Why Millennials Should Shut Up and Vote

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I try not to make a big deal about my birthday.

Some people get really excited about their birthdays. They plan out parties, special trips and extended weekend getaways. They splurge on stuff they wouldn’t normally buy. They pressure their significant other to carry out some Notebook-level romantic gesture or—if they’re single and desperate—they try to figure out how to trap their most intriguing Tinder match into a sort-of relationship.

For me, a happy birthday celebration typically consists of scoring shopping discounts, getting my hair done and booking a last-minute reservation with my family during Newport Restaurant Week. Maybe even a crazy night out bar-hopping a relaxing night in reading books about how to foster empowerment of women and minorities in constructed patriarchal environments.

But this year’s birthday is in danger of not being happy at all.

My birthday—November 9—is the day after the 2016 Election Day.

This means that it will either be a decent 24th birthday or it will be the worst birthday of my entire life, for the rest of my life, because there is a possibility that the United States of America could self-destruct under totalitarian rule by racist/fascist/ misogynist extraordinaire, Donald Trump.

If you haven’t been able to tell by the excessive use of first-person possessive pronouns and self-involved subject matter, I am a Millennial. I belong to the generation looked down on by Baby Boomers and Gen X for being “very deficient in common life skills” and derided for an endless list of grievances, since apparently all Millennials do is complain about everything, work for nothing and blame everyone else for it…

As of 2015, there are 75.4 million Millennials in the United States—future projections predict an estimated population of 79.2 million Millennials by 2050, a statistic which acknowledges the growing immigration rate. So why is it worth mentioning this statistic?

Because everyone, including Millennials themselves, needs to understand the power and impact this generation has on the socio-political landscape.

But first, let’s take a second to examine this volatile political climate.


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