I am my politics.

Now, I haven’t gotten too political here, lately. I usually reserve that for Facebook, because I can do it faster, posting links, or just opinions. Plus, I think a lot of you feel kinda like me, and would rather here about my day then the latest BP thing to go awry.

But I feel like lately, people have asked why I do it, why I get angry and post things, only to fight in the “comments” section back and forth with people about what I think and feel. People say, “Doesn’t that stress you out?” And yes, sometimes it does. Sometimes I want to pull my eyes out, sometimes I want to shake people and say, “DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?”

But I post political things on Facebook anyway. On a website that people say “has no room for politics.” I post there for a reason. Because I care. I care about my world. Our only world. I care about my country. I care about my future. I want you to know just what’s happening with BP. I want you to know that recycling DOES make a difference. And I want you to know that if we don’t change the world, there won’t be a world for much longer.

I want you to know that I support gay rights because supporting gay rights is, consequently, the right thing to do. I want you to know that people who are homosexual are also family, friends, black, white, around you all the time, in the military, in the government, in the democratic party, in the republican party, in your work place. I want you to know that denying people rights is not what this country was founded on.

And, I want you to know that I am pro-choice. Because everyone deserves to make decisions for themselves. I want you to know that sometimes, abortion happens for a good reason. And, looking at the homeless population of the U.S., I know that sometimes kids die, too young, on the streets, without homes, without families.

And I want you to know that if a woman decides not to have an abortion, but instead to give her child up for adoption, then I think homosexual couples should have the right to adopt that child. Because they deserve a family as much as you do.

I write about politics on my Facebook because I want you to know. I want you to be aware. I want you to change this world. I want you to change mine. I want everyone to have rights, to live their dreams. I want corporations to be exposed. I want to decide where my tax dollars go. I want you to decide, too. I write about politics because I want you to vote. I want everyone to vote, and vote knowingly. I want you to get MAD. Anger is the starting point of change.

I want less apathy. I want more action. And I want you to know these things about me, because this is me. I am my politics. I care because I want a better life. I care because I want everyone to have a fair shake. Especially you, the people who I am friends with. I want you and I to have the same rights. Not just me and my buddies, or you and yours.

So now you know. I will never hide my politic feelings, and I wouldn’t expect you to shy away from the tough conversations, the emotions, as hard as they may be, of politics. I want you to get mad. At me, maybe. Because what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t know what you really felt about this world?


About sorellaaglio

I am 26. I love nature. I love trying new things, and I love children. I love cooking, baking, and sometimes even cleaning. I am an organized mess, and yet manage to eat three meals a day and get eight hours of sleep a night. If you stop by, I'll feed you and make you a mixed CD. Oh, and I am a fan of you.
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5 Responses to I am my politics.

  1. Jeff Hayford says:

    Some analysts were worried that more people were going to vote in the American Idol finale than did in the 2008 Presidential Election, that’s a red flag. It turns out 100 million Americans voted in a broadcast TV show and 132 million Americans voted in the 2008 Presidential Election. The real question is, how many of the 100 voted for the next American Idol but did not vote for the next President. To those people, I say shame, shame on you for having very skewed priorities.

    Is it arrogant of me to wish people were more educated. It’s not just political, it’s scientific, it’s math, it’s historical, it’s life in general. I’m tired of being painted as retard cowboy because I live in the states. There was a time when we were leaders and pioneers of democracy. Now we’re a punch line for political humor. Seriously people, remove your head from your ass and take a look at what is going on in the world.

    The CEO’s of BP are complaining that the oil well was required to be build a certain distance from the shoreline and therefore made the cleanup harder because the water was so deep. Their solution was to drill closer to land, or on land. These are the people we trust with drilling for oil. And if you don’t see something wrong with their statements I suggest you take a real close look at yourself.

  2. Megan R. says:

    Jennie, I love that you are passionate about politics. It is seriously refreshing to see (and hear) someone express real, legitimate opinions about things that matter. Please keep making the users of Facebook take a look at something other than “What type of vampire would you be?” or “What is your trailer trash name?” because, while those ridiculous quizzes can be fun, sometimes we all need to be reminded that there are more important things to waste time thinking about.

  3. dessertation says:

    Holy Cow. I just agreed with every political thing you said in this post. Every word. I think that that is a first time and I wish you were here so we could go get ice-cream cones together.

  4. Grace Hendricks says:

    I am so proud of you Jennie and Jeff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jennie Your Grandpa would be so happy and proud of you. I love the way you express yourself. Continue to say and do what you think is the right. I love you. Lots of love… Happy Birthday on the 3rd Jeff.

  5. sorellaaglio says:

    Marissa, when I see you, we will be having an ice cream cone to celebrate.
    Thank you Grandma, and Megan. 🙂

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