19 August 2010

I'm proud. Are you?

Recently, Brittany over at Unexpected Surprises expressed her passion about some politically and morally deep issues. I admire her so much for that. I told her I used to do that but not anymore. She told me that I should speak up about what I believe in. You may not know this about me but I am extremely passionate about politics and the economy. And I used to be pretty vocal about my views. If you search way back in my blog you'll find some of those posts. Here, here.... Even my husband posted sometimes.

But after the Presidential elections of 2008, I decided to stop posting about anything controversial. Why? Because I guess I was afraid of offending people. And also, because around the PNW, my views (politically) are amongst the vast minority and I didn't want to start any blog drama. Ha ha.

AND because some people told me they didn't want to read all my posts about politics. Sad, huh? Really, I didn't publish that many political posts. There was maybe 5-6. I started wondering why people didn't want me to express my feelings about political issues?
Was it because they didn't agree with my point of view? Because they simply don't care about the political and economical issues we're facing?

Anyway- I stopped. I don't think I will jump back on the political posting bandwagon any time soon but I just wanted to throw it out there, that I do care about this country and what's happening in it. I have a lot of opinions and there is more to this Momma than just photographs and all things baby. (although, i do love photo's and all things baby)

I really do take my obligations and a registered voter, and a citizen of this country seriously. As I expressed in this post.


Thank you Brittany, for reminding me how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.

And on one final note- . I think it's so important that even though people may differ in views and opinions, that we always respect one another. We need to be careful not to judge. I know it can be a struggle, but I am always working on it.

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6 comments:

Nikki said...

I don't judge. I think you should be able to express your views. I mean it is your blog after all ;) For me it all depends on the issue. Plus, wouldn't life be boring if we were all the same. Everyone brings something to the table. The only reason I'm not afraid to post controversial things is because one day someone might post something that changes my view, or perhaps theirs.

As long as I can look at things from different views and not thing "my way is the only way", I like the discussions. If I didn't keep an open mind, I think I'd be a very angry person.

You're right. Politics are a touchy subject. I don't know why.

Jhen.Stark said...

Goodness girl, you are spot on! Thanks for sharing this. I know what you mean by not wanting to offend. This blog world can get intense since in reality, we're all strangers meeting in the virtual world {plus, some strangers can be mean sometimes}.

There is so much to be said about politics and such {I even touch on 'religion' but carefully}. But there are so many close minded and ignorant people, that the only way to reach out is through love! So I'm super proud of you for "standing up" and being proud, but I also applaud you for your kindness, grace and respect here in the blog world.

You are a super duper American, mommy & blogger (and I'm sure if I had ever met you in person) a super duper friend!!! Good on ya!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

My views may seem a little hippy sometimes, so I never share them. Plus, I don't know enough to really speak of it. :D I support anyone that wants to share what they believe! :)

Megan said...

hear, hear, Mandy!

You're not alone, and the "minority" is bigger than you think ;)

I'm a CONSERVATIVE Republic and proud of it! I am an AMERICAN! A patriot! A believer!

I believe in my rights as a human being and as a citizen. I have the right to own a gun and the right to use it in the defense of my home and family. I believe in the freedom of religion and thereby the freedom to pray over my meal in a public place. I believe in the American Dream in that if I work hard I will have something to show for it in the end. And if I work harder than the next person, I will have MORE to show for it.

I believe in teaching my son who America started out as and if we believe, fight, and pray... she may be again someday. People might not agree, they might not like it, some might even hate it, but at least I can look myself in the mirror at the end of the day and know that I have been true to myself.

Thanks for reminding me of that.

Mandy said...

I think I like your blog a little more each day. That took courage to write, and it inspired me to re- evaluate. Am I blogging just to create a following, or hopefully am I blogging to express who I am REALLY? I am a Christian. My life is based in Christ. Regardless of who agrees with me or not, it is who I am. And I can't tiptoe around that. I have a baby on the way... do I really want to teach my child to stand up for what you believe- EXCEPT when it is not popular? I don't think so. Even though blogging is kind of trivial; it is all the little decisions we make in our life who make up who we decide we are.

(Oh- and how did I miss you were from WA state before?! I used to live in Portland, and my husband grew up in Kelso/Longview. All our family on his side is up there. We talk often of either moving to Washington or Oregon.)

Brittany said...

:) I am so glad that I inspired you.. and mostly I am glad that youll start writing again! It all comes down to respect! We can all believe differetly as long as we respect each other!!