The youth are riled up, they are not going to take it anymore, they are revolting . . . against partisan politics.
Alright, maybe not exactly revolting, but one teen has had enough of the partisan gridlock that has mired national politics of late. Connor Brantley, 13, started a political party, United Now, which aims to end partisanship in government.
Brantley would start with encouraging people to get their information from outside the media, which he says is “misinforming people.”
Voters “aren’t as informed as they should be,” said Brantley. “They may go and they vote straight party. Or they may go and they vote for the candidate who they saw, whose name they saw most often appear in the news.
“What United Now tries to do, is say, ‘Look, you can make up your own mind. We’re not going to tell you who to vote for, but you should know the facts before you vote.’ And therefore I think people are going to make more informed decisions.”
“Young people are the citizens of tomorrow, and they’re playing an important role in our political system,” Brantley said on ABC’s “Top Line” today. “I think that the biggest problem right now is they just don’t understand how politics is affecting them and what big of an impact they can make.”
President Obama’s 2008 campaign resonated with young voters, many of whom came out in droves to support him. There is no guarantee that he will capture that demographic again in 2012, and Brantley said it is because young people do not need to be told who to vote for, they can make up their own minds. What young people do not realize, said Brantley, is why they should take part in politics at all.