Why Politics Matters

Why Politics Matters

"Be the change you want to see in the world"
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One of the many pet peeves I have is when people say that they hate politics. When a political discussion arises, they roll their eyes and choose to not pick a side or just say, “Anyone, but Trump.” Perhaps you think politics is just a bunch of bullying, sneaky deals, name-calling, immaturity and lying. OK, I get that. I can see why you hate that aspect of it. But that’s not all of it.

People need to realize that politics is important; it’s actually really important. Being educated and understanding the issues at hand is of great importance. Politics is in everything that we do. Everything. In America, we have the blessing of living in a democracy where the voice of we the people is of utter importance. Now, if you’re like me, then you are fed up with the politicians in Washington who are in the dirty business of politics. I’m talking about our elected officials that promised they would do one thing (when they campaigned) and did the opposite when they got into office. We see this all the time (especially in the GOP). The American people are tired of the lying, cheating, and empty promises. We wouldn’t stand for it in a relationship, so why should we stand for it from our government?

You shouldn’t hate politics, you should embrace it. You cannot become apathetic or unwilling to take a stance because politics is a dirty game. Do I think politics is a dirty game? Sure, but that’s why I want to be involved in it -- so I can help clean it up. The great Margaret Thatcher once said, “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end, good will triumph.”

What I’m trying to say is that politics is the way is it because of people who just don’t care or would rather just keep the peace and not say anything about it. When this happens, how do we fix the corruption? We have a voice, and we must stand for truth, but how are we supposed to do this when we just sit back and choose to not be invested in the decisions of how our country will be governed? Your vote counts!

If we aren’t informed about the issues and don’t stand up for what we believe, these politicians will continue to lie and cheat and steal because you and I won’t do anything about it. We need to elect leaders who will say they will do something and actually do it, and if they don’t, then when it’s time for reelection, we don’t reelect them.

This election season is an important one, especially for our generation. All the decisions that are being made by our government will directly affect us, the millennials, as a generation. If you think you are too young or that politics doesn't matter right now in your life, you're wrong. Simply saying, “I hate politics,” doesn’t change or help anything. If you don’t like the way politics is done then help change it; don’t just sit around and do nothing. Get involved, learn about the issues (from both sides), and base your decisions on rational thinking (not emotions!), learn to care about the future of this country because one day, if not today, they will greatly affect your life - whether it's your money, time, civil rights, or personal freedom. Be the change you want to see.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.

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As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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