Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I'm not a political person by nature. Politics, to me, is largely a matter of opinion and belief. Ever tried to shake someones rock-solid beliefs? I generally stay away from those discussions.
Governing is another issue. If you live in the USA you know that at midnight our government shut down because the two houses of our Congress couldn't reach an agreement. During the past few days, as friends and family weighed in on the issue(s) at hand I'd ask one question; "Do you vote?" I got all sorts of answers as to why people don't vote but my answer to them was always the same.
"If you don't participate in the process then you really don't have a right to complain."
See, it's easy to complain without taking any responsibility for the out come. All you become, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is a "gong booming or a cymbal clashing."
Whether you are for or against the current political climate the best way to influence the outcome is to vote and encourage other people to vote. In other words - get involved.
It's easy to blame politicians. They cant answer us. We can speak with our votes and so as I sit here this morning wondering what the future holds I have to look in the mirror and ask myself how much responsibility I have for the way things are. Oh, I know, in the politically correct, don't offend anyone world we live in this isn't a popular stance. If you don't want to get involved then, as my grandma was fond of saying: "Go peddle your papers elsewhere." But, please, quit griping and complaining about something you refuse to do anything about.
Back in the day there was a popular saying that went like this: "Vote and the choice is yours. Don't vote and the choice is theirs."