I am a 19-year-old college student, and I am very concerned. I consider myself and my fellow students to be the future of America. So what am I concerned about? What will be left of this country for us!
I have recently had the unique opportunity to get involved in our present political system from the inside. My mother, Kathleen Latham, is running for Congress in the 40th District. What I have seen of the system scares me to death!
Somewhere along the line, the road to our current system took a wrong turn. It has become a haven for an elite few instead of the ideal it was founded upon. If you need proof that something is wrong, simply look at the choices we have for our upcoming presidential election. I want to cast a vote for a candidate I believe in, not for the lesser of two evils. So why am I forced to choose from a lot like this?
Politics has become an occupation. It is no longer representation of the people by the people, but representation of the people by the politicians. It has become big business to get a politician elected. The "political machine" and special-interest factions select their puppet and then do everything in their power to see to it this puppet is elected. And they have a wide base of power. The result is that the people have become apathetic about the election process. This is evidenced by the continually declining numbers appearing at the polls.