Vote (Knowledgeably) or Die

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I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country. — John Ensign

I posted that screenshot so those of you who are paying off student loans see where the grant money we could have had went. Thing is, we didn’t make our voices heard and instead we voted for people who would toss $200,000,000 to fixing another nation while we’re in nearly $15,000,000,000,000 of national debt.

As we approach the 2012 election season, we have to be aware of what is going on at every level of American government. Voting Republican or Democrat just because your friends do/family does is lazy and it allows you to be taken for granted. Your parents, wise as they may be, aren’t always right. Pray for clarity of mind and objectivity and then take the time to research the issues. Not all at once. Read a bit each day. Open your mind to all ideologies and then begin eliminating. Prioritize your values. If you think you don’t have a stake in the issue, try to figure out how much said-issue will cost you in tax dollars over a few years and see if it’s worth you forming an opinion. Discuss politics with your friends. That way, one of three things will happen: 1) They will challenge your stance, poking holes that you must explore. 2) You will challenge their stance, poking holes that they must explore. 3) They will know nothing about the topic, feel like an idiot, and research it right then on their smartphone, thus making them aware.

Voting is good. Voting knowledgeably is 100 times better.

Photo/Story source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/9437484/US-spent-more-than-200-million-on-unwanted-Iraqi-police-training.html

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