In junior high school , I was obsessed with politics…specifically the presidency. For some reason (I cant even begin to recall it now.) I wanted to be president. It was written all over my Keds. Telling it to anyone who would listen, I declared I would be running in the year 2014. I knew that you had to be a US Citizen and you had to be 40.
Obviously I sucked at math then as much as I do now considering I counted ahead and thought 2014 was an election year for that. You never would have voted for me.
Maybe it was elementary school that planted the political bug. In 6th grade, we had elections for the student body. I ran for the secretary position. One of my best friends at the time ran against me. I was all into it, putting up posters and telling everyone that I would put an end to homework if I was elected. Score 1 for me in being a politician…I could lie and people would believe it. My best friend even voted for me. Maybe she was tired of me copying her homework and hoped that would end. I won. Sorry to all of you who still got homework.
Fast forward to college and to ideas of minoring in political science which lasted all of five minutes. That was probably the last thought I gave to being active in politics.
Don’t get me wrong. Every time there is an election, I am informed about it thanks to many things. I love Saturday Night Live and how it gets on politicians. Just for them, I wish Sarah Palin would run for something every single time. TV debates are awesome because they make for the best one liners and comebacks on the late shows. I also know every play by play from one point of view thanks to Facebook. The political commercials are annoying and I have never been so thankful for a DVR. Since I have moved to suburban world, the lawns here are decorated with all types of political signs. I once joked to a few people how I would like to switch them all up on the lawns overnight. Let’s just say it did not go over well at all. AT ALL.
Politics. Its serious business.
I try my best to be informed from the newspapers and different websites. I look to see what is being said about foreign politics, the economy, education, and what baseball team they root for. I ask questions of friends that I know won’t bite my head off if I ask. Some are very politically active. Most of the time, I feel like there is no one that I absolutely love for whatever job it is they are going for. It’s frustrating especially thanks to the media when you find out about the lies and things that people don’t follow through with. Most of the time when I vote, I just hope that we stay safe and good things happen. All the more so now that I have kids. I wonder about what our future will bring.
Recently, I saw a video of a young girl practicing her speech because she was running for student council at her school. She was well spoken and promised to work with fellow students for a better school. This candidate encouraged them to share thoughts and ideas. There were no statements of getting rid of homework. Her words were full of all things that she could actually accomplish. It was impressive to look at someone so young that was such an obvious leader and team player in her spoken thoughts.
I think of the young people now who have ideas and thoughts about where this world is headed. Many have compassion and want to do right by others. Here is hoping that they outweigh the ones who are not in that state of mind.
I can’t wait until they get out there in the world and I can go vote with hope in my heart.