I am going to go a little bit crazy here…I am going to talk politics. Really I got some questions regarding politics, but first of course a back story.
I used to go to my grandparents in Houma. I remember as my cousins and I played hide and seek around the house and running past the living room I would see my Popsi with all his friends discussing all the things that now seem to be so easy to avoid, religion and politics. They would get loud and fuss at each other. I would sit on the stairs and listen sometimes. I was sure they would not come back to visit my Popsi when all was said and done, but each week, they did. They would discuss again. They would raise their voice and you could feel the passion course through the house. They would end the night laughing finishing their coffee and off they would go to come back and do it again.
What happen to that?
It is like somewhere along the way we, as a generation and myself included, decided it was easier to either A) follow the popular media for our decisions and values or B) avoid discussing all together or C) fight over the issues as that was surely a promising way to better our society (after all the loudest voice wins right?). In the spirit of sharing and opening up the forum, for better or worse, I have some things to start:
I am starting with something I wrote November 5, 2008
I think we all know people who have let the race, sex, etc…come in the way of decisions they are making. By no means am I accusing any of you of being racist, close minded, or anything.
Unfortunately on both sides this election and the results have caused a lot of name calling. It is disheartening. We all believe in different issues, and to each of us there is another issue that is important. Issues like the economy, abortion, death penalty, gun control, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, and the list goes on. But for better or worse in your eyes we live in a democracy, majority rules. If yours or my candidate did not win this time there is only one thing each of us can do. Unite with your neighbor, your friend, etc, and help our country to become something great. No president can single handily create nor destroy greatness. We can not blame one person for a demise, just as we can not blame them for a rise. As a country, as citizens, as children of God, and as friends we can make this country great!
We have a new president. He not only is the first black president(which is simply heart warming), but more importantly, he is OUR(white, black, purple, green) new president. It is time to rally behind him as a citizens for a better place as our new commander-in-chief of our government. The commander and chief of our heart and soul is not for the rest of the world to judge, question, or decide for us. It is a choice that God has given each of us individually. But like the song says, “Jesus loves the little children, All the little children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his light.”
Let the issues be the issues. Let us educate ourselves on the issues and continue to make heartfelt and educated decisions in each or our life! Each of us voted with our hearts and head that is more than we could have ever asked for.
I think this post stands true as much today as it did that day. We are in election year. That means it is time to reevaluate where we are, were we want to be. If you don’t like where we have been the past 4 years, this is your chance to educate yourself and RESPECTFULLY educate others. It’s time to look at what our leaders have done and not what they say. It’s time to talk to each other and come together and stand as one.
If you have a great reasource you use to evaluate your canidates, please share in the comments!
Let’s do this. Let’s get educated and let’s start talking. Geaux!
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