This past weekend, Miley Cyrus visited George Mason University in Fairfax to campaign for Hillary Clinton. She went from dorm to dorm knocking on doors, persuading young voters to vote for HC.

Many celebrities like Miley are backing HC noting that feminism and progressive policies are the best way to go and that we as a nation must adopt progressive policies.

Demi Lovato, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, the list goes on.

What does this have in common? Incredible wealth, complete lack of knowledge of what it’s like to be in the middle class in 2016 and privilege.

These people have these same things in common with Clinton.

Big shocker there.

And, those who are wealthy and people of influence who support Trump have the same things in common with him, they just happen to like the other side of the aisle’s politics.

These are all people that we look up to, particularly young people. Big politicians have used the influence of celebrities for decades to persuade voters to cast their vote for them.

They use the power that celebrities have over us average Americans and I personally think it’s a sad practice.

Do I think Miley Cyrus has any idea of the implication that would result from a Clinton presidency?

Absolutely not, and I do not think she cares because she, like everyone else who is a mega celebrity will not be affected like we will be.

It’s like we place too much value in people who aren’t worth two nickels in this country.

Entertainers and athletes are paid millions of dollars yearly while our teachers, soldiers and other important members of society make chump change.

Of course, some celebrities donate tons of money to charity and do honorable work, but we have to acknowledge that we allow this to happen.

We sit down after work and ogle at the TV, I’m guilty of it, too.

We listen to absolute crap on the radio. We are brainwashing ourselves.

We have two weeks until the election. My point is that we cannot let anyone sway our thoughts, even if it is Miley Cyrus telling us we have to vote one way as opposed to the other.

We have to think for ourselves. I mean, I don’t expect that I’ve changed anyone’s mind about this election.

I don’t particularly care to. I simply want to make people think.

So, Miley, go home and let us, “We the People,” think for ourselves.

Amanda Long is a freelance writer for The Gazette-Virginian.