Friday, August 29, 2008
Let your voice be heard
Voting isn't something that was ever talked about much in my house growing up. I'm not even sure if my mom did or does vote but if so, it isn't something she shared with me growing up so it's not something I really thought about much either. Not something I'm proud of, but true. This coming November at the age of twenty eight I'll cast my very first ballot. These past few years I've started to get involved with politics a lot more, I've taken a look around me, analyzed what I saw, discovered what I believe in and learned not only how important those beliefs are BUT the fact that if I don't do anything about them there's no point caring about them at all. I spent the first half of 2008 watching debates, listening to people speak, doing research on the internet, and learning to understand how the whole political process works. I know there is still so much more to be learned and I know I will work to learn because of the fact that I'm inspired. How special is that? To feel inspired to change, to learn, to make a difference instead of sitting around complaining about how things are. What right did I have to complain if I wasn't doing anything about it? 2008 is history making. Whether you're Democrat, Republican, or independent. Young or old, what's going on in the United States right now is new, different, INSPIRING. We have our first African American accept a nomination for president. We have a woman on a ticket for vise president. We have young people watching, learning, getting involved in ways that they haven't in the past. We have confirmed Republicans who plan to vote Democrat for the first time in some of their lives as well as Democrats who will vote Republican for the first time. Its amazing to me and I'm proud to be a part of it.
I was glued to the TV this past week soaking it all in, hanging on the words of a hope for the future. Soon, Republicans will have their convention and have the chance to do the same thing. How lucky are we to have the right to seek knowledge and find our inspiration, who we believe in, and then cast a ballot accordingly? I won't let that opportunity pass me by again. I'm excited to be a part of it, to actually have my say heard for the first time.
So, red or blue, young or old, rich or poor, don't silence your voice. Let it be heard. I plan to.