Social Media Shapes The Standards Of Modern Political Involvement

Social Media Shapes The Standards Of Modern Political Involvement

"How can one be truly politically informed if their only exposure to politics exists virtually?"
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It is no longer a surprise to see self-proclaimed political enthusiasts—particularly those born in the new millennium—voicing their views on current issues over social media. Gone are the days when young adults would spend hours standing at street corners as they shout into megaphones to encourage resistance against governmental regulation.

While protests are undoubtedly as present as they always have been, it appears most prefer to sit and rant behind the screens of their smartphones, tablets, and computers. What little is achieved by this, one can only guess. How can one be truly politically informed if their only exposure to politics exists virtually? Without external involvement, there is no way to ensure the truth of what is published online.

There was once a time when movements strictly required supporters to attend in-person meetings and participate in events. Nowadays, petitions are signed online preventing individuals the opportunities to question petitioners about their initiatives. Of course, there are many clean-cut 'helpful' videos provided for those on the fence. However, society proves consistently guilty of belittling the basic human need for face-to-face communication such as, the opportunity to watch a petitioner's face falter when being questioned from a certain angle giving way to their doubts in the very cause they supposedly support.

The gradual fall of modern political involvement dates back to the early 90s, a time in which community service programs sprouted nationwide that required high school students to complete approximately 40-60 hours of volunteer work in order to graduate.

As with anything, once something becomes required, it tends to no longer be considered enjoyable. For example, academic institutions are notorious for their tedious reading assignments causing many former booklovers to burnout thus leading them to detest the idea of reading for leisure much less cracking open a textbook.

With this, it is not the government's responsibility to influence the interests of our youth. A teenager aspiring to become a veterinarian will certainly relish volunteering at their local humane society by viewing it as getting their foot in the door of the career they strive to obtain rather than shoveling animal feces every day in order to resentfully satisfy a high school requirement.

Perception has been proven to be the leading motivational factor in young adults. By requiring them to partake in community service, we rob them of their right to freedom of choice. Those with ambition will naturally act upon it of their own accord. Depriving them of this privilege may result in a lack of appetite for furthered participation in social concerns that once interested them.

At best, most of our youth are now lead to perform as virtual activists from afar rather than offer in-person contributions to a noble cause. If we seek change within society and the way our government is run, we must act upon it, become qualified, and use our platforms for the greater good. A legislator will not seriously take into consideration the views expressed in a sixteen-year-old's ill-informed outburst on social media. So why not become the legislator?

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Nike's Step Into The Political Realm Gives Us Something to Consider

Nike went political once again with Colin Kaepernick as their main advertisement.

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Nike's new advertisements have brought up a lot of controversy in the past week. Colin Kaepernick, who used to play for the San Francisco 49ers. He is now a free agent after he was let go. He is now the face of Nike. The last few years the NFL (National Football League) has been a platform for Colin Kaepernick used his position to bring awareness to police brutality. He did this by kneeling while they played the national anthem. Many began to follow in his footsteps and kneel as well.

Police brutality is and can be a massive problem. Many do not believe that the people that are meant to protect you actually do. And when the policemen themselves remain virtually unchecked this could actually be a problem.

I know you may want to stop reading this now but listen to my argument.

You can become a police officer when you are 20 years old. It is about as much schooling as you would need to become a CNA or (Certified nursing Aid). However, CNA's are not allowed to handle paperwork, their own patients, or even handing out medicine. Why do you need more schooling to do paperwork, but not to carry a gun? Only some of law enforcement agencies require a two-year degree. Police officers also only have one psych evaluation when they enter into the force. I believe that seeing what police officers see every day can cause extreme stress and mental instability. We must recognize police officers are humans too. They cannot be perfect no matter how much they try. But a system needs to be put in place to help them be the best they can be and weed out the ones that do not need to have that kind of responsibility.

I would also like you to think about this. Nike is a business. Yes, they may have lost a few customers by displaying Colin Kaepernick's face on their new advertisements. But they have gained $43 million dollars in free press. Nike is being talked about everywhere. And products are being bought by people who have supported Colin's movement. So Nike may or may not actually back Kaepernick's protest. I believe they haven't because they are doing nothing with the buzz that they have received. Nike has done this many many times. They advocated for women's rights, even for a man that tested HIV positive and was an incredible marathon runner. They knew this would generate revenue like no other. And because Nike is a sports store, getting involved in politics that included a sports front man. It became like a kid in a candy store. I do love Nike's products. And I am not saying that they are using Kaepernick, but I wish they would put their money into actually helping solve the problem.

I would also like to talk about Colin Kaepernick's protesting. I think it is a good thing when people that have a lot of attention put on them raise awareness for something that is wrong. However, raising awareness only does so much. Recognizing a problem is only the first step. What is the second you ask? Action. If you want to see diversity and change in Law enforcement. Change it. Apply to be a police officer or a lawmaker. You can't just continue to ask someone else to fix the problem. There's a saying that I've followed pretty much all my life. If you want something done, and done right. Do it yourself.

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