Should Americans Be Required To Vote?

America is noted as the land of the free, with the motto, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Since the 1800’s, America always had the tradition to vote, but there was always someone who “decides” who can and cannot vote.

So should citizens of America be required to vote?

I don’t think so, because some citizens are not interested in voting, voting should be fair so people should have their own opinion on who they want to elect, and it only takes away peoples right to freedom and liberty away.

Everyone knows that voting is important in democracy. However, just because voting is important does not mean everyone does it. In a recent 2010 study at George Mason University, there had been a drop from 2004 to 2008 of people ages 30 and up that are not voting and citizens with different educational backgrounds have dropped as well. Which also shows that younger generations 18-29 are beginning to vote more.

Even though voting turnout is low in America,  it wouldn’t be fair to persuade people like friends or family members to vote for who you want elected, because they wouldn’t have their own voice on who should be elected. For instance, in a New York Times column by Randy Cohen states, “It’s irresponsible to encourage the unaware to put their ignorance into action…’Just vote’ doesn’t express civic virtue, it’s sentimentally.”

Lastly, it takes away citizens right to freedom and liberty to choose not to vote. People don’t want to be pressured by the government. For instance, at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in March 2009, in about 13 countries, they placed penalties on citizens who choose not to vote for instance:

β€’ Possibility of getting fined

β€’ Possible imprisonment

β€’ Limits on certain rights (including voting) and government services

β€’ Social informal sanctions

Which shows that having to “require” citizens to vote, will only cause citizens to lose trust in the government.

Although, it’s a civic duty or responsibility, and it’s a tradition for citizens to vote. It would be wrong to “require” them to vote.

So this was my high school economics essay that I did at the ending of the school year. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section bellow. Thanks for reading!

What is Beauty?

Beauty has no exact definition, because beauty can be anything. But, there are two types of beauty, personal beauty and beauty in the world, from nature to music to art and culture. It’s true that a person can be physically attractive, but when it comes to their personality, it’s quite repulsive. Some people in society have an ideology and obsession that beauty is something perfect and to be beautiful is to be this high standard of what they call “Ideal” beauty, which is a human problem that people pursue unrealistic beauty.

“You can find beauty in anything, you just gotta look for it,” Veronica Mena said. “Beauty is in the inside, it’s your opinion if it’s beautiful it’s beautiful. If it’s not, it’s not.”

Photo credit: junaidrao via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

But some people value outward beauty more. For instance, the real life “Ken and Barbie” pictured at left. Thirty-six year old, Justin Jedlica used $380,000 on 140 plastic surgery procedures to turn himself into a “Human Ken Doll”. While, thirty-one year-old, Valeria Lukyanova uses makeup to transform into a “Human Barbie.”

But what’s it all worth?

According to the Los Angeles Times, 80 percent of women say they’re unhappy with their appearance and 67 percent of women ages 25 to 65 are trying to lose weight, though 53 percent of those women are already at a healthy weight. The report also sited a study in which 69 percent of the respondents (18 and older) said they were in favor of plastic surgery, which was a seven percent increase from 2006. Forty percent of newly diagnosed cases of eating disorders are in girls 15 to 19 years old, but symptoms can occur as young as kindergarten. Girls who spent the most time and effort on their appearance suffered “the greatest loss of confidence.”

“Beauty to me is someone who is being very nice and treating people with respect,” Lucinda Puente said.

Now that social media plays a huge role in our lives, younger generations are more influenced to follow unrealistic beauty standards and in the end, gain low self-esteem. In particular, more young girls are more exposed to these type of things, making them more vulnerable to bullying and growing up to be a bully. According to DoSomething.org, 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting (cutting one’s self), bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. This compares to 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem. For more information about the other facts, go online to: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-self-esteem

“Beauty is on the inside, not the outside, because a person can be beautiful by the aesthetics, but their personality is not really great,” Liza Shakira Pagan said.

Yet Americans spend nearly 7 billion a year to cosmetics, beauty supply and perfume stores, nearly 11 million and $700,000 in cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed, an almost 500 percent increase in such procedures from 1997. One of the many facts in the report noted that if women put the average amount of money they spend on monthly manicure pedicures ($50) into an interest-bearing retirement account every year for ten years, they would have almost $10,000 saved.

“I believe something is beautiful in the inside and isn’t like everything else, it’s unique and makes you think,” Jenarae Holguin said.

It’s not just about females, but as for males, more than four in five men (80.7 percent) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75 percent of women. Similarly, 38 percent of men say they would sacrifice at least a year of their life in exchange for a perfect body-again a higher proportion than women. 29 percent of men thought about their appearance at least five times a day and 23 percent of men said concerns about their appearance have deterred them from going to gym.

“Humans are changing, life is changing, we make our own reality. Beauty is your true form and honestly, beauty for supermodels I think is a way to accepting yourself,” Karina Rosales said. “As for nature, somethings are beautiful, but not a leopard killing a deer, but for some, they see it as beautiful. It’s all based on what you believe in and what perspective you have, because everybody has their own beliefs on what they find beautiful.”

Beauty is just believing in yourself and feeling confident in you. You do you, don’t let anyone change you! So what do you think? Let me know in the comments section below. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ Thanks for reading! πŸ˜„

First official blog post

Blogging for the first time…

This is my very first official blog post. I’m so excited! I was in journalism (online and newspaper) in high school for my whole four years and it had been the best/awesomest (I know that’s not a real word, but you get the idea. πŸ™‚ I started this blog, because not only did I want to try it out, but also I wanted to continue to share and create stories, memories, and create an online photography portfolio. Thanks for the support! See you in my next post! xoxoxo πŸ™‚