POLITICS! Just don’t bring it up at parties..

13 Sep

Those who know me know that I’m passionate about politics. Be it how it affects your community, your job, or your overall philosophies on life and society.  And although every election year I’m 4 years older and supposedly “wiser”, I feel like I hear more arrogant comments than during the previous election.

Listen, people – don’t be sheep. If you’re family and friends are voting one way, figure out for YOURSELF if you will, too. You might have grown up in your family’s house, but your life experience makes you a completely different person, with your own mind to make your own decisions. Rather than just parroting back your familiar party’s arguments, take a few minutes to find out which issues mean the most to your life and correspond to your ideals.  Just because my grandfather could recite the bible to you and watched Fox news religiously (from Brazil, might I add), it doesn’t mean that I’m going to do the same.

Things to think about first are the big picture issues; Are you like me and have a career vested in the future of The National Endowment for the Arts? Do you work for a corporation whose primary focus is revenue? Do you believe marriage is between a man and a woman, or do you believe in marriage equality? If your teenage cousin became pregnant, would you condemn her for terminating the pregnancy? These are genuine and sincere questions that you need to ask yourself, because the two parties are getting farther away from the middle and embracing the more extreme sides of liberal and conservatism, and you need to figure out which one you’d rather have.

I’m not going to shove my political views down your throat, but I feel obliged to encourage you to discover the facts for yourself and REGISTER!  We need to be a nation of informed voters, not blind sheep who do what they’re told without question. There are two drastically different paths that this country could take in November, and each one of us has a direct responsibility in making it [not] happen.

Uncle Sam wants YOU to vote this November!


I will throw in this one bit of my political orientation by asking you to watch Bill Clintons speech at the convention last week; not only is the man amazing, but all fact checkers agree that it was one of, if not the most honest speeches given in a loooong time.



One more thing: no matter where you are in this big ol’ world of ours, you really have no excuse not to vote if you’re an American citizen. If you’ll be busy all day election day, you can register for early voting, if you’re abroad or away from your home state, you can send an absentee ballot. The extra 3 minutes it takes to fill out and 40cents for the stamp have an enormous impact on your future!

Helpful sites:

http://www.factcheck.org – don’t believe everything you hear, make sure you know the facts!

http://www.fvap.gov I if you’re living outside of the U.S. and want more info on absentee voting.

http://www.isidewith.com An informative quiz that matches you up with candidates that side with issues you care about.


One Response to “POLITICS! Just don’t bring it up at parties..”

  1. Anne@TheDaisyChain September 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    True that Michelle! I would go further to say that as a person anywhere in the world, it is our responsibility to stand up for ourselves and our communities by electing responsive, visionary representatives to represent us in government.

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