When I look back over the last four years, I am amazed at how much my life has changed. I'm no longer a student, I have a full time job, I pay for my own health care coverage, I don't go to Taco Bell at midnight every Wednesday, I pay my own takes, I'm responsible for paying my mortgage every month and budgeting my daily life. Four years ago I was a carefree, graduate student enjoying the limbo period between being a student and becoming a responsible adult. Sadly, I am now in adult status, even though I wish it wasn't true! Knowing how much things have changed in the last four years convinces me that there is no telling what is going to change in my life in the next four years. This is why I think the presidential election should be one of the top things people in our age group are thinking about right now. We have big issues that we have to look at that are going to greatly effect the rest of our lives and our children's lives. It's scary to think about what could happen to our country and the rest of the world. The really scary part is that a lot of uneducated voters are going to help decide the direction of our country. When I say uneducated I do not mean in schooling, I mean uneducated on the issues. I've said it before and I'll say it again, people need to really know what they are voting for and why they are voting for it. Don't vote for someone because that is how your parent's voted, or because you think they have a cool commercial, or because you hate the other guy. Vote because you believe in what the candidate stands for and because you think they offer you and this country the best possible outcome. I said I would stay unbiased when I post about these things and I will. The media has completely tainted our view of politics and candidates and I refuse to do that. I do, however, want to encourage you to do your research and come to your own conclusions about the candidates and their policies. Here is a pretty good article that briefly outlines some of the big issues and how each candidate plans to address them:
There are only 91 days left until the big day. I plan on being prepared when I go to the polls. The right to vote is a great privilege we have in this country and so many of us take it fore granted. Americans died for the right to have a voice and a choice. Yes, I am being a little dramatic, but politics is something that I get very passionate about. Knowledge is power!
Side note of the day: I went to Wal-Mart during lunch to do a little grocery shopping. I bought some popcorn because we are out. Shameful! Anyway, I am having a vision of walking to my car and seeing it filled with popped pop corn since it has been sitting in my 100+ degree car all afternoon. My afternoon snack will be ready to go! I'll post pictures if I am right. :)