4 Reasons You Should Understand Politics

Politics can seem a little crazy sometimes, and it’s easy to become cynical or simply uninterested in what’s going on in your government. A lot of people today feel that they don’t really have much of a say in what their government does or that their opinions don’t really matter. As a result, they distance themselves from the political conversations going on around them.


But politics is actually really important, and you should make the effort to become a more informed citizen about the social and political issues facing your nation and local community. Below are four reasons why you should try to understand politics today.


Your Government Impacts Your Life Every Day


It’s easy to become so focused on the minutia of our daily lives that we don’t even notice how the political and social events we see on the news affect us. All that stuff in the headlines on CNN can sometimes feel so far away and unconnected from the struggles we face in our family life or at work.


But the fact is that our government, the politicians over us and the laws that govern our society to impact us in a variety of ways. It can actually be harmful for people to allow themselves to become disconnected from the political process. That’s how people end up losing their rights and freedoms in a democratic society – they fail to notice or fail to speak up and allow a vocal minority to wield too much power. Politics affects you every day, whether you realize it or not.


Politics Affects Everyone Else Too


But not only should you care about politics because of its impact on you, but you should also care about others in your community, in your nation and in the world, because the actions of your government will have far-reaching effects on many people.


If your government acts in a way that you feel is unethical or detrimental to society, then it’s your responsibility to use your vote and your voice to speak out. By not getting involved, you become implicit in the actions of your government, whether you agree with those actions or not. At the very least, it is your duty as a citizen to exercise your right to vote and to influence your government.


It Is Important To Be An Informed Voter


Turn on any news channel on the television or visit any news website and you’ll hear some very strong opinions about how your current government leaders are doing a great job and making the world a better place. Then go to another news channel or media outlet and hear them saying the exact opposite. It can be confusing, especially if you are the type of person who tries to see issues from different people’s perspectives. A lot of people become so frustrated about politics that they simply tune out and stop caring.


But if you don’t make the effort to understand the political, social and economic issues affecting your community, it is very likely that you will be making voting decisions that are based on nothing more than a few news headlines or Facebook posts you saw leading up to the election. That’s hardly a good way to understand the issues and make wise decisions at the polls.


Remember, your vote counts. And your vote will have an impact on your life and on the lives of the people around you.


Talking About Politics Spurs People To Take Action


The people who have the greatest impact on their government and their society are those who get the most involved in politics, both those within the government who become politicians and those on the outside who become activists.


Make no mistake: your opinion matters, and your words and actions do have an impact.


All great social movements began in the minds and hearts of the people. As concerned citizens became more informed about important political matters, they spoke up, and their conversations grew to include and influence others in their communities. These conversations are what lead people to take action and make a difference in the world.


If you’re not happy with the way things are going in the world around you, start talking about it. Chances are good that there are many others in your community who are frustrated about the same things. The only way that things are going to change is if people first start talking about it and start motivating each other to get involved in politics and to have an influence on the decision makers in their local, state and national government.

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