Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Ohio 370 (R).
(photo credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters)
The 2012 presidential election is the most important of our generation. In the
past four years, under the direction of our current president the United States
has become a morass of economic volatility and disappointment.
President Obama was an unknown quantity, an idea, a man with a reputation not
yet established; today, we can begin to judge him on his body of work, and he is
clearly inept at leading this country.
The consequences of his poor
decision making and ineffective policies have nearly crippled this country and
led us deeper into recession. On November 6, we have the opportunity to decide
whether we want to continue down this path of disappointment or make a
This election is especially important for us young people of this
country as the outcome will have a significant effect on the rest of our lives.
As a powerful voting force, we must choose to participate fully in the
democratic process by letting our voices be heard. American youths have been
particularly hard hit during the past four years, with recent unemployment rates
rising in October of 2012 to 12.0 percent for citizens aged 19-29 years
Perhaps even more alarming, over half of recent college graduates
will find themselves unemployed or underemployed upon completion of their
degree. To add insult to injury, the average student’s debt is at all-time high
of $26,500 and tuition costs continue to escalate to historic
These trends will only continue to worsen if we don’t take a
stand and demand a change; we cannot sit back and allow our lives and the lives
of our children be afflicted by another four years of incompetent
As a junior in college and a young Republican activist who
has spent the past few months campaigning for Governor Romney on college
campuses across America, I have experienced and witnessed firsthand the fear
that’s building in the hearts of college students.
We have been made to
believe that our college educations will offer us greater opportunities for
success upon graduation. Yet, with the current administration in office, finding
a job – never mind a career – after graduation seems but a farfetched dream. At
a time when one third of America’s youth have had to resort to living with their
parents for lack of successful employment, it is time to demand
The Republican Party wants to empower young people to join
the workforce, not divest them of their future. The Democratic Party wants to
continue down the same path of devastation that it has for the last four years.
Please, do not underestimate the impact that eight years of botched governance
can have on the future of this nation.
This is a call to action for the
young people of this country. In retrospect, the 2008 election cycle amounted to
little more than a political American Idol
– a popularity contest with the young
and sexy contestant capturing the hearts and hopes of America. The youth of this
nation were among Obama’s most enthusiastic supporters and our votes made a
difference in that election. Now, it is time to support the candidate who has
more than just a catchy tune – we need substance. We need a president with the
skills and experience to truly turn this country around – and that man is Mitt
It is clear that the Republican Party has suffered from a public
relations crisis and its brand may not be the cool or “in” thing. Voting for
Mitt Romney may not seem like the popular choice, but it is the right choice.
During his time in the private sector, he turned failing companies into
successful businesses; he has the ability to turn the current economy around as
our nation’s next president.
Our time is now and our votes are the
powerful way in which we fulfill our duty as American citizens. It is time for
the youth of America to stand up and make a decision about their leadership that
is based on facts, reputation and common sense, not on popularity or empty
In 2008, Obama sold our generation a bag of fool’s gold and now
we have the opportunity to prove to our country that we are smarter than that –
we won’t be fooled again. On November 6, 2012, vote Mitt Romney – together, we
can be the difference we want to see in our country.
The writer is a
conservative talk radio host who frequently appears on HuffPost Live as well as
MTV, NPR and Fox News.