I hate talking about politics. It’s like discussing which car crash was better.
I have my beliefs, and I know where I stand – but I’m not going to climb on the closest rooftop and try to talk anyone into the middle.
If you firmly stand on the right OR left – unable to have an open mind about anything on the other side of the aisle – it seems like you embrace the car crash and it baffles me. (I actually know people that would vote for Lindsay Lohan before considering a candidate from another party.)
With Election Day less than 24 hours away, I thought I would share three nuggets that capture my stance on this election, voting and our country.
NOTE: I’m not endorsing either one of the presidential candidates or sharing who I’m voting for in this blog post. Mainly because it’s none of your damn business.
These nuggets are more big-picture political issues that I need to get off my chest.
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Campaign Spending: A Destructive Cycle
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a Letter to the Editor that I wrote to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently. I’m not sure if it ever ran, but I felt better after writing it. (I also marked off No. 8 on my 55/555 list.)
When I cast my vote for President of the United States on Nov. 6, I will do it with scorn in my soul. The fact that more than $1 billion dollars will be spent on this presidential campaign makes me sick.
Fifteen percent of Americans live in poverty and the National Debt is a running joke, but that didn’t stop deep-pocketed donors and political action committees from feeding this destructive cycle of wasteful spending. The most disheartening part of this lavish spending is the fact it’s all driven by greed and power.
Both political parties should be embarrassed.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said it best when he vowed to withhold campaign contributions in 2011. He wrote: “Like so many of you, I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington…Americans can’t find jobs. Small businesses can’t get credit. And the fracturing of consumer confidence continues.”
His point: Washington is broken and I refuse to bank roll it. There was hope in his stance, though.
So when I embrace my privilege to vote on Nov. 6, I might do it with disdain, but there will also be guarded hope and optimism for this nonsense to stop.
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I love how people are sharing their “I Voted” stickers on Facebook, but I have a suggestion for 2016:
• You have to wear it on your forehead;
• When you vote, your sticker is ceremoniously removed;
• The day after the election, if you’re still wearing your “I Haven’t Voted Yet!” sticker…someone gets to punch you in the face.
Seriously, I’m a firm believer that if you don’t vote, you are wasting an incredible privilege. It’s tragic.
So here is my public service announcement for this post: Go Vote!
If you’re not up to speed on the issues, I’d like to introduce you to a little thing called Google (it might catch on). Do a little research and embrace being a citizen of this country.
If you firmly believe that your vote doesn’t count….let’s go ahead and get that punch to the face out of the way.
Is my threat of violence counterproductive? What about humor?
Here is Will Ferrell’s last-minute attempt to get people to vote. It’s funny and poignant.
NOTE: I wish he didn’t endorse Obama at the end of this video – it’s not as powerful – but it’s still worth watching. If you stand firmly on the right, you might want to stop watching at the 1-minute mark.
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‘WE Must Be the Change’
When Obama was elected President 4 years ago, I wrote this on my Facebook page. I still firmly believe this – no matter which candidate wins tomorrow:
I hope this election inspires change. One man was elected president – WE must be the change, though.”