As millennials, it is our duty to immerse ourselves in the political realm as much as possible. Millennials are the people born from 1980 to 2000. We are the leading generation. According to Pew Research Center, millennials have overtaken the Baby Boomers as America's largest generation. This means that the choices we make will have the largest impact on this country and the world as we know it.
Too many millennials in 2016 are ignorant and unaware of what it happening in the world, especially in politics. Millennials claim to love freedom. But millennials are also the only group in America where the majority favors socialism, according to a Reason Rupe survey. This is a clear conflict of interest. Socialism and freedom. The two do not mix. It's an oxymoron. I find it alarming that so many millennials are so shockingly uninformed. The liberal indoctrination that goes on in schools, colleges, and universities is largely to blame, but that's a topic for another article.
If more millennials were involved in politics, my generation would have stronger leaders and well-rounded individuals. We would not have people retreating to "safe spaces" because they heard something that hurt their feelings. That is the mentality of a small, immature child, not of a person who is one of America's future leaders. Political involvement is a blueprint for networking, building relationships, and gaining knowledge.
I say this from experience. Over the past few months, I have been to meetings with the Michigan Republican Party in the Detroit Area. On Saturday, May 28, 2016, I volunteered with a member from the party. He and I knocked on doors and asked people which party they usually vote for and if they view Democrat front runner, Hillary Clinton as trustworthy. (Everyone said no.)
While knocking doors, my fellow volunteer and I had a great conversation with an older gentleman who was a conservative and a Trump supporter. He discussed how deeply troubled he was by the turmoil and insanity that is happening in our country. He made it a point to state how proud he was to see two involved and aware millennials, especially me as an African American woman.
Though I am 18 years old and only beginning to get involved in politics, it has been very informative and eye-opening experience for me. It's so inspiring to be around like minded, conservative people who share my views and can expand my knowledge. I have learned more about the world, the various political parties, and what elements cause people to gravitate towards certain beliefs. I have only just begun my involvement in politics, and I know that it is definitely something that I will continue to do for as long as I am alive.
I urge millennials of 2016 to deepen their political involvement. Get out there and make a difference! It will enrich your life and you will connect with a vast variety of people. You will learn how the world works and how people work. Political involvement will strengthen you and help you grow as an individual. I know, without a doubt, that I would not be as aware and informed as I am today if I did not have the political knowledge and experience.