Could you give a care?
“If you take on thing from tonight: get involved with the game.”
You may recognize this quote from the front page, or maybe you missed it. If so, I would strongly recommend reading the report before continuing on with this editorial.
I spoke with Tim Skubick very briefly after the speech. He shook my hand, and upon learning that I was a student of journalism gave me some words of encouragement.
However, during that brief conversation, I noted something about Skubick that gave me pause and made me reflect on what he was doing here at the college.
Skubick knew that half the students were forced to be at the presentation. As he admitted that to me, he concluded with the statement, “I truly hope that they took away something from what I gave them tonight.”
My heart grieves to say this, but I don’t know if they did.
I spoke with multiple students after the presentation, and I found that the majority of the responses could be categorized into three statements, “I don’t care, I just don’t have the time, or it doesn’t really affect me.”
Indifference was a reoccurring theme in almost every student that I surveyed that day, and upon that statement, I base this conclusion—this isn’t about the politicians being corrupt, it’s about the population not caring enough to learn.
How can we elect representatives to represent us if the extent of our reasoning is whether or not the candidate has an R or a D in front of their name?
What’s worse, we have more information at our fingertips than any other generation prior, all right there just a mouse click away.
I would like to reiterate the message that Tim Skubick tried to relay to the students that missed the event. Take a look at crcmich.org. Go to Mlive.com. Take a look at the .gov sites, and understand that it is your responsibility as a citizen to participate.
These decisions affect our country, and if you’ve ever heard the expression “shit rolls downhill,” then you will understand that ultimately it’s our state, our communities, and our families you’re representing.
Make it count.