It seems now more than ever that people are becoming of their parents beliefs. For example, one students parent may be vocally supportive of a certain candidate, and they repeat everything they heard them say about said candidate like it is fact without conducting any research of their own. Not only does this make these people closed minded, but it could cause certain policies to be passed that you don’t agree with, and cause certain candidates to win elections because you heard your mom say that this person was evil. With the Democratic and Republican parties splitting farther apart by the minute, the time is now for every American citizen to conduct their own research of ALL possible candidates for a certain position.
In order to do this, you need to first realize what matters are most important to you. “I think one of the most important things you can do for yourself is understand your own political opinion, with so many people trying to sway you, it can be hard,” Ben Daly (10) said. This is essential because you should be looking for candidates who match your beliefs, and if they don’t share your view on your most important issue, they may not be the right person to vote for. Think about what will benefit you and your peers the most. Think about what you value in life, and let that reflect in who you choose to support and eventually get your vote. Realize that voting for someone isn’t just an average, everyday task, but something that will literally change American history and policies forever. Realize that voting is something to be taken for granted, but something that thousands of brave men and women had to lose their lives for you to get the freedom to vote. Realize that not only are you voting for yourself, but a bigger picture. Every citizen will be impacted by who gets elected president. Think about all of these things before placing your ever so important vote.
It is also important to not base your opinions on someone based on what party they represent. As a Republican, I still always view the policies and ideas of both Republicans and Democrats before I voice my opinion on it. If I’m being honest, I used to think like that with certain candidates until I actually did my own research without taking into account what I have heard people say. It was a crazy realization that, yes, although you may not agree with everything that this party has to offer, members of it can still have great ideas that people in the Republican party doesn't agree with. The same could be said for people who identify as Democrats. Too many times we have people saying that “this politician is this party, so they are an idiot”. Yes, many politicians are idiots, but you should look into what they stand for before you start acting like my ex and jumping into conclusions.