If I hear one more member of the Millennial generation tell me how "not political" they are, or how disinterested they are in the current affairs of this country, I cannot be held responsible for my reaction.
So it may seem that the Republicans are doing nothing about nothing. But they're actually doing nothing about everything. Whatever the problems we face, their infantile solution is always the same: close your eyes, and it will go away.
Autumn can be beautiful but it its natural challenges approach: Shorter days, falling leaves, hints of cold. Now's a good time to (a) see the energy drop; (b) interpret it for those who need to keep moving; and (c) shape a clear, well-marked path for the work ahead.
Obama just had his most stable month ever in the public opinion polls, capping off a remarkable year of polling stability. Were you to just read the headlines or listen to the soundbites, you may have a different impression.
Elections have a way of setting agendas, and the political world is already adopting the language of the midterms. To get a snapshot, I counted up the most frequent words reporters used in their questions during three post-election sessions.
What the White House still seems to have forgotten, even after the recent "shellacking," is that we elected a commander-in-chief, not mediator-in-chief. A mediator rarely offers his own opinions but steers both sides toward civility.
I can't vote; I'm only sixteen. Sure, I spend my time writing on my friends' Facebook walls and suffering through my cross-country meets, but I'm not completely caught up in the present. Like other high schoolers, I'm anxious about the future.