something we can all agree on.
But for a small few, this does not remain so. As I walk through the quad each day, I see dedicated students caring about things whether it be their sorority, sports team, or organization. Students and young people still have that passion and drive to set out to accomplish their goals and there are still big dreamers out there that want to change the world. It’s the small efforts that count like recycling and voting – heck even caring that really begin to change things. So, I present a challenge to those of us still out there dreaming up big dreams: Don’t stop. Every little effort we make towards the future just ensures a brighter tomorrow.