Politicians love us -- or if they don't, they at least fake it until they make it. I suppose this means young people are gaining ground. But where no one was watching, young people had even bigger wins this year -- as candidates.
Climate change deniers should be concerned about the growing generational divide we're seeing nationwide. Young people don't question the evidence - they overwhelmingly accept the science of climate change and are concerned for how it will affect their lives.
Our country's future demands that we embrace our next generation of leaders -- the often-underestimated Millennials -- who are the largest, most diverse, and most progressive generation the country has ever seen.
Texas is going blue. The only question is when. If Wendy Davis runs for governor in 2014, and Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, it will be "High Noon" in Texas with these two leading ladies starring in the Gary Cooper role.
From a Republican perspective, there seems to be a disconnect between the impact of Democratic policies on the lives of young people and which political party young people favor. Looking forward, the question is can Republicans make that connection? If so, how?
Republicans have a gay marriage problem. Even their own focus groups with young voters prove it. God's Own Party is chasing young people into the arms of Republicans faster than Mormons can breed them.
Rising civic participation among young voters should be greeted with the same bipartisan joy with which the 26th Amendment passed. But instead, it's been met with the opposite: a barrage of state-level laws meant to make it harder for young people to vote.
I'm convinced that the outpouring of political activity on social networks -- especially around hot-button social issues like marriage equality -- is a frustrated attempt to engage by a generation of people unsure of how else to make change.
If skepticism from the Supreme Court's conservative wing is any indication, a core provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be struck down this year. This should alarm anyone who views voting as a fundamental right and not a "racial entitlement."
As the first generation to come of age with new technologies at our fingertips, we express ourselves differently. Now is the time for us to reestablish new tenets of political expression and think outside the proverbial box.
We already know young Americans were a decisive voting bloc in the 2012 election cycle; it wasn't a fluke. But showing up at the voting booth isn't enough. It's time to get involved and serve our country and the next generation by helping the president move this country forward.
We've responded to all these events by becoming a generation of pragmatic idealists who believe that we have both the opportunity and the obligation to leave the world in better shape than we found it. So why is there so little Millennial representation in Congress?