There was an abundance of topics this 2012 election season, and no shortage of passion amongst voters.
A variety of informed voters seems to exist. Some were concerned about their own personal situation, their home’s value, their financial security, others concerned about women’s issues, separation between church and state. If we were paying attention we would have noticed all the things ever discussed in civics and political science classes. Some of these issues include class warfare, racism, and the differences in political parties. This includes the differences of political philosophies like the difference between socialism and Marxism vs. capitalism and how the US has parts of all of these, and always has. And this cumulates into the checks and balances of congress that our system set up.
You can love it or hate it.
We learned that unfortunately even after decades of segration being over, and hundreds of years after slavery that racism still exists. We also learned that we have made progress and there are a great many people who aren’t this way.
We learned we respect the right to vote by so many people going to the polls, standing in lines for hours and even one woman who stopped to vote on her way to the hospital because she was in labor.
We know that our country is divided when it comes to being a republican or democrat and this has been the case for hundreds of years. It just use to be between Loyalists and Democrats (and Democrats in the south were much like todays Republicans) and later between what we know as Union verses Confederates. We are no more divided then we were, if anything we hope that we can see each other’s points of views more.
Perhaps it is just natural, part of the yin and yang of nature, part of the left and right of brains. It doesn’t make one philosophy more correct than the other, but it does make it this way for those who embrace it. Perhaps there are parts of each that are wrong, red and blue but together, it’s a lovely shade of purple.
Voting matters as it gives you the chance to speak your mind on how things are affecting you.