I say, why waste your time? Honestly... what good can come out of attacking other people who you deem apathetic? I realized the answer while talking to one of my very good friends earlier. The good that comes out of it is that it'll usually inspire apathy to take action.. to stand up for their own ideals and beliefs, even if it is indifference. So by writing this blog entry today, I accept that my good friend has beaten me in this. She has used her cunning and manipulation to cause me to react in my own way.
I am apathetic when it comes to politics. Some people acknowledge that as being lazy. It's true, in the sense that I don't care. I have my right to vote. I acknowledge it all the time. I have no real reason why I don't vote and I'm not going to make one up. I just don't care. So what does that make me? I've heard tell that it makes me worse than the people who are the opposition because at least they're doing something... even if it's voting blindly. Let's face it, most republican voters only vote republican because they're republican. At least liberals present arguments why such and such should be in office or what not. I tend to side with liberals in everything... however, I, myself, choose not to be involved in politics. And by not voting, I am not trying to make a statement. I am just, simply put, uninterested.
My vote matters. Stand up for what you believe in or you have no right to bitch. Well, I do have a right to bitch... and not do anything about it. It is one of the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans. It's more hypothetical than anything else but a vote can come down to one person. Yes, it's highly unlikely, but possible. So what? If by not taking action and doing research on candidates and vote based on who I think is best suited to be in government, I am just a drone? No. Conformity is my biggest issue. By arguing with me why I am wrong and why you're right, you're just trying to make me side with you... to follow the masses. You call it change. I call it slavery. Stand up for what you believe in, but for god sakes, leave the people who don't give a shit alone. I experience this mostly from liberals, who by advocating change, demand that people follow their ideals or stand up for what they believe in. Isn't that hypocritical? If you want change, you shouldn't attack the people you're trying to convert or help. Present your issues, stress your concerns, move on. If someone wants to join you in your crusade, great... if not, live by your open-mindedness and let people be. Isn't that what a liberal fights for? Change and individuality, free from prejudice or bigotry? It would seem to me that the line can often be blurred. Tolerate. Freedom of the individual. I think choosing not to vote qualifies in that department. Losing respect or looking down on someone based on their beliefs, or lack thereof, makes you no better. You're just a bigot.
I may not know a lot about politics, as I mentioned earlier I don't care, but I know that my argument is good enough to defend myself. I may be inaccurate in whatever I put into this entry... but the bigotry stands. If you don't let people choose... or rather, if you allow people to do whatever they want, but criticize their actions if they don't match up to your standards, what example are you setting? Don't be superficial.
If you want my opinions on our country, I will flesh out some of what I absolutely cannot tolerate.
First and foremost, jury duty. Most people, that includes liberals and conservatives alike, hate jury duty with a passion. I happen to love jury duty. It is also one of the rights afforded us by our government. So why don't I hear more people advocating that? Jury duty is just as important as voting, because it represents the people and their judgment. It defines us as a free country. If you're one of the people who try to push your political views on others and always try to get out of jury duty, you have no right to judge others... not that anyone has that right anyway.
International affairs. This is probably the most frustrating thing about the American government. Like I've always said, America the Hypocrite. What good can come out of trying to govern other countries when the government can't even control the violence in our own country? Who have you voted for recently that has made it a priority to put a stop to this madness? Exactly. "So stand up and voice your opinion and help make the change!" By voting? I've heard talk of violence and the attempts to stop it all my life. Where are we on that? Where are the politicians who promised us change? If you voted for that politician, where the fuck is he? Why do people still fear going out at night? Why do people still stereotype big cities as being dangerous? Why do they think they're going to get stabbed or shot? WHAT THE FUCK HAS YOUR VOTING DONE but give people power to not do as they claimed they would? Don't criticize me for not being as patriotic as you would like me to be. My disappointment in the broken promises are a big reason I don't care. Does my vote really matter? I voted for Kerry... he lost. Where does that put me? Am I a loser now because I stood up for something and found out that it didn't even matter? Yes, I scored a moral victory. I can celebrate now. I've made some people happy to know I voted. Here's an idea: talk change with someone who opposes you. A liberal and a conservative. If you can make the other person see that they're just bullheaded and turn them around, that's a better victory. Suppose this continued and it showed in the polls. Maybe that will renew an apathetic person's faith in the system. Talking down to them reinforces their non-political stance. Prove to me that you are better than that and maybe I will take the time to learn. It isn't hard, is it? And just remember this much... I have never once opposed your opinions or disagreed with you. Fighting with me isn't worth it. It's counterproductive. You're just as good talking to a wall.
Notice how I take my angle with force? Emotionally driven, but not entirely based on that. The evidence shows. Look around you. Violence is evident.
What else bothers me? Yes, these bills or acts that enable the government unrestricted access to a person's home if they feel the person is a danger or possibly a danger based on their ethnicity or personal ties, without a warrant. Doesn't that counteract our rights? I've seen the documentaries.. most of the politicians who pass these bills don't even read them. People YOU voted for. The government is supposed to be run by the people, for the people. This would seem to suggest an attempt at dictatorship. Good job.. keep bitching about people like me. It's the most productive thing you can do. Maybe I should vote republican.. at least they have the right idea. I don't hear them bitching about people who won't vote.. they bitch about other things, like affirmative action.
This is merely my opinion on societal issues. I mean no offense to anyone who is offended...
I don't judge people on their views, opinions, and beliefs.. that's just so hypocritical. I judge people on their personality and how they act. That, to me, is more important than whether someone cares for world issues or not... yes, those kind of things reflect personality, but they do not define it. You can respect and love someone for other reasons. Try it. If people can learn to do that, there would be no need for arguments. This is why politics, religion, and sex are taboo subjects.. because people take things way too seriously. I don't think life was intended to be that way. I live a carefree life, not a careless one. If I'm passionate about something, I will make a stand and fight for it. Tolerance is key... and I forgive you.