Young voters, we are better than this. As the new voice of our democracy, we must make our cry to be heard louder than ever, not despite, but because the current leader of this country is unwilling to listen. To echo famous words, “It is what it is.” And here is “what it is” – Trump is led not by our nation’s values, but rather greed, fame and hatred. He has made it more difficult for the average voter (yes, you) to receive affordable healthcare and education. He has rejected every opportunity to preserve the planet that we will inherit. He hid in a bunker as we bled for peace and held a Bible for a photo-op as we rallied in the streets, uttering softly, love thy neighbor. He is the president who cried hoax over the shaking voices of families, friends and lovers whispering goodbye into the phone as their loved ones died alone at the hands of a virus he ignored. This is no longer a matter of sides: Our world is burning. Our nation is crying. Our democracy is vulnerable. We are all human enough to understand that simple love for country and compassion for others overwhelm the demanded loyalty for an office and a leader that is meant to serve us. As of now, we, the young voters and future generations of America, have the power to turn the tide of change with one united, indivisible voice. If Trump succeeds in breaking down the values of democracy and the ability to rightfully choose our next leader, we may no longer have one. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Use your voice, use your vote, and please work to encourage others to check their registrations and to vote. Rise up.

Jenna Fults


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