When was the last time you saw the American political system work for us, the American people?
The unfortunate truth that many fail to realize is that many of us, those born in a post-9/11 world, have never really witnessed a functional government that is correctly fulfilling the will of the American people.
We’ve experienced a world where the United States has spent trillions of dollars on a war that wouldn’t have even crossed the minds of most Americans for 20 years,
We were born into the Monica Lewinsky scandal, witnessed the harassment and racism towards the nation’s first African American president, and had our majority vote snatched away for a president and ideals the newer generation never rallied behind.
The future of America itself, the youngest generations, have never seen American politics function remotely close to how the Founding Fathers intended.
We could sit and argue about the powers of Congress and impeachment, the electoral college, or even the fundamental right to vote that every American should have, but how could we?
How could we when we have sitting members of Congress who disobeyed the will of the American people, not even certifying the presidential election, still in office and not even arrested for treason?
We all know about the failed coup 147 Republican lawmakers staged when they voted against the certification of now-President Joe Biden.
The truth is, this could quickly happen again in the next presidential election right after the 2022 midterm, an election where Republicans are poised to win back the House and the 50/50 Senate.
If Mitch McConnell went along with election lies against his former colleague in the Senate and longtime friend Joe Biden, who’s to say he wouldn’t do it again against the next Democratic president-elect, this time with even more Republican power in the House and Senate?
From Generation Z’s first time voting in the 2018 and 2020 elections, the direction the new generation wants the country to go is clear.
According to The United States Census Bureau, the voter turnout among those between the ages of 18 and 29 year-olds went up 79% in the 2018 midterm elections, the most significant jump in any age group.
Young voters are genuinely interested in electing officials to replace the corruption and dysfunction we’ve been a witness to all our lives.
The direction of the 2018 midterm election did little to shock anyone. Instead, the outcome was an opportunity for younger voters, the voters that couldn’t vote in the 2016 presidential elections, to have a clear rebuttal to then-President Trump.
Voters rejected some of the ideology driven by a Trump lead Republican Party. Democrats won 41 seats in the House, seven governor races, and 349 state House seats. Thus, the outcome of the 2018 midterms was no different than any other midterm election, testing the grasp of the incumbent president.
The difference between now and elections prior is the amount of resistance the incumbent president’s party faced among voters, particularly younger voters.
For people interested in the future of our democracy, this would’ve been Christmas in November. Voters, notably Generation Z, witnessed the chaos among our political leaders, and said enough is enough. Thus, solidifying the idea that the American people know what’s going on in Washington.
The 2020 Presidential election had similar traits to the previous election. The difference was the unfortunate outcome met by the 147 republican lawmakers and thousands of rioters on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
January 6 will live on in American history forever. The day where democracy and two of the most sacred symbols of American democracy were under attack.
The certification of the 2020 presidential election, naming Joe Biden President-elect, and the legislative branch; the very halls where “We the People” come to life — or at least should — through elected officials we place ourselves.
It seems unlikely that the current politicians and officials in charge will get their acts together anytime soon. But one thing is certain, another change of power must happen. If not two years from now or six, this could very quickly occur again.
Americans should have some hope for a better future. Fortunately, ideas that seem too unrealistic to the older voters are now being demanded by the new voters. The demands include government and government officials that work for the American people; all people.