I’m 25. This will be my second presidential election, and I don’t much care for my options. I’m not alone — if we’re to believe the article on the Statesman website titled, “Almost a quarter of millennials prefer Armageddon to Clinton or Trump,” many of us would prefer the apocalypse to what’s inevitably coming.
I say to my peers: We can fix this. This election marks a milestone for our generation — we now make up a bigger portion of eligible voters than Baby Boomers. We can significantly change this country, our state, and our cities. Our congressional delegation, state Legislature, and city councils impact us directly — we can’t afford to stay home on Election Day.
If you believe that it’s shameful that it remains legal in Idaho to discriminate against LGBTQ people, or that the Legislature hasn’t addressed the health care coverage gap, or that it’s legal to withhold life-saving medical care from children if the parents practice faith-healing, vote. Maybe medical marijuana, criminal justice reform, reproductive rights or the environment are your passion — fight for your values in local elections.
We don’t have to accept the status quo. We have the numbers — if we choose to, we can change our state.
Joshua Hayes-Fugal, Boise