03 November 2012

This is not a political post.

Okay maybe it is {sorta}. But with the election around the corner, I felt I needed to say something.

If we are friends on FB, you may see a political status from me here and there, and every so often I will engage in a political conversation. And if you look back in my blog archives, you will find a post or two of the political nature.

But I decided a while ago that I would no longer be talking about politics on my blog. And it's not because I am not passionate. {re: I am opinionated} It's because I want this to be a peaceful corner of the internet. I have mentioned before that this blog is like a 2nd home to me. This is where I write, journal, document, make friends. I thrive here.  I want this to be a place that I feel comfortable, and not only that, but I want others to feel comfortable here as well.

And no matter how hard we all try, it's almost impossible to voice a political opinion without offending someone, even when our intentions are good.

But here is what I will say around this election time.

We are so blessed as Americans, to have the right to vote. With that, comes an obligation. An obligation to be informed and educate ourselves about the issues facing our country. We are not all going land on the same side of the fence when it comes to our political party of choice, but what it does mean -- is that we aren't taking our freedoms for granted. It means that we are taking an active roll in our future, and the future of our children. So whether you're democrat, republican, independent, libertarian...etc... it doesn't matter. I respect you, and your right to vote whichever way you'd like. The only advise I will offer is to be informed. Do your research and follow your heart.

And most importantly, be respectful of others. Just because someone feels differently than you do, doesn't make them wrong, or a bad person. It is absolutely unfair to expect others to feel exactly the way you do. We are all unique, and our personal life circumstances have shaped our political (and sometimes religious) viewpoints. And we are all entitled to exercise the right vote however we choose. That is the beauty of America!


Courtney K said...

You know how I feel about politics. And like you, I agree completely that voting is a PRIVILEGE that way too many people take for granted. I have my beliefs for sure, but I know that others do as well. And I support everyone's right to vote the way that they choose. BUT I think that people need to make their own EDUCATED decisions rather than just simply going by what they media says.

Lisa said...

great post! i too true not to talk about politics on my blog, but i do think we all should at least talk about the obligation to vote! i hate people who complain about the government but never take the time to vote, its one of my biggest pet peeves lol

Lindsay said...

Thank you for this! I feel the same way.

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