That’s right, millennials, we let our voices be heard. If it was only millennials who voted in the election, Hillary Clinton most likely would have won.
Now, you might be saying — wait, how did we let our voices be heard if the candidate that we wanted didn’t win? Well, let me tell you.
We let our voices be heard by getting out there and voting. We let our voices be heard so loud that people thought it would be worthwhile to share the results of what would have happened if only our generation had voted. And, we let our voices be heard by all, with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama addressing millennials in their speeches today.
And that is something to be proud of.
Just look at this map. This is what our generation wanted to make happen and tried to make happen.
Here are the election results if only millennials voted… Progress is the longterm future of this country for both parties. pic.twitter.com/8TxWcD7tg5
— Jon Cozart (@JonCozart) November 9, 2016
Yes, of course, this map can cause anger. Why should we go out and vote if the person our generation wants to win doesn’t win anyway? Well, we should go out there and vote because it’s our civic duty, and because change won’t happen by sitting at home. We should go out there and vote so our voices are heard again, like they were heard this election season.
The fact that Hillary would’ve won by a landslide is not something that should go unnoticed, either. Millennials, the majority of us are working towards the same goal. We want to see the same issues addressed in our country. We want to work together and support each other.
Now, should we give up just because Hillary didn’t win? No. She said it to us today in her concession speech.
And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this—I have, as Tim (Kaine) said, spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in.
I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks too.
This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.
The fact that this is what the map looked like if only millennials voted should give us hope for the future. I don’t say that in an “only Democrats will win from now on” way at all. I say it in a “we as a generation are coming together to make the world a better place” way.
The fact that so many millennials showed up to vote is amazing. It shows that we care about this country, and what happens to it. It shows that we want to support our candidate, and support each other.
Yes, it is rough to see that if only our generation had voted the outcome would’ve been different. It can be very discouraging. But don’t let it be. The future is ahead for us to continue to try to change things for the better.
Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.