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News microphones wait to capture reactions from U.S. Supreme Court rulings outside the court building in Washington, June 25, 2013.

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News microphones wait to capture reactions from U.S. Supreme Court rulings outside the court building in Washington, June 25, 2013.

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor

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We live in an age of all time high political apathy for the younger generation, which entails us having record low voter turnouts.
People complain about campaign finance roofs and how the rich have the power to control elections. About how internet rights are being de-neutralized, how privacy rights are at an all time infringement, and how securities are destroyed.
How Guantanamo is still open, how due process isn’t in effect, how national healthcare is a mistake, and how political parties are polar factions.
How the Supreme Court of the United States is ruling in favor of corporations and wealth, how congressmen are corrupt, how the President of the United States is injust. How our foreign policy is terrible, our domestic policy is ignored, and how our economic policy is shot in the leg. And that’s all true.
All these things are viable issues to worry about, but here’s the catch- we let them happen.
In a government such as the one today which is by the people, for the people, and in a republican democracy, it is only the people who have devolved into the nation.
Corporations, individuals, Political Action Committees, factions– they only take advantage of what’s there, there isn’t upward mobility in the level of injustice.
Our responsibility as a nation is to take back what is ours. To encourage young minds to challenge everything around them. We need to make our voices relevant and heard. Educate ourselves. Educate our peers. Debate. Inspire. Discuss. Scrutinize. Support. Deny.
We need to stand together as a nation of men and women who will hold each others hands and lift one another up. But also look into one another’s eyes and have an honest understanding of where each person comes from, their problems, and their views. Modern academia is so geared towards boxing up social complexes and demographics and theories to analyze groups– that we forget humanity.
America needs to look in the mirror and find the humanity in itself. And then, all these problems can be challenged as a United States.
We need to learn the wealth and price of being human. The value of life, and all it gives us. The worth of our neighborhood and soil. After all, what else do we have if not humanity.

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