Written by: Rebecca Harris, Senior at the University of Connecticut
What do you get when you mix Democrat blue and Republican red? Purple. America is running dangerously low on "purple" people who can see both sides of an issue and compromise to form bi-partisan solutions on a MORAL basis. That is the goal of this blog, to present unbiased and non-partisan information that shows both sides of an issue, and to inspire the American youth to educate themselves and influence change. An educated young electorate is vital to Democracy. This blog will be a champion of facts, and an enemy of information influenced by partisan ideology and political bias. I want to help eliminate the disconnect and disinterest that is present in my generation, and inspire social responsibility to educate ourselves.
The views expressed in this blog are my own
My generation of Americans, I’m talking about people roughly ages 18-30, has grown up in a very different culture and social climate than our parents. We used to enjoy a culture of morality, a culture where Americans stood up for what was right. Education was valued, knowledge was sought after, people cared about their neighbors, and upstanding moral character was valued as much as sheer intellect. The United States of America used to be the greatest nation in the world because in the beginning we sacrificed investing in the current population to instead invest in youth, the future of our country. This has changed in the last century, and in the last 30 years there has been a paradigm shift in our culture, a shift from a unifying sense of looking out for each other as Americans to looking out for Number One. The examples of this are countless. News agencies are no longer driven to report what is factual, what is most important, and what will best inform the electorate, but instead what will drive ratings. Politicians, not all of them but many, are driven to make decisions based on spurring re-election victories instead of what is best for the country and what is best for the people. The polarization of political parties is increasing.
What is perhaps most concerning about this shift in American culture is that my generation has developed a sense of disconnect and disinterest in policy, political affairs, and foreign affairs. I believe that we have a moral and social responsibility to engage in the political climate of this country. The most common theme in talking to other young Americans that I have heard is that people have an increased distrust in government and have simply lost hope that Democrats and Republicans can work together and solve our nation’s issues. This feeling is based on visible issues with our elected officials, but I have one fundamental criticism of this complaint: If there is a general consensus that we, as a generation, dislike the way our government is currently run and dislike the culture we have created, why is there not more interest and activity to change it? Look at the greatest major social movements in the past century, women’s rights, the Civil Rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, all of them were championed by young Americans who cared deeply about their country and felt a responsibility to change what they believed were fundamental flaws. THAT is what I want to encourage. I’m advocating giving our social order a different ethos, one that encourages morality, responsibility to the people of our great country, accountability, and cooperation despite political affiliations. There is a problem in America: it is up to us to fix it.