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Posts Tagged “politics”

RNC vs DNC

I get frustrated in talking to adamant Republicans and Democrats in the same way that I cannot stand a conversation with Marvel and DC comic enthusiasts. Each is set in their ways that they won’t even listen to the other point of view. But I’m telling you! Batman is great! No really, just listen-

In any case, what the comic lovers can agree is that comics are great. What the politicians will agree on is that they love America. And you should too. But loving America has a lot less to do with voicing an opinion as it does with thinking critically about the issues and candidates and voting.

For those who are put on edge by political talk, here's something to lighten the mood. He's so adorable!

So I offer you here some options. If you didn’t even know there were conventions going on this past week here are their websites: Republican and Democrat. Study up! There’s a wealth of resources out there. If you happen to be an Indiana resident, here’s a resource on registering to vote. Then you can go home to your parents and brag about how you are all ready to vote, which will probably put you in the minority. So feel special. You love America.

Economy

With the recent problems in Europe boiling over an election that have drew the socialist party into power in France for the first time since the 1980′s. I find myself half-afraid and half-intrigued. In America, the idea of having a socialist party legitimate enough to gain power is laughable.

One of my most shocking experiences abroad occurred in Vienna. I visited Austria after my classes had ended and before my flight home. While I visited, the Austrian Labor Day occurred, and to celebrate all of the Socialists in the surrounding regions paraded through the city. This was a huge event for me. I could never imagine something like this occurring in Indianapolis, for example. At the very least, I can’t envision itbeing without incident.

Socialist Party Colors

This granted me a bit of perspective. Although I’m still in the process of discerning my own political affiliations, I can appreciate what we do have here in America. Call me sentimental, but I like the idea of a man pulling himself by his boot straps, working hard and being rewarded in the end. I can’t bring myself to support a system which levels all people. Not that I want to make this post a political statement–my point is moderation is great, and I believe America works very hard between its two parties to achieve this.

But it all raises the question of how should a country deal with fiscal problems? Is it a matter of spending more to heal an economy, or should the spending of a government be restricted to its means? I sometimes fear that the standard of living in our country is a house built on the sand of trillions of dollars of debt, waiting for a storm to sweep us away.

What I urge my readers is to inform themselves. Nothing is more harmful to a political or economic crisis than ignorance and a population willing to believe anything it hears. I’m trying to work through this. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s quite difficult. Good thing I have a place to turn to.