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American youth: What the political establishment in this country should fear

Written By | Feb 20, 2018
Parkland, Guns, School Shootings

LOS ANGELES,  February 20, 2018. – With the midterm elections around the corner, politicians are planning for grueling campaigns throughout the year. Politicians prove, time and again, that their only real concern is keeping their political position.  A position that makes many politicians very wealthy.

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But in the midst of their planning, an uprising is brewing.

American youth are angry.

It will not be an uprising to simply reshape Washington, but one that will totally tear into the fundamentals of Washington, and how it works.

For too long, Washington has been, as the President calls it a swamp.

A swamp of creatures who merely care about elections and power over the needs of the everyday American people.

But why now? What has Washington done, or simply not done to anger so many people, in this country?

Well, to answer these questions, we must look no further than the tragedy and the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

In the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday, a deranged gunman brutally murdered seventeen innocent souls. Seventeen souls that were dear to so many.

Unfortunately, these shootings have become commonplace and embedded in our society.

What followed this shooting, however, compared to a plethora of other shootings, was the response. Not just the response by political pundits, but the response of the youth directly affected by this tragedy. Through their emotional and common-sense pleas, they will be forcing the issue of not only guns but mental health.

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For too long tragedy has come and gone with no real action occurring. So why now, why is this shooting different than Las Vegas or Sandy Hook, or the various other shootings as well?

The answer to put it simply is the survivors.

The 13-18-year-old teenagers who saw their friends being savagely murdered.

Now, instead of hiding, like so many understandably would, they are using their platforms to make a difference in this country.

And in the process, they are confronting the political establishment.

The political establishment who has spinelessly left many issues, including the ones at hand alone, due to fear of political backlash.

These teenagers are the uprising, the ones who have the will and the gall to not only take on Republicans or Democrats solely but to take on an establishment who have created a culture of inaction.

But why should the political establishment fear American youth?

Does the call for action fear the establishment? To many, the answer to this question is a simple yes. For too long career politicians have erred on the side of inaction instead of truly tackling difficult issues. Granted, the issue of guns and mental health in this country is difficult, but confronting difficult challenges is what the taxpayer pays them to do.

The youth at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have strung a cord in the hearts of the American people.

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Not simply because of the harrowing stories they have conveyed over, but because of their emotional pleas for actual change in this country. Real change this time, not fake and manufactured change, change that will result in a better and safer America.

So why should the establishment fear the youth?  Because American youth, unlike many others, have a true grip on reality?

They understand that inaction is unacceptable, and they are willing to come out in droves until something is truly done.

Our American youth have shed a light on not only issues at hand in this tragedy, but have shown that we the people have the power to dictate how this country is run, regardless of age.

When we come together as Americans and speak our mind we will be heard. Something that certainly terrifies the establishment of this country.


Moshe Maryles

Moshe Maryles currently attends Baruch college where he is a Political Science major and a history minor. Maryles currently interns for Congressman Dan Donovan (11th Congressional district of New York) in his Staten Island office.