I am by no means a political activist. I do however consider myself aware of the many issues that plague our nation. Larger issues continue to be the ever growing national debt. Debt which is passed on to middle income wage earning households. We import far more than we export and so we are at a disadvantage in this aspect. Companies have been moving operations overseas and have been doing so for decades but the current belief is that this is the fault of the last few administrations. That is just not true. The unemployment rate has recently fallen but it is not nearly as low as it was in 2006 or nearly as high as they’ve been during the early 1980s. And the future of job creation overseas does not look good either.

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Voters are not interested in the facts though however skewed or inaccurate. They really choose based on personality and the best spiel given by a candidate. I had a friend express their affinity for Mitt Romney indicating how much of a family man he was. I was floored. Why would that ever by the first real reason to vote for someone? Ridiculous as it sounds I’d rather vote for a single man who does not have the distraction of a family to raise. How does having a family trump leadership experience of the single person. (I have a theory but that will be left for another blog.)

We have two Ivy-League educated candidates to choose from in November. One supports green energy and has created many tax incentives in support of it. The other supports clean coal if there is such a thing. One candidate wants to raise taxes on the rich and the other does not in many aspects. What really bothers me is that when you look at President Barack Obama‘s political career he consistent from the time he was a young organizer living in Chicago working with the poorest of communities. He understand family struggle. He understands single-parent life.

Others will view Mitt Romney’s silver-spoon upbringing as some sort of a crutch. But he has worked with the poor as well. What I am more concerned about his bold support of abortion-rights and his ridiculous 180 degree turn on the issue. How convenient?

So now that a new election is upon us I continue to witness facebook and twitter rantings about NOT voting. About NOT caring. And about complete dissolution with the whole process. I say that is a cop out. While it is easier to believe that no good comes from voting I say it is far worse to stay out of the political process. The same person who chooses not to vote will find themselves subjected to future legislation that could have an affect on their future well being. I do not retire for another 20 years or so but I am not happy with either stance the current candidates take on social security. They both have intentions of reducing services.

When you vote it’s just not about the here and now but about what is good for future generations. Not voting is the same as saying “there is no future to live in to” or “I’ll leave that up to you all to decide”. That is no way to live. And I’m not going to expound on all those who fought and died for the right to vote because that argument has been won. Spitting on the efforts of voting & civil rights activists from the last 100 years or so is an obvious argument that no one will against.

We are a nation that takes its freedoms for granted. We are not raising our children to be politically aware. We are more concerned with technical trinkets and the lastest skinny jeans. Schools turn a blind eye to bullying and sex trafficking has not even brought up by either platform. We will have to sit through two more debates before we find out of our candidates care about the poor and what real plans they have for education. I say get your pad and pencils good citizens and take notes. Then draw your own conclusions and by all means vote. Vote for the graduating class of 2023 because they will be starting college that year. And they deserve every option to make that happen.