Monday, November 7, 2016

Teens and the Presidential Election

Meet  Trevor Secor, Micah Gutman, Joel Namtug, Aaron Georgeson, Matthew Thompson, and Caleb McGurth.

Who are these people?

They are teens gone undercover as Presidential Candidates.

Just Kidding.

Sort of.

These teens, and one more, got together to film a mock presidential debate (and eat pizza). You may view it below.


Hope the video made you laugh.
Don't forget to vote for your favorite candidate. (you can do that in the comments below)

So why do I share this absolutely funny (and somewhat random) video with you?

Because I want to answer a question that I have NO DOUBT many other teens are asking...What can teens do to be a part of the election? I mean, they can't vote.

I have a friend  who is so curious and concerned about the election that he watched all the debates that he could. He knows all the ins and outs of the candidates.

My brother wrote a persuasive speech about Prop 64 and presented it to his speech class at our homeschool group.

My sister (who is not quite a teen yet) was in an elections class in our homeschool group. Today, they had a co-op wide vote for best candy bar... Snickers or 3 Musketeers. (you can vote for that in the comments too.) She knows how the electoral college works, and what the constitution says about voting.

Our family talks about the election at the dinner table. For 2 months straight, it was all we talked about at lunch time. Jellybean (age 5) even knows who Donald Trump is...just because she has 3 tween/teen siblings who care *somewhat* about the elections.

Those are just some things that teens I know did.

I think it would be really easy for teens to just decide not to care about the election. "I can't vote, why do I care?" But I also think it is extremely important for teens to be informed.

Why?

Because the choices that the president elected tomorrow will affect the adult lives of the teens. The laws that people vote in will be in effect when we are adults.

And from a Christian point of view, we need to know what is going on and care about it because the leader elected is the leader that God has chosen to be in charge of our country. And we are commanded to respect that leader.

Also, there will come a day when we WILL be able to vote. And if we don't know what we are doing or how voting works or why it matters.....that could be bad. As an American Citizen, and as a Christian, I will one day be responsible for voting for godly things and getting rid of the bad. (or at least trying too.)

So, to sum it up, I think that teens should be informed about what is going on in politics. Talk about it with your friends and family, research the candidates and laws, learn how voting works. Earlier in the race, I had even considered writing a letter to Ben Carson telling him that if I could vote, I would vote for him.

If you have any other ideas on how teens could be involved in the elections, put them in the comments. I would love to hear your ideas!

And by the way, I'm not saying that everyone has to be like my friend who watched every debate. You don't have to care that much.  :) I guess what I am trying to say is that I think it is VERY important for teens to be INFORMED.

And watch the video again. And laugh. Hard. And vote for your favorite candidate. And candy bar. :)


(A good place that I have found for teens to become informed is CNN student news. You can find their daily 10 minute current events videos here)

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