Over the past decade I have been pretty quiet about my political beliefs. I simply have not been interested / don’t have the time to engage in Facebook comment wars, nor do I believe complex conversations can be solved via heated typing exchanges that don’t lead to real change.
With that said, I feel the luxury of staying silent is no longer viable. I want to be able to talk openly with friends, family and strangers about what they believe and why they believe it. I want to become more educated on the issues and have my mind changed. Most importantly, I want to ensure my actions speak louder than my words.
“And if we don’t care, who cares?”
There is nothing groundbreaking about this post. I simply feel stuck and wonder how many of you are stuck as well. As midterms approach on November 6th, I find myself struggling to identify with a candidate that can actually implement the type of change I’m looking for in Georgia/America.
In the current political climate, any stance is immediately labeled as being “liberal” or “conservative.” I don’t identify with either of those labels and I don’t like the lack of alternative options.
In reality, most people have ideas that don’t fall neatly into either/or one of those buckets. And that’s okay. Unfortunately, I see more and more people blindly voting for their party and creating an “us” vs “them” mentality, no matter the issue.
I’d rather see views evolve. As the world changes (technology advances, population increases, environmental catastrophes happen, etc.), new information should require reflection. New evidence should implement different strategies to solve complex problems.
It is a beautiful thing that we still don’t believe the same things we did 100 years ago. It’s not hypocritical to change. It is progression. It is evolution.
I truly believe MOST people are trying to do the right thing. I don’t believe the extremes of either side are the norm (by very definition, they are not) nor do they speak for our country as a whole. Just because they speak the loudest, does not mean we need to (or should) listen.
Where do I stand?
Without writing a political philosophical thesis… I generally believe personal freedom and smaller governments lead to the best quality of life for the most amount of people.
That does not mean I don’t want ANY government. In fact, I think we should stop the 10,000 things we are doing and focus on what would raise the bar for society the most.
I would also be more than happy to send my tax dollars towards better education, public infrastructure / transportation, environment, health and protective agencies.
Each one of those topics are incredibly vast and I don’t think there is a single great solution. There is lots of room for improvement in each of those categories, but where do we begin?