I was at a friend’s house the other day and he had a booklet of sorts on his table called 3 CFR. I looked at the strange cover and asked him what it was. He tells me it’s a book on the code of federal regulations that he had picked up recently.
‘Why in the world would you need that‘ I asked? I mean seriously … who has a book of government rules and regulations just lying around?
He looked at me like I had a second head or something. “I can’t very well debate a subject I know nothing about,” he says.
See, my friend had grown up in a politically liberal family but as he grew up he found himself more and more aligned with conservative views. This caused a rift in his family whenever they would get together and inevitably the subject of politics would come up.
So he decided instead of fighting based on opinions, he would arm himself with facts and he bought the actual government rule book on the duties of the presidential office to help him do that so that the next time he had dinner with his family, he could be better informed.
I don’t know but I just found that funny. But I have to give the guy credit. I mean the best way to win an argument is to know your subject matter.
Then it got me thinking. This guy has spent more time researching politics in the last 3 days than I have spent on the subject my entire life.
I’m ashamed to admit it but I know more about the Kardashians than I do about the legislative branch.
And I know I’m not alone. Many of my friends just find it easier to avoid the subject of politics all together than to get into the explosive debates or arguments that take place online about our political candidates.
How can I say I’m proud to be an American if I don’t really even put in the effort to be a part of the very system of laws that make our country so great?
I love the rights and freedoms that I have but I don’t take part in the process to secure them with something as simple as an informed decision (aka a vote)?
I’ve decided this year I’m going to be different. This year, I’m going to make an effort to learn about the candidates in the upcoming election.
I’m not just going to say I’m a republican or a democrat, but actually, listen to the issues and vote come 2020 based on which candidate supports the issues that matter to me.
I also encourage you to do the same.
It doesn’t matter what those issues are – as long as they matter to you, then that’s what you should vote for.
More than just encourage, I challenge you to spent just a few hours over the next few months to think about what matters to you and then find the candidate that supports those very issues.
- Do you care about tax breaks for the middle class?
- Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
- Do you want government funded healthcare?
- What about your stance on immigration?
It truly doesn’t matter to me what your views are … you can feel however you want. you won’t see me arguing with you about them. All I ask is that you figure out what issues do matter to you and then come election time, go out there and vote for the candidate that supports the issues you care about – whatever those issues may be.
That’s my challenge to you!