It’s hard to believe that another four years has come and gone and the 2012 presidential election is right around the corner. For some people they see the dwindling days of Barack Obama in office as a positive and look for a new face to restore America with a new vision while others hope to keep him in office to continue what he has started. But, there is also a faction of people that are indifferent and do not care about who is in office because they believe it doesn’t affect them or they are just apathetic in general. In America, we are lucky enough to have the right and opportunity to voice our opinions and vote for the candidate that we feel fights for what we believe in most.
As college students, our future lies in the hands of the person in office. We have worked tirelessly to get good grades, acquire internships and retain knowledge for our journey to ultimately graduate with our desired major and venture out into the workforce. Let’s retrace what I just said: all of our hard work, sleepless nights devoted to studying, long days filled with classes and internships lies in the hands of one person in the White House.
If that doesn’t give you a jolt of responsibility for your future, I don’t know what will. For some students, this will be their first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. For others, they will be able to re-voice their opinions at the polls for the candidate they believe in most.
In case you have been like Peeta from the Hunger Games, stuck in a small cave, you should know who the two candidates are, but just to refresh your memory Barack Obama is looking to defend his title as Commander in Chief. He represents the Democratic party and Republican, Mitt Romney, who looks to dethrone our current president.
Thus far, according to The Rasmussen Report’s daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday, October 3, President Obama is attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns the vote of 47%.
Now that is close! For the people who think their vote doesn’t matter, take a look at those numbers and realize that every last vote cast can and will make a difference in the 2012 Presidential Election.
There are many resources to turn to in order to become educated on each of the candidates and what they stand for and especially the basics of the voting system.
Of course, you can always take a look at the major network websites and television programs such as MSNBC, Fox News and CNN to get the liberal, conservative and independent viewpoints.
Basically, take the time to learn about each candidate’s policies. It is your right as an American to voice your opinion. Cherish this ability because there are other countries around the world where the voice of the people is nothing but a meaningless murmur in the background.
This is your country, and it’s up to you to decide its future. Let your voice be heard!