Our Endangered Democracy: A Teenage Perspective

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When I woke up this morning, politics was the furthest thing from my mind. I was thinking about all the homework for my AP classes I had to complete today. Then, I emerged from my online Calc class, and felt the collective shock of the millions of Americans watching as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

I couldn’t help but watch in horror at the photos of protesters climbing over walls and breaking windows. I saw a video posted of a guard allowing himself to be photographed with a protestor.  Multiple news outlets announced that a woman has died from shots fired. 

Thankfully, the mob seems to be under control, (or at least according to the New York Times), yet it still feels as though our democracy has been thrown off balance. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, we must agree that this is unacceptable, and certainly not American. 

As a teenager, I should be able to look up to my leaders, but how can I look up to my president when he’s telling people trespassing and vandalizing government property that “we love you” and still claiming that the election was fraudulent. 

As individuals, we must continue to speak out against injustices such as this. As a nation, we need to do better.

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