Every four years in the United States, we the people choose a President. And every now and again, an election comes along at a moment of great importance – a defining moment – in our history. The electorate is more divided and polarized than ever before. People are paying attention to the Obama and McCain race in a way they never have before. Just last week, I read an article saying nearly 1/3 of voters will cast their ballots before Election Day – as a result of no-excuse and early voting provisions in many states. So, the election process is changing. Blogs such as these, the ability to donate money to campaigns online, and a 24 hour news cycle have contributed to what very well could be the largest voter turnout in history.
Not to mention the issues facing the country. The war in Iraq, the economy, healthcare, and all of the important issues that define our lives in some regards – and matter deeply to us.
This election is one of those defining moments. On campus, we’re making a committment to have a dicussion on the issues defining this election – and that will define our future. Through Engage 08, we are planning a series of events to broaden our sense of the issues, our passion for our candidates, and to provide useful education tools on the election process, the Democratic and Republican Parties, and the candidates.
Be sure to check out the events – and join us for some talk about the issues, to cheer on our candidates, and to hear from some prominent voices – from WVU’s own Dr. Robert DiClerico, a nationally recognized expert on the American Presidency to a nationally known speaker we’ll be announcing shortly.
Check back often to add your voice to the conversation in our blogs and join the discussion on the important issues. Join the Young Democrats, College Republicans or a group of your choice. Contact the Center for Civic Engagement to explore ways to get involved. But, above all, become engaged. Take an active role in our future.
If we do, we can make a difference on campus – and in this historical election.
Let your voices be heard – and take part in this historic race.
Student Body President