To those of you who eagerly refresh my blog home page five times a day expecting some new profusion of wit and magical hyperlinking, I am sorry. To the rest of you who don’t even look at it when I post links on facebook and twitter, shame on you. I thought we were friends. And friends don’t let friends write to imaginary audiences (something created in the minds of bloggers who are too cool for imaginary friends).
So, now that I’m back from my spend-days-in-sweats-only-watching-TV-having-a-mental-breakdown-about-my-impending-graduation-and-being-single-forever-because-no-one-could-ever-love-a-blogger hiatus, let me ask you a question. How many times have you mentioned politics, a law, or a politician as it’s relevant to the conversation, only to have someone say, “I’m not into politics.” Unless you are that someone, the answer is probably way too much. On a normal day, I might let this slide, but today is Wednesday, and Wednesday makes me grumpy.
Here’s the thing: because we have a democratic government, “politics” is not a hobby or a form of entertainment. You can “not be into cat farming,” and you can “not be into the holographic performance of 2Pac at Coachella,” but like it or not, you’re in politics (although honestly, if you didn’t think that hologram was cool, I question your life choices).
Whether or not you stalk Lady Gaga won’t change your environment. Same with that sports team. No matter how fanatic you are (< D.C. people, do yourself a favor and click that link), the team has no idea that you exist. Politics, on the other hand, is one of the biggest factors in how the world around you works. Politics controls what you can and can’t say in public. Politics controls what you can and can’t do with your property, what you can and can’t do to other people, and what you can and can’t do to other people if they harm you in some way. Politics is the system in which the various parts of our daily lives (property, jobs, rights, etc) are organized.
The political system will affect your life whether or not you participate in it. You don’t have to be fantatical to be involved. You don’t have to campaign for a candidate or issue, but you do have to be aware. So get educated on the issues, get an opinion, and if what’s going on matters to you, then talk about it with friends and vote to make sure your voice is heard by those in charge as well.
As my man Plato once said, “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
If, after that magnificent call to action, you still think you can say “I’m not into politics,” here’s a little quiz (dating magazine aptitude nonsense style) to clarify things. Answers are under the image. Don’t cheat!
1. Do you live in America?
a. Why yes, I do.
b. No, but I live in a democratic country.
c. No, I live under the rule of a monarch or dictator of some sort.
d. Dunno, I live on a desert island.
2. Do you want to have any control over your own actions?
a. Of course I do.
b. Yeah, I guess so.
c. No, I get a thrill from being ruled with an iron fist.
d. Doesn’t matter. I’m all alone on this island anyway.
Do you know people who say this? Are you one of those people and want to defend yourself? Do you want to discuss how cute that cat picture is? Then sidle right on up to that attractive “responses” button below, and make something beautiful.