I took this photo during a photography class last summer. Jenn Capriola is a great teacher!
This is D.C. and with the upcoming election, I feel I’m allowed to discuss politics on this fashion/baking/interior design/and everything else blog. I am a woman who appreciates and sometimes revels in the frivolous. Just like you though, I have to strike a balance between those sparkly things that catch my eye and those real things that pull at my heart strings. I think I’ve spoken to you before about the multiple facets of every woman; I want to share another one of mine.
I went to law school mainly as an avenue to enter politics. I didn’t so much want to be an elected official; my long-term goal was to serve in the Cabinet as a presidential advisor. This was back when Bush was in the White House and when I was a Republican. I apparently thought he could use my counsel;) I was bright-eyed and I believed that democracy was alive and well and that politics was a vehicle for positive change. Well, that seems like a long time ago now. Since then I resigned my Republican status and took a deep breath of fresh air as I registered as an Independent (independent thinker, decision-maker, analyst, etc.). My desire to enter politics waned as I became aware of what a rotten institution it is. I learned that all too often politicians and presidents aren’t put into office to effect change (although that is the ticket they all run on), but instead are positioned to maintain the status quo. My heart hurts watching our Country’s core values being displaced and our foundational, Constitutional freedoms being sacrificed. I know a lot of people who have relinquished to the heavy wave that is pushing our Country further and further away from what we want it to be. They have forgotten that it is the people who decide the way this Country is run and that the government indeed works for us. However, there are many more people who still hold on to what Abraham Lincoln said, that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I certainly fall into the second camp, even though I sometimes cry to Brad that America as we know it is over. To quote the bumper sticker, “Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?”
I remember being in one of my college poli-sci classes discussing cyclical alterations in the forms of government and its inevitable degradation into tyranny (arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power). This often happens by having misguided/self-serving/corrupt leaders. Having a misinformed public and a biased media contributes to the difficulty of maintaining our standards of government accountability as well. The majority of people I know are well aware that they aren’t being told the whole truth or the “full story”. They are either content with that – like they don’t really need to know - or feel like, “Well, what am I gonna do? That’s just the way it is.” We’ve all heard the words of Thomas Jefferson, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” He also said that “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories” [emphasis added]. I hope I’m not beating a dead horse here (that is such an awful expression!).
All this is to say that even though sometimes hope seems lost in terms of true statesmen and decent leaders/politicians, they do still exist. We the people just cannot allow the unscrupulous into office any longer. We shouldn’t listen to the dictates of our party affiliates or media outlets but decide for ourselves who will truly serve our Nation and ensure our freedoms are not removed and replaced by constant policing and surveillance.
Speaking of political parties… I believe they are intrinsically divisive and automatically set Americans against one another. I also believe that “party candidates” are almost automatically suspect because nominees literally change their party according to political climate/maximum voting potential. I want Americans to think like Americans, not Republicans or Democrats or liberals or conservatives. We have to be smart and we have to have higher standards for our leaders. No more of this voting for “the lesser of two evils” thing. The next president doesn’t have to be one of the two primary candidates they choose for us. I actually voted for Chuck Baldwin in the last election. I know, I know, “Chuck who?” He ran for the Constitution Party. Yes, he was on the ballot in only 37 states, but I subscribe to the adage that a vote against your conscience is a wasted vote.
So… I no longer want to be a politician, although, a presidential advisor position would still be cool;) I advocate government accountability, increased awareness of our rights, and more public involvement/outcry. I’m also going on record with my vote in the upcoming election. I posted a little video to the right, True Hope for America .
I love this Country. I love people. I love freedom. I love truth. I love you guys too, which is why I’m getting off my soapbox now…