Friday, April 29, 2016

Political Advice (non-partisan)

The following is a letter I submitted to the local newspaper's editorial section. Not sure if it'll see print, but I thought I'd share it here. 


Dear Politicians,

With the Presidential Elections on the horizons, I have some advice for you all. Please pay attention. In fact, that is the first thing. Pay Attention! You serve the people who voted you into office. Serve them, and not your political party.

Republicans, please remember that this is 2016 not 1916. It’s past time for equal rights for all American citizens. That includes women, blacks, gays, hispanics, asians, trans, and anyone else. We need our country to move forward, and you are keeping us from doing so. Pick up the pace. It’s okay to be conservative. We need that. We also need you to listen, and do what’s best for the people you represent.

Democrats, please remember that this is 2016 and not 2116. Sometimes people need time to adjust to new ideas. This doesn’t mean that they are Evil Incarnate for not immediately falling into line. We need our country to move forward, but that means that you need to slow down some. It’s okay to be liberal. We need that! We also need you to listen to people, and do what’s best for those you represent.

To all politicians, I don’t care about your religion. That’s your personal choice, and it’s your business! I don’t want to hear about it. If religion means more to you than your position and the people you represent, please turn in a letter of resignation. Church and State are separate for a reason, and the beliefs you choose to live by does not give you the right to impose them on everyone else.

To all politicians, listen to the other side! Stop demonizing and criticizing every single word out of the oppositions mouth. Listen to what they have to say. You don’t have to agree, but you have to work with these people. Stop making enemies of them. Part of what makes this country great is that we all have different ideas and opinions! Let’s listen to one another, and work together to find solutions to problems.

To all politicians, remember that your way is not the only way. A problem may have more than one solution. The force a one-size-fits-all solution to a problem that may have multiple answers. Do what’s best for all those you represent!

This country has it’s problems. Both sides present legitimate concerns. Shut up and listen. Then work together to find a solution! Put your ego and your political party aside and work for the people! Show up and do your job. If you can’t do this, please tender your resignation so we can find someone who can.

To the voters, remember to research all the candidates! It may be time to vote someone out of office, even if that person belongs to the political party you’re affiliated with. Vote for who you think will do the best job, regardless of political parties. Stand up and vote! And don’t be afraid to make your voice heard! Contact those who represent you, and let them know how you feel on topics. Follow the advice given to the politicians.

It’s time to keep America great, not by going back to some perceived idea of greatness, but by moving forward, accepting our fellow Americans, and working together.


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