Saturday, April 28, 2012
Read and understand before you choose...
Okay, why do people vote for candidates who have gone public with policies that don’t and I repeat don’t have their interests at heart? Because they don’t understand nor do they read policy. The same is said about 98% of the law makers in government. They don’t read their own bills. Which means “Houston we have a problem”. I can attest to having ADD when it comes to my reading assignments. I will plow through a book 2/3 and then get “bored” seriously bored and ready to get to the end. Which means the books I read are dull (maybe) or I am a lousy reader (maybe) or there is just too many things to do and I get distracted (very true)…meanwhile because we have a lot of outlets to get information I have become a lot more informed about the political culture/ sphere and weirdly interested in policy and I have discovered this not so secret fact. Most Americans have no idea what their pet politicians truly stand for. If most seniors who seem to be Republican realized and read what their politicians wanted as far as future policies they wouldn’t be Republican. Because most seniors are frightened and maybe old school and unfamiliar with anything like an Obama they vote for the big “white” guy not really realizing that the rich 1% wanna cut their social services or entitlements. The fact is we are under siege not only as women and children and the lower to middle class but as moderate Republicans who don’t agree with the Tea party rhetoric. In fact the moderates are a rare breed seemly soon to be extinct and it is scary to imagine a world of schizophrenic politicians like Romney who take an extreme position on day and flip flop the next as if no one witnessed the flip flop. Yet this is the world we live in. I don’t think Obama is perfect by any stretch of the imagination and it irritates me to think that the entire structure of our democracy is a sham because every day I study it; our democracy seems fake and nonexistent. This irritates and saddens me. Luckily for me I am beyond ever needing an abortion but in my prime I thank god I could get them. I say it plural because I happen to be one of those females who got pregnant with the harshest birth control. Meaning if you looked in my direction I was knocked up. So for me in 2012 imagining women across this country having to go to some voodoo back alley butcher because a gaggle of illiterate lazy politicians who by the way have their bible fueled beliefs clogging reason as they are writing bills and passing them prohibiting abortions and other services, it’s a nightmare I cannot and don’t want to imagine. Alas here we are, wake up America and vote with confidence and understanding, read the fine print, because it is a matter of life and death and prosperity.
Posted by Rae Dawn Chong at 10:26 AM