I see a lot of op-eds in local papers where independents and centrist/moderate types decry how low and extreme our politics have become, but I think this may be the first one I’ve seen from a High Schooler. It’s a pretty good one too, as you can see from the quotes here:
I’m not expecting Republicans and Democrats to suddenly share similar ideals. I do, however, believe that compromise is possible and, more importantly, desperately needed. Each legislator brings something valuable to the table. Each brings a unique perspective. These various ideas and viewpoints need to be synthesized into something great. Because, let’s face it, America needs something great.
There’s a notion in today’s Washington that accepting any idea, any perspective from the opposition is synonymous with failure. This can’t be further from the truth. Compromise is anything but a sign of weakness. Creating legislation that demonstrates desires from left and right America might not be easy, but it is necessary.
It’s no secret that America is struggling. However, we have been and will continue to be a nation where divergent paths converge to create something brilliant.
Like a parent providing approval to an unsure child, the American public must let their legislators know that cohesive leadership will be accepted and supported. Here, positive change starts with the American public. In order to resurrect greatness, we must first resurrect political unity.
The Democrats like pointing out that younger demographics are the most liberal, but the thing they ignore is they are actually far more centrist and independent. It takes time for ideologies to be pounded into peoples’ heads, and while adults are used to the two party duopoly, youth are still idealistic enough to think that we don’t have to be stuck with the system we have forever, just because it’s been this way in the past.
Let’s hope that thousands of youth, like this Zachary Cole, will choose to stand up, not let that idealism die and build something better.