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22 November 2000 @ 06:49 pm
We are one voice...  
From Teen Open Diary, Theme #11
"Do you think teens can have a meaningful voice in your country's political system? Why or why not?"

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I am one voice and I am singing/I am one voice and I am singing/I am one voice and I am singing/I am not alone.

We are two voices, we are singing/We are two voices, we are singing/We are two voices, we are singing/We are not alone.

We are one million voices singing/We are one million voices singing/We are one million voices singing/We are not alone.


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I think that teenagers can indeed have a meaningful voice in the political system. As we have begun to affect the economic flow of the country, so would we also be able to affect America's policies if allowed the power. And it is for that precise reason that we can't have it.

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It is in a teenager's nature to rebel. It's what we do, and it is what helps make this time of our lives so special and unique. But it comes with a price - people (meaning adults) do not trust us.

Despite the fact that we as a society have come a long way in the past century, the idealogy of a child "being seen and not heard" still remains. If teenagers were given a voice, the power in the country would shift. Driving laws for senior citizens, previously sucessfully countered by the older generation, would suddenly be passed due to the wills of headstrong "young people." The natural conservatism that we gain as we age would be lost in the voting arena, and more and more radical changes would be made in government.

Is this a bad thing? Perhaps. Perhaps not. The only way a person can find out is through trial and error. Unfortunately, age discrimination reigns against us. The misconception that all teens are troublemakers looms in the hearts and minds of those who can vote, and until we are able to change their minds we will not be given the voice so many of us desire.

Could we have a meaningful voice? Yes, of course. But what would the meaning of our voice be?
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