Is American politics in a state of decay? To hear the apocalyptic talk of some pundits, sure. But politics has always been a shrewd (wo)man's game and those who want in are those up for a fight.
One of those throwing himself into the ring is the incomparable Kanye West, who announced at the MTV Video Music Awards that he has decided to run for president in 2020. Though the political elite might snub the thought of a "Kanye West 2020" campaign, one member of a young political dynasty is all for it.
Speaking to MTV, Chelsea Clinton said that Kanye's announcement of a future presidential bid was "awesome," because of the possibility for this to happen ...
Specifically, she said: "Who runs for office is really important, and even if [Kanye] just saying that helped spark a little boy or little girl who was watching the VMAs to think, 'Oh wow, maybe I should do that' — that's awesome."
This is an important point to touch on: political interest and participation of the younger generation is lower today compared to Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers. Low voting rates for youths are typical, but that doesn't mean that Millennials today are completely apathetic to politics.
In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic presidential candidate, won the election in large part due to his campaign's extensive efforts to reach out to the youth through social media. Though their participation in the 2010 elections declined steeply, there are signs today that the youth have a vested interest in politics, particularly when there is an exciting candidate who speaks to their liberal-leaning values.
Whether or not West, a famous hip-hop star, is serious about a presidential bid is besides the point. What's important is that his popularity and can-do attitude could inspire a young kid to believe that he or she can run for president, too.
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