It’s All Politics

I love how upon telling someone I was raised in OC, they almost always assume & say, “Oh, you must be a Republican then.” I’m actually quite glad that my parents weren’t into the American political scene while I was growing up. Although a slow process, it allowed me to form my own American opinions without being (even lightly) influenced by my family’s standing or that of my city’s. If anything, having parents from overseas allowed me to see the greater scope of things & appreciate our areas of great advancement as well as develop attention to our areas where we are still very much behind.

I was recently in the middle of a group discussion, and one guy exploded with rage and insults when the issue of the exploitation of undocumented workers came up. His stand was that economies need exploitation in order to prosper. Perhaps he could have worded it differently? Lowered his voice? Not name-call? I calmly mentioned my belief that economies do, in fact, need gardeners, dishwashers, hairstylists, and wall painters. I said this in an attempt to calm him down and hopefully draw out that this is what he meant. It wasn’t, and he only got crazier at the table when we disagreed with what he seemed to be saying.

I see too many Americans with obsessive political convictions, to the point where they sound like you are attacking their religious beliefs or worse yet, their Identity. They are so set on one way, they don’t even acknowledge that we are all aiming for the same results: Freedom & Equality. We all agree something needs to be done about the economic situation (and all of its spawned issues). We all agree our schools need improvement. We all (hopefully) agree our Health care system sucks. We all just have different views on fixing these issues. One political party may hold more of the solutions you would like to see executed, so you tend to identify with this party more. Or maybe you don’t identify with any party and have mixed views. We all have different priorities. Some might favor freedom over equality and vice versa. But we all, to some degree, want both. You may disagree with the way another candidate or group wants to handle a particular situation. Or you may even just like things the way they are… SO VOTE. Get out there and support your cause. Go volunteer or protest to your reps. At the end of the day, we’re all Americans, and we want the same things. Liberty and equality. So please, don’t assume, don’t label, and don’t mindlessly criticize other people whose opinions differ from yours. Be your own person and don’t let yourself fall into whatever your family or partner votes for. Don’t sit there posting FB status messages calling everyone who doesn’t vote for Ron Paul an idiot PLEASE. I’m happy you have your own opinions, and that you are willing to exercise the 1st amendment.

Just please, be respectful.

And don’t pound on tables.

On that note, I leave you with this hilarious video. (Turn off the music on the right if you haven’t already done so.)

Here are 2 dudes who both believe in Jesus having a huge fight in the quad:

Please don’t be the dude in the mustard jacket. Thanks. 🙂

~ by Keira Dazi on October 9, 2011.

One Response to “It’s All Politics”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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