Have you noticed that not only are Democrats losing races across the country, but they have very few young people running for office? As a result, most of our political candidates are old enough to be our parents, or grandparents.
Don’t get me wrong, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were quality candidates in 2016, but Hillary Clinton didn’t excite the youth vote like Barack Obama did in 2008. Politicians from both parties are mostly out of touch with people from my generation, Generation X, and voters young enough to be my kids.
A couple of generations, especially millennials, have been taught that their vote doesn’t matter. Whether it is the conspiracy fringes of the left and right pushing this narrative, or conservative efforts, young voters are disillusioned with our government. This is exactly what the Republican Party wants, convince people who aren’t conservatives not to vote.
Unfortunately, it is working. With the flood of misinformation, fake news, and gerrymandering, younger people are being pushed out of the political process. Republicans are gaining more and more power in swing states, and even making inroads into traditionally blue districts.
Wisconsin, long a Democratic stronghold, is now run by Republican Scott Walker and narrowly went to Trump in 2016. As older conservatives begin to die off, younger and more progressive people should be replacing them at the voting booths, but that just doesn’t seem to be happening.
Sure, we have some younger candidates like Jon Ossoff, but they are fairly few and far between. This is a very serious problem for Democrats, and the scrutiny that comes with running for office makes it even less desirable for people who grew up with social media to consider a stint in politics.
We need to change this. We have to convince our progressive friends and family to run for office, and then support them. Sitting on Facebook and signing petitions, sharing junk news and getting outraged by every little thing Trump does isn’t accomplishing anything than making website owners rich, and Republicans more powerful.