I do my best to avoid politics, it’s a messy business. Don’t be fooled though I am very passionate about what I believe in, but I am equally as passionate about being an informed voter. I find it appalling when people vote for someone because others they know or like are voting for them or worse yet they believe these ridiculous political ads and yes both sides spin the truth. I have the utmost respect for people who support candidates I do not as long as they are making an informed choice.
So this is my plea to do your homework, research the candidate and vote for the one who’s vision and voting history you agree with. Don’t take the right to vote lightly, exercise it in an informed way.
When I was in college I spent a summer doing mission work at an orphanage for abandoned disabled children in Kingston, Jamaica. I lived and worked in horrendous poverty. Kingston is a crime ridden city and the orphanage where I spent my days was in a really bad area, we had armed guards at the gate to the orphanage but once I went outside to ride the city bus to a small village in the country I was on my own with a few fellow volunteers. While I was there an election was held. One man running for election was shot by the opposing party, trucks full of people would ride through the towns shouting and shooting off guns to promote fear and harass people into voting for there party. On election day we were sent home early and told to stay indoors with the padlock on the door (yes we padlocked the door at night). The party that won rode through the towns yelling, celebrating and shooting off guns and everyone hid. I will never forget how I felt and how different it was than an election here. Candidates do not have to fear assassination and people do not fear retribution for their vote.