I hate being sixteen. No, I really, really do. I (and most of my friends) am not like the usual stereotypical teen: I don't smoke pot, I'm not obsessed with video games (I do, however, have a special bond with my Nintendo Wii), and I don't sleep with every member of the male sex. Instead, I'm off researching the latest political news.
I want to go to the Iowa Caucus. But besides me living on the West Coast soaking up the California sun, there's one problem: I'm sixteen. I'm sick of being excluded from political debate because of my age. I watch the news. I watch some of the debates. I have chosen my political candidate. I engage in political discussion with my friends (which is generally a bad idea, because our political views differ; some of us support Huckabee, others Romney, and a couple support Obama). So, considering I'm politically informed, I think that I should be allowed to vote.
But no. The trouble is, most kids don't care about politics. I have a friend who tells me she would pay more attention to the election if she could vote. This is exactly why I applaud Nickelodeon and Linda Ellerbee for holding "Kids Pick The President." This special aims to get America's youth involved, and not to tune out like my friend has decided to do. Kids have predicted the past four out of five elections. I assume most kids have just picked the candidate their parents liked. Not true with me. I belong to the same political party as my parents, but we do not agree on which candidate within the party.
At school we hold one of those mock elections. Considering I live in a fairly liberal town in California, the liberal always wins. There are Republicans at my school, but most of them don't bother debating about Republicans vs. Democrats. It's pretty much a lost cause. Although, I hear there are many people hiding in the Young Republican Club. Obviously, some small town in California doesn't really represent the whole country. I mean, seriously, if I lived in the South, Kerry would not have won the last mock election at our school.