Political socialization is a combination of practices whereby the young generation is incorporated as members of the political and public sphere. By the virtue that they are citizens, members have the right to air their opinions in issues politics (Greenberg 7). These rights are exercised through civic engagement.
The process of political socialization is through interaction with other people or groups. These people might be families, friends, teachers, groups, and media among others. These interactions expose one to political ideas, beliefs, and values. For a politician, being involved in this kind of socialization exposes one to criticism or praise depending on the ideas and values that he represents thereby shaping his public opinion.
Since political socialization as discussed requires engagement with various groups, the internet plays a critical role today because it enables one to reach a larger multitude compared to earlier days. However, public opinion can be tarnished through the internet mainly because of a rumor. Rumors whether true or false spreads very fast but take a longer time to die, consider the scandal involving President Clinton and Lewinsky (Howe 3). President Barack Obama never shied away from the camera talking about his family among other policies. This did not only bring him out as a family man and a respectable father but also as a political leader thereby influencing his public opinion positively.
Personally, I believe in the right to freedom of expression. Living in a free country where my opinion counts and nobody should criticize me because of my political stand. This right is central to me because being denied it would mean that citizens would not be able to stand up against policies that are oppressive or are meant to segregate certain members of the society.
The earliest form of political socialization experienced was in high school when I was chosen the school captain. I had to engage with the students, teachers, and the administration on varying issues. This responsibility was a learning tool that if people do not engage and talk about issues that affect them, then democracy cannot be achieved