Goreville student visits congressman in D.C.
By Mike Kolb
Nathan Carrington of Goreville recently spent some time in Washington, D.C. and had the chance to speak with Congressman John Shimkus. Carrington was in the nation’s capital for a convention of the Young Americans for Liberty.
Carrington, who is on track to graduate from Southeastern Missouri State University next May, is a 2013 graduate from Goreville High School, and has had his eyes set on politics for a long time. He is a major advocate for getting young voters involved in politics and hopes to see more high school students take an interest in the subject.
“Political science covers a wide range of topics, because of that it can be attractive to a lot of different people. You just have to really focus. Find something that you really enjoy or are interested in and read up on it,” Carrington stated.
He thinks that an apathy towards politics largely exists among young adults due to a lack of knowledge. “Most young adults don’t understand how the government effects their lives everyday. Regulations exist that cover everything from how big your toilet can be to how much water can pass through your showerhead,” Carrington said.
While in Washington, D.C., Carrington met with congressman Shimkus at his office and walked with him to the Capitol Building. “We discussed the inner workings of congress and I gained insight to the political process,” Carrington explained.
According to Carrington, education is the foundation of the democratic process. “The government can’t solve all our problems, but as more people get politically involved the pressure gets turned up in Washington and the legislators begin to listen.”
The trip wasn’t all business for Carrington who had several days to see the sights. “Being in the nation’s capital was by far the best part of my trip. I got to go to the museums and do some sight seeing. I met Ron Paul and John Shimkus. It was just a fun trip all over.”
Now that Carrington’s back in Goreville, he’s ready to get back to finishing his education. After he graduates next spring he plans on pursuing a PhD in political science and teaching at the college level.