I rarely talk politics because well, I am not super knowledgeable about what really goes on because one has to be a savvy investigator these days to uncover the real motives and levy the weight behind any political clout. I just feel I have better, more productive, things to do with my time than to dig to the root of the matter. I would rather be digging among plant roots!
Still, I voted and even took a little time to look into to what and whom I was voting for. It is a right that I am grateful for. Honestly, I think our government is corrupt and beyond repair which I feel many people believe. Even my husband who used to dive deep into politics, a former die hard Fox News fan who listened to Rush faithfully (before Obama was elected) and was knowledgeable about all the “issues,” didn’t want to vote – but I convinced him. (The day Obama was elected my husband turned off the news and the talk radio but frankly, I think our lives are better for it. He now listens to blues music – WAY better!)
I am registered as a Republican which might surprise some of you, but my husband and I are small business owners. However, the Republican party seems to have “sold out” itself and I can’t back that. Regardless, I decided that what I really am is a Libertarian and I’m going to get around to changing my registry. I don’t believe in a heavy handed government and have faith in people – that they will do what’s best without being told, but I am also pretty much a “tree hugger.” I am also fiercely independent and want everyone to have the right to be so and to be responsible for themselves and their own paths in life. I believe in karma and the ol’ you get what’s coming to you, not government handouts and entitlements or even sharing the pie because it really just doesn’t work out for everyone. I do believe we need to conserve nature, protect our Mother, and educate people about the environment. Believe me, if I am ever totally wealthy one day, I will share my wealth but I want to share it with only what I believe in the way I see fit and I should have that right in this country.
Oh, but I rant and rave instead of getting to the point … what I really want to say is that I vote EVERY day – do you? I am passionate, sometimes too much, about my beliefs. I believe the best way to live is by example so I vote everyday. I don’t collect coupons or buy what’s on sale in the grocery store because I buy organic whenever I can – because I believe in it! I spend the extra nickel – come on! I will boycott a company that doesn’t share my beliefs. I have even gone so far as to not invest in certain mutual funds because I do not want to support some of the companies corrupting our government and sabotaging our country.
Do you realize you can still vote everyday even if you believe our government is corrupt and beyond repair? I believe the power of the consumer is even stronger than your ballot vote! Now that I’m basically VEGAN – I vote for animal rights even if I am not parading around with a sign (yet). I don’t buy meat, eggs or dairy. I won’t buy leather or wool or honey. You can vote by buying organic foods, especially those also labeled with the non-GMO seal! You can vote by buying seeds only from companies who have taken the safe seed pledge. You can vote by shopping at your local stores and not Walmart or Sam’s Club, whenever you can. You can vote by not buying pesticides or herbicides. You can vote by not buying products from companies, or by buying products from companies you value. I value companies like Purple Prairie, Dr. Bronners, and Mountain Rose and so I support them just as I would support a candidate. You can vote by buying a native plant instead of an exotic at your local nursery. You can vote by buying from your local nursery instead of Lowe’s. You can vote by cutting your cable and only watching the shows you like via streaming Netflix or Amazon or Hulu. You can vote by using your public library and supporting them. You can vote by buying a hybrid car. You can vote by not driving through McDonald’s. You can vote by seeking alternative health care. You vote by your choice. The power still belongs to you, to us, the people.
So, tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, are you going to vote?