My last column received very negative feedback, but that very feedback serves as the basis for what you may be reading right now.
The presidential election of 2004 was probably the one in which the largest number of 18- to 21-year-olds have participated in the history of U.S. elections.
This was mostly due to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ “Vote or Die” campaign to encourage young, hip and modern kids to vote.
Now we find ourselves in 2008 with more young voters registered and actively participating than ever.
Now I could devote this whole column to my opinions about the race and who I’d vote for if I were of voting age. But I won’t. And here’s why.
After reading comment upon comment on various stories of the online Tucson Citizen, I’ve noticed that some readers are quite vicious; I’d quote them, but the ridiculous comments would go on forever.
The last thing I want to do as a young adult is express my thoughts on this election and then have my ideas torn to pieces by readers who think I’m “too young to have an opinion” or “haven’t lived long enough to know what’s fair and right.”
I am a firm believer that an opinion should always be expressed, but I also believe that sometimes, especially in a community like Tucson, it’s better to keep some ideas to yourself.
Tucson is a city of extremes. Most citizens are either too liberal or too conservative (mostly conservative).
I choose to not tell in which direction I lean. If I did tell, I’d know what to expect. The liberals would think I’m a tree-killer or a Muslim-hater, and the conservatives would think I’m some crazy, doped-up teenager with nothing on the brain except drugs, extreme liberties and premarital sex.
Now I will express just a bit of my opinion, regardless of the criticism I receive.
I can only hope that the candidate who wins the election in November has common sense – the common sense our current leader so clearly lacks.
I pray that it is someone who recognizes our presence in you-know-where (I think we all know where) as ridiculous.
Last, I hope our country’s new commander in chief will take steps to bettering the state of our suffering planet Earth.
The election isn’t about the economy, tax cuts, health care or any of that anymore; it’s about human dignity.
The question now is, where are our values and our priorities as voters?
Keep that in mind on Election Day, even though I could very well just be some inexperienced tree- hugger or doped-up teen.
Teen columnist Rachelly Suriel is a junior at San Miguel High School.