The past two weeks have seen many a milestone for both Republicans and Democrats. If you found yourself tuned into either of the parties’ conventions, then you’re well aware of how different the rhetoric has become in certain respects – and, in other respects, how it’s remained the same. For those who didn’t tune in: if Michelle Obama’s toned arms and Ann Romney’s tame niceness aren’t enough for you to base your vote on come November, keep reading.
Regardless of your political persuasion, you’re probably uneasy or confused about where you stand. You may be asking yourself, “How do I justify a vote for Romney-Ryan when my cousin was born thanks to in vitro fertilization?” Or, for that matter, you may be wondering if Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage has really changed – or is he just banking on the fact that many gays vote Democrat?
We at the Loquitur realize that this election is already turning out to be a doozy, especially for college students. Both political parties have ingrained these complex social issues into their platforms, and many are left wondering if that’s what this election should be about. What about our job prospects? Is the future of social security really as bleak as it’s looking? Who’s going to take care of our grandparents if they’re left without Medicare?
Needless to say, there’s no shortage of reasons for you to vote one way or another – but we feel it’s imperative to help you exercise your right to vote. What follows are some questions tailored especially to you, wherever you may stand.
The Loquitur staff acknowledges every American citizen’s intrinsic right to vote; yet we do not endorse the right to vote uninformed. Research the above questions, pore over articles from both sides of the political fray – challenge your parents, and veer from their own ideologies. An individual vote represents an individual perspective – exercise that.