Political scene welcomes all voices
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:11
With the conclusion of the 2012 presidential campaign earlier this month, millions of Americans hit the four-year snooze button and resumed a long political nap. Even though it’s easy to feel burned-out after a year of debates and campaign ads, now may be a good time to make a difference, according to people in the local political scene.
“It’s important for college students to be politically involved, because politics is going to happen whether or not they get involved, and it’s going to shape their lives whether or not they get involved,” said Briana Bowen, a junior majoring in political science and president of the College Democrats USU Chapter.
Bowen said even though the elections are over, now is an ideal time for citizens to get involved in politics. Between elections, politicians can do what they were chosen to do — create policy that will shape the lives of students and citizens.
“We’re in that sweet spot right now where we’ve got a new Congress that’s going to be sworn in in January and a president reinstated, and they will have a couple of years before the really intense campaigning before the next major election cycle comes around,” Bowen said.
Josh Light, CEO of the Logan-based website politicit.com, said social media is a good way to bring up important issues.
“Voicing your concerns is important,” Light said. “A lot of politicians that are currently elected will look to the Internet to find out how people feel about what they’re doing.”
Light said the online community’s response to the Stop Online Piracy Act in early 2012 stopped the bill from passing.
Beside online involvement, students can influence government officials and lawmakers on a variety of levels, from the federal government to city and university governments.
The national level
In the national arena, issues such as the budget crisis, military activity overseas and energy policy raise debate on all sides. Bowen said one of the best ways to speak out on a topic is to write a letter to senators and representatives.