As I'm sure you're aware, the political climate in the United States is very charged right now. Americans today feel a resurgence of the political fire of old - passion and emotion often trumps logic and reasoned arguments.
As we enter into this presidential election season, I issue a challenge: VOTE, but do it right.
Do your homework - watch the debates, read what the candidates stand for, what they're saying, learn about who they are. (Use unbiased sources – we all know certain media outlets prefer certain candidates.) The biggest problem besides NOT voting is UNINFORMED voting.
"I vote Democrat because my parents have been Democrats since JFK, and they knew what was best for this country."
"I vote Republican because my dad and my grandpa voted Republican, and we have a strong Republican family tradition."
Notice a problem?
The world has CHANGED, politics have CHANGED, and the two parties have CHANGED in a big way, and they both say so. The Republican Party is not the same as it was during the Reagan era. The Democratic Party is not the same as it was even during the Clinton era. This is not the world in which our parents and grandparents grew up.
So know the candidates. Know the issues. Pray about it, if you believe. And please, PLEASE, DECIDE FOR YOURSELF who would lead this country best in this very different 21st Century world. Listen to your whole self - mind, heart, and gut. Make an informed decision. This is not a popularity contest; it's about real issues.
And then for your sake, your children's sake, and your grandchildren's sake: VOTE. This is too important.
We CAN change the world – let’s change it for the better.
Non-partisan election resources: www.procon.org, issuedictionary.com, www.dividedwefail.com
Non-partisan fact checking resource (we all get “the e-mails”): www.snopes.com
Monday, September 8, 2008
A non-partisan challenge to all Americans
A friend of mine sent out her first "forward it on" email. A call to inform ourselves? What's next vote with intelligence, not fear?