Yes, even though I can’t vote, I still have and deserve an opinion. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing people who can vote, relinquish that right. Our Founding Fathers did not risk their lives fighting for our freedom so that people can sit back and not participate in a government.  It was designed to be of the people, by the people, for the people. Unfortunately, it never seems to fail that those who can’t be bothered to vote still complain. This isn’t a partisan issue.  All political parties are guilty of this. While people may choose to not have an opinion on Election day, this shouldn’t mean they can attack myself and other young, political activists for being passionate and involved.

I am not sorry for having a political opinion.  I am fulfilling one of my duties as an American citizen, as outlined in the Constitution. Because I strive to be involved with political elections and keep up with scandals, I am more prepared for my future. I won’t be blindly thrown into the political atmosphere when I turn eighteen. Instead, I will be well educated and make the best, informed decision I can based on the given situation. Everyone should feel this confident going into voting season. When I am old enough to vote, I will know what I believe.

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Being incredibly active allows me to influence others. If my friends, peers, and loved ones see that I am so passionate about the issues, it can help influence them to keep up with news and hopefully, vote. Even though at sixteen, I can’t vote, I can still make a huge impact on those who can vote. I have a twenty-year-old cousin that, until recently, could not care less about politics or who became president. I emphasized the importance of having an opinion which really influenced him and inspired him to influence those around him. Everyone has that one family member who doesn’t care.  Your loved ones will listen to you, no matter how stubborn they are. As a matter of fact, I was that girl at one point. I didn’t really care about politics, but my family showed me how foolish that was.  Now I understand and am trying to make a difference.

I think what deters people from voting is their lack of understanding when it comes to how our country works and the fundamental principles it was founded on. They don’t appreciate our Constitution. If we can teach people the value of the Constitution, I strongly believe we will have a better voter turnout and less Twitter attacks on the people that do understand and do care. Because I found my passion for America and our Constitution at a young age, I have formed so many opinions of my own.  That has made me a better activist. Although I can’t vote yet, I still have a special appreciation for the law of our land.  That’s what activists like myself need to instill in voters across this nation.

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To the people that have attacked us millennials, I would like to thank you. Thank you for making me that much more confident in my opinion.  You’ve inspired me everyday to keep up with the latest news. Without your help, I probably would just be a “stupid 16 year-old that shouldn’t have an opinion.” To FFL, Thank you for giving me a platform to share my opinion, free from ignorant, hate-filled people who are constantly tearing young activists down. Thank you for destroying the concept of political “safe zones” and supporting young activists like myself and many others. I may not be able to vote quite yet.  But I am still making a difference in my community and in the political world. You better believe that the day I am old enough, I’ll be ready to cast an informed and passionate vote for the principles and issues I have been studying since I was young.

Abby Spotswood
Although she's in High School, she still has a firing passion for politics, debates, and everything southern. She is an activist in the young conservative movement and will do whatever it takes to get her message across and inspire others to get involved in changing the world.

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