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New To Politics

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:48 pm
by amazingmeag11
I did not grow up in a home that exposed me to politics. The only news we ever watched were local channels for the local news. My first memory of politics was the 2004 election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. I was in 4th grade. We did a mock election at school. We spent the majority of an hour reading through articles about each candidate before we got to "vote."

I hated reading as a child, so I asked the kid sitting next to me who he was voting for. I grew up in Indiana, so it should come as no surprise that his answer was Bush. That's who I voted for and who won the mock election.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I still am rather uneducated about politics. I know much more than I use to, but I'm still learning all the time. I have voted in every single election available to me since I turned 18 -- my civic duty was at least something I learned at some point before reaching adulthood. (Though, if I'm being honest, I mostly started voting because it use to make me mad that I was 17 - almost 18 - and I couldn't vote in the 2012 election between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney).

Confession time: I use to be a Republican. Well - sort of. As someone who didn't know much about politics, I clung to the preferred party of my (now, ex) husband when I got married. I regret that I did vote for Trump the first time he ran for President. I should have made a point to inform myself on both sides rather than allow Fox News to brainwash me to believe in a greedy, orange billionaire as opposed to someone who actually knows a thing or two about politics and how to lead a nation.

Thankfully, I have become enlightened and now realize there is something very, very wrong with this country right now, and it's not because of the politicians. Maybe there are corrupt politicians who are greedy and self-serving. But, socially? We've never been in a more hostile society that I can recall during my 25 years of existing on this planet.

I look forward to learning with you and from you all, no matter where you land on the political spectrum, and I hope I'll eventually become knowledgable enough to teach you something as well.

Re: New To Politics

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:37 pm
by Secularick
My introduction to politics also came in the fourth grade via a mock election of sorts, via Weekly Reader. I voted for George H.W. Bush because I recognized the name; I had no clue who that Clinton guy was. My girlfriend, such as it was back then, seemed disgusted that I didn't vote for Clinton. Oh well.

I'm with you — either I'm paying better attention now, or the nation is ever inching further and further toward a boiling point of some sort. And it can be scary, especially when it's painfully obvious that some people have absolutely no interest in being objective about situations and choose to instead believe what openly biased news networks and talking heads tell them to believe.

Re: New To Politics

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:32 pm
by twicedouble
I started getting into politics during Obama’s second term. Now I obsessively check the politics feed on Reddit.

Re: New To Politics

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:48 pm
by Secularick
And I am grateful for that; you update me on a lot I haven’t heard yet.

Re: New To Politics

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:58 pm
by twicedouble
Secularick wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:48 pm And I am grateful for that; you update me on a lot I haven’t heard yet.
Sometimes I even do more than read the title!

Re: New To Politics

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:14 am
by Secularick
You madman, you!