By Tim Kowols
Rep. Mike Gallagher says it is positive that the nation’s youth are getting engaged in politics, but also hopes they become more open to other opinions as well. The first-term Congress member representing Wisconsin’s 8th District admits time in the military and college caused some of the thoughts and opinions on certain topics he had as a 17-year old to change. Rep. Gallagher blames people opting into their own reality with only people that agree with their views instead seeking constructive debate with people that may disagree with them for the nation’s polarized politics.
Since he cannot dictate what the administration and other congress members say, Rep. Gallagher says he meets with people in the district to get their views on certain topics instead of relying on self-proclaimed experts in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, thousands of high school students walked out of the classroom to promote school safety and denounce gun violence.