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Marcus Hill 

There’s a lot of irony in the 45th president’s ban from social media and websites — most notably Facebook and Instagram.  

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, 36, booted Donald Trump, 74, from both platforms and released a statement about the decision.

“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Jan. 7 statement on his Facebook page. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

Imagine that: Someone half Trump’s age essentially grounding their elder to improve those platforms and stop the somewhat literal bleeding after the Jan. 6 coup attempt on the Capitol.

Albeit long overdue, Zuckerberg thwarted Trump’s further attempts to divide this nation. Zuckerberg’s actions illustrated why we need younger people in government.

We need people who find solutions to issues rather than instigate and create dilemmas. Problem-solving is what’s critical about government and politics. 

Talking politics often becomes divisive and it isn’t the most entertaining aspect of life. But that doesn’t change the importance of government’s place in our daily lives and society.

People in their 20s, 30s and even in their 40s need to get involved to mold Colorado Springs and their neighborhoods into better places.

Those born in the 1940s through the ’60s have no business “leading” this country. Leading it where? If it’s anywhere near the government from those periods, then that’s not benefiting the majority of the country.

The United States looks vastly different than it did during those periods and, locally and nationally, our government should reflect this change in the people who represent us and in its policies.

This change doesn’t have to be a tsunami, just gradual adjustments as different laws pass to make life manageable for everyone in the community.

Staying informed on your local government is more useful than Keeping up with the Kardashians or Kim and Kanye’s current marital spat.

Knowing the Denver Nuggets overcame back-to-back 3-1 deficits in the playoffs during the NBA’s bubble last season, but not understanding how to drop off a ballot, seems silly.

Finally, guiding students of any given school district to new computers, books, lockers or athletic equipment, or helping a local business land a grant or small business loan to remain afloat, is more important than figuring out if Lamar Jackson pulled a Paul Pierce.

If you know more about what’s happening on TV or the internet than what’s happening around you, what purpose do you serve for those who need you?

I understand the allure of politics doesn’t sizzle like that of a reality TV star, or a YouTube or TikTok sensation.

But, buddy, government remains as critical a service as the work of a custodian, teacher, coach, field worker, garbage collector, barber, cashier, beautician and a plethora of others. Let any of them miss a week and watch the environment they serve wilt.

Don’t let the current state of affairs in national government block what you can accomplish locally.

Go into local government and be the LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerberg, Nipsey Hussle, Issa Rae, Snow Tha Product, et al., in that field. Or, become the new Kamala Harris!

I’m sure some know-it-all out there reading this is saying: “Well if you care so much, why don’t you do it?”

Because I’m a journalist, damn it. I’m serving my purpose and living in my gift. That’s like asking a reality TV star: “If you think you can run the country better, why don’t you do it?”

Make sense now?