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There’s No Hope For This Country If Students Don’t Start Caring

February 25, 2012 by admin

A column

By Cristian Catalan- Chacon
     While Brookdale student Heather Faller tuned into the president’s State of the Union address on Jan. 24, it would seem most of her peers here at Brookdale did not. In a quick unscientific survey of about 30 students, only five said they watched the president’s annual address.       The five who reported watching said they only saw parts of it; still, they still had the initiative to see what the government is doing so if they see something they do not like they can voice their opinion in the next presidential election.      Many Brookdalians who complain about President Obama’s time in office did not vote. Yes, some of them were not of age when the 2008 presidential campaign took place, but now they have a chance to take part in a crucial presidential campaign. The future of this country lies in the hands of the college student, and if they cannot show the effort to watch the State of the Union, how are they going to stay on top of things when it is their chance to run this country?      There is just so much ignorance in this group of individuals. If it isn’t news about a celebrity, a sporting event or something that affects them right now then they do not show any interest.      The decisions politicians are making now are going to affect us in the long run, but most students would not know that because they avoid information. If it is not for a teacher or a professor telling them they have to watch the news they would not do it, and even then, many don’t do it.      Asked why he didn’t watch the State of the Union, one economics student said he "did not know about it." How do you not know about the state of the Union? It happens every year and is shown on all major networks, such as FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC.      It’s just mind-blowing how students show no effort to pay more attention to the government. There is no hope in this country if the students do not start changing and start caring about what is going on.

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