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?
The more I sit and consider what the Roe v. Wade decision means at 40 years, the more I am sure that it actually means the same thing now as it did then. The question isn't what does Roe mean at 40. The question is who is the new Roe?
As a member of the millennial generation, I recognize the implications of today's policies on not only myself, but my kids and their kids' future. Isn't this all the more reason we should let our voices be heard once elections come to and end?
This election was a real win-win. Obama got my vote and won the election, and I will get a gift in return! Because, really, all I care about is instant gratification and myself. And, according to Romney, there are a lot of people just like me who do not really think about others.
For more than two years Republicans have campaigned and legislated against the right of certain groups of people to vote. The Republicans' strategy failed because it awakened the most powerful force in a democracy: the determination of the voters themselves.
Every election campaign perpetuates its own myths about the American electorate, and this year was no exception. Before such spin becomes treated as fact, we review some of the biggest misconceptions of the 2012 presidential election.
In an election as close as this year's presidential contest, any group can make a credible claim for having made the critical difference in the outcome. But there is certainly no denying the impact the Millennial Generation had on the outcome of the 2012 election.